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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1280   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!

mtlasley's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
A deeply brownish red pours from the glass where it collects as a deep brown that when held to light, shows as a powerfully deep red coloring. A light beige head weighs in at a finger and a half. It leaves exquisite lacing. The color is a beautifully deep red, really... Slight lacto on the tip of the nose but I find a strong Belgian dark note dominating here. Figs, raisins and a slight alcohol scent really make up the center here. They’re joined by a slightly burnt caramel. Slight oak here too. Very, very lightly sour on the tip of the tongue but quickly dominated from the palate by Figs and Slightly burnt caramel dominate the taste profile here along with a very faint oak lingering in the background. Overall, not that impressive or complex of a brew.. Crisply bubbling in the mouth and the blush wine like thickness is carried along very well by the bubbles. Overall, I’m not that impressed. A decent tasting Oud Bruin but the sour component that I’ve come to know and love just wasn’t there. Don’t get me wrong, a slight tartness stands up front but it’s just not got any pop. The Belgian characteristic here is decent though. An overall decent beer but not worth the price I paid. ~$3.50 a bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (252) - Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Hop City. Pours a dark brown with a lingering tan head. Mild Aroma of malts and dark fruits. Taste is slightly sour with hints of dark fruits, caramel. Fairly sweet with a lip puckering tartness. Not a fan

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutnick (505) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2014
Reddish. Aroma is earthy malts. Taste begins promising- vinegar - but quickly begins very sweet and very yeasty. No sour. Not a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suedehead288 (360) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
2014.08 - gents bierfestival - monk’s cafe flemish sour red ale - van het vat - pikkezwart, beige crèmekleurige kraag - neus : zurig en nog iets ? (maar wat ?) - mond : fruityoghurt (rood fruit), zoet, zuurtje

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1759) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Sample at Gents Bierfestival 2014. THX for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: clear red brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: fruity, sour, wood. TASTE: fruity, sour, wood, nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (774) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle. Red pour with off white head. Smells of wine and slight hops. Tastes I the same. Not as sour as a lot of sour beers that I've tasted. Not bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1812) - USA - AUG 6, 2014
Monks cafe sour red... Dark reddish in color... Aroma of sweet berries, not much tartness on the nose... Flavor is fairly sweet, lots of fruits, berries with hint of tartness... Wine, grape notes, fairly complex... Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours almost opaque ruby into the glass, with a wonderfully retentive tan head that leaves thick lacing. The nose is of bing cherries and unripened stone fruits. Flavors of sour cherries, some funk, finishing with a curt sweet-n-sour note. Active carbonation and a medium-light body make this a great palate cleanser and quite refreshing. Nice wild sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (643) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Hazy reddish brown pour with small layer of offwhite head. Lactic aroma, funcy and tart smelling: port-y and sour berries. Tart taste with more creaminess and some additional funk, sour cherry and raspberries. Nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear deep ruby with off white head. Nose is brown sugar and some belgian yeast. Taste is nice sourness and some belgian sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
11.2 oz bottle from backlog notes 07. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart/sour cherry, red wine vinegar, some caramel sweetness, the nose was strong, the flavor faded somewhat toward the finish. Would make a nice intro sour.

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