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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle: Not as intense as some sours that I’ve had, but still quite tasty and drinkable. It pours a deep chestnut color with ruby highlights and has a thin light beige head. The aroma is of tart fruits, cherry and berries, just slightly musty. The sourness increases in the taste, but not overpoweringly so. The flavor is sour fruits, a touch of wood, and a light iron taste. It finishes on a mildly puckering tart note. Very nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
250 ml bottle shared with jerc. Cloudy red brown colour with a mostly lasting frothy off-white head. Tart mild red wine vinegar aroma. Lightly acidic, yeasty flavours with a dry and dusty finish. Light bodied, a touch watery. A wannabe Rodenbach or Duchesse du Bourgogne that doesn’t quite make it. Thanks Boutip!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 2005-10-XX. Hazy amber brown, small tan head. Funky alcoholic aroma with touches of sour malt. Touch lactic, sour apple juice quality to it. Impossible to re-trace sour cherries and a green leafy notes. Not much going on. Touch thin. A watered down Rodenbach. Thanks for sharing OKBeer. 6/3/5/2/10 - 2.5

2010-12-31. Dark red-amber body with a fluffy beige head. 3+ Flavour starts with a crisp sourness followed by a candyish sweet cherry, light tangy notes before a sweet cherry finish. 6+ Very slight earthy characgter in the aroma over a sweet cherry. Smooth average bodied palate. Just okay. 6+/4/6/3/12 - 3.0 Bottle at Volo as Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour, Toronto

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, fruity. Cherry and/or raspberry. You can smell that tartness. Cloudy orangy brown color. Ok head that faded to a ring. Fruity tart flavors, though not as good as the nose. Cherry/raspberry with cardboard, chalk, red wine vinegar. Medium body, lite creamy smooth mouthfeel, DRY sour finish. Nice easy to drink Sour. Flavor wasn’t as good as nose lead me to believe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2763) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Bottle: Small dark tan head, fair retention, lacing is minimal, spotty. Hazy brown/red hued brew. Nose full of sour cherries, gently so. Body is light/medium, palate is lightly puckering, crisp but a touch thin. Cherry flavor is nice and fresh, medium sourness, lightly woody, musty, a hint vinagary. Finish is fruity, cherrys and lightly sour, clean.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle:Light bourbony mahogany color with very light dusty head and a bit of ring lacing around the edge. The nose is very ripe and tingley on the nose, almost like peach shnopps with some brown sugar and brett. The flavor, lets say it this way, isn’t as tart. A bit of muskiness and wet wood taste but not offensive in any manner. A quaffable sour ale with fruity tendencies that is quite drinkable. I can drink a few more of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Sampled a second time in a blind tasting. Definitely came up short with the Duchess and Rodenbach. Bottle courtesy of Boutip. Dark brown with red tint. Thin skiff for head. Aroma is initially vinegar-like but fades back. Flavour is indeed sour but not overwhelming. Nice tart grape flavour. Finish is a touch dusty with lingering sourness reminiscent of a Warhead candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2060) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle. Mahogany coloured with a slim beige head. Vinous, sour cherry aroma with some background malts. Sour wine taste, muted cherries and some caramel. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2005
Bottle 75cl Labled 5.0% and 2005
Red mahogany kind of colour. Aroma from oak with a meaty fatness to it. Red berries, sultanas and some oak character in taste. Some wine like sourness with a note of cherries. I would have appreciated a bit more full palate though, but nice enough to have another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
A flanders sour aroma, wine like, alcohol whiff. Nice redish sight. Ok in taste, understated cherry and not overly sour. Wood, vanilla. Moderate carbonation. Medium to thin mouthfeel, but refreshing easy drink. Underated

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