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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a very thin head. Pours with champagne like carbonation and bubbles. Aroma of sour cherries, not overwhelming sourness. Some funky yeast in the nose as well. Somewhat intense sourness hits you up front in the taste with some fruitiness in the background. It seems a little watered down to me in the middle, the sourness and cherry almost disappear for a brief second, but then come back in the finish along with some grape fruit juice. Finishes a little dry. This is my first of this style, so I’m not sure about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy brown with firm, beige head. Sweet, though sourish aroma. Fruity, metallic and sourish flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Draft. Rusty brown. Nose is sour and woody with tart fruit notes, though it has a muted sourness. Taste is tart fruits, balsamic vinegar, wet wood, and light earthiness. Body is lightly carbonated with mild acidity but not much dryness. Finishes sweet-sour with light vinegar notes, faint wood, and fruit.
Earlier Rating: 2/16/2006 Total Score: 2.7
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed ruby body with a small tan head. Nose is sour cherry, light Balsamic notes, wet wood, lemon notes, and faint flowers. Taste is thinned black cherries, light acetic notes, watery lemonade, faint woody notes and light earthiness. Very thin flavor. Body is light and thin but has seltzer-like bubbliness. Tart but only with some slight dryness that one would expect. Finishes just as thin with light cherry and lemon, wet wood, and thin earthy dryness. Not terrible, but a bit of a let-down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5153) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2006
On tap at Naja’s Place, Redondo beach, CA. Deep rubyred with only a thin film of foam. Intense sour yoghurt aroma, some oakiness and caramel sweetness. Aromas definitely remniscent of a Rodenbach. Flavours are sweeter than expected by the aroma, even if it dries out towards the finish. Some sour yoghurt flavours, but much softer than a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Rounded caramel notes. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.All in all, a highly drinkable American-Flemish red ale that comes close to the real thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2699) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2006
11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours a cloudy dark brown with tiny, tan fizzy head. Aroma is sour--kinda like the first whiff of a glass of red wine, don’t know if that makes sense--, with some yeast, granny smith apples and red cherries. Definitely sour, and again, right away in the taste I’m reminded for a moment of drinking wine. Mind you, this is my first rating of a Flemish Sour, so this may be how all of them taste--I dunno. Dry finish. Will have to try other Flemish Sours to compare, but as of right now, not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3418) - 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 (12932) - 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.

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