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
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:
2,956
Reviews:
1,145
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
458
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,956 |  Reviews: 1,145
Photo of atr2605
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a coca cola color with a tan foamy head with great retention
S-raisin, dark sour cherries, some woody earthiness
T-tart cherries, cranberry, some caramel in the background, sour apple on the finish
M-medium bodied with very high carbonation
O-I am not super familiar with the style, but this is a tasty sour with lots of balance.

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Photo of BigGold
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 11.2-oz. can, stamped on bottom "L6124," into snifter. My first "real" (Belgian) Flanders Oud Bruin. Always looking for a twist on brown ale, this, perhaps the original, may be my favorite modification to balance the inherent sweetness of that style.

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Photo of BLZR
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanJaffe
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice combination between malts and sours. Flavorful without being overly heavy. Sour but not overly so. Not a bad choice if you're looking for a sour ale introduction.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of C1051
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red brown pour with 1 inch of foam that quickly reduces to thin layer. Large rush of cherry tones with a bite of grape on the finish.

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Photo of instinct2
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdatorand
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelseyr713
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown on the pour. A deep, dark reddish brown. An inch of off-white head. Smells sour and yeasty, like kombucha. Taste is deliciously sour, like cranberry juice and the skin of green grapes. Nice and juicy and will make you salivate. Overall, a very enjoyable sour.

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Photo of buckyp
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deanlee
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was my first experience with a sour, at Monk's Cafe in Philly no less.
I wanted to expand my palate beyond traditional beers and into lambics and such.
I liked the head ftom the tap and love the cloudy nature of the beer in general.
I thought it actually had a very awesome taste given it was the first time I never had any kind of sour beer before.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep brown, becoming garnet when held to the light, producing (depending on the aggressiveness of the pour) 1-2 fingers of tan, shortlived, foamy head that leaves a thin coating of weby lace. Aroma is tart & vinous, fruity with notes of sour cherry, muscadine & bunch grapes, green apple with a raspberry hint backed up by toasted malt. Taste is a very pleasant fruity, mild sourness & toasty malt. The fruity notes differ slightly from the nose being dark cherry, cranberry & blackberry, with grape & green apple in the background. Finishes fruity, vinous & caramel/toast, the sourness being joined by a fruity sweetness with an acetic, drawing in the back & roof of the mouth manifesting in the dry aftertaste. This brew is smooth & balanced with a sweetness that I feel comes as much, if not more, from the oak aging as from the malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, prickly with peppery spice, mouth coating finish, dry & an astringent aftertaste on the back of the tongue & the roof of the mouth. Nice. A very drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of tbone1384
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcpat1993
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really flavourful. Love it

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Photo of jeffadow
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark red, almost brown in color, with a small tan head. smells lemon-lime/sour candy. Sour upfront, predominantly citric in flavor, like a meyer lemon, with a big, creamy mouthfeel, long finish and unobtrusive malty sweetness throughout.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jooler
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a can and my expectations for a sour in a can are low. Smell is fruity esters. Initial taste is tart along with a slight vinegar aftertaste. Not bad. A nice cup of tea

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Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,956 ratings.
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