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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: 1398   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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3.6
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Monks Cafe Flemish Sour ale purchased at Frugal McDugal in Nashville, TN. Pours a deep hazy orange brown, with a loose off white head. Aroma of tart cherries, caramel, and fruit lambic like funkiness. Fine carbonation and medium mouthfeel.Moderate earthy texture. Initial flavor is sweet and fruity, but quickly transitions to a very tart middle, accented by some damp oakiness. Finish has some dusty and leathery flavors that are mildy distracting. Not bad

3.4
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
Monks Cafe Flemish Sour...clear amber/brown body with small off-white head..aroma of like a kriek lambic, with a touch of raspberry as well (nice tart-sweet balance)...flavor is somewhat woody, with hints of light berry, leather, and wet laundry...very thin and watery

3.3
Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2007
Monks Cafe Flemish Sour, bottle from biggcb. Orange-brown body, thin-medium off-white head. Rich aroma, tart and fruity with notes of balsamic vinegar and a firm caramely backbone. Dusty. And then, a big shift to the lackluster, watered-down body, with light tart notes and toast and a bit of earth, but nothing strong to latch on to. I’m not sure I’ve been underwhelmed by a beer with this kind of aroma to this degree previously.

2.7
tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2007
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a nice burgondy red color with a lasting khaki head. Strong lactic (yogurt) and sugary aroma. There’s nothing too the flavor. Every drink filled my mouth with gas which made it really difficult to drink. Very simple and underwhelming after the aroma.

3.4
blankboy (7865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Viper666. Best before 19/07/07. Pours an extremely bubbly deep mahogany with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of sour fruit, spices, brown sugar and sweet malt -- it’s surprisingly quite nice. Flavour is mostly of sour cherries and tart apples followed by sweet malt, wood and some light spices. Light to medium bodied, quite carbonated. A simple Flemish Sour but it’s pretty good and much better then I expected it to be.

3.3
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2007
Bottle. Dark ruby body with low carbonation and a thin off-white head. Well balanced sour/fruity aroma with hoppy notes. Nice sour cherry taste that carries notes of plum and tart cherries and leaves a decent aftertaste

3.2
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2007
Pours a dingy, dishwater brown w/ a spritzy-spattered froth that reduces quickly. Residual lacing is partial. Aroma of soured fruit indeed. Light to medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Sour upfront w/ a crispness. Not sweet at all. Theres a defined cocoa charcter that shows up and dies just as quick. Wild green apples, kiwi, pineapple w/o the sugar. The finish is bittered w/ an acidic component.

3.8
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - APR 2, 2007
11.2 ounce bottle. Labeled as Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale. Pucker up, because this ale has some strong tartness on the initial phase of each sip or drink. This ale poured a nice reddish-brown into a snifter. The head was cream-colored and frothy, leaving behind tiny, intricate patterns of lacing. A lot of carbonation hugged the bottom of the bowl of the glass, giving the effect of an echo of the head. The aroma was almost that of a marinara sauce or a wine reduction sauce—sour and tangy—with a hint of caramelized sugar. The taste is hard for me to place, although strong apple cider, maraschino cherries (although not as cloying), and lemon (although with a reduced citrus flavor) all come to mind. It was light and airy, with great carbonation, and a ticklish mouthfeel. The flavor moves from intense sour to a sweet finish rather quickly, although the transition is far from disjointed. Pleasurable.

3.8
adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 2, 2007
11.2 oz bottle under the name ’Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale’. Pours a clear brownish red color with a medium white head. Aroma of sweet and sour fruit. Sour apples and cherries come to mind. Taste is pleasantly sour with hints of apples,cherries and berries. Nicely done and quite thirst quenching.

3.6
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Massive brownish white head on this brown beer. Decent sour taste with hints of apple and a little sweetness. On tap at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery


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