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


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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby body with low carbonation and a thin off-white head. Well balanced sour/fruity aroma with hoppy notes. Nice sour/fruity taste that carries notes of plum and dark cherries and leaves a decent sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Thanks to bstill for hooking me up with this bottle. Pours a cloudy brown murky- almost an amber color with practically no head. Aroma is nicely acidic, slightly sweet, sour cherries, brett, oak, funk and more cherry pie. Flavor is a bit less intense than expected or hoped for, but still nice- lots of bret brox. and pedio for that cherry pie like flavor along with more barnyard funk, light sourness, moderately sweet, and a nice light to medium tart finish. A pretty good example of the style, but not as crazy or sour as some of the best like panil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
This guy poured a very murky reddish color into my snifter and had almost no head. A small rim of foam forms on the inside of the glass. There is a sour aroma to this brew, but nothing like Duchesse De Bourgogne or Rodenbach Grand Cru. The sour smell is covered over by what to me smells like burnt sugar smells. I started to wonder if this had been aged in an oak or wooden cask. That’s when I picked up the bottle and had a close look at it. Nowhere does it say that it was, but that barrel on the label says a lot. Hops? Where? In this brew? You’d never know it! As for taste this one is tough. I’ve never had something like this. The Duchesse and Rodenbach are way different from the Monk even though they all are sour. Monk’s has a slight sour edge the whole way through. I get maybe a hint of orange as I bounce it around my mouth. (Well it was there then it went away.) There are caramelized fruit flavors to be found before the sour covers them. And the finish leaves your mouth watering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12307) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2006
Bottled .Dark red colour with medium head. Sour fruity smell. no sugar wild yeast. Exciting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Thanks again to Boutip for this one. Pours hazy-murky, dull brown with a very light head dissipation into a thin lacing. Lightly sour aroma (apple/cider vinegar), musty. Lightly sour flavor. Apple/cider vinegar, semi-bitter hints very deep in the taste (on the spicy side that actually detracts from the experience in my opinion). Semi-sweet (granny smith apple with a little cinnamon). Light and generally lively mouth feel. Here’s the thing…I think I like these sour ales, but I started on the wrong end. I was trying La Folie when I should have been trying sour ales like I have on the last three Flemish ale ratings. These, as with the others I’ve tried as of late, are definitely the entry level sour ales. I think I like them.

Did not know that Monk’s Cafe was the same beer. I gave a similar score (though someehat higher), but made the following notes. 11.2 oz bottle. Pours nice and clear with a reddish brown color, and a light frothy head. You can smell the sour as soon as you start to pour. Apples and Pears that are sour with a hint of the fruits sweetness and a touch of wood. The sour fruit comes at your first in the flavor with apple and vinegar notes, but it fades quickly to more of a tart dryish wood/yeast presence. There is some fruit that plays around those later flavors. Those secondary flavors are, in the end, somewhat distracting from what started off as a more enjoyable sour brew. Mouth feel starts astringent but ends a bit wet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle Pours a murky dark cider colored with only a race of fizzy, short lived head. Minimal coarse lacing. Nice tart aroma of apples, raisons, pears and a little spicy leathery notes. Flavor is similar but mostly apples. Like that apple-butter I used to have as a kid. Very lively carbonation. Fizzy even, I’d say. Clean finish. Refreshing. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - FEB 23, 2006
very interesting beer, though a bit thin in the body. sour aroma with yeasty note, the flavor is acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours a bold burnt red with tight off-white head. It has a good sour aroma, lime smelling a fruit basket in a petting zoo. The flavor is, well, sour, containing lemon, pomegranate, goat, crab-apple, some faint bitterness, and an adequately malty backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2006
BBD 19/07/07 Robe brune foncée surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de cerises sûres, de sucre et de chêne. Saveurs sûres de cerises, acidité de citron et de malt caramélisé.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
pours ruby color, little -no head, aroma of fermented cherries, citrus, and earth. Flavor is sweet upfront, carbonated, fruity, with a sour finish, but not over-bearing, good body good brew.

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