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

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86
very good

2,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 52
Gots: 167 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 2,354 | Reviews: 1,046 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jmich24, Feb 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Focusf111, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Flemish sour ales, and this seems like a good falltime beer-(cider-get it?)
Pours out a reddish brown toned, light head, little lacing.
Smells of cherries, yeasts, oak, sour apples, cider, jonagold and granny smith apples, maybe even a touch of lemony-peaches, something like Dogfish Festina Peche.
Tastes of tart lambic yeasts, cherries, apples. Wow! this really is mouth puckering. Not as good as Duchesse de Bourgongne, but decent. I enjoy this style immensely, and this is a classic example. Solid-highly reccomended.

czfreeman, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

yergermeister, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of BeerMeBrah
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BeerMeBrah, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of stogirelli
4/5  rDev +4.2%

stogirelli, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +4.2%

TicoCali, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Blaze5445
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Blaze5445, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev +4.2%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of beermanbrian
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown apple cider look. Very little head. Nothing appealing about the look at all. Smell is all sour fruit, this is what i was expecting. Cherry notes and maybe it's just the apple cider appearance but i think i pick up notes of sour apple too. Taste is sour, but not completely mouthpuckering sour. It's an interesting taste for sure but not over the top. I don't have much to compare this one too style wise but this is pretty much what i expected. Other than the rather drab appearance, a beer that is worth a try.

beermanbrian, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer started pouring and instantly a massive amount of head started to form. A ton of carbonation with a lot of large bubbles. A hazy deep ruby mahogany color. The nose is all yeast with a lot of tangy metallic (penny) notes. A subtle amount of toasty sweetness. There is an intense fruity punch upfront. A sour apple juice flavor. A lot of the carbonation helps the bitterness which transitions to a tart sweetness for the finish. A nice tangy fruit kick.

DrinkingDrake, May 16, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark mahogany brown with hints of ruby, a larger two finger tan head that dissipated very quickly leaving very light lacing.

Aroma of tart cherries with vinegar.

Taste was slightly tart with sour red cherries, a slight hint of malt then a bitter metallic end.

Mouthfeel was a thin light body with heavy carbonation.

Overall I was not impressed with this sour ale, it does not come close to some of the nice Russian River sour ales.

dtivp, May 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jminch, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tripledbrew, Jan 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

hellhammermario, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

CreekyJarls, Nov 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Rborre321, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown brew with a fizzy tan head.

Smell: Fruit, vinegar hints of malt and limited alcohol.

Taste: Tart beginning flavor evolves into mild fruit flavors. Malt peeks through at times.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but seems a bit heavier.

Drinkablity: A refreshing brew with good flavor.

SargeC, Mar 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sammo, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sunofneurot, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass and allowed to warm up to cellar temp before drinking.

The body is crisp and clear. A deep ruby red that borders on garnet, it is topped with a fluffy white 1 finger head that leaves sticky streaks of lacing, as well as some spots of foam, all over the sides of the glass. This looks absolutely gorgeous.

The aroma, unfortunately doesn't live up to the high expectations set by the appearance. There is a light acetic quality to the aroma, but more so, there are sour cherries, some cocoa powder, and an underlying sweetness. The presence of a ton of residual sugar is evident on the palate. The sweetness is high, even for a Flanders Red, making this one a bit tough to drink from the outset. Cloying from the start, the flavor has a long way to go to impress me. The dominant flavor outside of the sweetness is red wine vinegar, which is accompanied in the finish by some more slight acidity and some sour cherries.

Slick and heavy on the palate despite being sour, this beer just didn't really impress me all that much. There are far better representations of this style out there, though I can see the value in this beer. It would be a good training wheel sour for someone just getting into the expensive habit.

NittanyBeerFan, Feb 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ruckus232, Nov 11, 2012
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.