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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
250ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Same brewery but a completely different style to the Celis White sampled directly before. Pours a lovely dark ruby red with a thin but rich off-white head. The main thing that strikes me about the aroma is a very woody/aged character, fairly typical of the style but perhaps a bit more pronounced here. Behind that is a strong whiff of sweet and sour spoiled fruit and is quite vinous and wine like. There’s also a strange off smell in there, like a really pungent sewer, quite yeasty. On to the first sip, which is surprisingly thin compared to the intense aroma, it’s very sweet and woody with vomit, red wine, chocolate, gravy and a fruity lip puckering sourness, but there’s just quite a bit of off flavouring in there. I found to be, at best, rather bland, and at worse flawed with nasty off flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 Draught at Barley John’s. Dark red and a thick lacing head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar and cherries & other fruits. Fairly sour, a little fruit sugar, and oak. Thanks to Robertsreality for this beer. Also sampled as Monks Cafe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Bottle. Minimal head, with a reddish brown hue. Scent is quite nice, some raspberry and a little cedar perhaps. Taste is a little overpowering, similar to Worcestshire sauce. Not bad, just not so good on it’s own. Would pair well with red meats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mxpx54981 (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006 does not count
Had on draught at Monk’s Cafe. Excellent atmosphere really makes this place. For their beer, one of the first sour ales that I have had. Could not drink 10 of them, but I will definately check out other sour ales that I come across.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3264) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Thanks to Suttree for the bottle! Pours with a large head of creamy off-white over a brown body with lots of red throughout. Fruity sour aroma, citrus just beginning to rot. Lightly sweet with a smooth, strong tartness. Light body. I’m not a true lover of sours, but this was o.k. for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Sampled 7/06 as Bios Bourgogne; sampling a bottle of the Monk’s Flemish Sour tonight (7/14/07). I’ve had this beer dozens of times on tap at Monk’s and it’s become one of my favorites. Pours hazy reddish brown with a thick tan head. Tart, lactic aroma reminiscent of balsamic vinegar. Tart, woody flavor with notes of cherry, vinegar, and black cherry. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Less sweet than many other Flemish Sours. Really refreshing and enjoyable, a great beer to have in the fridge. Sour ales have become my favorite style in the past year, and i owe much of that to this beer. Bios 7/4/7/3/16 Bottle, from belgianshop. Thin body, with a refreshing, tart, sour cherry flavor. Perfect beer for a hot sunday afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Reddish amber with light head, aroma of apples, tastes a little watery but pleasantly tart with cider and a little must, maybe some lemon. It’s drinkable but not assertive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Little aroma is vinegar and apples. Poured red/brown with small bubbly head. Flavor is tart granny smith apples or perhaps tart cherries, a bit of musty yeast, lemon sourness. Finishes sour and dry. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Clear light amber body with a well formed head, that fades quickly to a ring. Nose is big on brettanomyces. Cheese (aged cheddar) light diactale, thin sawdust buried deep along with some alcohol. Tounge features many sweet fruits (banana, orange, lemon). Slightly calsic, with marsanne undertones. Around 3 units of carbonation, slightly high. Finish is moist with drops of honey, lemon, and ginger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours an orangey dark brown body with minimal head. Fruity and sour cherry aroma. Tart and sour flavours, lots of cherry and some dry malts. Pretty smooth and not acidic like some sour ales.

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