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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: 1273   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1841) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle. Mahogany coloured with a slim beige head. Vinous, sour cherry aroma with some background malts. Sour wine taste, muted cherries and some caramel. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2005
Bottle 75cl Labled 5.0% and 2005
Red mahogany kind of colour. Aroma from oak with a meaty fatness to it. Red berries, sultanas and some oak character in taste. Some wine like sourness with a note of cherries. I would have appreciated a bit more full palate though, but nice enough to have another one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
A flanders sour aroma, wine like, alcohol whiff. Nice redish sight. Ok in taste, understated cherry and not overly sour. Wood, vanilla. Moderate carbonation. Medium to thin mouthfeel, but refreshing easy drink. Underated

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 First time: Appears much like blackcurrant juice (i.e. reddish) with small beige head. Smells of fur, goat, hay, yeast, malt and wet wheat and redcurrant. Salt and watery flavour, malty aftertaste. Chemical hop-bitterness. Much carbon dioxide, fizzy, flat body. Second time: Red brown clear, like old-fashioned fruit-syrup, beige head of a julmust character. Aroma: sourish, vinous, red currant, rubber, hay and mould (earth), berries, fresh seed. Hoppy and manury. Taste is sour, mineral, bitter, metallic, quinine, rich and lactic. Dry and fizzy, pretty thin but rich, milky.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2005
a sim rate: (On tap at Paradise Beer Weekend, Brussels 2005). An old favorite. This is the first time I’ve had it on tap. Very metallic with a tinge of Flemish sour flavour. Sweet/sour aroma. Not as much punch as in the bottle, but lovely!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2005
This beer comes courtesy of my summer 2005 Secret Santa, boutip, thanks from my Canadian friend up north! This beautiful flemish sour pours a deep blood red color with hints of slight purple and brown. The head is quickly dissipating, mildly soapy and slightly vinous in color. Very little lacing to speak of. The aroma is of balsamic vinegar, cherries, berries, twigs, dirt, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar...sweet and sour nose...an excellent start. The mouthfeel is wonderful....silky smooth fruits...mainly cherries with hints of vanilla and brown sugar....tart grapes and citrus... a sticky malty finish. Not as crisp of a flemish as ive had recently, but very sweet and pleasant. Lacking in carbonation and a little discomfort in the dryness, but generally well put together. Nice cherry and brown sugar usage.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2005
Clera d´reddish brown with small creamy white head. Fresh, balsamic aroma of red berries, iron and burnt sugar. Woody flavour of vanilla and red berries with a balsamic undertone. Light acidity. The finish is a bit short, notes of wood, raspberries and blood.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle from State Line, Elkton, MD. Pours hazy dark copper/ruby with minimal head. Aroma of sour malt, tart cherries. Tastes tart, malty, with mid-palate fruit including cherries mostly. Medium palate, with some definite barnyard and poontang aromas as it warmed. Not as complex as the world’s best, but very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. An attractive deep-burgundy pour with a thin, fizzy tan head. A good bit of sourness in the aroma along with some candied sugar, plums and malts underneath. Well, it’s definitely sour, but it’s got a nice solid body that compliments it well and keeps it from being too one-dimensional. Sour, tart cherries with subtle hints of oak comprise the flavor. My first Flemish sour. I like this style.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Small brown head that dissappears quickly. Bananas cut with Ketchup in the fragrance. (I can’t think of any other way to describe it.) the tomatoey smell cuts through the sweet fragrance. Color is a light brown. First taste is tart then gets more and more and more tart!!! Wow!!! In the middle of the taste is a fizzy sting. To quote an STP song ’She was a sour girl the day that I met her...’


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