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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: 1330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!


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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Izumidai (2) - Ridley Park, USA - JUL 24, 2006 does not count
Wood and tart fruit in the nose. The tart fruit carries over to the taste along with traces of metal. Not over astringent. Very inviting without being to sour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2006
<!-- i -->330 mL bottle: <!-- /i -->light mahogany with burnt maroon highlights. Thin off-white film. Light cherry skin and charred oak aroma with yeasty undertones. Very well carbonated palate, with a sharp, astringent sourness. Cherry flavours are long and tart. Blueberry yeast mixes with a bit of iron and blood. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1194) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Thanks to robertsreality JK and I were able to sample this beer. Only my second Flemish Sour (my first was La Folie). Sour vinegary flavor with some fruit and oak. Much milder than La Folie, which, is a good thing. The sour was so overpowering in La Folie that I felt it took over the flavor. This is better, and didn’t give me the stomach ache the next day. Served at Barley John’s.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
11/05 Hopleaf-On tap and served in a goblet. Reddish color, light off white head that leaves plenty of head residue. Aroma is cherries, oak, lemon, vanilla? It smells nice. Taste is cherries, strawberries, lemon, red wine, red wine vinegar, and vanilla. Sour, but restrained sourness. The mouthfeel almost has a creaminess to it before the astringent finish. One of the better examples of the style.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
250ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Same brewery but a completely different style to the Celis White sampled directly before. Pours a lovely dark ruby red with a thin but rich off-white head. The main thing that strikes me about the aroma is a very woody/aged character, fairly typical of the style but perhaps a bit more pronounced here. Behind that is a strong whiff of sweet and sour spoiled fruit and is quite vinous and wine like. There’s also a strange off smell in there, like a really pungent sewer, quite yeasty. On to the first sip, which is surprisingly thin compared to the intense aroma, it’s very sweet and woody with vomit, red wine, chocolate, gravy and a fruity lip puckering sourness, but there’s just quite a bit of off flavouring in there. I found to be, at best, rather bland, and at worse flawed with nasty off flavours.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4837) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 Draught at Barley John’s. Dark red and a thick lacing head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar and cherries & other fruits. Fairly sour, a little fruit sugar, and oak. Thanks to Robertsreality for this beer. Also sampled as Monks Cafe.

2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Bottle. Minimal head, with a reddish brown hue. Scent is quite nice, some raspberry and a little cedar perhaps. Taste is a little overpowering, similar to Worcestshire sauce. Not bad, just not so good on it’s own. Would pair well with red meats.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mxpx54981 (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006 does not count
Had on draught at Monk’s Cafe. Excellent atmosphere really makes this place. For their beer, one of the first sour ales that I have had. Could not drink 10 of them, but I will definately check out other sour ales that I come across.


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