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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium reddish-amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), with notes of cherry, vinegar, hint of wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Acceptable, if a bit simple and thin-bodied. Seemed like a sketch more than a painting.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
From bottle. Pours brown and ruby with an off white head. Nose is sour, vinegar and fruity. Flavor is a light version of the nose. Body was thin. A was expecting more after the nose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Pours a slightly murky brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of sour cherries, leather, lots of brett. Tastes pretty much the same as the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sour with lush carbonation. Enjoyable, but not as good as the Petrus sours.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2006
hazy reddish brown SOUR, several rounds of flavor per mouthful. Still new to sour reds, and I have greatly enjoyed every one including this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Monk’s Cafe eh? The Seinfeld of all beers? Anyway, always nice to find another sour out there. Poured a murky chestnut body with a small head and no lacing. Aroma was wood, sour cherries, some other fruits. Sweet sour finish, easy to dirnk. Not overly sour, not as clean or complex as Rodenbach, but still enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark red with a thin fizzy white head. It really clings well to the glass. The aroma is a bit sour, just a little tart actually. The flavor is interesting... not as sour as I was worried it would be. A hint of sour cherries. Very pleasant to drink, especially on a hot day.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
bottle, hazy brown hue, with a tan-colored head, but falls quickly, sweet cherry oakiness nose, with a mild tart, sour accent, hint of chocolate, with a maltiness note in the aroma follows throug on medium-bodied palate with a fruity cherry acidic character, with a lactic tart accent, with some winey tannic notes, caramelized malt, leading towards a sour fruity finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/5/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Reddish-brown hue, good foamy head, winey, sweet and sour, wet oakyness note and cherry aromas, follow through on a medium-bodied, on the palate where sweet cherry note is emerging first, with a winey, tart and sweet and sour flavors in a dry acidic winey finish. A good example of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Pours hazy brown into a tulip. Microbubble head with nice retention. Sour cherry and vinegar notes and flavor is just like the aroma. Thin with a bitter cherry finish. A nice style to investigate during warmer months...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (794) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
On draft at Monk’s Cafe. Pours deep ruby with creamy white head. Nice lacing. Nose is a fruity tartness. Flavor is of sour cherries. Pretty thin with a tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle. Via trade with Rastacouere. Murky brown color with lively carbonation but no head. Sweet, cherry-like sour flavor. Some slight vinegar notes. Rather tart with more vinegar notes. Cherries, oak, and apples. Pretty watery. Dry finish with a slight phenol note.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2006 Total Score: 3.5
On tap @ Liars’ Club. Pours a murky brownish red. Aromas on cherries and sour apples. Cherry-like sour flavor with some balsamic and musty notes. A little thin tasting but pretty good.


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