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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Reddish Brown. Sour aroma of Balsamic Vinegar, oak, yeast, cherry pits. Still sour in taste with a little sweetness tempering it. Rounded vinous sweet/sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Bottle thanks to Joeec5. Cloudy brown/red color with a thin tan head. Aroma of sour cherries and a bit of oak. First sip had an odd, but not unpleasant metallic/blood taste that went away after that sip. Sour cherry flavor that was similar to a Rodenbach, though not as complex. Very good though. There are not enough Flemish Sour Ales around, unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2005
brownish golden in color, hazy. short foamy tan head. sweet balsalmic aroma and lightly sour. high carbonation, medium mouthfeel. sour start, but not too sour. more tart, actually. a bit buttery on the finish! thanks to Joeec5 for this one, hand travelled from Phila, PA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a murky brown body with reddish highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of sour cherry and lactic. Palate is acidic and dry with a mildly sour flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
On draught at Monk’s. Super clear and bright red with a nice pink creamy head. Funky, horsy aroma with some ash. Tart but balanced with some sweetness. Fast, squeaky clean finish. Spritzy mouth feel. Easy to drink, restrained Sour. In the bottle, the beer pours cloudy without much head and seems to have a bit more body. It has a lingering saccharine sweetness. I have read that some Belgian brewers use saccharine as an unfermentable sweetner to balance out the sourness in Lambics. I wonder....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle provided to me by LP, thanks

Pours a murky brown hue with reddish highlights, fizzy but lasting head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of sour cherry and ripened currant, balsamic vinegar, dusty yeast esters, biscuity malt, a touch of wood and barnyard. The taste starts as expected with a big hit of sour fruit and yeasty overtones. A hint of bready malt and a finish of wood. The feel is lively and danced across the palate with grace. Quite yummy and works well. Reminded me more of a Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne than a Rodenbach that some are attempting to compare it to. Digging it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Sampled in Atlanta at Summits Wayside Tavern with Wunderbier. Clear ruby-brown body and a just off-white, minimal head. Pungent nose of cherry, plums, and vinegar. Nice aromatic depth. Medium-high sourness and very dry. Initially very interesting but after a while, much of the character seems to get lost and it seems to suffer from over-attenuation, even given the style. Challenging beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2480) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Pours with a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light bodied and light carbonation. Nose is sour cherry . No sweetness here starts and finishes with a sour cherry taste. Clean tart finish. $5.25 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Rouge foncée aux teintes de brun, moyenne mousse beige presque pleinement diminuante ne laissant qu’un faible cerceau sur les rebords du verre. Aucun dégagement gazeux présent lors du service. Arômes de cerises et de vinaigre balsamique sur quelques réminiscences boisées. Flaveurs de cerises de terre et quelques peu médicamenteux, pas vraiment de présence d’aigreur. Corps de densité mi-mince, fines bulles explosent en bouche sans toutefois faire trop mousser le liquide en bouche. Une interprétation originale et accessible du style.
Earlier Rating: 5/15/2005 Total Score: 3.2
Couleur brune rouillée allant vers le rouge, brouillé et peu moussante. Arômes tartrique et vinaigré suggérant les cerises et la terre, tout en comportant quelques caractéristiques de levures sauvages. Légèrement boisé en bouche, le support des fruits semble être typique et approprié pour le style. Corps plutôt mince, les flaveurs sont courtes en bouche la sensation de fin presque aqueuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) I remember the first time i had this at "De Vagant", a jenever-place in Antwerpen. The bartender didn’t understand my order for a "Vlaamse Bourgogne", but a friendly regular helped to the more simple name "Bios". A red sour ale, close to the Rodenbachs although also rathe different. Vinous with a vinegary touch. And at the same time very fruity with lots of black currant in the nose. Excellent. 090594

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