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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10760) - 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.

   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).

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (738) - 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

   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.

   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 Monkís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
12 oz bottle labeled as Monkís 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.

   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 Iíve smelt in a beer before. Truly bizarre. thereís something reminiscent of a Belgian and some brown sugar in there... but thereís something more! Somewhere between cranberry sauce, red wine, and yogurt. This is absolutely the most delightful palate Iíve 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. Thereís no pucker effect, but thatís not a surprise I guess since Iím 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. Itís almost a yogurt like sour finish with a bitter Belgian sort of aftertaste, though still sweet. Nice, unlike anything Iíve yet had.

   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.

   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.

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