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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: 1338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Also called ďMonkís Cafť Flemish Sour Red AleĒ

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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Pour is murky reddish brown with a thin tan head...smell is definately warm and sour with lemons and cherries...fizzy mouthfeel...sort of weak sour flavor...some wood and cherry notes, but just a little water in the flavor dept...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14910) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 Bottled. Dark reddish-brown with a medium beige head. Not 100% clear. Fruity and sour aroma, with a flavor that has wood, acidity and fruitiness. Green apples kind of acidity. Full, astringent body, but more commercial than Rodenbach Grand Cru. Rating: 6-4-6-4-13-3.3. (060210)

Bottle, 25cl. It pours a reddish brown body, hazy with lots of floating chunck. Huge, big-bubbled, beige head and wonderful lacings. Berry-ish, cellary aroma with some vinegar and sugar. Full-bodied, quite effervescent and astringent mouthfeel with raspberry vinegar and some cellar and lemon. Some bitterness in the far back. Sugars are present too, but very moderate. Lemony, vinegary finish that lasts. A very refreshing and quenching beer that doesnít get too extreme in any way.(090419)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Clear Brownish red, like iced tea, with a thick beige head. Spicy aroma, with notes of cinnamon, and some savory aroma I canít quite place. Walnuts, too, maybe? Very drinkable - subtly sour, with hints of cherry, oak, red wine and a crisp, tart aftertaste. Bought at Leaf & Ale, Knoxville.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
bottle from chevy chase. cloudy reddish brown out of the bottle. aroma is heavily tart, cherries. medium body. flavor is very acidic, caramel, more tart cherries. good for the style, but i donít think i could drink more than one at a time.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Large frothy off-white head with a clear caramel colored body. Sweet yet somewhat earthy aroma. Seet flavor that finishes lightly sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2006
A very dark red body with a large ivroy head. Good vinegar aromas combined with some fruits. Excellent tartness in the back of the mouth and good plum endings. Overall, a very enjoyable Flemish Sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Pungent, acidic aroma. Pours dark red/brown. Acidic, sour taste, with some fruit, raspberries, then sour finish. Awesome.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4958) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle: Dark cherry oak color with a moderate dry bone colored head. Earthy cherries, along with a touch of yeast dominate the aromas. Thin red wine nose, with just a hint of acidity notes. As it warms some mild malts come out. Sweetness envelops the mouth with the first sip, not a sugar laden sweetness, but a dry, stick a powered sugar donut in the mouth at once type of sweetness. From there a pastry dough flavor continues leading to a light acidic finish. Has some flavors of an old past prime wine. Thing grabs my attention with this one. The aroma was pleasant and complex enough, but the flavors never came together. Seems like an amber with a few drops of red wine vinegar. Ok, really good red wine vinegar, but you get my point.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Draught@Monks. Rather sour nose and sour flavor (wow, insightful of me.) But, itís not overpowering. Thought I wasnít going to appreciate this, but found it quite pleasant. Manageably sour. A little bit of appley pucker in there, richer flavor than apple though. Smooth, deep red brown. Nice long finish. A Lasting fine coating of a head. Hints of tast fruit. Red wine vinegary finish. Not an everyday drink for me, and somewhat one dimensional, but a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2006
POured with a murky brown and red boy. The aroma had tart apples along with balsamic vinegar. Fairly one dimensional in the aroma. The taste had lemons, balsamic vinegar and some leather. There is also a little dry hay in the finish. A nice light body made this refreshing.


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