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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
Pours a muddy burgundy color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of sour cherries and vinegar. Good flavor of sour cherries and vinegar, it has a nice mouthpuckering effect. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and medium to strong carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 6/25/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Pours a brownish red color with a thin beige head. Aroma of cherries and vinegar, it’s mildly sour too. The flavor is interesting if not mind blowing, there’s some woody notes with cherries, vinegar and some acidity and sourness. Light to medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. While not of the caliber of the better Flemish Sours like Rodenbach and Goudenband this one is still an interesting example, quite enjoyable. Merci David !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pour is a deep red with a soft white head. Aroma is almost all vinegar with a touch of musty cherries. Flavor is good but not outstanding. Lots of sour cherry, berryness and lots of wine qualities. An ok example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Poured deep red with a thick tan head. Great retention on draft. Aroma had sour cherry, rasberry, red wine and vinegar. Very pleasant taste. One dimensional but still very nice. Solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2005
Bottled. Mahogany colour with a frothy off-white head. Very pleasant aroma - vineous tone, bit sweetish with an acidic geueze/kriek-like tone. Fruit cake nose really. Flavour is not as pronounced, acid being most dominant, still there are small notes of sweetness. Lively mouthfeel. Less sweetish than the Flemish Sours I know. I enjoyed this one!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2485) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2005
Dark amber with a medium sized head. Sourish cherry aroma. Sourish cherry stone flavour with faint notes of toffee. Tastes a bit like a watered down Kriek.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2005
Amber, off white head. Sourish aroma, vinous, fruity from grapes and grapefruit. Sourish grapefruit flavor, malty notes and a mild finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle: Not as intense as some sours that I’ve had, but still quite tasty and drinkable. It pours a deep chestnut color with ruby highlights and has a thin light beige head. The aroma is of tart fruits, cherry and berries, just slightly musty. The sourness increases in the taste, but not overpoweringly so. The flavor is sour fruits, a touch of wood, and a light iron taste. It finishes on a mildly puckering tart note. Very nice.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
250 ml bottle shared with jerc. Cloudy red brown colour with a mostly lasting frothy off-white head. Tart mild red wine vinegar aroma. Lightly acidic, yeasty flavours with a dry and dusty finish. Light bodied, a touch watery. A wannabe Rodenbach or Duchesse du Bourgogne that doesn’t quite make it. Thanks Boutip!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 2005-10-XX. Hazy amber brown, small tan head. Funky alcoholic aroma with touches of sour malt. Touch lactic, sour apple juice quality to it. Impossible to re-trace sour cherries and a green leafy notes. Not much going on. Touch thin. A watered down Rodenbach. Thanks for sharing OKBeer. 6/3/5/2/10 - 2.5

2010-12-31. Dark red-amber body with a fluffy beige head. 3+ Flavour starts with a crisp sourness followed by a candyish sweet cherry, light tangy notes before a sweet cherry finish. 6+ Very slight earthy characgter in the aroma over a sweet cherry. Smooth average bodied palate. Just okay. 6+/4/6/3/12 - 3.0 Bottle at Volo as Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour, Toronto

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, fruity. Cherry and/or raspberry. You can smell that tartness. Cloudy orangy brown color. Ok head that faded to a ring. Fruity tart flavors, though not as good as the nose. Cherry/raspberry with cardboard, chalk, red wine vinegar. Medium body, lite creamy smooth mouthfeel, DRY sour finish. Nice easy to drink Sour. Flavor wasn’t as good as nose lead me to believe.


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