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

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3.86/5
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2,974 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,428
Reviews:
1,152
Ratings:
2,974
pDev:
13.21%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As hard as I've tried, I cannot really enjoy Belgian sours. (And I have tried so hard that I may have added 1/2" to my waistline.) As such, I cannot really enjoy Monk's Cafe, but at least I like it more than the others. (Could it be the can?)

Looks like a "Burgundy from Belgium" with ample foam and appetizing lace. Smells like that horse blanket.
Tastes just sour enough, not wildly so like so many of the competition.
Feel is a full mouth, modest carbonation and not the lingering attack on the buds that some sours do.

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die", it deserves to be there.
And if I were to list only one sour in my book, it might be Monk's.
Having Had Monk's a few times over the last few years, it may be that I have matured enough for this sour ... but I may never mature enough to enjoy the sour sours.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allswells
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DBosco
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, but shows a ruby red if light shines through it. A little creamy head. Sour fruity aroma. Sweet fruity, slightly sour with a tannic aftertaste.

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Photo of acycler
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spoda1983
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabre311
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of red94tt
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RMentair
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Monk's Cafe pours a dark reddish color with a big frothy lacing head. Big strong sour aroma, with hints of dry fruit. Taste is sour, and sweet, with some spices and dry fruit. Just a hint of wateryness, good feel. Overall its a pretty big sour ale.

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Photo of Jeezy973
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGibbons
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breardon1776
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joekriii
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of drahodo
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy, dark, dark amber/red color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Has a sour dark fruit aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. Lactic acid sourness with a sweeter dark fruit at the end. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

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Photo of andycorns13
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3-10-16 - On tap at the new Barcha in San Francisco. Served in a tulip glass with nice head. Sour, yet balanced, that paired very well with my grilled angus beef kabob. Nice surprise to find this one out west. Good company with our west coast team and Marsh pals. Gave props to Kais and especially Peter for having this ale on tap at their new venture. Eat here, but if you can't make it, pick up a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour to quench your thirst.

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Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark red brownish color with a 2+ finger foamy tan head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing and thick rings as it went down.

Smelled of sweet dark fruit, orange peel, sour fruit, yeast, caramel and tart rotting fruit like apple or pear. The sweetness gets cut off by the citrus, and then it turns sour and filled with a mix of dark fruits.

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,974 ratings
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