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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: 1273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blom (831) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2014
On tap at the Tap House Grill, Seattle under the alias ’Monks cafe flemish sour ale’. A lightly sour ale with notes of immature frutes, apples and berries. A bit too simple for a sour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (196) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 18, 2014
750 ml. bottle, named "Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale". Nice appearance, dark ruby red with a one finger beige head that lasts and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is vinous and tart, somewhat vinegary, with sour cherry notes. Medium sour (tart), light sweet, very dry and woody (oak) flavor. It seems a bit one dimensional and acidic but if you’re in the right mood it is very nice. A good summer brew, very unique and refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1971) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2014
On tap at Maloney’s in Matawan (Monks Cafe Flemish Sour). Pours a cloudy amber/brown color with a finger of foamy beige head. Aroma of spice, oak, sour funk, and caramel malt. Taste is mildly sour, with notes of spices, oak, caramel, light fruit, and older citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Aroma is of cherry tartness and oranges with some sour notes and no hop aroma. The parents as deep Amber with Ruby highlights. Slightly cloudy and chunked should be clear for style bubbly large head with average retention. Flavor is cherries and wine like with some tartness and sour notes and very light malt character. There is a prominent sweetness where style dictates sweetness is in the background. Mouth feel is highly carbonated which is not to style and a medium to medium light mouth feel. That has a sweet wine like finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
78samh (114) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2014
11.2 oz bottle poured a dark brown. Smell of tart cherries and funky yeast. Taste is sour cherries, raisins and oak. There is a slight acidic funk in the aftertaste that i don’t like. Ok sour.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1316) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a unfiltered muddy brown with a beige head and fruity aroma. Taste is sweet fruity, cherries come through with caramel and wood lead to a bittersweet light acidic finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjgmd (1359) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark amber red, deep purple with no head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Taste is very fruity, with more cherry sweetness than tartness. Finish is fruity and sweet as well . Nothing special. Quaff Score 6 / 10

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (429) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 On tap at Choice City two months ago. Appearance: filmy white head, brown amber color, cloudy, Aroma: balsamic vinegar, light roasted malt, light molasses. Palate: light body, lightly dry, average carbonation. Taste: sweet malt and fruit to medium sour and tartness. Overall, refreshing, great sweet to sour balance, unique.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2146) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2014
Nice combination of sweet and sour. Really exceptional. Starts with a great look. Clear, dark red, thick head, hefty retention. Nose is very sour, with some cherry. Palate is silky and tastes alternate between sweet and sour. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1005) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Sour aroma with some definite funkiness. Tobacco chew aroma with bubble gum, raisin and leather. Pours a murky brown with lasting yellowish head Some sweet grape juice flavor with tart cherry followed with bready malt and earthy bitterness Light bodied with medium high Co2. Lingering earthy bitterness Interesting brew. The earthiness combined with the sour makes me drink more to try and figure out what I'm tasting. I could have a few of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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