Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews by gory4d:
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gory4d from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jan 22, 2013
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rastaman from England

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very sour tart nose and palate, with hints of cherry (the skins) in both. Sweetish cherry start, with a sweet and sour finish, a bit vinegary, very refreshing full-flavoured flanders red, very cheap in belgium to, one of the best of its style (that i've had so far!!!!)

Sep 19, 2002
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the42ndtourist from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

murky red brown, not a terribly big head. proper soggy wood and sour cherry notes in the aroma. taste brings that wonderful acidic touch along with a fruity sweetness and a soft (but strong) sourness. smooth and tasty, thoroughly drinkable, glad am I that two bottles turned up instead of one. Dee-lish.

Nov 24, 2003
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a brownish red color beer with a medium off-white foamy head with some pretty good retention. Aroma is quite sour and you can already feel the effect of the oak on this beer. Taste is quite acid with some subtle sweetness at the end. Cheery feels is less present then in the Rodenbach Grand Cru but can still be detected. Overall, I find this one to be a good Flemish sour ale and would even say that it seems to be underrated compared to some other Flemish Sour ale.

Apr 07, 2005
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before July 2007, Sampled January 2006
Pours a deep brown color and is topped by a frothy, thin, light brown colored head. The aroma has that expected twang to it that is a mix of sour woodiness, a hint of balsamic, and a bit of cherry-like tartness. In the finish is even a touch of sweetness that helps to accentuate the cherry-like aromatic notes. All in all the aroma is quite nice, though it could perhaps use a bit more complexity.

The taste is fairly dry, in fact it has hardly any malt sweetness to it. Instead there is a nice tartness which is balanced by a certain fullness that this beer has. The fullness adds to the suggestive malt character that would have otherwise been accentuated by some sweetness. There is a sort of bready quality that reminds me of lightly toasted bread, and perhaps even a hint of chocolate in the finish. The tartness of this beer reminds me of tamarind with perhaps a hint of balsamic vinegar thrown into the mix.

This certainly a decent example of the style, and it is fairly tasty tipple to boot, but it could use a bit more complexity. The acidity makes it a bit too one dimensional; some extra malt, and perhaps even some more funk would make this quite a bit more enjoyable.

Jan 02, 2006
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indiapaleale from Maine

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with some reddish hues and little to no head, lots of sediment in the bottle.

Smells is very strong of tart cherry, vanilla and vinegar/funk.

Taste is delicious with all the thirst quenching bittersweet sourness that these beers provide. This one definitely has a bit of that barnyard funkiness from the Brett but it works well.

Really enjoyed this "Bio" beer, they seem to be a bit of the trend right now in Belgium. Just like the "Organic" beer trend here in the States.

May 25, 2009
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A flanders sour aroma, wine like, alcohol whiff. Nice redish sight. Ok in taste, understated cherry and not overly sour. Wood, vanilla. Moderate carbonation. Medium to thin mouthfeel, but refreshing easy drink. Underated, worth a try, and I would have again.

Sep 11, 2005
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bark from Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005.

The colour is red-brown, the beige compact head is finger thick.

The smell got sour “wheat beer” flavours, but also a vinegar-like lambic-note. There are hints of raspberries, redcurrant and lingonberry. The smell is very fresh and inviting.

The taste is lambic-sour but also fruity with flavours of raspberries and gooseberries. The sourness is replaced by a mild sweetness. The aftertaste is shorter than expected and dry with some fruity notes.

A fine belgian ale, but not exceptional.

Dec 18, 2005
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle. Bottle labeled 19/07/07.

Poured a medium reddish / brown color with a small sized off white head. With this one, I got wood (oak), cherries, toffee and I would call this one vinous. Tastes start off with stronger sour cherries then give way to chocolate (mmm, chocolate covered sour cherries), wood, and some other dark fruits. Nice cherry presence with lots of wood.

Notes from 12/27/06

Dec 15, 2008
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Smell is extremely sour. Catches you off the bat. Very sour. Taste is very sour. Very highly carbonated, but still very sour. Some nice dark fruits, but the sourness takes over the beer and dominates. Very good beer. I would put this up against Rodenbach or the Ommegang Grand Cru that I just had a growler of. Well done.

Oct 28, 2008
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Toddv29424 from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, almost like a wine. Smell is pungent and involves plums, raisins and other dark fruits. The taste is quite unique. Much like the plums and raisins mentioned before, but there is a hint of the more tasty wine in there. It leaves an aftertaste that is really enjoyable, of a sweetness like plums. This is a great beer that is unique, any one who is looking to try something new will enjoy.

Apr 25, 2005
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dogfooddog from Panama

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

small bottle poured at 50f. Decent light tan head, acidic musty slightly sour odor, pleasant.

Taste is distinct from other versions of the style I have had. Initial almost candy-like tartness is quickly followed by a dry, slightly sour finish with very little sweetness at all. Woody notes dominate the finish. Further into the finish it becomes almost sweet, quite a contrast to the rest of the beer. This product is an unusual interpretation of the style typified by rodenbach and verhaeghe.

I would say without a doubt the long finish is the most striking aspect of this beer. I cannot pick up much resemblence between this and the monk's cafe product this brewery produces for a US customer.

