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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mvp (174) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Dark brown with a reddish head. Smells like a tart fruit. Taste pretty good but kind of light on the palate. Lots of tart flavor on the tip of the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
10/31/2014. From bottle. Dark brown with a big tan head. Tart, fruity aromas with hints of oak. Not overly sour, but very nicely balanced. Easy to sip and enjoy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geologyguy (908) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Such a fruity nice sour smell slightly smoky but near fire, smooth and fruit, sweet and sour taste...wow very good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle labeled Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Medium reddish brown with small offwhite head. Somewhat tart with cherries and raisins. Moderate carbonation. Zesty. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1353) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2014
I’m so used to drinking American sour ales that I’d kind of forgotten the style had originated in Europe. Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale is an authentic, Old World style sour beer and I can see why it’s maintained such high popularity all these years. A delicious palette of fruits, tartness and sourness. That’s what I call well-balanced.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no discernable freshness date. It cost $5.49 ($0.49 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark brown hue, opaque, but with maroon highlights. Pours to a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Sweet, fruity nose akin to sangria. Strong sour presence.

Taste: For such a popular beer, there isn’t much in the way of official description for this brew, so I’m not entirely sure what goes into it. There’s a strong fruity flavor here, especially of black cherries, currants, and raspberries. Is that from the malt, yeast, or bacteria (or is the beer made with those fruits)? There’s a light, but consistent sourness from start to finish. Slightly tart at first, but finishes quite rich and sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla. I detect the faintest hint of a vinegar character, though it’s more like a raspberry or maple vinaigrette and it works perfectly here.

Drinkability: Sours can be rather intimidating to drink, for newbies and experienced drinkers alike. I had absolutely no trouble throwing back a glass of Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale since it was in no way intense or out of control. The mouthfeel is calm, with a smooth texture and finish to match. It leaves an almost completely clean aftertaste, which is a bit of a bummer considering how delicious the beer is while in the mouth (it’d be nice if it hung around a bit). I can’t believe it’s only 5.5% ABV considering how flavorful and full-bodied it is otherwise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4028) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 141014, Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Certainly is sour, even the foam sets the mouth a puckering. Big head with a bit of sediment in the final pour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie likes. Not as sour as expected. Too expensiv ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kabonski (38) - - OCT 7, 2014
This is my go to sour. It's sour, it's funky, it's bitter! Go get one and enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6698) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"mahagony color, lively carbonation. sweet & sour funky aroma. wood & fruit (cherry). bubbly, milky mouthfeel. taste is complex...wood, lots of dark fruit, tart but not really as sour as the nose. pleasant, sweet lingering finish that you don’t want to go away. this is a great flemish red session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holygrowler (5) - - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
This is a great "bridge" beer to help introduce new people to the sour beer brewing.

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