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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: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Bottled. Poured clear... murky brown in some light and a nice garnet in other light... a ring of off-white head remains. Nose was of cherry-tinted red wine vinegar... some old barn-like must came through, too. Front half of the drink was strong and engaging, with cherry tartness, must, and vinegar... then it just seemed to dissintegrate... leaving an almost watery, muddled mess on the back-end. Nicely acidic on the palate upfront, but became metallic, minerally, and watery as it approached the finish. Finished OK with more focused sour cherries and acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Poured to a murky brown, with okay head but little lacing. Aroma was the usual vinegary smell, but nothing else seemd present. Flavor was extra sour, and while I detected a hint of fruit, it was difficult to really tell what it was. Other Flemish Sours tend to be sour, then slide into a sweet aftertaste. This hits you with very sour start, and then sweet, with little transition. It also tneded to be a little watery. I really have learned to like Flemish Sours, but this one, while good, was not one of the best.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle, Monk’s Cafe. Murky brown with tan head. Aromas of tart cherry and red wine vinegar. Flavor is the same, slightly sour and tart. Light and clean throughout, perhaps a little watery, but overall very enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (5355) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 9, 2006
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that was long lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was tart and sour. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of sour malt. An OK brew just nothing special.

2.5
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5626) - 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.

2
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - 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.


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