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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1409   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours rusty ruby in color, with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is strong on the sour cherry notes, with touches of earthiness, and sweet malts. The flavor is again strong on the sour cherry, with acidic notes, and many other fruit flavors coming through to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (6531) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
12 oz bottle, Stateline Liquors, under Monks Cafe label. Pours a clear cola colored body under a small creamy off-white head that fell to a thin film. Nose is lightly acetic and sour with alot of fruitiness. Light hints of vanilla and sugar. Flavor is quite a bit drier than I expected, more of a dry powdery pixie stick like sugary taste similar to a gueuze. Light acidity with a sour lactic note at the base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with active fizzy carbonation that cuts through the slightly sticky cloying maltiness. Overall, this was decent for a Flemish Sour, but not very complex or unique. Worth trying for me, but I wouldnt buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BakerStMuse (19) - USA - DEC 9, 2006
Love this on draft as "Monks Sour Ale" at Grace Taven in Philadelphia. As yet, my only experience with a "sour ale" but I could drink this all night. Smooth, tangy, highly drinkable.

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