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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: 1391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!


3.8
   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 Monk’s Cafe, October 2005. This namesake beer was what I started a long night at Monk’s 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 I’ve 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2006
11.2 oz bottle, labeled as Monk’s Cafe. Decent aroma, deep reddish brown tint. Smallish off-white head. Light lacing. Flavors of cherry, maybe a bit of raspberry, overtones of cider. Light to moderate acidity and a somewhat metallic finish. Not surprisingly, the bottled version cannot compare to the version on tap in Philly.... still worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
12 oz bottle labeled as Monk’s Cafe thanks to JHop. Aromas were very fruity cherry as were the flavors. Not quite as "Flemish" as I had expected from a Flemish. More sweet than sour. But not bad if that is what you are looking for.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours a foggy ruddy brown with a dense offwhite foamy head. The nose is unlike anything I’ve smelt in a beer before. Truly bizarre. there’s something reminiscent of a Belgian and some brown sugar in there... but there’s something more! Somewhere between cranberry sauce, red wine, and yogurt. This is absolutely the most delightful palate I’ve come across in some time! It is like my mouth is being attacked by an army of bubbles, in a good way! It foams up agressively in the mouth, while not feeling like a hard fizzy. The flavor is again a tremendous plus. A sweetness hits, and a half second latter a tart sensing part of the sides of the tongue twinge. There’s no pucker effect, but that’s not a surprise I guess since I’m not biting this like a lemon. Tart, but still very sweet with a nicely rounded malt in the background, catching all sorts of nice malty elements. but the sourness is the star of the show. It’s almost a yogurt like sour finish with a bitter Belgian sort of aftertaste, though still sweet. Nice, unlike anything I’ve yet had.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
This is my first flemish sour ale. I though the aroma was a lot like an avergae belgian but with bananas and malty. In the flavor, it was a bit citrusy or maybe vinegary or generally acidic, but in a nice way (not overwhelming). It does seem a bit empty though, especially at the end. Its definitely interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Dark clear amber color with a beige head. Head last a loong time. Aroma and flavor of cherries, spices and mild sourness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2006
11.2 oz. bottle. Clear reddish brown, moderate white head, some lace clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma fruited & spicey, acetic/sour - delightful. Flavor - sharply tart, acetic, sour, basalmic. Dry sour finish. Comparable but not quite as tasty IMHO as the Duchesse de Bourgogne but I wouldn’t pass either up. Creamy to almost fizzy mouthfeel, light to medium body. Very drinkable and refreshing. I love this style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2006
pours deep dark amber with a minimal head. lemongrass, sweet & sour sauce on the nose and a tiny bit of lime and sugar. the taste is very tart; sour dark fruit and orange peel. the tartness follows through the finish, but is not as offensive as the first taste. it’s pretty good, definitely unique. i’d love to try it with asian food.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 17, 2006
monk’s cafe. cloudy dark brown/ruby with a small, off-white head. sampled this and duchesse de bourgogne together. not as sweet or full bodied as ddb. however this has more woody cask flavors. fruity sour aroma. hints of caramel in flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours rusty ruby in color, with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is strong on the sour cherry notes, with touches of earthiness, and sweet malts. The flavor is again strong on the sour cherry, with acidic notes, and many other fruit flavors coming through to finish.


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