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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: 1273   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!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (226) - - JAN 13, 2014
ruby red color; sour fruity aroma; great, slightly sour, dark fruit flavor with a rather sweet finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkSanta410 (217) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a very dark reddish brown. Solid head with a slight reddish hue. Aroma of sour / tart cherries. Great aroma. Taste is slightly tart berries, some hints of oak and finishes with mild sweetness. Palate is medium carbonation with good body. Overall a great sour, a good everyday sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1192) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at the beer market. Slightly sour. Touch of red ale malt. Somewhat bitter. This is a pretty lite sour. Has a slight abbey banana Belgian taste to it. This would be a good beginner sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1183) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale has an extremely thick, spongy, beige head, a mostly clear, dark, reddish-brown appearance, no visible bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of very bready, sour dough, slightly rancid fruit, and oldness or mustiness. Taste is of sweet bread, very sour fruit, old beer, sweet-tart hard candy, and maybe red apple. Mouthfeel is medium, and Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale finishes mostly dry, strangely delicious, and highly interesting. RJT

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmBunni (18) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
This beer is really good! A nice sour that reminds me of a lambic. My palette is not quite refined enough to pick out any particular fruits. Maybe grape or cherry? Has a sweet and sour note... not just sour. Either way.. this is a great intro to sour I believe. Tasty. Will definitely buy again. SN: I prefer dark robust beer but this is flavorful enough to be one of my favs.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rsedillo (15) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Not over powering sour taste. A good balance of sweet and sour. Good color, refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tightslice (150) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Cherries, yeast, astringent, mild sourness. One of the weaker / underwhelming sours I’ve had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (407) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Cherries, white vinegar, and apple cider vinegar. Light on the sweetness, and I’m not getting many fruits other than cherries. Maybe a hint of blackberries or currants. Some weird, yeasty funk flavors as well. Unlike Rodenbach, I don’t agree with the description of "refreshing" being applied to this beer - it’s a bit too astringent for that. It’s good, but there are better sours out there.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (678) - - DEC 20, 2013
Served in a snifter at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia. Wonderful sour beer. Very tart.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nulptr (114) - SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
this rating based on a bottle of unknown bottling date. my memories of adoring this beer may be based largely on experiences having it on draft. lots of sediment in this particular bottle. medium fizzy, more sweet than sour, but finishes tart. a "starter sour" for sure. no duchess, but then again what is?


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