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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Ertvelde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 1294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Also called “Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale”

We blend young and old beers to make this mildy tart sour ale. Light bodied with a lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish. Very refreshing!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3547) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 141014, Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Certainly is sour, even the foam sets the mouth a puckering. Big head with a bit of sediment in the final pour.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie likes. Not as sour as expected. Too expensiv ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kabonski (32) - - OCT 7, 2014
This is my go to sour. It's sour, it's funky, it's bitter! Go get one and enjoy it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"mahagony color, lively carbonation. sweet & sour funky aroma. wood & fruit (cherry). bubbly, milky mouthfeel. taste is complex...wood, lots of dark fruit, tart but not really as sour as the nose. pleasant, sweet lingering finish that you don’t want to go away. this is a great flemish red session ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holygrowler (3) - - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
This is a great "bridge" beer to help introduce new people to the sour beer brewing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OneHotPepper (58) - - SEP 27, 2014
Smells like sour cherries. Very light from bottle. No head or lacing. Very tart cherry taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Clear brown colour, no head. Aroma of madeira, raisins, attic, light sour. Light sour flavour, not complex at all. Light sour finish, raisins.
(From 33cL bottle @ Kulminator)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Subtle aroma with some sweet fruit and sour notes. Flavour is tart, but not particularly sour for the style. Some sweet candy and dried fruit notes. Could use a little more sourness and a little less candy sweetness. Tasty and refreshing, but nothing outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1434) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
From notes, 4 oz draft pour consumed on 5/18/2013 at ChurchKey. Dark reddish brown with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Nice sticky lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, vinegar, tart notes. Tastes of sour grapes, vinegar, slight tart notes. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Medium-low carbonation. Not as sour as I’d prefer but still solid.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2066) - BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2014
Classic old-fashioned ’versnijbier’, a tradition of imitating oud bruin by blending a regular beer with a sour one. Also tasted as Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale, which is apparently the same. Beige head, dark hazy bronze colour. Aroma of raisins, passion fruit, sour cream, sour red berries, chocolate, old sherry, yoghurt; very fruity taste, sweet and sour, caramelly, a bit woody, ending in a drying sourness. Very credible, though it isn’t even a ’real’ oud bruin.


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