Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
Having to celebrate Belgian Independence Day. But I don't need an excuse to enjoy this fine brew.
Pours very dark. Brown and red trying to peak through, but it is really dark. Really nice head that stayed for a while. Lacing was always present and pretty thick as well.
Sour from the oak is the smell. And that is pretty much the taste as well. Maybe with a touch of sweetness. It is oh so good.
Highly recommended. Forgot how good this was.
07-22-2009 03:20:21 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
A- deep mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffy white froth, excellent retent, soapy lace
S- sour fruit, funky
T- highly sour, toasted malts, dried fruit, sweet and sour battle throughout
M- mouth puckering sourness, smooth, sticky
D- tasty and refreshing, love the sweet and sour flavors, i really wish brewers would attempt these sours belgian styles as opposes to triple and wits. recommended
07-02-2008 01:08:12 | More by tonistruth
2.68/5 rDev -30.2%
A nice looking ruby color body topped by a very thick off white head fills the tulip glass. The head remains thick but leaves only minimal lacing. Still, an attractive brew.
An aroma of cherries and musty vinegar. It actually smells better than the description.
Now comes the taste, and it is quite a letdown after what the aroma suggested. Very little sour character about this beer, in fact it seemed much sweeter than it did sour. There was still a hint of cherry, but it was muted by the sweetness. I really can't put a finger on any other flavors, it just had sort of a blandness to it.
Mouthfeel was thin and very slippery. It was also somewhat lifeless and uninteresting.
While I usually enjoy beers of this style, this is one I'll be passing on in the future. Other than the appearance and to a lesser degree the aroma, this beer had nothing about it which beckoned me back for more.
09-25-2009 01:44:00 | More by JBogan
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Deep reddened brown. Nectarine highlights. Small bubbly beige head that dissipated quickly. Some wisps of lace.
Vinegar, cherry, raspberry, tart and sour. apple, pear, candi sugar and spices. berry pie. slight lactic and slight feet.
Bright crisp and fruity. Sour apple and pear, tart cheery and raspberry. Sweet and fruity. pie crust.
Refreshing, crisp, bubbly high carbonation. Light body with some feel to it.
Very drinkable. Vinegar disappeared after a few minutes. Great flavors. Not overwhelmingly sour. A nice drinkable sour Flemish ale.
My girlfriend doesn't normally venture outside of the Hefe/Wit/Blonde arena, but she loved this one, claiming it was one of the best beers she's ever had. I am trying to get her into belgian beer and this was a great one for her to try.
09-27-2010 18:27:29 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
This beer is just awesome. It pours reddish mahogany with little to no head. I don't care, because the aromas and flavors are filled with fruit, dominated by bitter, sour cherries. The mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. This beer does the style justice, and I'm looking forward to enjoying it again!
05-26-2011 22:26:06 | More by washburnkid
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
Brown Body. Very nice off-white head leaves great lacing
Smell is mostly tart, some vinegar, something that reminds me of leather
Taste is mellow. Slight sour cherry flavors. Somewhat sweet with a short drier finish.
Very drinkable beer.
Not quite the beer I remembered: don't recall the vinegar, and also thought it was more assertive. Still good overall
03-12-2011 04:31:38 | More by zachary80
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
I've had this beer on-tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, but when I saw this beer at my local shop, I decided to give it a try and see how it compares to the draft version.
From the bottle, the beer a medium reddish brown with ruby highlights and a is more carbonated than I've had on tap. This keeps feeding the head, making it fluffy as well as accentuate the fruity and acidic aromas. Also in the smell is a medicinal, plasticy phenol aroma that was somewhat unpleasant. The ale has cherry flavors and acidity not unlike a kriek, with a light spritzy body and active carbonation. It was very refreshing, almost like a soft drink.
09-12-2010 21:40:06 | More by Soonami
3.88/5 rDev +1%
My first of this style.
Pours a really beautiful brown with a fluffy brownish tan head. 3 fingers in a tall fluted pils glass. I love to look at this. It is a damn shame I have to drink it all.
Smell is somewhat generically sour. A big vinegary, a bit fruity.
That smell really develops when you actually taste it. Big time sour apple flavors here. Almost like what Martinelli's would taste like if it were made out of underripe apples. Some of that vinegar is present as well, but mostly only right when the beer hits your tastebuds--it dissipates quickly. More sour than I had expected, but certainly not overly so.
Mouthfeel was not bad. There was definitely significant astringency as a result of the sourness. Not that this was necessarily bad or unexpected, but it that is the nature of the beast. I love sours, and puckering like this is to be expected...it was just slightly less pleasant to me than it usually is with sours for some reason.
The astringency makes this a beer that you wouldn't want to session, but this stuff goes down really easy, and I could certainly have a couple.
For the price, a great sour. Now I'm just gonna have to pop one more to get another look at this beauty....
03-24-2009 00:42:46 | More by photomike
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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