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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (416) - California, USA - APR 26, 2015
Pours amber red with a nice tan head. Head retention is good. Sweet sour, fruity, berry, oak , citrus and malty aroma. Flavors of sweet sour fruit, raspberries/strawberries, slight oak, plum, light pepper, malty and citrus with a nice crisp finish. Definitely a great tasting BA Ale. Looking forward to trying the rest of the Monks Cafe line up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TizzleJizzle (770) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
11.2 oz bottle labeled as Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale. Poured a slightly unfiltered reddish-brown with a foamy beige head. Sweet taste of tart cherries, sour, candy, and vinegar. Average carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (2309) - Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Old rating...monks cafe label. Brown-red. Sweet malts, cherry, hat, vinegar. More sweet than overpowering sour. Not the best from a usually tasty style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ludhaber (105) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
March madness 2015. Excellent sour ale. There is some malt and a little fruit. This is a superbly balanced beer. Such an interesting style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigben873 (205) - Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
March Madness 2015 - My first sour. I am pleasantly surprised. Not really what I would call a beer but it has a nice wine-line fruity flavor. Pretty tasty. Not something I would drink everyday, but very nice for a change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1719) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pours cloudy reddish brown with a one finger tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is of sour fruits, vinegar, wet hay, cherries, and sweet malts. Taste is similar to the aroma with some winey grape notes and light nutty malts. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, sweet and sour, medium-long, medium-long finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex sour brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
connor0415 (65) - - MAR 6, 2015
Drank in a dimly lit bar out of a tulip so can’t see the color all that well but it’s brown and I can’t see through it at all. Smells more like a dubbel than anything, has a lot of cinnamon and candy sugar with some caramel and apples. The taste is kind much like the smell with a sour yeast characteristic added. The yeasty character and slight acidity is well balanced with the other flavors and they work in concert very well to produce a great wild ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
furthur (879) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Growler, listed as monks cafe Flemish sour at the store. Body a deep red brown, cream colored head fades quick. Aroma sour green apple jolly ranchers, kombucha, faint horseblanket, a little clove. Taste is cloves and pineapple, faint banana, sour green apple, at the finish, something bitter...I can’t place it. The palate is light, carbonation fine, slightly sharp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hamirubi (564) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2016 15cl at the Ghent Beer Festival in 2014, under the description of ’Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale’. As a Brouwerij Van Steenberge beer fan, I wasn’t really convinced by this sour red, brown beer. It is to artificially sweet, as a sour sweet candy beer. Almost like a pseudo cherry beer. Yet, the sour ale itself is a smooth drinker. = Initial Rating Date: 3/1/2015 9:45:52 PM

10cl sample at the Zythos Beer Festival (Leuven, April 25th 2015), as the 5.20% "Van Steenberge Monks"/"Van Steenberge Monks Café (Flemish Sour Ale)". Brown red ale with lots of flavours. A nice but out of tone sour ale from Van Steenberge, with an uneven sour-sweet balance.

25cl draft from tap at De Stokerij, Ghent (16 IX 2015). Sour red berries in an artificially reddish ale with lovely pink collar, making this a sourish ale with unpleasant metallic taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (1093) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours dark red with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Nose is of caramel malt, vinegar and ripe fruit. Body is light, creamy and crisp. Taste is very similar to aroma. Finish is medium and acidic. Very refreshing, tasty brew.

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