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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1274   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Sour apple nose. Very yeasty. No head at all to speak of. My guess would be 6%. Effervescent mouthfeel and sour cherry flavors, tinny finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 A very nice flamish sour htat pours dark brown withe a nice white head. Flavors of apples and pears dancing around on the palate. The champagne-like fizziness that went down was a little unliked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Bottle. Poured clear reddish with creamy white head. Aroma is strong sour fruit with some hoppiness evident. Sour flavor, apples, vinegar and a dry hoppy finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Delicious, almost cidery aroma. Enjoyed the brets (finally found out what they are), along with the fairly subtle yet evident cherry flavor. Lingering mild tartness. Flat malty reddish caramel color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Translucent auburn. Broken, yet dense light tan head. Delightfully lemony, musty cherry aroma with light iron, wood, tannins, and cedary brett notes. Nicely meshed. Fluffy carbonation carries the slick body. Quick surge of tartness is greeted by tingly leather, brett sensations. Slightly grainy, candyish feel plays well with the tartness and musty wood components. Finishes surprisingly soft and not as dry as expected with less iron than soft pale malts and assertive brett flavors. The delayed dryness picks up after the finish, accenting the pale malts and mild tartness. Okay.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 A big thanks goes out to Egajdzis for sending me a bottle of this absolute beauty. It poured a dark amber color, slightly hazed, and showed subtle hints of reddish orange..a thin head then topped things off...Perfect flemish sour aroma in every way, with tart cherries in horse crowded barns and leather saddles...turning funky with notes of dank cheese and cherry soda..DAMN!...A spritzy mouthfeel greets you then the initial sharp & tartness one would expect..a pefect balance of brett character and subtle sweetness of the malts...nice oak notes and crisp dryness..it glides along the tongue so gracefully leaving you with the desire for MORE! I must say, this is probably the most perfect example of the style that i have ever had.. (though the second bottle wasnt as good as the first, it was still good shit, and i want more.) Point deducted for minor inconsistencies..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thefireman (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003 does not count
On tap at Monk's. Almost grape purple in appearance with a sour, cherry-like aroma. After the initial shock from the sourness, sort of smoothed out and was very pleasing. Not overly carbonated, and finished nicely. One needs to acquire a taste for this one, but I will definately have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
corpse (7) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2003 does not count
Slightly pungent smell, feels good on the tounge, has a slight sour candy after taste. One of the many wonderful beers I had at Monk's.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Astringently sour, virtually no sweetness. Slight fruity character, very bubbly when cold. Crisp finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
I saw this in bottles in Philadelphia but got mine straight from Monk's tap. Nice fruity (cherry), sour aroma. The sourness is up front but blends quickly into the mouth. Mild, moderate palate. Smooth, low on carbonation, and after the first flush of it is becomes nicely drinkable. (on tap, Monk's, Philadelphia)

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