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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1282   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!

radio_nowhere's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (802) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle, poured into pint glass reddish brown color with white head. Aroma is sour, dried fruit, cherries and some oak. Taste is a nice mix of tart and sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
orangesol (748) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden into a tulip.

A - Pours opaque reddish brown with a fizzy half finger tall off white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of tart sour cherries, oak, some lactic sourness, and a light sugary sweetness. Not as funky as I was expecting it to be, still a decent amount of sourness tho.

T - Starts off with a bright lactic sourness that fades quickly leaving hints of tart cherries, candied sugar, dry oak tannins, and some dark fruit. Finish is a mix of light sourness and sticky sweetness, lingering for a short time. This was ok at best.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Good amount of pucker initially quickly dieing down leaving a sticky sweet feel. Finish is a mix of light sourness and lingering sweetness.

O - This is far from a bad beer, but it really never wowed me. I liked the flavors but the sourness cut out far too quickly and you were left with an overly sweet red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
robgibbens (409) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours nice very deep red with tall foam that maintains. The aroma is light cherry and fruit. Flavor is light and refreshing. Slightly tart. Finishes cleanly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (254) - 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 (506) - 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 (362) - 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 (776) - 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 (1822) - 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 (1819) - 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.

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