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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: 1309   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!


charule's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Taste thanks to out neighbor at Tired Hands release. Poured dark brown amber with fine beige head. Aroma of apples and slight funk. Slight sour taste with fruitiness. Quite smooth.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
woodychevy (439) - - DEC 6, 2014
On tap at Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park. Solid sour if not outstanding. Pours an appealing, transparent reddish brown with a decent off-white head. Not quite as sour as I was hoping for- somewhat malty and caramel notes upfront. Nice tart cherry and vinegar notes towards the middle/ end. Bit of funk and yeast and possibly maple happening too. Light to medium bodied. Sufficiently complex. Medium finish. More approachable (ie less sour/ tart) than expected. A must try in the world of sour beers.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estover (61) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Tart with dark cherry, light on the vinegar. Not sure of the age on this and whether it has anything to do with it but I get a lot of sour grape with this bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (519) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle @ Gents Bierfestival. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of dark red fruit, sour, acid, vinegar. Taste is dark berries, sour. Very fruity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KeefOz (969) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
BB 20/03/17. Poured a semi-opaque red-brown colour with a three-finger light tan head that was very foamy (like big bubbles of suds) and retained for ages. Laced OK. Carbonation medium and fine. Aroma bit earthy with sour fruit and a hint of what smelt like vinegar. Taste medium sour, sour unripened fruits (eg green apple), and a bit of vinegar. Light body. Smooth, a bit sweet and sour, with a lingering slightly tarty sour finish. Quite different and quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5087) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Consumed as "Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale" - a pretty good entry/affordable sour beer. Aroma was immediate balasmic notes, with some light tart cherries. Poured a red-brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma was tart notes with sour cherry skins, and some balsamic notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1395) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
(tap) clear reddish amber colour with a small brown head; aroma of sour fruit, bubble gum; flavour starts medium sour and develops into long, light sour and bitter finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (862) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Tap at Grill Next Door. Pours deep mahogany with a small but persistent beige head. Aroma is caramel, cherry, oak. Taste follows. This is a very approachable sour with caramel, cherry and oak flavors. Starts sweet, ends dry and vinous.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctomson (28) - - NOV 23, 2014
A perfect Belgium sour. Nice crisp flavor with a sour ending. A clean palate with bright notes. A nice clear pour with little head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/17/2011. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red/brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart cherry, green apple, pear, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, cider vinegar, leather, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, dark/bready malt, and light oak notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, pear, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, cider vinegar, leather, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, pear, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, cider vinegar, leather, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark/bready malt, and light oak notes; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Flanders Oud Bruin style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, dark/bready malt, and light oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. More of an entry level sour for sure, but has all of the normal flavors I would expect from the style; just more toned down and approachable. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1163) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours an opaque reddish brown with a layer of tan head. Aroma of fruit and some tartness. Taste of cherries and grapes. Has a similar taste to homemade sangria.


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