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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: 1348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!


3.7
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2473) - 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.

3.4
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25073) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Pours a carbonated brown, like Pepsi, with a small light brown head. Has a tart sour apple aroma or tart cherries. Slightly fruity flavor at first that gives way quickly to a sour tartness which is followed by a very puckery dry finish. I couldn’t drink more than one.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Sweet, minty notes contrast with an acetic (balsamic vinegar) acidic sourness in the aroma. Clear mahogany brown with a light but lasting cover of off-white head that leaves some light lacing. Mild acidity with fair sweetness to balance. Rather dry, medium body with decent carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
Best fresh. Does not age particularly well.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2005 Total Score: 3.4
Dry, grapey, lightly sour, acetic aroma. Opaque reddish brown with a decent ring of off-white head. Lightly acidic with a yeasty and sugary component. Earthy flavour dies quickly leaving just a light tartness on the tongue. Medium-light body is somewhat lifeless despite prickly carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 The Lure:
Sourness seems to be held back somewhat, but is well-balanced with cherry sweetness. Candies even appear to hold a little wild rice. United for a greater interest.

The Festivities:
Weak vinegar and light metallic hints taint the medium/light sourness. A little yeast is present, and fruitiness is virtually absent. Well-done, but nothing to get excited about.

Transcendence:
Just another antique shop.3.2/5

Under the name Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale:
The Lure:
Light red wine vinegar and earthy cherries rest in tranquil woods. Pleasant and typical for the style, although nothing special.

The Festivities:
Dusty yeast and quiet sourness are emboldened by the proud fruitiness of cherries. These are somewhat sweeter than sour though, and the flavor profile does not appear cohesive enough to my tastes. Mouthfeel is a little too bubbly as well. I guess I’m not impressed.

Transcendence:
Impersonating is never as good as the real thing.3.1/5

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours an opaque reddish-brown with a 1/2 inch tan head. Smells of sour cherry. Acidic and winlike with hints of vinegar. lightly sweet. Tart black currant. Taste is sour up front. A puckering sourness. Sour cherry and wild berry. Acidic and fruity but certainly not sweet. Mouth is a bit thin cold but fill sout as the beer warms. This is no Rodenbach, but like Rodenbach this beer delivers the sour in Flemish Sour Red.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Good-looking cloudy orange-ruby. Light off-white head. Most appealing rooty and balsamic aroma focuses well on the cherries, but without forgetting that other things exist in life. We therefore have a right to mild funk undertones that evolve from tart fruits (grapes, pomegranate) to an earthier, soil and farmy side. Pretty sweet palate suffers from its sweetness not being related to the malt apparently. Cherries and blueberries are aptly complemented by a branches, bark component, but the hints at acidity and funk from the aroma are faded into nothingland. Finishing short and slightly bitter (orange skin), a bit thin and quite watery to leave us on a far duller note than we’d have believed initially.
Earlier Rating: 5/9/2005 Total Score: 3.6
No head, light-brown rum colored. Appealing cherry nose when you manage to get the idea of cherry coke out of your head. From the cherry skin to the pit, it feels they’ve included every part and therefore feels fresh and pretty authentic if a bit syrupy. Unfortunately, the palate doesn’t seem quite as cohesive, maybe a bit too syrupy this time, it comes off very juicy, but still good at that. Light yet sharp carbonation, on the other hand, contributes to a bit of tongue-cleaning that makes the next sip most welcome.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2005
Bouteille de 250 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de moût de raisin, de fruit sèché et de sucré. Apparence: Couleur ambrée-bourgogne. Très mince col blanc. Moyenne densité des bulles. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de prunes, de pommes ainsi qu’une bonne amertume. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Corps plein avec une texture sirupeuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité. (Rating #142)


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