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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: 1273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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!


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MiP (13478) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle. Cognac/port aroma. Cloudy brown colour, small head. Flavour is mostly sour and dry with a little port note.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Murky, burnt orange ale with a medium-sized, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is very earthy with notes of leather, vanilla (just a hint) and cola. Moderately sour flavor with notes of lemon and wood. Light-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, sour, bone-dry finish. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Aroma of sour cherries. Flavor is of mixed (sour & sweet) cherries with a slight wood.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Dark copper. Sour, horsey nose. Taste has notes of citrus, cherry, pretty sour and tart. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Reddish amber. Nose lightly sour, some cherry in the nose. Unexpectedly fruity, very much predominates towards the fruit-cherry side of things, is just mildly sour. Not that much going on, and would seem to be beter classified as a fruit ale.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a light burgundy, muted leather like in the library of a rich mansion. Dull, clear, mostly, only a tinge of sediment (hey, at least there was some). Aroma is light cherries, raspberries and lightly sour, watered down balsamic vinegar. Black pepper on the very end of the nose. Body is lean, lightly thin and medium to medium-light bodied, tending towards medium-light. Small white head. Flavor is lightly tart black raspberry cola, with a strong sense of sourness, though it dosent stray the line of being bitter. Just sticks to the sour and finishes surprisingly quick. Much too much filtration on this, which sucks the lifeblood out of it, almost. If there is such a thing as just a sour ale, with pretty much no variation on the sourness aspect, this may be it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2004
A wild, pungent sour nose - powerful and reminded me of a moldy basement. Deep ruddy-brown color with a low creamy head. Raspberry tones behind a sour malt body. Puckering. Thin drying end. Complex and gets bonus points for uniqueness. This is just a great style of beer that I don’t get nearly enough of.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Strange fruity sour aroma. Pours out a deep unfiltered looking brownish color. Somewhat carbonated with a small dissappearing head. It has a nice fruity/sour flavor that is really refreshing,. A good brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2004
Nice red dark color. Spare layer of a head. Acidic, berry rhasberry nose, also dates. Moderate astringent finish. Lime and earth taste, kind of a light port wine. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown, medium tan head. Sour, cherryish aroma. Well balanced flavor, tart at times with a solid and smooth malt backing. Medium body; solid.


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