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:
2,957
Reviews:
1,145
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
459
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,957 |  Reviews: 1,145
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

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

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

Good sour. Rails and Ales 2016

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Photo of drstalker
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick off-white head that fills the glass and leaves trails and lacing on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Smell is of dark sour plums and a touch (small touch) of oak. Taste is everything you'd expect of an oud bruin. Good balance of sweet malts, a touch of brown sugar, and tart sour yeast, and a tart and slightly oaky finish. Nothing particularly jumps out at me, but solid, nonetheless. Feel is kinda light in body, but sorta refreshing in that way. Overall, a solid oud bruin, especially for the 3 dollar price tag! I'd recommend it.

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Photo of mltobin
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of K3lso1123
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pstam87
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samEBC
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ABabbidge
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark brown, almost black body. Head is rocky and reduces to a thin lace.

S: Sour funky smell with some dark fruit, like apples or cherries.

T&F: Taste is slightly sour. I get an apple like flavor reminiscent of a cider. A little bit a malt with some tannins in the finish that makes it somewhat dry.Moderate carbonation.

O: Could use a little more tartness but overall pretty enjoyable. Fruity and refreshing for a summer day.

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is more muted than expected, with mostly caramel and cherry; some light oak and vinegar. The flavor profile is more assertive, with layers of caramel, cherry, cranberry, vinegar, and a general earthiness. The finish is sour, with sharp oak as well as tannic and white pepper notes. Not as sour as some Flemish Ales, and generally balanced between the sweet, the tart and the earthy/tannic.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Euroglot
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of constantine_272
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I first had this on tap in Philly at the Monk's Cafe. Circling back now for a review at home with a bottle several years later. Dark reddish black with a frothy pillowy brown head. Smells of bright fresh brown soil with a cedar bark. The taste starts off earthy, oaky and leathery with a dark molasses and brown sugar baked gingerbread cookie. It quickly turns tart and fruity of dark red cherry, blood orange, cranberry and cabernet. A dark pipe tobacco finishes long on the aftertaste. The feel is okay, finishing a bit too sugary and cloying like cranberry juice with a touch too much dryness that doesn't seem to line up with the rest of the beer.

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,957 ratings.
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