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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1280   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1294) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1227) - 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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tightslice (175) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Cherries, yeast, astringent, mild sourness. One of the weaker / underwhelming sours I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (424) - 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.

   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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (565) - ISRAEL - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle sample at sour beers tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Clear reddish-brown with a small head. A bit funky, woody and malty aroma. Sweet, syrupy with light acidity, caramel and dark fruits notes. Medium-bodied, low-med carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apotekhin (57) - ISRAEL - DEC 17, 2013
Nice light sour aroma. Barely existent sour flavor. Caramely with a sweet quick finish. Fun. Not really sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (748) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Copper colored/brown brew with red hues and a frothy, white head. Aromas of tart fruits. Tastes of lots of berry musk, sour raspberries, and some barnyard funky sour notes. Sour finish. Not as mouth puckering as one would expect, this one is a moderate sour flavor. Some sediments floating around the bottom. Easy to drink, and very enjoyable.

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