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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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark red, almost resembles Coca-Cola. The head disappears fast and leaves behind no lacing.

S- Apple cider vinegar.

T- Sour, apple cider vinegar, with a lingering sweetness.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D- I could probably drink 1 or 2 of these before becoming tired.

I thought this beer was delicious. I never had this style before so I didn't know what to expect. It tasted like apple cider candy to me. Apparently this is one of those beers you either love, or hate. I loved it!

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brown2cu
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown and is topped by a massive head that took forever to die down. At the end the head was about a finger width.

S: A solid nose but not a lot of complexity. Sour cherries are the most dominant. There is also an undertone of vinegar.

T: There is definite cherry in this beer and like the nose it is the dominant taste. It is sour at first but ends with an almost bittersweet finish. I may be deceived, but I believe there is a woody undertone in the taste.

M: Low carbonation and I was taken aback by this considering how massive the head was. A very strange feel.

O: Not my cup of tea as far as the style goes, so I tried to review as subjectively as possible.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a very slightly hazy ruby red color. Has a massive 3+ fingers of off-white head of coarse bubbles. Streams of carbonation flow up the sides of the glass. Small amount of lacing and very good retention.

S - I get lots of sour green apple and believe-it-or-not a bubble gum-like aroma. There is also a decent malt presence as well.

T - Immediately sour with a balanced sweetness coming in shortly thereafter. Kind of like a sour apple sucker. Through the middle I get lots of complex fruity flavors reminiscent of lemons, grapefruit, tart peaches and apples. Through the finish there is still some residual sourness hitting the back of the tongue as well as an earthy woodiness.

M - Thin-to medium bodied with effervescent carbonation that compliments the sparkling acidity very well. The finish is somewhat dry and puckering.

Overall- I am quite impressed by the balance struck by this sour ale. Others I have tried stray too far on the sour side or are too afraid to put enough in.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a ruddy garnet color with half a finger of light tan head.

S- aromas of red wine, basalmic and a touch of sweet maltiness.

T- sweet sugary malt up front with a nice tart kick. Cabernet notes with basalmic tones on the finish with a spritzy moscato character.

MF- slick slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable.

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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%

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,986 ratings