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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: 1415   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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frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle of Monk’s Cafe courtesy of rudy. Cloudy, muddy brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of buttery oak and white grapes. Lightly acidic, with some toasty malt notes. A thin and boring overall.

3
pivnizub (10615) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle: Reddish-amber coloured, stable foamy layer; moderate to stronger acidic nose: "oaky" vinegar, covering malt and fruitiness; moderate sweet-sour flavour; moderate sour, a bit fruity and cellary, a bit lambic-like finish. Pleasant, a bit sharp, nothing really great............

2.4
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
Tap at Boston Sunset Grill. Clear copper-red body with no head. Watery body with out of control yeast gives it a cherry flavoured bubble gum flavour. Some faint caramel here and there. The body just doesn’t hold it together. Sourness intensity is on the light side for the style. No really, not much to say about it. I ordered it under the name “Monk’s Flemish Sour Red” not knowing it was the Bios Vlaamse under a different name. I’m not found of the bottle and the tap is even worse. Subliminal message: VLAaMsE Bourgogne.

3.3
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Dank sour aroma, slightly vegetal. Flavor has a bit of gym lockerroom/sweaty socks in the finish that is a bit off-putting. In fact, the finish basically just tastes exactly like sweat. Same consistency, too. Still, with big sips you don’t get that till late, and otherwise its a decent -- if not highly restrained -- flemish sour. Fantastic pour, though. Not worth $4.50 for a bottle!

4.1
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2007
On tap at Monks. Clear copper in color with a reddish medium head. Cherry sour fruity aroma. Tart cherry note. Very nice sweet and malty flavor. Tart. Very nice tasting. Medium bodied. Finish is sweet. Great beer. Very enjoyable.

3.8
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.

3.5
Strykzone (7356) - 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.

2.4
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Bottle, Monk’s 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 can’t get by the watery taste and finish. I am much too spoiled with Rodenbach to settle for this!!!!!!!

3.4
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 I’ve had better.

3.5
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.


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