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


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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - 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 (6903) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
From bottle. Pours brown and ruby with an off white head. Nose is sour, vinegar and fruity. Flavor is a light version of the nose. Body was thin. A was expecting more after the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Pours a slightly murky brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of sour cherries, leather, lots of brett. Tastes pretty much the same as the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sour with lush carbonation. Enjoyable, but not as good as the Petrus sours.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2006
hazy reddish brown SOUR, several rounds of flavor per mouthful. Still new to sour reds, and I have greatly enjoyed every one including this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Monk’s Cafe eh? The Seinfeld of all beers? Anyway, always nice to find another sour out there. Poured a murky chestnut body with a small head and no lacing. Aroma was wood, sour cherries, some other fruits. Sweet sour finish, easy to dirnk. Not overly sour, not as clean or complex as Rodenbach, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark red with a thin fizzy white head. It really clings well to the glass. The aroma is a bit sour, just a little tart actually. The flavor is interesting... not as sour as I was worried it would be. A hint of sour cherries. Very pleasant to drink, especially on a hot day.

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