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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy amber/red body, small tan head. Aroma of tart cherries and some barnyard funk. Flavor is super sour, with more cherries, hay, some green apple, lots of yeast. Palate is dry and bitter. Finish is dry, and tart. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2005
A nice balance of sourness with fruity sweetness. Neither is overpowering. Overall, a nice solid representation of style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2005
Brownish-red in color with a small beige head. Some cherry and oak in the aroma that carry through to the flavor. Good blend in the flavor in some sweetness and fruitiness up front but then tartness in the finish. Pretty nice brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2005
(Bottled) Very nice, deep, dark red color with a smallish head and some lace. Sourish red wine/vinegar aroma with lots of cherry. Quite sour, oaky cherry flavor with a hint of sweetness. Medium-bodied, sour and low-carbonated palate. A very kriek-like, reasonably pleasant, not very complex sour ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2005
Rusty brown color with a filmy small tan head. Nose of sour and lactic bandaid (not bad), chemicals, cherries and a flavor of light woody watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet honeydew and finishing with a tart and punchy acidic palate. Empty sort of finish, with some light characteristics compared to other flemish sour ales, but overall this has an extremely pleasent flavor and mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2005
Light amber in color with a slight haze, ruby highlight, and a small white lacing. Aroma is of tart cherries,sour and acidic. Flavor is of dry cherries,oak, tannin. very astringent yet sweet and sour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2005
This was my first exposure to Sour ales and I must say I was blown away. The appearance was that of an amber ale with a frothy head. The aroma had a lot of earthiness to it while the flavor displayed some fruitiness maybe cherries. Definately an enjoyable beer and absolutely one worth trying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2005
Unfortunately for this beer, we tasted the Rodenbach Grand Cru right before this one. Behind that flavor behemoth, this one came out a bit light on flavor. It was drier than the Rodenbach and had less of the fruitiness (I always get lots of cherry out of Flemish Sours even when cherries aren’t in the beer). The sourness edged on saltiness, a trick some sour beers pull on my taste receptors. Definitely a bit oaky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5036) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
Bottle: Poured a brownish red color beer with a medium off-white foamy head with some pretty good retention. Aroma is quite sour and you can already feel the effect of the oak on this beer. Taste is quite acid with some subtle sweetness at the end. Cheery feels is less present then in the Rodenbach Grand Cru but can still be detected. Overall, I find this one to be a good Flemish sour ale and would even say that it seems to be underrated compared to some other Flemish Sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2005 Bottle pours dark caramel, reddish hues, medium light tannish frothy head, spotty lacing, with light carbonation.   Tart/Sour nose, very Oaky... smells very dry.   Also somewhat vinegary.   Slight cherry note up front, quite soft, with a tartness/sourness that follows leading into a semi dry finish.   A bit more to style than the last beer I rated, but not quite as fruity or vinegary as I like (Duchess).   Moderate body & mouthfeel.   Clean finish, slightly tart & sour.   As it warms the dryness on the finish seems to diminish.   Wishing it had a bit more flavor tho.   Still enjoyable tho.



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