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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leeconnelly (4) - isle of palms, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
Quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted. Van Steenberg got sour perfect !!!!!!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gschrade (771) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 15, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Called "Monks Cafe". Pours reddish-brown with a tan head. Taste sour, tart, cherry. I thought this was very good. I would definitely drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mike_mcvay (2) - Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2011 does not count
Warning - This rating is for the Draft which rates much higher than the bottles. Bottles lost the aroma, palate and flavor was that of turpentine. Draft was fresh, crisp and smooth finish, highly recommended!!! If you find it on draft BUY it!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a clear brown copper, somewhat of a tea color, with a quarter inch of creamy tan foam. Not a great head, but what is there lasts, providing good webby lacing. Tart cherry and citrus aroma. Tart but not funky. Flavors of sour sour sour cherry. I grow sour cherries. This is more sour. Yes, I like it. Throw in some dry sherry wine, and some sweet cherry, and some oak. Complex and flavorful. Medium body and moderately carbonated. Fizzy aftertaste of tangy lemon and cherry pit.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
philtom15 (54) - Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
An amazing beer, I have had this on tap and from the bottle and both were excelent. I found it on tap at Craft wine and Beer in Reno Nevada, and you can find it in bottle at Wholefoods, Ben’s, and Total WIne. If you like soursthan this is a great beer for you to try, and if you don’t like sours this is a good one to start with. A very mild sour and has a bit of sweetness to the taste the cherries are very evident.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Draught at O’Brien’s, San Diego
Mahogany in colour with a slowly disappating tan head. Cherry and raison tartness followed by a mildly sweet moderate sourness that is surprising refreshinging and quaffable. Could drink this all night.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2008
The beer poured a very deep brown/red color with a nice head that did not last all that long. There was a lively carbonation. The aroma was complex with chocolate and raisin notes. The flavor was a nice mild sourness that is refreshing with hints of citrus and cherries. This is a nice beer that is refreshing as the label notes and is very easy drinking. I think the complexity of the beer makes it more like a cocktail than a beer, there is just a lot going on with this beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (4174) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 New rating from 1/2013: On tap at the mad mex, this stuff is even better on tap, such a great beer, Lacing is so enticing, FANTASTIC overall beer experience, simply lovely! - older rating from 10/2009: I knew from the time I saw this 11.2 oz on the shelf, it would be good. A little sour to the nose and there is this little cloting sweetness on the olfactory. Appears filtered, no haze or sediment. First taste is a friendly sweet and tart experience. Does remind me of that sour famous beer rodenbach at times. Excellent tingly carbonation. Smell, during the session, almost goes to vinegary wine. Pleasing beer experience. Some old wet wood in there. Comes across funky at times. No detectable rude bitterness. End with a soda pop burping finish and I’m dissapointed its gone, I want another. This beer is GOOD!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jagad5 (72) - - FEB 10, 2014
Poured from an 11.7 oz. bottle into a porter glass. Very dark, almost black. The sour flavor reaches your nose before the smooth liquid reaches your tongue. An excellent example of a Belgian sour ale.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geologyguy (742) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Such a fruity nice sour smell slightly smoky but near fire, smooth and fruit, sweet and sour taste...wow very good...


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