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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: 1278   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!


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1658) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Tap: Solid, burnt ruby color with some mahogany; mild translucency, topped with a very small, beige ring that sifts away in no time. Aroma contains juicy, ripe apples & cherries with some residual, cider-y sweetness & a mild touch of tartness. Light berry, black cherry, acetic acid, oak, & vinegar pops out with some time. Very, very mild "wet hay’ funk quality. Taste is only mildly tart, mostly sweet with some residual sugar notes. Lightly vinous, heavy grape, fruit juice-like. Some cherries, grape skins, & light oak in the finish. More sweet than sour, despite the name. Nice beginner "sour" brew, but it is quickly forgotten.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Beautiful dark red color. Sourness isn’t overpowering and it balances well with the other flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcnealc31 (250) - Elida, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
The color is attractive. As close to brown as red can get. However, the giant chunks of sediment are a bit off-putting. Aggressive carbonation tingles on the the tongue. This is, indeed, sour, but not unpleasantly so. A touch of caramel and even a fruity finish. But sour is by far the dominating note. I feel like this is going to be a hit or miss. You’ll love it or hate it, depending on your individual feelings toward sourness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Monk’s Cafe bottle. Pours a deep orangish red. Minimal head. Flavor is mildly tart, jolly ranchers, just a hint of funk. Light bodied and slightly fizzy. This is a smooth easy sipper. Fisher-Price, my first sour.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EvanFriend (303) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
On tap at Valhalla under the Monk’s Cafe name. First taste was vinegar, didn’t like it. The more sips I take, the more I get sour cherries and the better it is.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gschrade (590) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2612) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (650) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TH28 (105) - - 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


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