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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: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Also called ďMonkís Cafť Flemish Sour Red AleĒ

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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5770) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
An aroma of dried roasted malt with a hint of dried fruit. An dark amber pour with a gooey white lacing that clings like an co dependent x wife. A flavor of sour sweet appley fruit. A palate that is just a tad fizzy for me but the style probably dictates that it should be that way not a bad beer. I have no idea how it got in my cellar but not it is not. An oddly enjoyable brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (617) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Tap @ Hamiltons. Delicious. Pours a nice burgundy color and has an extremely floral nose that just speaks to you in sour tongues. The taste is what you expect from a Flemish sour. Sour, but smoother than some others with a crisp, clean finish. This was called Monkís Cafe, so I figure theyíre sharing the recipe or distributing directly through Monkís Cafe. Great stuff. Love these sour ales.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
What a wonderfully different beer! Slightly sour and citrusy, but also nicely deep with belgian style ale notes. it has yeast, malt, hops, everything a good beer should.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a clear brown copper, somewhat of a tea color, with a quarter inch of creamy tan foam. Not a great head, but what is there lasts, providing good webby lacing. Tart cherry and citrus aroma. Tart but not funky. Flavors of sour sour sour cherry. I grow sour cherries. This is more sour. Yes, I like it. Throw in some dry sherry wine, and some sweet cherry, and some oak. Complex and flavorful. Medium body and moderately carbonated. Fizzy aftertaste of tangy lemon and cherry pit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a murky reddish brown with a one inch tan head that fades to a spotty cap and has only a small amount of lace. Smell; strong sour nose with hints of lactic acid. Thereís sour fruitiness (cherries?), as well as a bit of some citrus aromas. Taste; tart cherries and sour lemon peel, with an acidic bite hammer you at first. After this warms up some a nice oaky flavor mixed with a little malt presence kick in to off set those sour/tart flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and a touch thin, but this is still a very drinkable beer. This is only my second Flemish Sour Ale, and I find myself really enjoying this style. Iím looking forward to trying some more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle. Barnyard, cherry and soughdough aroma. Cloudy dirt brown color with moderate head for style. Musty sourdough flavor with hint of sour cherries. Light body. The sourdough malt flavor is different - not bad.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle of Monkís Cafe via trade with hopdog - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a two finger thick off white head. Nice lacing left behind as the head settles. Since this is my first Flemish Sour, Iím not expecting much. Well, the aroma smells like rotting veggies or day old band aid. Quite nasty. Actually, Iím smelling tart yeast and esters. The flavor isnít much better. Tart and estery. Medium body. What suprises me most about this beer, is there is no unpleasant aftertaste. WOW. I will admit this beer gets easier to drink as it warms. Itís just hard to get past the nasty aroma. I guess this is how the beer is supposed to taste. If I had the best Flemish sour in the world, I probably wouldnít like it much better. I donít rate to style, so this beer will get a little lower score than itís used to (lack of style knowledge for this style). I will keep trying them, but will not seek them out. Thanks Steve (I mean it).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Deep red-orange color with a medium sized rocky offwhite head. Wisps of phenols with an earthen fruity tartness in the aroma. Cherry skin astringent tartness syngergizes with a tannic character. Mild mustiness emerges after the acidic flavors subside. Estery and phenolic finish with the vestiges of the aforementioned sourness. Mouthfeel is a light medium, rather dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Ive been really fascinated with sour ales recently...and this is my second ..but my first on draft...a very fragrant cherry-apple nose....light and cidery body with a distinct cherry burst..and some green apple...very tasty and very easy to drink..dark reddish amber color with some decent lacing

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2006
On tap at Monkís Cafe, October 2005. This namesake beer was what I started a long night at Monkís with. Poured a ruddy brown with reddish highlights, greyish white head resting precariously atop it all. Subtle aromas of oak, cherries, sharp but light wild yeast aromas abound. Flavor is more subdued than most other Flemish sours Iíve had, but also quite elegant. Tastes of soft oak and tart cherries are intermingled with a little funky twist of jammy port wine and wild barnyard graininess. Palate was light and satisfying. Not rich by any stretch, but a recipe well concieved, I enjoyed this immensely.


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