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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Dark, murky, swampy-borwn in color with nearly no head at all. Decent, full sour-fruit aroma - apples and pears blended with a pleasant yeastiness. The flavor, however is not nearly as pleasant. It is mostly like spoiled yeast, very unbalanced. It is tart and bitter, not very complex. I don’t even feel like eating any cheese with this, with is highly unusual for me and this type of beer. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Bottled, labeled Monk’s Cafe - very turbid brownish red pour, with a tiny head - very musty, tart, dry, tannic aroma of purple grapes, with background barnyardy/funkiness - medium sour up front, with sour apples, some light plum and even a hint of clove and chocolate - the flavor thins out really fast, though, getting a nearly salty, mineral quality, and leaving a nearly lifeless finish that is both dry and watery at the same time, which I didn’t think was possible - starts pretty strong, but overall not that great.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Super sour mineral, vinager, acidic, yeasty taste. Medium light body with average/below ave carbonation. Interesting but ultimately quite nasty. At least it was not too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2009 11.2 oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar (Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale): Deep burgandy color with a generous light beige head. Aroma is red wine vinegar and lightly metallic. Flavor starts lightly sweet and black cherry tart followed by red wine vinegar and a long dry acidic finish. Light bodied and watery with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 rerate as bottle of Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale: clear light brown, yellowish foamy head. aroma is lemons and green apples, very sour, and some yeast. malt vinegar, really. also tastes like malt vinegar, though not as sour as the aroma. very sweet. a lot of yeast and green apples in the front, then just sourness, with a very long candy-sweet finish. fizzy, thin-medium body with a bit of chewyness, alcohol’s hidden well. overall enjoyable, though maybe too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2006
bottle. Monk’s Cafe. Purchased at the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. This is my first Flemish sour so I don’t exactly know what to expect. Pours a cloudy brown with a small fluffy head. Aroma is a soft and sour smell of tart fruit. The taste is sweet and mild and reminiscent of cantillon kriek. It is a unique taste and I like it, its very very mild and sweet and very drinkable. check it out well worth the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Body is a foggy brown with no real head. Aroma is cherries, caramel, bit of a sourness that is very light also. Taste is very mildly tart along with a bit of cherry and oak. Not too great, but still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12152) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2006
330 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of sour citrus, grapes and some woody notes. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sour citrus, some woody notes and grape with a lingering lightly tart finish. A very drinkable refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12741) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate sour citrus and spice aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sour flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Refreshing beer with character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (32186) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
A hazy brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet yet quite acidic with notes of wood and berries. The flavor is sweet and very acidic with strong notes of wood combined with acidic berries, which lends it a bit of vinegar towards the end.
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2003 Total Score: 3.2
The aroma is sweet and a little sharp from wild fermentation. The color is deep red with a small fine fast disappearing head. The flavor is dominated by sharpness from the wild yeast but at the same time soft and very fresh. It is pretty much like Duchess du Bourgogne - but not quite as good. It is not sweet enough.

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