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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Also called Monks Caf 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Clear copper with a medium head. Good lacing. Aroma of balsamic vinegar and cherry. Flavor is heavy tart, lightly sweet. Medium body. Astringent finish. In a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (7180) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2007
A new style for me. Nice amber body with a tan soapy head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is sweet and malty with some spice. It is a delicious aroma. First taste has a nice sour / acidic grab to it. Not like anything I have previously tasted. The middle of the tongue is stimulated but not greatly. Flavor settles into a very nice floral and fruity beer that is a delight to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Bottle, Monks Flemish Sour Ale. This name led me to this list of reviews. I really like Flemish sour ales, but this one was a disappointment. It has a good tart sour flavor, but tastes as though it is watered down. The aroma is good, but I cant get by the watery taste and finish. I am much too spoiled with Rodenbach to settle for this!!!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
EBF 2007: Hazy amber color with an off white head. Aroma, yeasty and some sourness, lightly fruity. Flavor, sour with some dry fruits. Pretty good, but Ive had better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Not a fan of really tart, fruity, and sour flavors but, this was drinkable. Finishes tart, chewy, and stickey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle: Dark cider look. Clear with a small and quickly dissipating head. The aroma is mellow and sour along with some wood splinters. There really isnt that much flavor compared to the Dutchess. The aftertaste is a bit "tinny" and dissolves immediately. I was disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (7142) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2007
bottle pours out a hazy brown topped with a nice off white head. A very nice aroma of sour fruit as it should. But the tast was very thin. More sour than anything. Thanks Pinkzambia for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2007
Red brownish coloured, rather lot of carbonation. Average brown head. Sour herby, little woody aroma, complex. Fresh fruity (appel) flavour. Finish is fruity sour, little bitter. Complex good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
bottle - Pours a hazy reddish brown with a fingers width of head. It has a very sour fruit aroma. The flavor is mainly of very tart cherries. The body is medium and lively on the palate. Its not complex, but its good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle. Called Monks Cafe here in the Chicago area. My first Flemish Sour and it certainly will not be my last. An epiphany! What a great surprise! Pours hazy brownish burgundy. Nice creamy off-white head. Sweet and then sour. Wow! I could drink this all night. Too bad theres only one bottle. I will need more of this.

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