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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1253   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Best sour you can buy. The glass can be held up to a light all night long as it is beautiful. Not my favorite style but it went great with the sea food served at Monk’s. Did give a complex sour - tart mouth feel and left an aroma to breath through your nose on a cool evening walk back to your car after a wonderful Philly night of good shows, good food, and a nice spot known as Monk’s

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9440) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 On tap at the Hop Leaf, Nov. 11, 2005 (Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale). Red copper ale with a thin white head. Light sour wild cherries in aroma. In mouth, very classy flemish sour, with lactic notes and raisin sweetness. Lighter bodied than expected. Not bad.
Earlier Rating: 8/1/2005 Total Score: 3.3
Red brown ale with a thin off-white head. Sour cherries in aroma with brown sugar notes. In mouth, more sour cherries with lemony and eathy notes. A thin to medoium bodies compliments this well. Bottle at L’Autre Oeil, Summer 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1191) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Paid $2.49 for an 11.2oz bottle at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a medium brown with a half-inch tan head. Light aroma of vanilla and vinegar... maybe some cherry. Flavor is dominated by a vinegar-like flavor followed by a hint of sweetness, some cherry and sour apple. Not a bad brew- not a huge fan of the style, but drinkable, no doubt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
On tap at Monks. Pours a medium red brown color with a small whitish head. Aroma was apples, cherries, and mild barnyard. Flavors a lot like the nose with a tart kick about halfway through. Very enjoyable ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Opaque reddish brown pour with a gentle head that goes down quickly. Interesting nose that’s predominately sweet (caramel, cherry, and plum), with a little sourness and barnyard. The palate is all sour with lemon notes. Not much else going on here for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4418) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Secret Santa. Aroma of sour apple and cherry with a hint of vinegar. Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with a small off-white ring for a head. Great sour cherry and apple flavors from start to finish. Flavors remain constant thoughout with maybe a tad increase in tartness in the finish. I don’t get the usual woodiness that I normally find in most other Flemish Sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark brown amber with a strong tart fruity aroma. Flavor is a sour cherry and fruits. Easy drinking, dry bitter finish and not too sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2005
As for a Flemish Sour, I was a little disappointed. The arome delivered, but the flavor and body fell flat. Oak-y, vinegar nose, some cherry tartness. However, the body was watery and not as robust as I think it should be. Beef it up a little and this is could be a great example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 In a bottle as Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Orange brown in color. Big head of large, even bubbles subsides to a rocky iceberg that sems to have maybe a twinge of pink to it. Nose is sweet and tart, very cherry-candy like. Flavor is mildly sour and sugary sweet. Not terribly complex. This a very drinkable sour but it really doesn’t offer much to keep me interested.

Original rating: On tap at the Hopleaf. Deep burgundy red w/ lots of lace. Tart and vinous but rather simple and lacking depth, especially considering the style. Somewhat watery, the tartness begs to be noticed but can’t and there’s nothing to fill in where it should be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
[Bottle exp.:19/07/07] Tasted with the guys of Institut de la Bière
Rating opposed to the style
Sharp sour nose, strong, but still acidic, port/cognac from the oak. Aroma reminds me of the Duchesse de Bourgogne. Ruby/dark red color. Flavor is sour, woody… iron but not as powerfull as the Duchesse. Yet a complex beer.

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