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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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common

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RATINGS: 1280   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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2006
11.2 oz bottle via trade with Degarth - Thanks Joe! Pours brown with ruby highlights and a short tan head that faded pretty quick. Not an overly sour aroma, some tart cherries that blend with caramel malts and some roasted notes as well as yeast. Flavor is sour with mostly cherry notes at first but gives way to some sweet caramel notes and the on the finish. Somewhat gritty on the palate and other than that a little thin bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Reddisn-brown w/a slightly sour aroma. An okay sour ale, but too malty of a mix. Probably would be good w/shrimp, which the importer suggested at the beer tasting. Good but not amazing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Poured the color of a muddy creek with a head that dissapeared like a fuse on a firecracker, so fast I don’t know what it looked like. Aroma is sour, tart, fruity, and some burnt vacuum. Flavor is initially sour like lemon juice w/o the lemon flavor. It then fades to more of a fizzy tart taste. Has a hint of bubble gum in the flavor too...odd. Some funky flavors here. Lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2006
a perfectly good flemish sour in the rodenbach tradition. Tart, refreshing, perhaps less intense than some making it something you can easily quaff by the pint.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle Code 01HE

Bright, mahogany/vermillion under a fizzy, ecru head. Sour cherry & Brett aroma, with latex phenols, broth, sour milk and sweat. Fluffy mouthfeel carries one-dimensional wooden-tartness to a metallic finish. Thin-bodied with acidic twang. Quite a letdown after a promising start.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1887) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Muddy red/brown with a white creamy bubbly head around the edges. Aroma is definitely sour and fruity. Body is just about perfect and the flavor is candyish and earthy. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a very thin head. Pours with champagne like carbonation and bubbles. Aroma of sour cherries, not overwhelming sourness. Some funky yeast in the nose as well. Somewhat intense sourness hits you up front in the taste with some fruitiness in the background. It seems a little watered down to me in the middle, the sourness and cherry almost disappear for a brief second, but then come back in the finish along with some grape fruit juice. Finishes a little dry. This is my first of this style, so I’m not sure about it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5591) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy brown with firm, beige head. Sweet, though sourish aroma. Fruity, metallic and sourish flavour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Draft. Rusty brown. Nose is sour and woody with tart fruit notes, though it has a muted sourness. Taste is tart fruits, balsamic vinegar, wet wood, and light earthiness. Body is lightly carbonated with mild acidity but not much dryness. Finishes sweet-sour with light vinegar notes, faint wood, and fruit.
Earlier Rating: 2/16/2006 Total Score: 2.7
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed ruby body with a small tan head. Nose is sour cherry, light Balsamic notes, wet wood, lemon notes, and faint flowers. Taste is thinned black cherries, light acetic notes, watery lemonade, faint woody notes and light earthiness. Very thin flavor. Body is light and thin but has seltzer-like bubbliness. Tart but only with some slight dryness that one would expect. Finishes just as thin with light cherry and lemon, wet wood, and thin earthy dryness. Not terrible, but a bit of a let-down.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4781) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2006
On tap at Naja’s Place, Redondo beach, CA. Deep rubyred with only a thin film of foam. Intense sour yoghurt aroma, some oakiness and caramel sweetness. Aromas definitely remniscent of a Rodenbach. Flavours are sweeter than expected by the aroma, even if it dries out towards the finish. Some sour yoghurt flavours, but much softer than a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Rounded caramel notes. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.All in all, a highly drinkable American-Flemish red ale that comes close to the real thing.


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