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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: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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!


1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dougefreezy (43) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Whoa not very impressed. Tastes like half ale, half lambic with neither one of them standing out. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1429) - - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark ruby with a big off white head. Aroma is cranberry juice, cherry and light musk. Taste adds chocolate and lactic notes and an earthy note on the finish. Soft and thin mouthfeel with little carb and relatively quick finish. Slightly odd but really enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (137) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2014 The aroma is very sour and lactic with strong notes of cherry and more subtle hints of orange. The flavor is complex, at first a of bit creamy malts on the palate followed by a big tart lactic rush. Cherry features in a softer sour finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (467) - - MAY 31, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Thanks Haley! Pours a light brown in color, small head with moderate lacing. Aroma is funky yeast, sweet dark malts. Flavor is refreshing and tasty. I always prefer sour over sweet. The beer definitely has a sweet component, and finishes that way. Mouthfeel is moderately low carbonation, nice feel, sweet/sour finish (mostly sweet).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blom (836) - 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 (211) - 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 (2089) - 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 (144) - 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 (1391) - 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.


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