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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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!


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Monk’s Cafe bottle. Pours a deep orangish red. Minimal head. Flavor is mildly tart, jolly ranchers, just a hint of funk. Light bodied and slightly fizzy. This is a smooth easy sipper. Fisher-Price, my first sour.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nathanvc (121) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2016
Pours dark brown with a red hue and a very slight off-white head. The aroma contains apple, vinegar, basement aromas and barnyard, even some cherries. It tastes medium sweet to heavy sour. The body is medium to light but the nice carbonation makes up for it. Interesting beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Dark Brown With Red Color, Huge Tiny Bubble Head that lasts and leaves Edges of Glass Fully Covered in Tiny Bubble Film. Lots Of Floaters. Lightly Sour Aroma. Acidic Sour with No Sign Of Sweetness. My First Sour Ale, so might Be OK for What it is Although It is Not My Style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1213) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Type: 12-oz. draft Glass: Clear tulip glass From: Junk House in San Diego, Calif. Price: $7.00 Purchased: Jan. 8, 2016 Consumed: Jan. 8, 2016 Misc.: N/A Poured a dark reddish auburn color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki-white, frothy head when I got it. Excellent, foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top of the glass. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled dark fruits - raspberry, red apple, strawberry and pomegranite - along with raspberry sorbet, sour lactose notes and some rosy vinegar. (Smell - 4.25) Tasted similar to the nose, getting dark boozy raspberry, raspberry sorbet, dark apple, pomegranate, light blueberry, plum, purple grapes, rosy vinegar and sour milky lactose. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00) This was a very good beer. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to have it. (Overall - 4.00) 4.08 91 A-

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
svandyke (137) - USA - JAN 9, 2016
11.2Oz bottle- Pours a dark red. Not a lot of sour in the nose, but a bit of malt at the end. Some good sour taste with sweet salty malt at the end. Very cleansing taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (1144) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Poured a mahogany red with bits off grey lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, cherry and nut. Acidic and sour, it isn’t fruity but tastes more like sour candy. Subdued. Enjoyable. Couldn’t drink more than one of these.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2015
palatable, I drank a bottle at Waldo Pizza but moved on. if it were the only sour ale on the shelf I would certainly choose it above most other styles but I really like sour ales, medium Body, and indistinct aroma. Clean palate and no lingering after taste. Appearance is fine, taste is nothing to write home about, no where near as impressive as the Trois Grande Dame.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (135) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. As Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Reddish brown, with an immense pillowy head. Sour cherry aroma, with a little funk.. Tart cherry taste. A bit medicinal. Much more sour than sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
darbeer75 (120) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Aroma: fruity, cherry, but not too Robitussin-like;sweet; Appearance: huge head that’s more like egg nog than beer; head dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing behind; dark red-brown; Taste: sour dominates over sweetness; cherry undertones; refreshing; maybe a tad too sour; Palate: medium body with long, sweet finish; Overall: a good sour ale, but not my favorite; would probably not buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (967) - Samarate, ITALY - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle @ home. Ramata carica quasi marrone schiuma beige grossolana non molto persistente. Aroma complesso ma non molto intenso. Tostato, acetico, fruttato di ribes e mirtillo. Legno e vaniglia sono presenti. Gusto acido, abboccato, poco maro e leggermente tostato. Finale improvviso fruttato e acetico. Poco corposa, lieve carbonatazione , se.bra più calda di quanto il suo abv farebbe supporre. Spigolosa, astringente. Equilibrata e piuttosto armonica. Il tostato bilancia l’acidità meno estrema rispetto ad alcune altre birre in questo stile

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Livendadream (191) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Btl pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. Big thick,creamy,off white head that lasts for some time leaving huge curtains of lace on glass. Aromas of malt vinegar, over ripe apples and cherries and a hint of nail polish/alcohol. Tastes of dark fruits like sweet cherries, dates, figs,and sweet red wine.The sour flavors taste like the stuff inside the candy zots. Medium body, soft creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation and a dry, tart finish. This beer had a pleasantly surprising flavor profile. At the very first whiff of the aromas I felt this beer was not going to be very good. Then after the first taste I was confused. How can a beer that smells so weird can end up tasting this fantastic? The sweet fruity body rounds out tartness. This turned out to be an easy drinking, tasty, smooth sour ale!


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