rxeight (1294) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ronaldtheriot (1227) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
AmBunni (18) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
rsedillo (15) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not over powering sour taste. A good balance of sweet and sour. Good color, refreshing.
tightslice (175) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherries, yeast, astringent, mild sourness. One of the weaker / underwhelming sours I’ve had.
fishonmyplane (424) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
nulptr (114) - SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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?
zvsn (565) - ISRAEL - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
apotekhin (57) - ISRAEL - DEC 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light sour aroma. Barely existent sour flavor. Caramely with a sweet quick finish. Fun. Not really sour.
ExpendableHero (748) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.