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

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour AleMonk's Café Flemish Sour Ale
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Monk's Café Flemish Sour AleMonk's Café Flemish Sour Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by nomad on 06-19-2003

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Reviews:
1,159
Ratings:
2,996
pDev:
13.21%
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Photo of rrski198
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Redish/brown translucent color. Huge rocky off white head that sticks around forever. Big time bubbles clinging to the glass and rising quickly from the bottom.

S: Very funky yeasty scent right up front. Odd rotten fermenting fruit scent.

T: Sour right up front with a super sweet back bone. Lovin' this. The sweetness reminds me of a sweet red fruit juice. Quite balanced and super refreshing.

M: Average to above average carbonation with an average body. The flavors come, kick you in the mouth, then leave rather quickly. I am left with more of the sweet nectar/juice than the sourness.

O: I am still fairly new to sours, however, this is one of the better ones i've had. I really like the sweet back bone that cuts through the mild sourness. Some of the sours i've had wreck your mouth wtih only a sour flavor and no balance, this is not the case with this brew. Real nice job here.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.7oz bottle into a tapered belgian pint glass. Pours a clear brown body with a creamy light brown head. This beer looks very crisp and clean.

The smell is of very sweet cherries and brown sugar. There is a nice lemonade scent. Very simple but it works fairly well.

The taste shows amplified versions of all of the components found in the scent. Again with the sweet cherry, brown sugar, and lemon tastes. There is an underwhelming sour taste which should show more with age. Very thin and sharp mouthfeel bode well with the flavors. I could easily drink another one of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass. Dark brown with a tan head. Really easy drinking, not too tart. A good summer beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown with a red tinge and a thin head with strong carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherries, apple vinegar with a little oak maybe.

Taste and mouthfeel: Like a homemade cherry pop, with a touch of vinegar, not my thing but probably good for the style. You can taste the wood immediately then its blocked, by tannins perhaps.

Drinkability: Only a curiosity for me. A very occasional treat.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. brown bottle, purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a deppish brown, flaming ruby in the light. Moderate frothy head with good retention and clumps of lacing.

S: Lots of sour and tart fruits. Funky, light cheese. Added fruity esters. Very clean sourness. Light grains.

T/M: sour and tart fruits, cherries, strawberries, red apple, light peach and plum. Very lactic. Some apple cider vinegar, not too much. Light grains, some wheat. Body is medium with good carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D: Refreshing, drinkable, and only $3 a bottle :)

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,996 ratings