Apr 07, 2006
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jrob21 from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 28, 2015
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bonbini26 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Ginger Man, listed as Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne, but I was told that this is pretty much the same beer that Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale

Poured a deep ruby red/brown color into a tulip glass with a thin, fluffy, off white head. The smells of balsamic sour woodiness, with hints of burnt cherry. Tastes of lightly toasted bread, oak, cherries, and suttle chocolate Mouthfeel starts sweet and tart and finishes dry. I was hoping to have a little more complex brew here, it was a little of a let down

Jun 09, 2009
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown. Foggy. Minimal creme head. Nose is biting. That sharp Brett infused kind of thing. Wood and cherry tones are there. Flavor is a biting vinegar. A little too much so IMO. I'd like a bit more wood and fruit tones. Still though, it works well enough for sour freaks like me. There is still a good enough balance to it. Feel is typical. Liquid is good and carbonation is a bit biting. You really have to appreciate the sours to be able to dig this one. If you're in that boat, you'll like it.

Mar 23, 2009
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bosse for tossing this into our trade. I'm under the impression this beer is an ancient predecessor to Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale. My bottle lists an ABV of 6% and has a best before range of 1987 through 1990 with no date punched - I suppose it's between 22 and 27 years old? Served in a wine glass.

A - Upon removing the cage the cork started to come out on its own. After moving to the sink the cork made a loud pop, but there was thankfully no gushing. Poured a semi-transparent dark brown and copper color with a finger of tan foam that quickly dissipated to a solid cap and ring. Pretty good looking after all these years!

S - The smell also exploded out of the bottle, filling the room with funky horse-blanket, sour cherries, red wine, rum-soaked dark fruits, and caramel. It actually reminded me a little of the Enigma I had last week but with more acidity to it. In any case it smelled terrific, and exceptional considering the age.

T - Unfortunately time has not been as kind to this element of the brew. The taste is very mellow, with a strong butterscotch/caramel flavor and a touch of oxidation. There is an element of tart cherry that builds on the top of the palate after a few glasses, but the age has smoothed out most of the interest.

M - Medium body, slightly sticky finish, light carbonation tingle. It's appropriate for a Flanders Oud Bruin, but nothing special.

D - My wife, Greg (gory4d), and I split the 750ml bottle three ways and it was pretty easy to drink - I had no problems downing a couple glasses. This brew is probably past its prime, but was still pretty enjoyable.

Aug 28, 2009
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KAF from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 07, 2014
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jgasparine from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Cambrinus Restaurant, Bruges, Belgium.

A- Poured from the bottle with a slightly opaque ruby-tinged brown body. Little bit of visible carbonation. The head was substantial, rocky, proteinaceous and off-white head with wonderful lacing.

S- Smells like a classic Flanders Red- sweet and sour, good maltiness with some lactic notes. A touch of oak in there as well.

T- In the mouth it's actually wonderful. Classic rich Flanders Red flavor- a wonderful balance of candy malt and crisp tartness from lactic/acetic acid. No hops detected, just a touch of oak. Very dry finish.

M- Thin body. The carbonation is relatively soft. Nothing too impressive. Quite average.

D- A lovely classic Flanders Red that goes down super-smooth. Very thirst quenching and delicious.

Mar 23, 2010
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MightyCow9 from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't see colors so it get a good rating. This beer was really good. I brought it back from my Belgium trip. The Old Brown style was tougher to find than I thought. This one was a great example though. The sweetness that would be expected from a Brownish style of beer but heavily hit up with Brett sourness. I think that the sour was a good mix, slightly more powerful than the maltiness in this beer.

Jun 04, 2009
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nickd717 from California

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review dated 12/19/2008, from the tap.

Called "Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale" at La Trappe in SF. Came out of the gates strong but pulled up a little lame maybe halfway through. This is a novelty beer, with a strong sweet vinegar flavor and cherries, but it is a little too much by the time you get to the end of it. Maybe I just had too many sour beers that day.

Aug 25, 2011
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Nov 22, 2011
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davidwhatshisnam from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

May 04, 2014
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Travlr from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.
Appearance was deep ruby red with a medium white head that settles quickly.
Smell of sour cherries, must and malt.
Taste was of wine vinegar, sour but with a slightly sweet beginning.
Reminded me of a less complex version of Rodenbach, similar to their "Alexander" which is no longer brewed. Interesting. Would love to taste an aged version.

Nov 19, 2009
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Kiyoko from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle from 1988.

Saw it on the menu of Bishops Arms, Stockholm, and just had to try it. Looks like exclusive rum; very clear darkish amber. Heavy, sweet smell of raisins and rum. Smooth taste with more of the same, you can really feel the years in this one. Although it's not as heavy as a glass of rum, you have to drink it slowly and savor every sip.

Mar 02, 2009
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beergod1 from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also called "Monk's Café Flemish Sour Red Ale" Pours hazy reddish brown into a tulip. Fine bubbly head with nice retention. Sour cherry and vinegar notes and flavor is just like the aroma. Thin with a bitter cherry finish. light to med body. A Nice sipper.

Oct 04, 2010
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