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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1377   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3095) - 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 (2755) - 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 (4901) - 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 (2058) - 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 (10555) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 First time: Appears much like blackcurrant juice (i.e. reddish) with small beige head. Smells of fur, goat, hay, yeast, malt and wet wheat and redcurrant. Salt and watery flavour, malty aftertaste. Chemical hop-bitterness. Much carbon dioxide, fizzy, flat body. Second time: Red brown clear, like old-fashioned fruit-syrup, beige head of a julmust character. Aroma: sourish, vinous, red currant, rubber, hay and mould (earth), berries, fresh seed. Hoppy and manury. Taste is sour, mineral, bitter, metallic, quinine, rich and lactic. Dry and fizzy, pretty thin but rich, milky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2005
a sim rate: (On tap at Paradise Beer Weekend, Brussels 2005). An old favorite. This is the first time I’ve had it on tap. Very metallic with a tinge of Flemish sour flavour. Sweet/sour aroma. Not as much punch as in the bottle, but lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2005
This beer comes courtesy of my summer 2005 Secret Santa, boutip, thanks from my Canadian friend up north! This beautiful flemish sour pours a deep blood red color with hints of slight purple and brown. The head is quickly dissipating, mildly soapy and slightly vinous in color. Very little lacing to speak of. The aroma is of balsamic vinegar, cherries, berries, twigs, dirt, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar...sweet and sour nose...an excellent start. The mouthfeel is wonderful....silky smooth fruits...mainly cherries with hints of vanilla and brown sugar....tart grapes and citrus... a sticky malty finish. Not as crisp of a flemish as ive had recently, but very sweet and pleasant. Lacking in carbonation and a little discomfort in the dryness, but generally well put together. Nice cherry and brown sugar usage.

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