Monk's Café Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flemish Sour Ale is a blend of 3yr old and freshly brewed triple ales. The blend is then aged for 6 months in oak casks.

Added by superspak on 09-02-2017

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2.8%
 
 
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Photo of smithj4
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. "Monk's Cafe Grand Cru"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged.

Notes via stream of consciousness: So here we have a 5.5% abv "Grand Cru" Flemish sour ale. It's poured a very dark brown that's almost black. Held to the light it's a hazy dark chestnut or mahogany. The head is a finger-thick cap of creamy sand-colored foam. In the nose it's fruity like berries, a touch caramelish, a little oaky, and just slightly musty. The flavor follows that pretty much, adding in a gentle tartness, some soft notes of cherry and fig, and some light chocolate toffee. Is there a little bit of leatheriness and wet straw to it as well? It's a little sweet, but also balanced by it's soft acidity and a very low level bitterness. I'd say it's right on regarding balance, and it's nicely rounded as well with multiple notes that all work together. Could it be more complex? Certainly, but it's still pretty nice. The head dropped rather quickly but it's left some solid sheets of lace behind. In the mouth it's medium bodied but with a clear dextrinous edge, and it's a little sharp and effervescent on the tongue to begin with but then it warms in the mouth to become creamy-smooth. It's quite impressive.
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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kinda pours a murky rust colour, great head of off white foam. Lacing is not lacking.

The smell is acetic, fruity in a sense of both tart AND sweet, noticeable oak.

Tastes more tart than sour due in part I reckon from the sweet fruity notes I'm picking up. Still acetic, with an abundance of dark pitted fruit. Notes of oak throughout.

Medium body with close to medium carbonation.

This tickles my fancy.

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Photo of Lucular
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/13/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/sour cranberry, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, red wine, vanilla, toasted oak, pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and brown bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, balsamic vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lightly tart/sour cranberry, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, red wine, vanilla, toasted oak, pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and brown bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, balsamic vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour cranberry, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, red wine, vanilla, toasted oak, pepper, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/puckering flavors after the finish. Touch of lingering tannic astringency, but not overwhelming. Lightly increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a fantastic Flanders brown ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/light acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Very rich and complex maltiness; awesome balance of Lacto/Brett complexity and nice oak barrel presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Far more impressive and complex than the regular Monk's Cafe.

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Monk's Café Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 9 ratings