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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Clear copper. Thin light tan head. Sour aroma! Light fruit and vinegar with some brown sugar added. A little sweet and adjuncty perhaps. Flavor is thin and dry. Its got some vinegar, and perhaps some oaky fruit. But otherwise the flavor is a bit bland.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a lightly hazy rusty brown body with a lasting off-white head. The aroma is tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, light old oak. Nice tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, and light tart oak. Nice feeling and sufficiently tart.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2006
12oz - Aroma of red wine vinegar, cherry, and a touch of yeast. Pours hazy red/brown with small head and good lacing. Flavor is surprisingly mild. Sour cherry, vinegar, and some watered down red wine. Palate is not very tart and actually a little sweet. Not what I expect from a Flemish sour. Overall not bad, but noting special.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baresi (14) - Kungsbacka, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2006
The taste is a little simular to Duchess de Bourgogne and Bourgogne des Flanders and serve it to herring is a success! It’s a little sour and fruity and you can also find a slight hint of sweetness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Well, had this on tap at Barley Johns. Sour caramel and dark vinegar onnthe nose,sounds strange but it was very nice. It died off a bit taste wise but the vingar was still there which really took over the taste.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Bottle. Quite pleasant, all be it, quite mild flemish sour. Nice irony qualities, with some balsamic vinegar, cherries and blood. A little dissapointing in terms of the mouthfeel. It never really yakes off, and doesn’t have the juicy acidity of some of the better examples

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle. Deep ruby-brown color with an off-white head. Tart, lemony aroma. Tart, citric flavor with some backing cany sugar. Nice sweet/sour balance. Refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Pours tawny / reddish brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is mildly sour with some woody and tart cherries. Bits of vinegar and some light sweetness and spiciness are there as well. Medium / light bodied with just enough carbonation. Tast not as intense as most Flemish sours - more refreshing. Starts lightly sour and and woody with vinegar coming out in the finish. while not as wonderful as a full-on Flemish sour, this is an enjoyable and more easy drinking version of the style. Recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
I enjoyed this beer but it is really freakin tart. I mean like vinegar. Lots of vinegar. Appearance: Dark amber copper color with a halo. Smell: Lots of sour apple orchard aroma. The smell of apples that have cooked a bit in the sun. Sour and sweet, acidic and fruity, cherries and berries, galore. Taste: VERY acidic. Vinegarish. Sour apple and cherries in the flavor with a lactic acid attribute. This beer definitely takes some warming up to. It is a grow on you beer and *Not* one I would consider ’easily’ approachable. The aftertaste is sour and astringent but has sweet sugars drawing lines in the tartness as well. This beer border on cloying but manages to walk the line and come out just fine; making this a very unique one to try. Mouthfeel: A medium light body that has just enough carbonation to keep it feely somewhat airy through all the dry astringent character. Drinkability: As harsh as I may have made this beer sound, it left an impression on me and I wanted more. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Original sample from Pailhead. 2nd bottle from Larry Pitonka I believe? Hazy brown with absolutely no head. Tons of lip puckering sourness up front. Continues right through flavor. Finishes a little dry. Pretty one dimensional, but works for some reason.


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