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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1507) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a unfiltered muddy brown with a beige head and fruity aroma. Taste is sweet fruity, cherries come through with caramel and wood lead to a bittersweet light acidic finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjgmd (1568) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark amber red, deep purple with no head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Taste is very fruity, with more cherry sweetness than tartness. Finish is fruity and sweet as well . Nothing special. Quaff Score 6 / 10

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 On tap at Choice City two months ago. Appearance: filmy white head, brown amber color, cloudy, Aroma: balsamic vinegar, light roasted malt, light molasses. Palate: light body, lightly dry, average carbonation. Taste: sweet malt and fruit to medium sour and tartness. Overall, refreshing, great sweet to sour balance, unique.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2322) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2014
Nice combination of sweet and sour. Really exceptional. Starts with a great look. Clear, dark red, thick head, hefty retention. Nose is very sour, with some cherry. Palate is silky and tastes alternate between sweet and sour. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1072) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Sour aroma with some definite funkiness. Tobacco chew aroma with bubble gum, raisin and leather. Pours a murky brown with lasting yellowish head Some sweet grape juice flavor with tart cherry followed with bready malt and earthy bitterness Light bodied with medium high Co2. Lingering earthy bitterness Interesting brew. The earthiness combined with the sour makes me drink more to try and figure out what I'm tasting. I could have a few of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2634) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and tumbler served showing a brown/mahogany color, with a persistent layer of tan, cakey head foam, and a sheet-like cling to the lacing. The nose was light, yeasty funk, dark cherry, prune, concord grape, some vinous nature, and tartness, with a touch of vinegar, and lurking sweetness on the edge. The taste retained the tartness with a bit of prickliness on the tongue, the subtle funk, added some barrel hints, but became quite sweet & Kool-Aid-like, as it thinned out on the palate, due to low carbonation. Not bad, a lot going on, but a little too cloying for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1135) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle to glass. Clear garnet with light tan head. Yeast floating from aggressive pour. Moderate low lactic/sour with cherry and malt. Taste is tart cherry. Sweetness at the finish is complimentary.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2148) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
330ml bottle, as Monk’s Café. Pours a slightly cloudy, deep brown, with a beige head. Spicy, oaky aroma, slightly sour, malt,caramel, red berries, vanilla, light funk. Dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Spicy taste, quite sour, oak, caramel, berries, citrus. I expected it to be a bit more complex. It ends on a very bitter, tart note. (2014-04-16)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Nice variety of fruit scents on nose. Not crazy sour as it is balanced out by some dark fruit sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1337) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Cola red-brown color. Not a ton of head but a little. Aroma is earthy but with a red wine grape. The flavor is sour dubbel stuff; more red wine grape. I love the way it sits on the tongue for a while after. Hint of cherry.


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