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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Deep brown. Sweet/vinegar aroma, cherries. Medium light body. Moderate sourness. More cherry in the flavor. Straightforward, but nice and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Tap @ Monk’s. Clear cherry/mahogany w off white head. Aroma of sour tart cherries/cranberries & other fruit. Flavor at first was somewhat sharp red wine vinegar in with the flavors but as it lost it’s chill it opened up to a very nice, dry, sour, cherry/cranberry flavor. Some earthyness and malt flavor in the mix. Pushing, but not into, medium bodied. I hated to see the bottom of the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours a darker brown with red hues, tan, bubbly head that left some placing. Aroma of cherry, tart, strawberry, caramel and a littley musty. Flavor was lightly sour and tart, slight metallica and some yeast lingering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2006
11.2 oz bottle

This deep brown colored liquid poured into my glass created a rich foamy head and light carbonation. The head soon dissolved leaving behind no trace of the tan colored foam. Hints of the sourness wafted out of the glass along with an earthiness and cherries. On sipping it, there was a distinct sourness combined with a toned down earthy flavor. Next, a nutty tartness evolved into a sweet cherry taste. Finally there were vanilla tones left on the tongue. This was exceptionally easy to drink, going down smoothly. It might be a little thin but it compares well to the New Glarus Unplugged Sour Brown Ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2663) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours ruby color, no head. Aroma of cherries, citrus, and earth. Flavor is sweet , carbonated, fruit, with a sour finish, too sour for me.

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 (4579) - 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 (1041) - 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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