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

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86
very good

2,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | 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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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a deep amber tone, sits a chestnut color with ruby tones evident when held to light. foamy finger, finger and a half beige head, middling retention; head lapse into a thin cap... very nice lacing.

nose is a pretty nice bouquet consisting mostly of malts, sour/tartness, and a fruity sweetness.

flavor hits me with a little more sourness than i was anticipating based on the aroma, but not an overly, mouth-pucking sour... interesting balance between the sweet and sour. defintely has some tang to it; sour cherries. tasty and refreshing, though nothing transcendent.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with healthy carbonation. drinks easily. looks like 4s across the board here.

edit: docking the drinkability score a point. it's wearing on me.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:03:10 | More by perrymarcus
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/20/2010:

11.2 oz. bottle at 42* into a chalice.

A: It pours a cloudy, beet-red color with some short-lived and fizzy head.

S: It features aromas of dark cherries, berry medley, and vinegar.

T: The taste is of sour cherries, sour grape peel, and more vinegar. It begins sweet and ends lactic and sour.

M: This is light bodied and a bit bubbly throughout.

D: I'm not exactly used to sour beers but it didn't keep me from enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 06:40:11 | More by bucklemyshoe
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beeragent

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a medium brown with redish hues. Sode pop like carbonation creates a 1 inch head which faded immediately. No lacing on the glass.

S - Strong sour aroma with a noticeable vinegar presence throughout.

T - The sour fruit is the forefront of the flavor, with the vinegar taste coming through in the finish. Light malt body mixed throughout, but the sourness/vinegar hides all other flavors.

M - Medium bodied with quick soda carboination which leaves the beer flat quick. Aside from the lack of carbonation, the body is smooth and clean.

D - Unique flavor and aroma. I'm not sure if the body is the way it should be. A good doorway into sours, and one I will continue to explore.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 03:07:52 | More by beeragent
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Kinsman

California

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark and hazy reddish brown color. Dense cream colored head holds tightly against the glass and doesn't let go.

Aroma touches on notes of vinegar and sour cherry but it's not as overpowering as some for this style. A bit of fruity sweetness in the background.

A more balanced version of a Flanders ale with a nice mildly sour kick but plenty of malt backbone and sweetness to keep things in check. Fruit notes touch on green apples and cherry with a nice tartness to them.

Mouthfeel is crisp an bubbly but doesn't quite dry you out like you'd expect. Overall, Monk's Flemish sour is a great sour ale when you're looking for moderation and mild sourness (i.e. good intro sour). At 2.50 a bottle, I'll certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 21:57:00 | More by Kinsman
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Bwagner1122

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-02-2013 02:17:51 | More by Bwagner1122
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jminch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-03-2013 11:50:16 | More by jminch
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pt. 9.4fl.oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Label stamped 09LJ 14:53... no idea if that's an encoded date stamp or the batch number. First I've had of this style, so I'm just going to rate it as a beer in general rather than to style, as is tradition. (in Canada?)

Appearance - Very dark clear/hazy ruby red body. Offwhite head with low to moderate retention and decent lacing.

Smell - Sour. Grape juice. Apple juice.

Taste - Sweet front end with a slightly metallic finish. Clean, slightly sweet aftertaste that doesn't linger for more than a few seconds.

Mouthfeel - Soft body with a slightly crisp, mild sparkling grape juice effervescence.

Overall Drinkability - Not particularly complex, but delicious nonetheless. Again, I can't rate in style since this is my first of its kind. However, as a beer it is very enjoyable. Would go great on any occasions where you might want to drink sparkling grape juice.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:56:08 | More by ZenAgnostic
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riemster

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-10-2013 20:38:00 | More by riemster
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-12-2014 19:53:24 | More by Caudalie
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Marco_Gtz

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-30-2014 19:30:04 | More by Marco_Gtz
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elec

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-08-2012 01:06:55 | More by elec
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-03-2013 00:41:36 | More by confer
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MarioM

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-23-2012 07:39:59 | More by MarioM
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-05-2013 19:15:52 | More by CreekyJarls
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Murky acorn color with no head, just a collar. Smells of cherries and cider. Flavor is bright fruits that quickly swirl into a tartness that is very present but not extreme. Woody notes add depth at the beginning but disappear as it becomes more tart and dry. Thin body and low carbonation makes this seem like a relative of red wine. The finish does not seem very interesting or complex and fails to really inspire another sip. A pleasant beer that could serve others as a decent introduction to the style.

It should be noted that this beer was the first ever to have devastating effects on my digestive system. You have been warned.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 03:13:39 | More by waughbrew
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treyrab

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was in the mood for a light sour, so I grabbed this one off an Ohio beer store shelve and poured into my glass...

A: Pours a very clear ruby red with a nice off white head. Look is very nice with ruby, crystal clear hues with plentiful carbonation and a very nice, creamy head.

S: Red wine vinegar up front with some underlying flavors of cherry, and some spice, but vinegar is by far the most prevalent.

T: Light sour grapes with vinegar. Not very good, very light. The grapes are putrid and the vinegar is watered down into the grape taste. Not pleasant.

Overall, this was vinegar galore with some underlying flavors that could not pass the vinegar taste. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 01:34:48 | More by treyrab
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-12-2014 23:49:39 | More by tourdot
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DavidHume

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-09-2014 01:47:03 | More by DavidHume
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: A deep reddish, amber body, pours with a light cream head. Head retreat thin layer, while the lace that is left is a spotty, that is spot on representation.
S: The aroma denotes a sour brew that shows a hint of sweet cherry.
T/M: The front of this beer is a mellow start of subtle cherry, that exceeds to a blast of sour, but not over powering the limit. The finish is a smooth and nice off for the style, a relapse of sour that lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is a nice and smooth sensation that forms a nice silky effect.
D: I find this to be a bit overly drinkable, a bit too smooth and tasty. The alcohol is barely present at all and is a delicious sour brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 05:35:43 | More by GDBEERMAN
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2014 21:52:04 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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JxExM

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

05-05-2012 19:05:07 | More by JxExM
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-22-2013 01:43:03 | More by bmurray10
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby colored that looks more brown against strong light. Modest head that leaves only a little lace pattern but still quite cute in the chalice.

The smell is upforwardly fruity; cherries, red grapes, pinor noir. Sourness creeps forth at warmer temperatures with a hint of barnyard funk.

This could just be the wine lover's beer...I am amazed by how incredibly red-wine it is. The sourness of the beer contributes to its drinkability...tart, sour, and just a little sweetness to keep everything in check. A great introduction to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2005 19:54:18 | More by GreenWBush
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halo913

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-07-2012 01:33:05 | More by halo913
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pschul4

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my HotD taster courtesy of the man, the legend, Libbey

A- pours a red/brown. Ruby tones, if you nomsayin. Also carbonation explosion. Only can get 1oz in this 3oz taster

S- very sweet malts and a touch of acidic bite on the back end

T- mostly sweet, sour bite in the middle before being sweet again on the end.

M- not as prickly as i would have thought, surprisingly smooth for the style

O- good, not great. Probably wouldnt buy again

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 20:26:47 | More by pschul4
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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