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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schwarzbart (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Pours a nice size tan, rocky head. Color is reddish brown and a little cloudy. Good head retention and big patches of frothy lace. Tart smell of cherries, sour like apple cider vinegar, highlights of brown sugar and a faint wet dog quality. It has a light body and somewhat tart, but finishes dry. Tastes sweet, sour and quite tart with qualities of cherries, brown malts, cherry cider, faint vinegar, apple cider, fruity esters, and a faint nuttiness in the finish. I used to think this beer was so vinegar-like, but now I really dig it. Crazy how tastes change. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle as Monk’s Flemish Red in Seattle. Dark brown, lots of sweet and sour apple. Cidery body. Musty alcohol note. Mild, odd flavors, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2015
11oz on draft. Pours a rich dark brown with a hint of red. Nose is light raisin candy malt. Taste is plenty of raisin and candy with a lovely tang of sourness in the tail

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (367) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown red with soapy head. Nose is slightly tart, apricot, cherry. Taste is very fruity, apricot, cherry, mild tartness. Very bubbly and effervescent, light body. Very easy drinking light tasty sour, if a bit basic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
woodychevy (693) - - DEC 6, 2014
On tap at Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park. Solid sour if not outstanding. Pours an appealing, transparent reddish brown with a decent off-white head. Not quite as sour as I was hoping for- somewhat malty and caramel notes upfront. Nice tart cherry and vinegar notes towards the middle/ end. Bit of funk and yeast and possibly maple happening too. Light to medium bodied. Sufficiently complex. Medium finish. More approachable (ie less sour/ tart) than expected. A must try in the world of sour beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estover (75) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Tart with dark cherry, light on the vinegar. Not sure of the age on this and whether it has anything to do with it but I get a lot of sour grape with this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1296) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle @ Gents Bierfestival. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of dark red fruit, sour, acid, vinegar. Taste is dark berries, sour. Very fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KeefOz (1214) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
BB 20/03/17. Poured a semi-opaque red-brown colour with a three-finger light tan head that was very foamy (like big bubbles of suds) and retained for ages. Laced OK. Carbonation medium and fine. Aroma bit earthy with sour fruit and a hint of what smelt like vinegar. Taste medium sour, sour unripened fruits (eg green apple), and a bit of vinegar. Light body. Smooth, a bit sweet and sour, with a lingering slightly tarty sour finish. Quite different and quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6083) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Consumed as "Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale" - a pretty good entry/affordable sour beer. Aroma was immediate balasmic notes, with some light tart cherries. Poured a red-brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma was tart notes with sour cherry skins, and some balsamic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1967) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
(tap) clear reddish amber colour with a small brown head; aroma of sour fruit, bubble gum; flavour starts medium sour and develops into long, light sour and bitter finish

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