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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: 1348   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!


Bricks' rating

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Bricks (761) - Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Smelled of tomatoes and vinegar. Tasted like a carbonated V8 beer. Very acidic. Felt some stomach discomfort after just a few ounces. Did I get a bad one? Maybe sour ales aren’t for me.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopstinopolis (16) - - AUG 23, 2015
Slight malt aroma. Reddish Amber with pillowy foam that quickly dissipates, slight lacing. Winey, slight acetic acid, soy sauce, raisins, oxidized malt, trace oak. Mild sourness, a little thin in the body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lbianchi66 (123) - FRANCE - AUG 19, 2015
Robe brune couleur chocolat. Peu de mousse. Très fruitée, saveurs de cidre et de poiret. Aigreur marquée, sèche en bouche mais équilibrée par le fruité. Une très bonne bière.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1813) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
Dark brown with medium beige head. The beer has an intensive chocolate, tart and red fruits aroma. The taste is sweet chocolate with raisins and medium sour like cherries. Great balance makes it easy to drink. Quite sweet though but it’s actually closer to Duchesse de Bourgogne then to American sours. It’s a perfect example of this style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1267) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2015 On tap at Monk’s Café in Philadelphia. It was really dark in the bar so I held beer up to light and as far as I could tell it is a reddish brown. Aroma is fruity tart with funk and horse blanket. Flavor is fruity tartness of cherries and finishes with yeast and funk. Really refreshing after a long day of walking around Philadelphia.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (763) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Caged and corked 750 mL. Red brown with a big foamy khaki head. Tart cherries, dust and light woodiness. Taste opens with a initial granulated sugar sweetness and has a tart cherry finish. Medium body with a clingy acidic feel.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (1116) - 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 (100) - 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 (286) - 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 (49) - 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.


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