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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: 1289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 19, 2008
Bottle @ <A HREF=http://www.ale.dk/index.php?id=4638 target=blank> Sour ale Tasting - DOE Holstebro. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, citrus - berry sour. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet, moderate acidic - vinegar with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (250308)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31235) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2008
25 cL bottle. Medium slow/fast gusher. Pours hazy brown with a light orange hue and a lacing tan head. Light woody acidic aroma with a mild caramel and brown suagr note. Acidic to citric sour taste first. Shows a mild caramel and sugarish note midways and in the far finish. Holds a solid sourness initially and before the finish. Not as smooth as the Duchesse but nicely more dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29369) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
A hazy brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet yet quite acidic with notes of wood and berries. The flavor is sweet and very acidic with strong notes of wood combined with acidic berries, which lends it a bit of vinegar towards the end.
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2003 Total Score: 3.2
The aroma is sweet and a little sharp from wild fermentation. The color is deep red with a small fine fast disappearing head. The flavor is dominated by sharpness from the wild yeast but at the same time soft and very fresh. It is pretty much like Duchess du Bourgogne - but not quite as good. It is not sweet enough.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) I remember the first time i had this at "De Vagant", a jenever-place in Antwerpen. The bartender didn’t understand my order for a "Vlaamse Bourgogne", but a friendly regular helped to the more simple name "Bios". A red sour ale, close to the Rodenbachs although also rathe different. Vinous with a vinegary touch. And at the same time very fruity with lots of black currant in the nose. Excellent. 090594

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 30, 2005
Bottled. Dark red colour, huge creamy creamy head. Strong applle/cherry aroma. Strong sour apple and cherry flavour with hints of sweetness. My first thought was "very krieklike".

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19447) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2002
Burgundy. Sourish, full bodied, complex and balsamic. An irresistable Flanders style red ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty funky aroma with weak yeasty hints. Fruity sweetish and slightly sour flavor. Has a fruity sour funky finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (14770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 Dark amber color. Too poor: just a bit sour, no sweetness, no character; quite thin, vinous, short.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
bottle at home ... deep brown ..thin tan head ... soft sweet yeasty malt nose ... soft fruits ... light balsamic ... sweet fruits ... light berry tartness ... fruity

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14084) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle as Monks Flemish Sour Ale. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are cherries, yeast, caramel, malt and hops. Lightly sour with notes of vinegar as well.


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