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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1309   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Poured a dark reddish-brown with an averaged sized tan head. Sour cherry aromas mixed with yeast. Sour/tart cherry flavor. I enjoyed this one.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (15210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 Dark amber color. Too poor: just a bit sour, no sweetness, no character; quite thin, vinous, short.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Clear mahogany body with creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet, sour, cherry, yeasty. Taste is mild sweet, nice sour cherry. Clean, light-medium body. Delicious beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Rather malty brew. Sweet flavour and sourish finish. Caramel in in aftertaste. Quite alcoholic and fruity aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Aroma had notes of vinegar to it. I was surprised how sour it was. Good, but not what I was expecting. Palate was thin and crisp. Good match with my cheesburger

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 18, 2004
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) The tart fruity lambic nose starts off this beer in fine fashion; The flavor is tart cherry and moderately sour lambic, but the tart cherry flavor really fades quickly and the finish doesn’t have nearly as much flavor; Light maltiness peaks out from time to time; There is a slight metallic flavor in the finish that probably wouldn’t be noticed if the malt and fruity flavors held up in the finish; Medium bodied and refreshing palate seems a bit watery in the finish; The color is a lovely deep red bordering on brown; Light tan head fades away within a few minutes to a ring around the glass, and doesn’t leave a whole lot of lacing; So in general, this beer starts off wonderfully, but doesn’t finish especially well

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Draught @ O’Brien’s San Diego

Just goes to show you, that you never know what you will find in a great pub, owned and run by great beer loving people, a beer brewed in Belgium exclusively for a pub in Philadelphia, in a pub in California!

The beer as it sets in the Belgian Chalice a somewhat murky deep red to almost brown color, the head a medium tan color that is also creamy in texture and the size perfect, the lace forms a tight skirt to cover the glass. Nose is crisp and tart, the aroma of over ripe fruit, a hint of yeast, a bit musky, quite a pleasant sniff this beer. Start is lightly sweet then tart with the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish is austere in its acidity, the hops perfect in their spiciness, very dry after taste that lingers on and on. I was simply forced to have several glasses before I boarded my incredibly long flight back to Phoenix, geez I needed the energy to withstand that hour and five minute flight! Lol

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Draft, Monk’s Cafe, Philadelphia. Earthy, grapy, dark and ruddy. Just a bit watery towards the end, which detracts from the grapy, oaky/tannic sourness. Not as effervescent or complex as many, but certainly an excellent, highly drinkable example of a world-class style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
I was quite surprised at this brew when I entered Monks a few months ago. Fits perfectly with the style, tart, vinious, and slight carbonation. Left almost no lacing. nice sour finish, very quaffable. It is a great reason to visit Monks cafe.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2004
draught at Monks Cafe. Hazy red-brown with small head. Fruity aroma. Nice sour cherry flavors. As the menu states, it's very quaffable.


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