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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: 1390   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!


3.6
   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 (3379) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Body is a foggy brown with no real head. Aroma is cherries, caramel, bit of a sourness that is very light also. Taste is very mildly tart along with a bit of cherry and oak. Not too great, but still nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13088) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2006
330 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of sour citrus, grapes and some woody notes. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sour citrus, some woody notes and grape with a lingering lightly tart finish. A very drinkable refreshing beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate sour citrus and spice aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sour flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Refreshing beer with character.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34226) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
A hazy brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet yet quite acidic with notes of wood and berries. The flavor is sweet and very acidic with strong notes of wood combined with acidic berries, which lends it a bit of vinegar towards the end.
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2003 Total Score: 3.2
The aroma is sweet and a little sharp from wild fermentation. The color is deep red with a small fine fast disappearing head. The flavor is dominated by sharpness from the wild yeast but at the same time soft and very fresh. It is pretty much like Duchess du Bourgogne - but not quite as good. It is not sweet enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3166) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Bottle, 25 cl. Taste this beer, more times. Dark brown, small head. Aroma yeast, and grapefruit ?. Medium-bodied. Taste = sour and fruity. Short bittersweet aftertaste. Easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11360) - Sřborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Bottled as Monks Café Flemish Sour Ale. Murky brown coloured with a red gleam. Light brown dense head. Sourish berries and light earthy aroma.. Light sweetness. Tarty and grapish flavour. A quite retained sweetness is there and some vague notes of berries. Medium bodied. Sourish and grapish end. Quite refreshing and cleansing. Quite good and easy to drink Flemish Sour. Thanks to Bierkönig for sharing.
Earlier Rating: 7/26/2003 Total Score: 3.5
Draught: Dark amber coloured. Brownish lasting head. Vague sourness and fruit sweetness in the aroma. Cherry and vinegar in the flavour in the aroma and flavour. Vague saur and fruity flavour. Light watery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours unclear amber brownish with a thin tan head. Nice characteristic flemish sour nose - vinegar, wood, berry. Sour flavor as well with a nice dryness from the wood. Sharp and tart though pretty mild. A very decent try on a flemish sour ale, not up their among the biggest, but refreshing and well-made.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2004 Total Score: 3.5
Pours a tall and frothy light brown head on a muddy brown body. Mild sour and dark fruity aroma with spicy, earthly and cheesy tones. Flavor is sour, woody and somewhat fusty. Raisins and malt also. Interesting, but tastes a little old. Still nice!


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