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. adrian910ss (2575) - 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. BDR (2534) - 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 badgerben (5180) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Tap at the Happy Gnome as Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour. Dark, ruby red color with a very tall head. Powerful sweet and sour aroma with a blast of cherries. Heavy hitting sour cherries up front in the taste, but then it descends into an almost pale lager-esque graininess. Moderate sweet malt. Definitely some woodiness. After drinking more and more of the glass, it turns into something akin to a red Sweet Tart. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle. Poured a dark red body with big head. Aroma is slightly sour with a fruit/berry scent and small amount of horseblanket. Taste had a small sourness with a berry taste and was pretty weak actually. Decent but not good by any means.
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2007
brownish-red color, head is almond-colored. aroma is very musty with cherries. Flavor is somewhat tart with a great deal of cherries and mustiness. The finish is very metallic. Stine (1781) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 On tap at the Happy Gnome. Bronzy red pour produces aromas of hay, sour cherry and oak. Punchy sour flavor like sucking a fresh cranberry, at first. Hints of peat and dark grains. The fruit sourness never gives way to any vinegar taste but recedes slowly into a more bland icee-like sweetness. Disappointing, but certainly still good.
ekstedt (6780) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby colour with a tiny off-white head. Cider-like aroma with raspberries and red apples. Mdium bodied and smooth. Has a touch of sweetness in the flavour but most of all an overwhelming acidity. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Clear dark amber with a small, off-white head. The aroma is cherry, acetic and lactic acids and cobwebs. The flavor is cherry, caramel, decent acidity and a touch on the sweet side. Medium body with soft carbonation, dense. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Sampled with Dennis Bell at Monks Cafe. On Draft. Ruby brone pour. Fruity aroma and tart cranberry taste. This was Just ok for me.