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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!


Trev's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Ruby pour with a tight tan head. Aroma of cherry, light vinegary sourness. Malty body, woody, almost toffee, cherry. Vanilla oak. Spikey on the tongue. Low sourness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (1058) - Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 22 Sep 2012 -- Great Flemish red. One day I hope to recreate the majesty that this beer embodies. Great example of the brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dodskenta (91) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2015
1986 vintage at akkurat. This vintage has a really old aroma, wet wood, sweet malts, bit of slightly tart berries, figs and dates, old cellar. Flavour is really well balanced, sweet malts, oak, old cellar, red berries, raisins, yeasts, vanilla, caramelized figs and dates. Quite subtle but really well balanced and I’m surprised it still has a slight tartness. Even the fact that it’s still very drinkable is amazing. Medium dry, little carbonation, medium body. The flavour really grow the more you drink.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (276) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Drank the Monk’s café Flemish Sour Ale. APPEARANCE - exceptionally red, great light beige head. NOSE - slightly sweet, not much sour scents. There?s a different scent in this that I can?t identify. FLAVOR - sweet with very light sour hint at the end. NOTES - not your typical sour. Excellent balance with the malt, and a very unique treatment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacchus66 (48) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2015
From a 330ml. Pours reddish-brown with a frothy head. Yeast, cherries, raspberries on the nose and in the glass. Sour cherry and wine-like flavors. This is a delicious, refreshing beer, if a little on the light side of sour

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (235) - Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Very dark red in color. Thick, bubbly head with outstanding lacing. Has a mix between fruity and floral aroma. There is some citrusy aromas also. It taste like sweet unripened raspberries. Medium carbonation with a smooth finish. Is this what a sour is suppose to taste like. It reminds me of drinking lemon water. I likey lots. Very easy to drink.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frozer (203) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Very dark. Slight tint of red when held up. Sour cherry candy like aroma. Nice sour bite followed. Refreshing overall.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (115) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Darker than expected sour. Refreshing is the key word here and this certainly is. On the other hand it tastes like a sourish, carbonated glass of fruit juice rather than a beer or ale. Sour cherries? In any event, this end of the beer spectrum is not one I want to explore any further, except perhaps for an occasional cold one on a hot summer day, which, as it happens, is currently the case.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (119) - - MAY 16, 2015
Vinegar and tart cherries/raspberries in the aroma. Taste is sour raspberries and some sweet malts. some vinegar on the middle and back of the tongue.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ericLep (10) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Found this beer randomly in Royal Oak, MI. Very good smell and my first foray into sour ales. Very good taste and awesome flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (286) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2015
pours a deep red/orange amber with a big foamy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is bread and tart red raspberries. Flavor is tart red raspberries and cherries. Light medium bodied with a crisp tart finish. This is really good.


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