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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1389   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2005
Clera d´reddish brown with small creamy white head. Fresh, balsamic aroma of red berries, iron and burnt sugar. Woody flavour of vanilla and red berries with a balsamic undertone. Light acidity. The finish is a bit short, notes of wood, raspberries and blood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle from State Line, Elkton, MD. Pours hazy dark copper/ruby with minimal head. Aroma of sour malt, tart cherries. Tastes tart, malty, with mid-palate fruit including cherries mostly. Medium palate, with some definite barnyard and poontang aromas as it warmed. Not as complex as the world’s best, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. An attractive deep-burgundy pour with a thin, fizzy tan head. A good bit of sourness in the aroma along with some candied sugar, plums and malts underneath. Well, it’s definitely sour, but it’s got a nice solid body that compliments it well and keeps it from being too one-dimensional. Sour, tart cherries with subtle hints of oak comprise the flavor. My first Flemish sour. I like this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Small brown head that dissappears quickly. Bananas cut with Ketchup in the fragrance. (I can’t think of any other way to describe it.) the tomatoey smell cuts through the sweet fragrance. Color is a light brown. First taste is tart then gets more and more and more tart!!! Wow!!! In the middle of the taste is a fizzy sting. To quote an STP song ’She was a sour girl the day that I met her...’

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (8906) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
On tap at Toronado S.F. This sour reddish brown ale poured with a fluffy tan head. The flavor was not as sour as I expected and the body was a bit thin; nevertheless, it was a very satisfying brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle. Murky dark brown with beige head. Acidic, little lactic, iron, bit of tropical fruit, quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2656) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Tap @ Toronado. A reddish brown color with a thick foamy off-white head. A sour cherry and earth flavor with a similar aroma. Smooth and without the intense tartness that I would have expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1036) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2005
The brown murky body of this beer was topped with a smallish off-white head, giving this beer quite a rough hewn look, not unattractive, just lacking charisma. Aromatically this was very interesting, with a vinegary sour smell and some apple cider like notes. The taste was basically replicating fermented apple cider, with a puckering tart sourness, apple skin like astringency, and a touch of spiciness. Come to think of it, this looks a lot like unfiltered apple juice as well. This will be very refreshing and thirst quenching, if you happen to like the taste of apple cider. I would love to try this one mulled one day.

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