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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1273   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gschrade (525) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 15, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Called "Monks Cafe". Pours reddish-brown with a tan head. Taste sour, tart, cherry. I thought this was very good. I would definitely drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Crazy dark pour from bottle at saloon. Cherry and tart. Not overpowering. Can't get used to the sours but trying

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (585) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2013
Opaque redbrown color, creamy tan head, vanishes gradually, leaves patches lacing; light fruity nose, sour cherry, citrus; medium sweet taste with sour undertones; medium body, smooth mouthfeel, lively carbonation; mild and fresh dry finish with slight sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyman1972 (14) - Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2013
This is my first sour beer. I like it. Poured from a bottle into a Sniffer. Pours a dark red with a bubbly head with pieces of something floating around. The head lingers with nice lacing. Smells likes a dry cider. The taste is very good with a hint of cider and a smooth flow. Feels great on the palete, light and dry. I found out I like sours.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TH28 (95) - - NOV 8, 2013
Appearance is deep briwn, almost black, with a creamy foam cap. Aroma is minimal, with the lactic notes showing up more than anything else. Taste starts with a sweet, slightly molasses flavor and gives way to a distinct but balanced tartness. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of carbonation. Finish is well balanced, with a slightly lingering tartness that balances the sweetness of the malt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Not bad, just disappointing. Pours a mahogany with light brown head. Taste is light and crisp and only mildly sour. Needs more of a punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sweasy (17) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Drinkable beer but I feel it misses the body mid sip. A very mild sour with a nice sweet cherry taste. Has a great smell and laces well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Pours opaque and dark with a ruby hue. Fat head of tan foam that fell slowly and left patchy lace. Nose is faint. I am getting a faint smell of grape, like grape juice and a powdery sweet scent. Not what I expected at all. The taste is nowhere near sour. It is dry, it is palate cleansing. It is not crisp or tart or sour. In fact it’s much sweeter than I ever would have expected and there is only a faint hint of vinegar at the back of the throat as it finishes. The mouthfeel is soft and silky and while it has ample carbonation it has not bite, no zing. Oddly I find this sweeter than I think it should be but as it drinks it does become more sour and more dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tbroad21 (4) - - OCT 15, 2013 does not count
Loved the taste of this beer. Actually tasted more like a cider beer and was extremely smooth. Great aroma and a beer I'd likely get again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
The beer has a great deep reddish hue that passes very little light through it, has a nice little white head. The smell has a lot going on with deep smells of cherries, currants, and red plum. The taste is simlar except you don’t the intensity of the combined flavors, somewhat milder. The mouthfeel is decent with bitter fruits lingering and okay carbonation. Overall, the beer is decent but not the best interrupratation of the style.

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