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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Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2006
330 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of sour citrus, grapes and some woody notes. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sour citrus, some woody notes and grape with a lingering lightly tart finish. A very drinkable refreshing beer.

Tmoney99 (14457) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate sour citrus and spice aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sour flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Refreshing beer with character.

Ungstrup (37561) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
A hazy brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet yet quite acidic with notes of wood and berries. The flavor is sweet and very acidic with strong notes of wood combined with acidic berries, which lends it a bit of vinegar towards the end.
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2003 Total Score: 3.2
The aroma is sweet and a little sharp from wild fermentation. The color is deep red with a small fine fast disappearing head. The flavor is dominated by sharpness from the wild yeast but at the same time soft and very fresh. It is pretty much like Duchess du Bourgogne - but not quite as good. It is not sweet enough.

Jerre (3378) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Bottle, 25 cl. Taste this beer, more times. Dark brown, small head. Aroma yeast, and grapefruit ?. Medium-bodied. Taste = sour and fruity. Short bittersweet aftertaste. Easy to drink.

madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Bottled as Monks Café Flemish Sour Ale. Murky brown coloured with a red gleam. Light brown dense head. Sourish berries and light earthy aroma.. Light sweetness. Tarty and grapish flavour. A quite retained sweetness is there and some vague notes of berries. Medium bodied. Sourish and grapish end. Quite refreshing and cleansing. Quite good and easy to drink Flemish Sour. Thanks to Bierkönig for sharing.
Earlier Rating: 7/26/2003 Total Score: 3.5
Draught: Dark amber coloured. Brownish lasting head. Vague sourness and fruit sweetness in the aroma. Cherry and vinegar in the flavour in the aroma and flavour. Vague saur and fruity flavour. Light watery.

Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours unclear amber brownish with a thin tan head. Nice characteristic flemish sour nose - vinegar, wood, berry. Sour flavor as well with a nice dryness from the wood. Sharp and tart though pretty mild. A very decent try on a flemish sour ale, not up their among the biggest, but refreshing and well-made.
Earlier Rating: 8/13/2004 Total Score: 3.5
Pours a tall and frothy light brown head on a muddy brown body. Mild sour and dark fruity aroma with spicy, earthly and cheesy tones. Flavor is sour, woody and somewhat fusty. Raisins and malt also. Interesting, but tastes a little old. Still nice!

hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Poured a medium sized ivory fizzy head, poor lacing, carbonation, transparent, and a ruby hue. Nose was sour, tart, sweet, and cherries. Ditto for the flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth. Light-medium body.

MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Brownish mahogony colored puor w/ a small bubbled tan head good lacing Aroma is a tart to sour feel w/ a hint of berries for the sweetness Pal is very light Flavor is so light not much of a flemish sour at all.. tiny lightly sweet hints of tart berries. a pretty boring flemish sour.

JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Clear copper. Thin light tan head. Sour aroma! Light fruit and vinegar with some brown sugar added. A little sweet and adjuncty perhaps. Flavor is thin and dry. Its got some vinegar, and perhaps some oaky fruit. But otherwise the flavor is a bit bland.

1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a lightly hazy rusty brown body with a lasting off-white head. The aroma is tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, light old oak. Nice tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, and light tart oak. Nice feeling and sufficiently tart.

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