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

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2,434 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,434
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 190 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

CountryRock2001, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BigBarley
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured hard into a tulip glass, for the first minute or so the beer was almost entirely head. The head is offwhite, light khaki. After settling the beer still maintains about a 50% head-beer ratio. Nice. Color is deep copper, almost brown. Somewhat murky.

S - Smells like a kriek. Wild yeast peppered with dark cherry and some light alcohol notes. Not too complex, but smells good all the same.

T - Dominated by yeast up front, immediately behind is a splash of sweet, tart cherry. The sour comes at the end, bringing this beer to a nice, round profile altogether. I personally feel this isn't much different in taste or smell from a lot of Kriek beers, but that is not a bad thing. Wild yeast makes for a strange and interesting profile, and the cherry notes keep it grounded.

M - Smooth, refreshing, with some lively carbonation. Runs down easy, but still a little thick for the ABV.

O - Altogether satisfying and interesting beer, definitely worth trying once, but I'm not quite sure how it compares to most others of the style

BigBarley, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zap2012, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

paleoplant, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sanford_and_son, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

nkp765, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tbryan5, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

brewtus, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Ncpogs, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

anabar, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

danedelman, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

CrookedStill, Mar 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

MystikCelt, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Could not find a bottled on date. Poured into a large white wine glass.

A - Three-fingers tan rocky head, reddish brown, clear, well carbonated, some lace, lasting head due to carbonation.

A - Cherries and yeast.

T - cherries, mild sour, some sweetness in the finish.

MF - Slight metallic feel on teeth.

O - An easy drinking oud bruin, not thirst quenching, thought this style is not supposed to have a high degree of sourness, I still believe this could use a bit more to create a better balance and overall brew.

Sludgeman, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a medium brown color with a foamy, off-white head. The scent is kind of sour with a slight amount of yeast. The flavor starts off very sweet and ends with sour finish. The texture is good and the flavor is ok, but there is certainly room to make this a bigger, bolder beer. Pretty simple and reserved which makes for a good starter sour/wild ale.

Lemke10, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Tschnab, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dvmin98, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kinzei, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Paige, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

RobertColianni, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

harpus, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer served a reddish brown color with a nice clarity. Upon swerving there is a thick white head floating atop the brew. The head sticks around for quite some time eventually fading to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and tart with lots of dark cherry and plum with souring notes of an apple cider vinegar and some lactic acid bacterial funk smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet dark cherry and a little bit of sour grape and sour cherry. As the flavor advances it gets more and more sour and tart in nature, but maintains, all the while, a good level of sweetness. Apple cider vinegar and some funky yeast flavors accompany the souring and tart flavors at the end leaving a pleasant sweet and tart flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is one thinner and crisper side with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles. The prickly carbonation and thinner body are great for the sweet, sour and tart fruit flavors of the brew and help keep the tart from becoming too overpowering.

Overall – This is a great sour. It isn’t too heavy in any one component – not too sweet, sour, or tart, but the right blend of the three for a very enjoyably drinkable brew.

Darkmagus82, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mrskunk, Mar 17, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 14/3/13 bottle from IanSpindler IP trade

A looks dark brown until I hold it to the light where it has a dark amber glow, a finger of foam falls quickly ending up as a thin film that stays there leaving no lace

S burnt sugar and cider notes mix well with purple candy like grape aromas and earthy notes, has a nice sweet and sour thing going on, subtle green apple and sweet cherries

T not as much going in the mouth much to my surprise, just seems to be toned down a little compared to the nose, the sweet and sour is still working well for it though and I do like it but was expecting a little more after smelling it

M enters silky and gets creamy quickly, feels good, light but the bubbles give it lots of life and has some brown sugar and fruit on the finish

O I didn't know what to expect but I rather liked this one and it went down so easy, I could drink a few without getting board

Fairly random style but as far as I know they did a pretty good job, something I'd drink again for sure

wordemupg, Mar 16, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,434 ratings.