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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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87
very good

2,444 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 192 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed for Monk's Café in Philadelphia, but also available for retail purchase elsewhere. Oud Bruin in style; a traditional blend of young and old beers.

(Beer added by: nomad on 06-19-2003)
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At first I was a little intimidated by the word sour in the title but I really liked it. I found it went well with roasted pork loin cooked in apples and onions (like pork chops Normandy). I liked the coppery head. I can't really describe the smell but I liked it. I find it very similar to any of the Russian River sour beer types (ie...consecration, temptation)..although I think I prefer the stuff from Russian River.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours is a deep ruby red, that is almost dark brown in appearance. poured into a tulip, and it creates a solid 2 fingers worth of head formation that is beige in color. fairly nice lacing and quite carbonated. floaties vary in size but most are quite small.

S: the nose is very faint, and quite disappointing. some notes of oak, hay and barnyard funk, subtle tough of vinous qualities like tannins , and a touch of vinegar.

T: the palate makes quite a unique transition in this beer. it starts off with some tartness, a slight touch of vinegar that gets the salivary glands pumping.. then this beer makes a hard turnaround, and becomes quite sweet. middle of the body consists of the oak, grain, slight touch of dark fruits, and brown sugar. the finish is quite creamy.

M: my palate is wondering what the hell just happened. this brew has both sweet and sour characteristics. it leaves a slight creaminess on the palate with just a subtle touch of grain. its borderline light/medium bodied.

O: I have passed this one up for years, and even though I will most likely not purchase this one again, I am glad to have tried it, and i feel this is a nice beer for those to would like to get their feet wet in the sour world.

tut2528, May 02, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.