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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1402   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (740) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Ive been really fascinated with sour ales recently...and this is my second ..but my first on draft...a very fragrant cherry-apple nose....light and cidery body with a distinct cherry burst..and some green apple...very tasty and very easy to drink..dark reddish amber color with some decent lacing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2006
On tap at Monks Cafe, October 2005. This namesake beer was what I started a long night at Monks with. Poured a ruddy brown with reddish highlights, greyish white head resting precariously atop it all. Subtle aromas of oak, cherries, sharp but light wild yeast aromas abound. Flavor is more subdued than most other Flemish sours Ive had, but also quite elegant. Tastes of soft oak and tart cherries are intermingled with a little funky twist of jammy port wine and wild barnyard graininess. Palate was light and satisfying. Not rich by any stretch, but a recipe well concieved, I enjoyed this immensely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2006
11.2 oz bottle, labeled as Monks Cafe. Decent aroma, deep reddish brown tint. Smallish off-white head. Light lacing. Flavors of cherry, maybe a bit of raspberry, overtones of cider. Light to moderate acidity and a somewhat metallic finish. Not surprisingly, the bottled version cannot compare to the version on tap in Philly.... still worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
12 oz bottle labeled as Monks Cafe thanks to JHop. Aromas were very fruity cherry as were the flavors. Not quite as "Flemish" as I had expected from a Flemish. More sweet than sour. But not bad if that is what you are looking for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours a foggy ruddy brown with a dense offwhite foamy head. The nose is unlike anything Ive smelt in a beer before. Truly bizarre. theres something reminiscent of a Belgian and some brown sugar in there... but theres something more! Somewhere between cranberry sauce, red wine, and yogurt. This is absolutely the most delightful palate Ive come across in some time! It is like my mouth is being attacked by an army of bubbles, in a good way! It foams up agressively in the mouth, while not feeling like a hard fizzy. The flavor is again a tremendous plus. A sweetness hits, and a half second latter a tart sensing part of the sides of the tongue twinge. Theres no pucker effect, but thats not a surprise I guess since Im not biting this like a lemon. Tart, but still very sweet with a nicely rounded malt in the background, catching all sorts of nice malty elements. but the sourness is the star of the show. Its almost a yogurt like sour finish with a bitter Belgian sort of aftertaste, though still sweet. Nice, unlike anything Ive yet had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
This is my first flemish sour ale. I though the aroma was a lot like an avergae belgian but with bananas and malty. In the flavor, it was a bit citrusy or maybe vinegary or generally acidic, but in a nice way (not overwhelming). It does seem a bit empty though, especially at the end. Its definitely interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Dark clear amber color with a beige head. Head last a loong time. Aroma and flavor of cherries, spices and mild sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2006
11.2 oz. bottle. Clear reddish brown, moderate white head, some lace clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma fruited & spicey, acetic/sour - delightful. Flavor - sharply tart, acetic, sour, basalmic. Dry sour finish. Comparable but not quite as tasty IMHO as the Duchesse de Bourgogne but I wouldnt pass either up. Creamy to almost fizzy mouthfeel, light to medium body. Very drinkable and refreshing. I love this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2006
pours deep dark amber with a minimal head. lemongrass, sweet & sour sauce on the nose and a tiny bit of lime and sugar. the taste is very tart; sour dark fruit and orange peel. the tartness follows through the finish, but is not as offensive as the first taste. its pretty good, definitely unique. id love to try it with asian food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 17, 2006
monks cafe. cloudy dark brown/ruby with a small, off-white head. sampled this and duchesse de bourgogne together. not as sweet or full bodied as ddb. however this has more woody cask flavors. fruity sour aroma. hints of caramel in flavor.

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