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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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2.9
pinkzambia (1931) - 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 isn’t that much flavor compared to the Dutchess. The aftertaste is a bit "tinny" and dissolves immediately. I was disappointed.

3.3
BuckeyeBoy (7663) - 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.

3.6
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.

3.7
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
bottle - Pours a hazy reddish brown with a finger’s 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. It’s not complex, but it’s good.

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FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle. Called Monk’s 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 there’s only one bottle. I will need more of this.

2.9
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Hazy brown colour with a small tan head. Had this in 2005, didn’t write a long note then but the flavour was mostly lingonberries.

3.7
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
An aroma of dried roasted malt with a hint of dried fruit. An dark amber pour with a gooey white lacing that clings like an co dependent x wife. A flavor of sour sweet appley fruit. A palate that is just a tad fizzy for me but the style probably dictates that it should be that way not a bad beer. I have no idea how it got in my cellar but not it is not. An oddly enjoyable brew.

4
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Tap @ Hamiltons. Delicious. Pours a nice burgundy color and has an extremely floral nose that just speaks to you in sour tongues. The taste is what you expect from a Flemish sour. Sour, but smoother than some others with a crisp, clean finish. This was called Monk’s Cafe, so I figure they’re sharing the recipe or distributing directly through Monk’s Cafe. Great stuff. Love these sour ales.

3.8
can8ianben (1545) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
What a wonderfully different beer! Slightly sour and citrusy, but also nicely deep with belgian style ale notes. it has yeast, malt, hops, everything a good beer should.

4.7
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a clear brown copper, somewhat of a tea color, with a quarter inch of creamy tan foam. Not a great head, but what is there lasts, providing good webby lacing. Tart cherry and citrus aroma. Tart but not funky. Flavors of sour sour sour cherry. I grow sour cherries. This is more sour. Yes, I like it. Throw in some dry sherry wine, and some sweet cherry, and some oak. Complex and flavorful. Medium body and moderately carbonated. Fizzy aftertaste of tangy lemon and cherry pit.


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