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

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RATINGS: 1391   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle via trade with JHop. Pours a slightly cloudy tawny with a small rocky and fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing, with some fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel), light hops (flowers, lemon), light yeast (earth) with notes of cherry, raspberry, cassis and cask. Average flavor duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, heavy acidity with mineral notes. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lievely carbonation and chalky.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Aroma is apple, acidic, somewhat sweet. Pours nice amber, small off-white head. Flavor is acidic at first, but relatively bland finish. Relatively full body. Haven’t had too many flemish sours, but this one is decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Fruity vinigar aroma. Taste is fruity (mostly cherry) with a sour bite in the background. A good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marko (4948) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2006
A pretty nondescript 0.25l bottle at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Didn’t know what to expect with this one. It poured a murky, quite dark red colour, with a medium sized beige head that went fast. The aroma was interesting, funky, a pungent cherry / Griotte (I think I used this before... a type of candy from Croatia, chocolate filled with cherry brandy) nose, with hints of yeast as well. As some have noted this one really does have two sides to it. It starts with lovely cherry candy, bubblegum, some sourness, funkiness and dust and it breaks down to an odd blood/iron stale taste. In the same sip. At first it puzzled me, then I had enjoyed it, and in the end it became a struggle to finish the last few cl in the glass. This one’s hard to rate. Damn hard. Not nearly as good as the other Flemish Sour I’ve had - Rodenbach Grand Cru, but interesting and pleasant and at the same time repugnant in its own way.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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 (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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 (5728) - 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.


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