Monk's Cafe Sour Brown | De Brabandere

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4.21 w/ 10 Ratings

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by scottoale on 05-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
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4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle that had cellared about 2 years at about 50 degrees.

Poured into a tulip glass, with a nice, large bubbles white head that dissipated quickly. Lacing along the sides of the glass as I drank it.

Deep brown color, paler at the base of the tapered glass.

Smell is sort of vinegar-like, appropriate for style, and somewhat yeasty. Very appealing.

Taste is very tart, but sweet, yet not cloying at all. Lots of vinegar-like flavor. Some fig.

The mouthfeel is a smooth, moderate body with a dry finish.

This is a very nice Flanders bruin that I would certainly pick up again.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This the first time I had this style, I didn't know exactly what to expect, but was very happy I tried it.

A very nice color, deep mahogany with nice ruby highlights under a half inch off white head, the bar was dark so I am not too sure about the head color.

The smell has a hint of cherry, and then a strong apple cider vinegar smell. As it warmed up or as I got used to the tartness I could pick up more malt in the nose.

This is one tart beer, it is a little shocking, but in a good way. The apple cider vinegar flavor comes out first, then there is a cherry/grape flavor, the body brings out a grape soda like flavor. It really did remind me of grape soda without the sweetness. The alcohol was in there sneaking around after each sip.

The body was light and once I got used to the tartness it was very refreshing. A very good beer and I am glad I tried it.

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

This beauty was a deep rosey mahogany color with a scant film of off-white cap and copious residuals along the sides of my Chimay "snifter". The aroma is sweet cheery and alcohol and suggestions of oak and hard cider. The flavor jumps out and gloriously grabs your tart tastebuds with sour cherry and sweet malt. It settles like rhubarb pie in the back of the mouth with a medium body that politely bites with a soda-like fizz, a bit of hard cider again. I find it quite drinkable and a fun change of pace once you adjust to the powerful tartness. It is complex but you need to really sit with it to pick it all out. For tonight, it was just a very enjoyable glass of sour goodness with enough malt to say beer! Lovely.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed by Petrus for the Monk's Cafe. From the tap into a 25cl. Chimay chalice, cherry-brown with slight haze and an off-white patchy surface island plus a fine ring of bubbles, clinging to the glass. A fine mild carbonation to the medium body of this brew.

The smell is of slightly sweet malt, tart light fruits and a sour, almost vinegar aroma down to the finish. Smells like some wild yeasts have been at work here.

Short sweetness of roasty malt give way quickly to a tart cherry, green apple and sour green grape flavor that becomes even more sour and vinegret like down to the finish, The finish is more astringent than bitter, but not in an unpleasant way. The alcohol comes to play, thinning the sour to a pleasant, but tart aftermath. This style beer has a tendency to grow on you as your palete broadens with time and tastings.

A good, solid Flanders here, worth the cost.

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Monk's Cafe Sour Brown from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 10 ratings
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