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

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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
Ratings:
2,947
Reviews:
1,143
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
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88
Gots:
452
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5
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, with glowing haze in the light. Half-inch tan head with lasting retention. Smells of sourdough with some sweetness but mostly it's tangy tart fruit notes that dominate with a vinegary sourness.

More sweet than tart in the taste, with juicy cherry, cranberry and grape notes carrying on into a finish that is pretty much unchanged from the start. With only suggestions of vinegary oak, I am wishing this had a more sour bite at the end to round things off. As it stands it's pretty one dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, yet slightly syrupy. The carbonation is very prickly yet the bubbles are thin/fine.

This beer is very consistently decent, but there are much better options out there for the style. It always leaves me wanting something more.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing remains on the glass.

Smell is sour, with fruits and malts. Malt is more prevelant than most sours.

Taste is sour at first, cherries, and lemons at the finish.

Overall a good, but not great sour.

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

A- Pours a dark amber with a huge head that stays around for ever, so I wouldn't plan on pouring your beer and drinking it right away. I bought a four pack and now on the 4th one and saw no difference the head size.

S- Smells like fruits and has a little bit of a sweet sour tinge to it.

T- Has a sour tinge right at the beginning with a little bit of a metallic taste that follows it. Fruits of all sorts come to mind when drinking this.

M- Medium body with heavy carbonation. The sourness does well with the heavy carbonation.

O- Pretty darn good sour. I have often had this be my baseline beer for when thinking of a sour ale.

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Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Darkish tan/brown with a red tint . Nice foamy 3 inch head and nice lacing.

Smell - Sour fruits, cherries, grapes, some sweet yeasts, light malts, some spices.

Taste - Nice mix of creamy, sweet yeasts, caramel malts, and sour fruits at first sip. Very well balanced sweet and sour, nothing is overboard or too strong. Red ale gives it a cherry and malty caramel flavor. Sweet brown suagrs and molasses with some sweet spices round this excellent ale out.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet and tasty, mouth doesnt get puckered to hell like with most sours. Tounge gets the yeasts, malty caramel and sugars. Palate gets more of the same and a little sweet fruit also. Afertaste is sweet and sour.

Overall - Great tasty and easy to drink. Its sweet with mild sourness, very balanced and a real pleasure to drink. A great starter to sours or for a easy drinker that wants a sour but not overly sour or bitter.

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

Poured from and 11.2oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a deep redish brown with about a finger of tan with a hint of red head that dissapates nicley... Not much lacing to speak of.

S: earthy funk... Oak... Red fruit jammyness... Mostly cherry not bad smelling brew... Nothing particularly ovehlming or exciting in the nose.

T: deffinate jammyness... With some notes of sour cherry... Deffinatly not very sour, a subtle cola like quality, a touch of toasted grains...

M: light medium body with a medium creamy mouthfeel and a nice clean finish.

O: a good beer, nothing overly exciting, but a solid brew, personally wish the sourness was dialed up a bit long with a little more complexity in the profile... But it is I no way a bad beer.

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,947 ratings.
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