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

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87
very good

2,441 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 191 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ltdantheman, Aug 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Sonofalime, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BeerMeBrah, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of DavidST
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a crystal clear amber color with a massive fizzy tan head which last for a very long time a leave a duvel like foam. The smell is a little brown ale malty, a little nutty, hints of cherries. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, you get a little bitterness, nutty brown ale flavors and a little sourness, but mostly plain and light, this beer has the unfornutate task of following Liefmans Curvee and it leaves a ton to be desired.

DavidST, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

tourdot, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Adkins1203, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of BlindPig
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/4" tan head on a clearish dark amber body when poured into a flute. Nice thickish lacing that sticks to side of glass.
S- You can smell the sourness. Maybe some malts hidden in the strong sour smell. Some grassy hops with earth tones? Maybe some woody notes in it also?
T- A big strong sour taste. Almost like sour grapes with that same dry finish. Causes some puckering (first proper sour beer). Some wood notes in it too. Some sour cherries or some other kind of fruit that follows that like raspberries or something. It is quite refreshing and the more I drink the more I like it.
M- Thinner in the body but when it sticks after you swallow it almost makes it seem like a thicker body. Low carbonation.
D- First one of this style. Don't think I'm a huge fan of it but it is good. I would probably keep one of these if I could get it just for those occasions when it would sound great.

BlindPig, Nov 09, 2006
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

CB2maltygoodness, May 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

throwback, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

srw, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rodlavers, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fiance picked this up.
Poured into a flute

Appearance- reddish brown color, head dissipated almost immediately, resembles a soda

Smell- fruit, tart sweetness

Taste- tart fruit, Very interesting

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, very soda like, high amount of carbonation

Drinkability- Pretty good. I thought it was very interesting. I would drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Jun 08, 2010
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

anticipation23, Apr 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

archero, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

stogirelli, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle at Oak Tree Discount Wine & Spirits and poured into a Snifter.
Appearance: It poured a brown opaque body with a big tan head with small bubbles, pour retention and thin but abundant lacing.
Smell: Obvious cherries and sourness. Intriguing, but not complex.
Taste: Cherries again and forward sourness but not off putting.
Mouthfeel: Prickly.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of errantnight
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well... not sure what the difference is between an oud bruin and Flanders Red... but... by all accounts this is an oud bruin.

Pours beautifully into my Corsendonk tulip: Three fingers of head with a tenacious head, a deep ruby brown.

Smell is wet horseblanket (finally! this is it! i found it! wet horse blanket!) with some rich malt sweetness and some old vinegar. It's... well... as much as I love these notes in moderation and in combination with other things, together... this isn't my favorite.

But in the mouth... whole different story. The sweetness is there and a little cloying, a little more candy cherry/raspberry than the nose seemed to imply, and the vinegar comes through a bit too much... but the sourness is spot on, a touch of oak, beautiful astringency/dryness. Maybe some tobacco/leather around the edges?

A lil rich and sweet, but well balanced, nice carbonation and full mouth.

Definitely give this a shot, but there are better takes.

errantnight, Feb 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

riemster, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ant880, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

beeragent, Sep 07, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tripledbrew, Jan 04, 2012
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,441 ratings.