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


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RATINGS: 1338   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy brown body, thin white head. Pleasant coffee cake, sour cherry and yeast aroma. Tart flavor - unripe pear juice and pie cherry over smooth pale malt sweetness. Spritzy carbonic acid finish. Refreshing stuff - nice cherry-like acidity over unassuming malt - leaning towards a gueuze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
Cloudy brown, minimal head.Tart sour nose. The palate is tart and sour as well but leans too much toward the acetic side. Not one of the better examples of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3479) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bottle enjoyed at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle. Musty, sour, vinous, fruity aroma with a bit of sweetness present as well. Pleasant enough. Murky, hazy, brownish color with a large, frothy tannish head. Tart, sour, acidic flavor to start. Mildly sweet flavor follows with some dried fruits after. Dry finish. Very tasty with a nice yeasty flavoring. Nice example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
Tart, oak and iron aroma. Brown reddish, off-white frothy head, fair lace. Sweet and sour, iron, moderate full. Long sweet and iron finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
On tap at Monk’s Cafe... Appears a hazy, red toned light brown with an off white head that slowly fades into a mild film. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of sour cherries, apples, mild vinegar. Taste is of the above mentioned aromas. Similar to Rodenbach Red. Slight sour apple and light cherry flavors jumping about. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel but the Rodenbbach qualites are still there. Not quite mouth puckering but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2937) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 Re-rate: Poured a deep purple burgundy color with a nice thin pinkish to white head, very good retention, remaind on the surface during the entire consumption, even leaving some light lacing around the edges of my precious Duchesse glass. Aroma was bret, sour cherries, sour berries, and some light oaky notes. The flavor was about the same, pretty sour, light lemoney sourness. Mouthfeel was moderate and acidic, amply carbonated for the style for sure. Just doesn’t do it for me like the Duchesse, but still refreshing. Original rating from a bottle at Monk’s Cafe in Philly: Pretty red color with some head and decent lacing. This one smelled like sour apples and cherries and was pretty sour in flavor. Reminded me of the boon geuze I had (but with some fruit in this one) and the label indicated it was blended (old and new vintages). I won’t go back to this one at the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2006
Nice brew!!! A nice sour flavor, but not too extremely so. Acidic, a touch of yeast. A little thin, but very drinkable, not overpowering, a great beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Not quite as mouth-puckering nor as tongue-twisting as, say, the Duchess...but very nice version of a flemish sour red just the same. Somewhat thinner in body and nowhere near as complex as the Duchess, but very drinkable and interesting brew. Some moderate wine and vinegar notes as well as tart fruit and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle; picked it up at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Beer was clear, medium red-brown color. Large, frothy-creamy, off-white mostly lasting head. The aroma is mostly in order—vinous and sour-sweet—but failed to be a stand-out: Malty with light notes of toasted bread, moderate notes of cookie and caramel; Moderate herbal and lemon hop; Light yeast notes of cobweb and Vitamin B tablets; Miscellaneous notes of moderate sour cherry, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and a light note of saw-dusty wood. The flavor was pleasently acetic; lightly sweet, moderately acidic and lightly bitter with a short, lightly sweet and acidic finish. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was velvety.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6668) - 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.

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