Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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:
2,954
Reviews:
1,145
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
455
For Trade:
5
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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sirath21
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Welch
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bulabeers
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Brownish Red with a giant stubborn off white almost tan head
S: Funk, Raisins, Oak
T: tart strawberry, sour lemon, blackberry, oak,
F: well carbonated, not much but a little tannin action
O: Love this one. Great brew.

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

Photo of sourlinus
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color with an underlying ruby tone. 1/2 finger of an off-white head.

Aroma starts with the aroma akin to that if you held a penny for too long in your hand and then smelled your hand. Pretty funky also. Notes of dried plum, blueberry, fig and cherry. Some lactic acid.

Taste is no where close to the other elites in the class. A very unbalanced beer. It's funky, metallic, sweet, sour, fruity, and citrusy all at separate times. The finish is slightly salty with a bit of a crushed aspirin bitterness.

Overall, not worth the price. There are substantially better offerings for the same price. I see it pairing well with a sour green apple slaw. It gets a 71/100.

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Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tyalan
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good looking brown ale. Pale tan/off white head, relatively large lace, not super persistent.

Aroma is sweet, clean, fruit and dried fruit.

Taste is sour, clean. Ok. Strawberry. Blood orange. Light malt.

Mouthfeel is ok. Moderate to moderately rich. Big carbonation. Nothing special, nothing bad. Good. Better than fair.

Finish is ok. A little early, dirty, not super long. More fair than good, but flavors well integrated with the beer.

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Photo of Coorsy
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ghatz
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AngEo
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of jcwebninja
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,954 ratings.
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