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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: 1294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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!


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2005
This one was a winna! A cloudy brown appearance. The flavor was sour black cherries and possibly some grapes hanging out in the bleachers. Not overpowering with flavor or the tartness. Simple beer with an excellent flavor. Overall it was very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2005
12 oz bottle, snifter. Relatively simple black cherry aroma. I can smell a little bit of funky sourness. Ruby hue with a short, off-white head. Slightly sweet up front but dominated by a simple tartness. Medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a simple flemish sour, but still good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2005
My first sour ale, so I am trying to rate based on what people have said it should taste like... Aroma was vaguely sour and very simple. Sour black cherry flavors mixed with lemon. hard to get used to beer tasting sour but it was aight.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 1, 2005
poured a brownish ruby with small very light tan head. Complex aroma of tart cherries, horse blanket, leather, and woody and mildly sweet. Flavors are tart with a little sweetness. Flavor is week up front then comes the fruity tartness then dry finish. Thin body. Would like a little more up front.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle Murky brown, nody. Lightly brown head, fully diminishing. Lightly fruits in the nose. Moderately acidic, lightly bitter initial flavour. Lightly acidic, astringent finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
On draught at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia. Great nose, very lactic. Dark ruby color with thin head. Nice sourness, perfect for the style. A bit of a cherry flavor on the back of the tongue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Pours a rich dark ruby brown with a thick, airy off-white head with thin lace. Dry aroma of some oaky cherries and vinegar. Starts with some bittersweet fruitiness turning more dry and tart toward a mildly acidic warming finish. Nice balance and subtle complexity, but could be a little thicker and more flavorful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Flowers and citrus w/ very light spice and soury brown sugar sweetness on the nose... Soury fermented fruit and citrus notes w/ hints of flowers on the mouth. This beer poured a cloudy brown w/ orange highlights, no head and very slight lacing. The mouthfeel was big in effervescence and light bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Attractive enough reddish brown ale, smells sour, tastes sour. Some sweet fruit, but mostly just sour. Pleasant enough draft with a Monk’s burger at Monk’s but pretty one dimensional. Can’t imagine having a lambic with food, and this lacked the barnyard stiink of a true lambic, but more like a lambic than a Belgian sour brown.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Reddish/brownish/purplish color, clear, sour cherry aroma, with hints of earth and wood. Flavor is tart, pleasant hint of cherries, not bad.


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