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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1377   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1146) - 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 (12517) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
On draught at Monk’s. Super clear and bright red with a nice pink creamy head. Funky, horsy aroma with some ash. Tart but balanced with some sweetness. Fast, squeaky clean finish. Spritzy mouth feel. Easy to drink, restrained Sour. In the bottle, the beer pours cloudy without much head and seems to have a bit more body. It has a lingering saccharine sweetness. I have read that some Belgian brewers use saccharine as an unfermentable sweetner to balance out the sourness in Lambics. I wonder....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle provided to me by LP, thanks

Pours a murky brown hue with reddish highlights, fizzy but lasting head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of sour cherry and ripened currant, balsamic vinegar, dusty yeast esters, biscuity malt, a touch of wood and barnyard. The taste starts as expected with a big hit of sour fruit and yeasty overtones. A hint of bready malt and a finish of wood. The feel is lively and danced across the palate with grace. Quite yummy and works well. Reminded me more of a Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne than a Rodenbach that some are attempting to compare it to. Digging it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Sampled in Atlanta at Summits Wayside Tavern with Wunderbier. Clear ruby-brown body and a just off-white, minimal head. Pungent nose of cherry, plums, and vinegar. Nice aromatic depth. Medium-high sourness and very dry. Initially very interesting but after a while, much of the character seems to get lost and it seems to suffer from over-attenuation, even given the style. Challenging beer.

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