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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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Photo of agent2550
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting down with this beer right now.
It pours a uniform red with a finger of creamy head which continues to form well after it is poured: the tiny bubbles are fun to watch!
The taste is simple and delicious: sour with flavors reminiscent of cherry, mild bitterness, and kiwi.
Smells of funk and sour.
Smooth mouthfeel with light champaigne-like small bubbles.
Overall it is a very straightforward, clean, and simple beer.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark ruby red in color. Very light tan half finger head with poor retention and not much lacing.

S: Vinegar, sour apples and cherries. Some toffee and woody notes. Touch of funk. Slight wine qualities.

T: A touch of toffee upfront. Tart cherries and apples. A Belgian yeast quality comes through for just a second. Then malty caramel and toffee come back in with a candi sugar flavor. Finishes slightly woody and nutty.

M: Medium light body. High carbonation, maybe a little to much. Finishes pretty dry.

O: Don't know if this is the first of this style I've had but it's not bad. A bit malty, but a nice mix of sour and sweet.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tvv375ia
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 11.2oz bottle into tulip glass

A-nice ruby color with more than 2 finger head that take quite awhile to fade

S-some sour granny smith apple and sour cherry

T-tart cherry with a nice apple cider type taste with a sauvignon blanc finish

M-well carbonated with a nice crisp finish

O-this was my first sour but after this experience surely not to be the last. I see this one is pretty highly rated so it may be tough to find a better one around here but this has some nice flavors and an acidity that I really enjoy every time I try a new beer I wonder why I stuck with Bud Light for 20 years never trying anything new

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice dark red mahogany color. Poured into a tulip and has a nice and foamy head

Very tart nose as would be expected. Sour cherries, apples, with some vinegary aromas as well

medium/full bodied with the acidity that one would expect from a good flemish sour. Very tart and sour driven flavors that one would expect as well with apples, sour cherries and some sour red berries too

Always consistent and always good. This is a personal favorite for when I need to have a sour.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,989 ratings