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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1030) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 13, 2005
12oz bottle. Deep red color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, sour, tart cherries and must. Light to medium bodied Flemish Sour. Sour, tart cherries and wood flavors. Nice beer sort of a cross between a Duchess De Bourogne and a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Perhaps a little thin tasting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste s tart and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle. Slighty-orange dark brown pour. Fruity and sour cherry aroma. Tart and sour (more tart tho) flavors, lots of cherry and malts. Slightly buttery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1153) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Wow. Had it on tap. Pours deep red brown with a lasting solid tannish head. Wonderful fruit and the right sour notes. Some woodiness. Sip this puppy slowly to enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2005
08.03.05 11.2oz bottle. Burgundy-red-brown pour. No head. Mild sour and oak aromas with some cherry. Very nicely balanced brew, bright and oaky up front but chills out to mild cherry goodness. Sparkling body turns a bit thin and watery. Unfortunate finish after a fantastic start.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Aroma: wood, furniture polish, red grape skins, some mustiness, and brown sugar
Appearance: brownish-red, cream colored head, lots of lacing
Flavor: light sourness, some citrus fruits, some mint of other sweet herb
Palate: very light sourness and very light flavors overall--bubbly with light citrus fruit aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Reddish Brown. Sour aroma of Balsamic Vinegar, oak, yeast, cherry pits. Still sour in taste with a little sweetness tempering it. Rounded vinous sweet/sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Bottle thanks to Joeec5. Cloudy brown/red color with a thin tan head. Aroma of sour cherries and a bit of oak. First sip had an odd, but not unpleasant metallic/blood taste that went away after that sip. Sour cherry flavor that was similar to a Rodenbach, though not as complex. Very good though. There are not enough Flemish Sour Ales around, unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2005
brownish golden in color, hazy. short foamy tan head. sweet balsalmic aroma and lightly sour. high carbonation, medium mouthfeel. sour start, but not too sour. more tart, actually. a bit buttery on the finish! thanks to Joeec5 for this one, hand travelled from Phila, PA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a murky brown body with reddish highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of sour cherry and lactic. Palate is acidic and dry with a mildly sour flavor.

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