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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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Darkover (1538) - 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.

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 wouldn’t pass either up. Creamy to almost fizzy mouthfeel, light to medium body. Very drinkable and refreshing. I love this style.

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. it’s pretty good, definitely unique. i’d love to try it with asian food.

SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 17, 2006
monk’s 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.

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.

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
12 oz bottle, Stateline Liquors, under Monk’s 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 wouldn’t buy it again.

BakerStMuse (19) - USA - DEC 9, 2006
Love this on draft as "Monk’s 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.

Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2006
ha, totally boring. aroma is sort of cherry like. Flavor has an initial hit of sourness followed by tart cherries then a total flush of water. Literally, there is some taste for about .5 second then it just tastes like water.

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours amber/ruby, with a tan head. Slightly sour aroma, with some wood, and cherries as well. Flavors are fruit, mostly cherries, wood...slightly sour and tart, but noy overly so. I’m slowly starting to like some sour beers, and this is a good one.

ogivlado (7810) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottled(250ml). –Reddish/amber coloured, small beige head, sourish cherry nose. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and sour. Like Redbach label said :“Wickedly sour“, but sour in a pleasant way. Generally I don’t like too sour beers but this one I really enjoj , and certainly I’ll drinked it again.

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