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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: 1385   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!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ericLep (10) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Found this beer randomly in Royal Oak, MI. Very good smell and my first foray into sour ales. Very good taste and awesome flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (374) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2015
pours a deep red/orange amber with a big foamy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is bread and tart red raspberries. Flavor is tart red raspberries and cherries. Light medium bodied with a crisp tart finish. This is really good.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jfb (5343) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 30, 2015
(draught) clear deep ruby-brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of melted butter and hazelnuts, rather metallic and phenolic, with a touch of vinegar, some powdered sugar and acetone. flavour is mostly hazelnuts and roasted malts, with big notes of tart lemon juice, red grapes and yeast slurry. light- to medium-bodied with average carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeffsayyes (51) - - APR 27, 2015
got on a trip to Philly at THE beer store. Almost thick syrupy tasting but not really. Afterthroat is a bit syrupy, but I love the initial taste and the fuzz. Def dig it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (401) - California, USA - APR 26, 2015
Pours amber red with a nice tan head. Head retention is good. Sweet sour, fruity, berry, oak , citrus and malty aroma. Flavors of sweet sour fruit, raspberries/strawberries, slight oak, plum, light pepper, malty and citrus with a nice crisp finish. Definitely a great tasting BA Ale. Looking forward to trying the rest of the Monks Cafe line up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TizzleJizzle (765) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
11.2 oz bottle labeled as Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale. Poured a slightly unfiltered reddish-brown with a foamy beige head. Sweet taste of tart cherries, sour, candy, and vinegar. Average carbonation, medium body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (2119) - Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Old rating...monks cafe label. Brown-red. Sweet malts, cherry, hat, vinegar. More sweet than overpowering sour. Not the best from a usually tasty style.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ludhaber (102) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
March madness 2015. Excellent sour ale. There is some malt and a little fruit. This is a superbly balanced beer. Such an interesting style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigben873 (189) - Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
March Madness 2015 - My first sour. I am pleasantly surprised. Not really what I would call a beer but it has a nice wine-line fruity flavor. Pretty tasty. Not something I would drink everyday, but very nice for a change of pace.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1671) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pours cloudy reddish brown with a one finger tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is of sour fruits, vinegar, wet hay, cherries, and sweet malts. Taste is similar to the aroma with some winey grape notes and light nutty malts. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, sweet and sour, medium-long, medium-long finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex sour brown.


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