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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3439) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Thanks to Suttree for the bottle! Pours with a large head of creamy off-white over a brown body with lots of red throughout. Fruity sour aroma, citrus just beginning to rot. Lightly sweet with a smooth, strong tartness. Light body. I’m not a true lover of sours, but this was o.k. for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Sampled 7/06 as Bios Bourgogne; sampling a bottle of the Monk’s Flemish Sour tonight (7/14/07). I’ve had this beer dozens of times on tap at Monk’s and it’s become one of my favorites. Pours hazy reddish brown with a thick tan head. Tart, lactic aroma reminiscent of balsamic vinegar. Tart, woody flavor with notes of cherry, vinegar, and black cherry. Dry finish. Very refreshing. Less sweet than many other Flemish Sours. Really refreshing and enjoyable, a great beer to have in the fridge. Sour ales have become my favorite style in the past year, and i owe much of that to this beer. Bios 7/4/7/3/16 Bottle, from belgianshop. Thin body, with a refreshing, tart, sour cherry flavor. Perfect beer for a hot sunday afternoon.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Reddish amber with light head, aroma of apples, tastes a little watery but pleasantly tart with cider and a little must, maybe some lemon. It’s drinkable but not assertive.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Little aroma is vinegar and apples. Poured red/brown with small bubbly head. Flavor is tart granny smith apples or perhaps tart cherries, a bit of musty yeast, lemon sourness. Finishes sour and dry. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Clear light amber body with a well formed head, that fades quickly to a ring. Nose is big on brettanomyces. Cheese (aged cheddar) light diactale, thin sawdust buried deep along with some alcohol. Tounge features many sweet fruits (banana, orange, lemon). Slightly calsic, with marsanne undertones. Around 3 units of carbonation, slightly high. Finish is moist with drops of honey, lemon, and ginger.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours an orangey dark brown body with minimal head. Fruity and sour cherry aroma. Tart and sour flavours, lots of cherry and some dry malts. Pretty smooth and not acidic like some sour ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1403) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Poured a murky reddish brown, with a moderately sized head. Mild, barnyard aroma, slightly sweet. Flavor was somewhat acidic and vinegar like, but it had a nice sweet, green apple finish....a bit mild for the style but a good take on the style

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Pours a dark brown that gleams red in the light with a big ol’ fluffy grayish head. Tart cherry scent. Slightly sour flavor, but that’s it, watery, bland sour, a bit of cranberry, but really it is not doing much flavor wise. Ap-4 ar-6 tas-4 pal-2 ov-8

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Poured a clear dark red, with lots of carbonation and a diminishing off white head. Aroma has a toasted malt character along side a gentle lactic acid nose. Flavors are soft but well balanced, not what I was expected but enjoyable. A full malty body and light caramel tones ac t in harmony with a "light" acidity. A good beginner sour ale or one that you could drink all day.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2006
purchased at the council bluffs hy-vee. pours brownish red with nearly no head. just a slight bit of an off-white head. the aroma is fruity yet has a low ph acidic smell. has a strong sour flavor. but it is not brutal. this is milder than most flemish sours I have tasted. it does not have an obnoxiously buring palate because of the balancing sweetness. this would be a find introductory flemish beer.


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