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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1342   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!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8550) - 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 (6159) - 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)

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1309) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2005
From A Bottle.Dark red in colour with a small head,aroma is of sour apples, taste is fruity,sour and tart.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
I hear this fellow is contract brewed in Belgium, and I believe it. Not my favorite style, but very interesting. Much more enjoyable than other sour beers, I find. Lambics just don’t do it for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22533) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 30, 2005
Bottled. Dark red colour, huge creamy creamy head. Strong applle/cherry aroma. Strong sour apple and cherry flavour with hints of sweetness. My first thought was "very krieklike".

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2005
330ml bottle 2004 vintage. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for the bonus. Muddy brown red body with a fast vanishing light tan head. The bubbles keep surfacing making for some interesting surface action. The aroma is lightly sour ripe cherry, light malt sweetness, and some musty yeast. The flavor is quite nice. Tart sourness up front with light fruity sweetness in the middle. Acidity develops late and peaks right about time for the swallow. Tart semi-dry palate. W bit light and watery at the end, could use some more structure. Overall though a nice Flemish Sour.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1252) - 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.


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