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


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RATINGS: 1275   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Thanks again to Boutip for this one. Pours hazy-murky, dull brown with a very light head dissipation into a thin lacing. Lightly sour aroma (apple/cider vinegar), musty. Lightly sour flavor. Apple/cider vinegar, semi-bitter hints very deep in the taste (on the spicy side that actually detracts from the experience in my opinion). Semi-sweet (granny smith apple with a little cinnamon). Light and generally lively mouth feel. Here’s the thing…I think I like these sour ales, but I started on the wrong end. I was trying La Folie when I should have been trying sour ales like I have on the last three Flemish ale ratings. These, as with the others I’ve tried as of late, are definitely the entry level sour ales. I think I like them.

Did not know that Monk’s Cafe was the same beer. I gave a similar score (though someehat higher), but made the following notes. 11.2 oz bottle. Pours nice and clear with a reddish brown color, and a light frothy head. You can smell the sour as soon as you start to pour. Apples and Pears that are sour with a hint of the fruits sweetness and a touch of wood. The sour fruit comes at your first in the flavor with apple and vinegar notes, but it fades quickly to more of a tart dryish wood/yeast presence. There is some fruit that plays around those later flavors. Those secondary flavors are, in the end, somewhat distracting from what started off as a more enjoyable sour brew. Mouth feel starts astringent but ends a bit wet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2323) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle Pours a murky dark cider colored with only a race of fizzy, short lived head. Minimal coarse lacing. Nice tart aroma of apples, raisons, pears and a little spicy leathery notes. Flavor is similar but mostly apples. Like that apple-butter I used to have as a kid. Very lively carbonation. Fizzy even, I’d say. Clean finish. Refreshing. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - FEB 23, 2006
very interesting beer, though a bit thin in the body. sour aroma with yeasty note, the flavor is acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours a bold burnt red with tight off-white head. It has a good sour aroma, lime smelling a fruit basket in a petting zoo. The flavor is, well, sour, containing lemon, pomegranate, goat, crab-apple, some faint bitterness, and an adequately malty backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2006
BBD 19/07/07 Robe brune foncée surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de cerises sûres, de sucre et de chêne. Saveurs sûres de cerises, acidité de citron et de malt caramélisé.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
pours ruby color, little -no head, aroma of fermented cherries, citrus, and earth. Flavor is sweet upfront, carbonated, fruity, with a sour finish, but not over-bearing, good body good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle (250ml). Trade with Boutip - thanks!. Best before 19 July 2007. Poured deep slightly hazy mahogany with a large rocky tan head. Strong aroma of yeast, sour red wine, fruit and some roast malt - quite well balanced and not over the top. Flavour is surprisingly sweet - raisins, apples, grapes, sour watery red wine, some roast, plenty of yeast, a hint of acidic wood resin for sure ... a little bottle metal on warming. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, dry and very astringent and somewhat acidic - a little flat, too. This is a pretty easy drinking flemish sour, perhaps a little simple - it would make a good introduction to the style without sending the novice screaming out the door.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Pour is murky reddish brown with a thin tan head...smell is definately warm and sour with lemons and cherries...fizzy mouthfeel...sort of weak sour flavor...some wood and cherry notes, but just a little water in the flavor dept...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13160) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 Bottled. Dark reddish-brown with a medium beige head. Not 100% clear. Fruity and sour aroma, with a flavor that has wood, acidity and fruitiness. Green apples kind of acidity. Full, astringent body, but more commercial than Rodenbach Grand Cru. Rating: 6-4-6-4-13-3.3. (060210)

Bottle, 25cl. It pours a reddish brown body, hazy with lots of floating chunck. Huge, big-bubbled, beige head and wonderful lacings. Berry-ish, cellary aroma with some vinegar and sugar. Full-bodied, quite effervescent and astringent mouthfeel with raspberry vinegar and some cellar and lemon. Some bitterness in the far back. Sugars are present too, but very moderate. Lemony, vinegary finish that lasts. A very refreshing and quenching beer that doesn’t get too extreme in any way.(090419)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Clear Brownish red, like iced tea, with a thick beige head. Spicy aroma, with notes of cinnamon, and some savory aroma I can’t quite place. Walnuts, too, maybe? Very drinkable - subtly sour, with hints of cherry, oak, red wine and a crisp, tart aftertaste. Bought at Leaf & Ale, Knoxville.

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