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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Also called ďMonkís Cafť Flemish Sour Red AleĒ

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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1469) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Iím so used to drinking American sour ales that Iíd kind of forgotten the style had originated in Europe. Monkís Cafť Flemish Sour Ale is an authentic, Old World style sour beer and I can see why itís maintained such high popularity all these years. A delicious palette of fruits, tartness and sourness. Thatís what I call well-balanced.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no discernable freshness date. It cost $5.49 ($0.49 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark brown hue, opaque, but with maroon highlights. Pours to a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Sweet, fruity nose akin to sangria. Strong sour presence.

Taste: For such a popular beer, there isnít much in the way of official deScription for this brew, so Iím not entirely sure what goes into it. Thereís a strong fruity flavor here, especially of black cherries, currants, and raspberries. Is that from the malt, yeast, or bacteria (or is the beer made with those fruits)? Thereís a light, but consistent sourness from start to finish. Slightly tart at first, but finishes quite rich and sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla. I detect the faintest hint of a vinegar character, though itís more like a raspberry or maple vinaigrette and it works perfectly here.

Drinkability: Sours can be rather intimidating to drink, for newbies and experienced drinkers alike. I had absolutely no trouble throwing back a glass of Monkís Cafť Flemish Sour Ale since it was in no way intense or out of control. The mouthfeel is calm, with a smooth texture and finish to match. It leaves an almost completely clean aftertaste, which is a bit of a bummer considering how delicious the beer is while in the mouth (itíd be nice if it hung around a bit). I canít believe itís only 5.5% ABV considering how flavorful and full-bodied it is otherwise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4402) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 141014, Monkís Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Certainly is sour, even the foam sets the mouth a puckering. Big head with a bit of sediment in the final pour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie likes. Not as sour as expected. Too expensiv ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kabonski (39) - - OCT 7, 2014
This is my go to sour. It's sour, it's funky, it's bitter! Go get one and enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"mahagony color, lively carbonation. sweet & sour funky aroma. wood & fruit (cherry). bubbly, milky mouthfeel. taste is complex...wood, lots of dark fruit, tart but not really as sour as the nose. pleasant, sweet lingering finish that you donít want to go away. this is a great flemish red session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holygrowler (5) - - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
This is a great "bridge" beer to help introduce new people to the sour beer brewing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OneHotPepper (84) - - SEP 27, 2014
Smells like sour cherries. Very light from bottle. No head or lacing. Very tart cherry taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (4065) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Clear brown colour, no head. Aroma of madeira, raisins, attic, light sour. Light sour flavour, not complex at all. Light sour finish, raisins.
(From 33cL bottle @ Kulminator)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (804) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Subtle aroma with some sweet fruit and sour notes. Flavour is tart, but not particularly sour for the style. Some sweet candy and dried fruit notes. Could use a little more sourness and a little less candy sweetness. Tasty and refreshing, but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (3739) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
From notes, 4 oz draft pour consumed on 5/18/2013 at ChurchKey. Dark reddish brown with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Nice sticky lacing. Aromas of sour fruit, vinegar, tart notes. Tastes of sour grapes, vinegar, slight tart notes. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Medium-low carbonation. Not as sour as Iíd prefer but still solid.

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