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

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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 Phocion
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into Petrus chalice. Dark ruby with a thick off-white head. Moderate retention and thick chunks of lacing. Several pieces of sediment floating in the beer, which I don't remember from previous experiences...

Complex fruity esters. Black and red cherries, plum, currant. Slightly woody. Touch of spicy phenols.

Flavor is very tart, but not quite funky. Sour cherries combine with a nice light woodiness. Sour but not acetic. Dark sweet flavor - brown sugar or candi sugar, hard to place through the sour, but it definitely gives it a nice, balancing sweetness.

Light-moderate bodied and well-carbonated. Very crisp; acidic but not tannic, as it quickly re-salivates your mouth. I could do without the sediment, but a more careful pour could easily minimize that.

This is a nice, approachable, relatively affordable sour. It's not the best of the style, but it's damned good.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - had a darker body then I expected - deep red and brown tones, tall creamy head and decent lacing

M - light slightly creamy

N - sweet, sour, and candy-like. Not to in your face like other sours I like but the subtlety is nice on this one.

T - I picked up some apple flavors, cherries, and strawberries. Starts sweet and goes into an enjoyable tart taste followed by a smooth finish

O - I wasn't disappointed with this one. I think this is a nice introductory sour for someone who has never had the style. The nose and taste are not so strong as to be a big (perhaps unpleasant) surprise but you still get a feel for the tart sourness of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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