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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4635) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Pours hazy brown into a tulip. Microbubble head with nice retention. Sour cherry and vinegar notes and flavor is just like the aroma. Thin with a bitter cherry finish. A nice style to investigate during warmer months...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (824) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
On draft at Monk’s Cafe. Pours deep ruby with creamy white head. Nice lacing. Nose is a fruity tartness. Flavor is of sour cherries. Pretty thin with a tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle. Via trade with Rastacouere. Murky brown color with lively carbonation but no head. Sweet, cherry-like sour flavor. Some slight vinegar notes. Rather tart with more vinegar notes. Cherries, oak, and apples. Pretty watery. Dry finish with a slight phenol note.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2006 Total Score: 3.5
On tap @ Liars’ Club. Pours a murky brownish red. Aromas on cherries and sour apples. Cherry-like sour flavor with some balsamic and musty notes. A little thin tasting but pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle. Poured a brown color with an orange hue to it. Small, fizzy, off white head that left great lacing. The aroma was sour, cherry, and a bit musty (like old, flat wine). The flavor found apple, cherry, and some earthiness. Slightly sour in the mouth and sweet afterwards. Light and dry but OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Tap @ monk’s: Crystal clear, light ruby red color with big light tan head. Aroma is malty, slightly oaky, bit of lactic tartness, with sour cherries and a touch of red grapes. Flavor is slightly tart, malty, bit of vanilla. Finish is pretty dry with just a bit of residual sweetness. Very drinkable, nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
On tap Aroma:Cherry sour all the way.... Appearance:Clear amber,good head.. Flavor:Sour kriek.....
Earlier Rating: 3/28/2005 Total Score: 2.7
Aroma:fruity,acid... Appearance:light brown small head... Flavor:fruityand sour,small acidity... I hate this style...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5825) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. - 11.2 oz bottle. Very dark copper pour, spongy, sticky off-white head. Nice pleasant aroma of sour cherries and yeast. Flavor is that of sour cherries, hint of vinegar, stale red wine - some sour candy. Not as tongue numbing sour as some Flemish sour ales - and that’s the problem. Just a bit dumbed down for the masses it seems. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1279) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Deep brown. Sweet/vinegar aroma, cherries. Medium light body. Moderate sourness. More cherry in the flavor. Straightforward, but nice and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Tap @ Monk’s. Clear cherry/mahogany w off white head. Aroma of sour tart cherries/cranberries & other fruit. Flavor at first was somewhat sharp red wine vinegar in with the flavors but as it lost it’s chill it opened up to a very nice, dry, sour, cherry/cranberry flavor. Some earthyness and malt flavor in the mix. Pushing, but not into, medium bodied. I hated to see the bottom of the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4579) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours a darker brown with red hues, tan, bubbly head that left some placing. Aroma of cherry, tart, strawberry, caramel and a littley musty. Flavor was lightly sour and tart, slight metallica and some yeast lingering.


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