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

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RATINGS: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (334) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. As Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Reddish brown, with an immense pillowy head. Sour cherry aroma, with a little funk.. Tart cherry taste. A bit medicinal. Much more sour than sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
darbeer75 (263) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Aroma: fruity, cherry, but not too Robitussin-like;sweet; Appearance: huge head that’s more like egg nog than beer; head dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing behind; dark red-brown; Taste: sour dominates over sweetness; cherry undertones; refreshing; maybe a tad too sour; Palate: medium body with long, sweet finish; Overall: a good sour ale, but not my favorite; would probably not buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (1013) - Samarate, ITALY - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle @ home. Ramata carica quasi marrone schiuma beige grossolana non molto persistente. Aroma complesso ma non molto intenso. Tostato, acetico, fruttato di ribes e mirtillo. Legno e vaniglia sono presenti. Gusto acido, abboccato, poco maro e leggermente tostato. Finale improvviso fruttato e acetico. Poco corposa, lieve carbonatazione , se.bra più calda di quanto il suo abv farebbe supporre. Spigolosa, astringente. Equilibrata e piuttosto armonica. Il tostato bilancia l’acidità meno estrema rispetto ad alcune altre birre in questo stile

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Livendadream (191) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Btl pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. Big thick,creamy,off white head that lasts for some time leaving huge curtains of lace on glass. Aromas of malt vinegar, over ripe apples and cherries and a hint of nail polish/alcohol. Tastes of dark fruits like sweet cherries, dates, figs,and sweet red wine.The sour flavors taste like the stuff inside the candy zots. Medium body, soft creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a dry, tart finish. This beer had a pleasantly surprising flavor profile. At the very first whiff of the aromas I felt this beer was not going to be very good. Then after the first taste I was confused. How can a beer that smells so weird can end up tasting this fantastic? The sweet fruity body rounds out tartness. This turned out to be an easy drinking, tasty, smooth sour ale!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brownaler (481) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Sour cherry aroma evident in the body with a bit of clove. Pretty simple sour ale, but non-offensive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeergeekKorea (107) - SOUTH KOREA - NOV 20, 2015
Aroma: Fizzy, mild tart Appearance: Reddish brown colour and creamy head Taste: Tenderly tart and sweet like some rotten strawberry Palate: Light body, juicy texture, soft carbonation and the Aroma finishes

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2015
On draft at HopCat in Ann Arbor. In prep for Rare Day tomorrow. Labeled an oud bruin, I'm not sure. The pour is a dark brown with hints of ruby and a nice egg shell colored film of head with no lace. The aroma is more funky than tart. It's weird. There is a strange odor to this because there is nothing that takes precedence. There is a funkiness to it that I hope works out. The flavor is strange. Hoppy and funky with no real sourness to it. It's got a little yeastiness and some hints at a tart, but it's plain and lacking. There is a light brown character to it. The mouth feel is thin and slick. It's not well carbonated and carries a lingering maltiness. Not very good from an oud bruin status. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Maakun (2716) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to kermis, let’s get him to 8k tasting. Very dark reddish brown, big fluffy beige head. Cardboard, few days old coffee, rotten red fruits, soft balsamico. So far so mediocre, finish has ash, rotten cardboard, earth, gasoline. Light sweet and sour with nasty bitter finish. Over medium bodied with soft velvety feel. Nasty.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
33cl bottle shared at lets get Kermis to 8k. Thick creamy off white head. Clear burgundy pour. Vinegar sourness. Not great

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kermis (9070) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle shared at the Get Kermis to 8k tasting. Pours dark brown with a big thick tan head. Aroma of cardboard, vinegar, dull malt, caramel and tart dark fruits. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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