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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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3.86/5
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2,969 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#9,257
Reviews:
1,150
Ratings:
2,969
pDev:
13.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,969 |  Reviews: 1,150
Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.

Brownish ruby color with a creamy 1/2 finger head.

Lots of nice sour brown ale aromas, with bread crust, cherry, molasses, and vanilla almond.

Not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Basic brown bread crusts, some cherry, lemon rind, lots of lactobacillus, caramel, prune. Some bitterness on the finish. Odd?

Feel is creamy all the way to the bank. Nice mild to moderate carb.

Overall, a good effort. I'd have it again.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mnj21655
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown with garnet highlights at the edges and a finger of light tan head, good retention. Aroma has dark fruits, some dark malts, and a sour hint. Taste starts with a sour note then moves to dark cherries, plums, and prunes then I get some caramel and toffee into the finish. The taste is definitely sweeter than the aroma. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation, a bit lighter than I'd expect. Overall a pretty good beer, not my favorite style but this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of PSanger
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pop of the cork, but the contents couldn't wait to get out of the bottle, overflowing & running down the neck. Quick, grab that mug. Pours a reddish brown, very, very heady. Very nice aroma: caramel, berries, grain, it smells sour but not like vinegar. The taste is pretty sweet for a sour, grapey, an interesting blend of sour, sweet & bitter finish but not bad. More than enough carbonation. An excellent sour.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. can

Pours bright maroon ruby red with a frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, black cherry, caramel, toffee, vanilla, molasses, nutty toasted bready malts, oak, red and black grapes, slight bubblegum, apple, vinegary funk, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like tart grapes, dark berries, black cherry, apple, caramel, toffee, vanilla, molasses, nutty toasted bready malts, oak, slight vinegary funk, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice Oud Bruin.

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Photo of jmg480
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +0.8%
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 +3.1%
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 -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of C1051
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdatorand
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelseyr713
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

 265 characters

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

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2,969 ratings
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