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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Pours a rich dark ruby brown with a thick, airy off-white head with thin lace. Dry aroma of some oaky cherries and vinegar. Starts with some bittersweet fruitiness turning more dry and tart toward a mildly acidic warming finish. Nice balance and subtle complexity, but could be a little thicker and more flavorful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Flowers and citrus w/ very light spice and soury brown sugar sweetness on the nose... Soury fermented fruit and citrus notes w/ hints of flowers on the mouth. This beer poured a cloudy brown w/ orange highlights, no head and very slight lacing. The mouthfeel was big in effervescence and light bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Attractive enough reddish brown ale, smells sour, tastes sour. Some sweet fruit, but mostly just sour. Pleasant enough draft with a Monk’s burger at Monk’s but pretty one dimensional. Can’t imagine having a lambic with food, and this lacked the barnyard stiink of a true lambic, but more like a lambic than a Belgian sour brown.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Reddish/brownish/purplish color, clear, sour cherry aroma, with hints of earth and wood. Flavor is tart, pleasant hint of cherries, not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Not as sour, could be worse, fruits all over the place. Ok version of a Flemish

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Arayaga2 (1886) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2005
If you are curious about this ale, and don’t live near Phlladelphia, you might try adding cider vinegar to a perfectly good belgian ale until you almost don’t want to drink it anymore. This is what happens when beer goes bad, people.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2061) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Dark red-brown coloured, little head. Sour and fruity aroma, quite vinous. Sour flavour, fruity and refreshing. Finishes too watery to really impress, but nevertheless this is a good example of a great style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005
My first ever encouter with a flemish before. I have to say that it was pretty freakin’ good. Alot of Tart Fruit flavors floating around in there. Would have to Say Thank you To Pwalk for this one =)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2005
Bottled. A dark browny, red coloured beer with little head. The aroma is sour and fruity but mixed in there is a bit of ’market rubbish bins’ The taste is fruity sour and a bit fusty. Very quenching and lip snapping. My wife and Dad who were with me but thought this was foul, but I rather liked it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13718) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 19, 2005
Bottled (BB 07/2007)
Dark brown, not much head. Personal sour aroma of molasses, yeast and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, sour and fruity. Short bittersweet aftertaste. Quite easy to drink despite od sourness.


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