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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1396   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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agl108 (1306) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
On draft at Monk’s Cafe. Pours deep ruby with creamy white head. Nice lacing. Nose is a fruity tartness. Flavor is of sour cherries. Pretty thin with a tart finish.

ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle. Via trade with Rastacouere. Murky brown color with lively carbonation but no head. Sweet, cherry-like sour flavor. Some slight vinegar notes. Rather tart with more vinegar notes. Cherries, oak, and apples. Pretty watery. Dry finish with a slight phenol note.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2006 Total Score: 3.5
On tap @ Liars’ Club. Pours a murky brownish red. Aromas on cherries and sour apples. Cherry-like sour flavor with some balsamic and musty notes. A little thin tasting but pretty good.

BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle. Poured a brown color with an orange hue to it. Small, fizzy, off white head that left great lacing. The aroma was sour, cherry, and a bit musty (like old, flat wine). The flavor found apple, cherry, and some earthiness. Slightly sour in the mouth and sweet afterwards. Light and dry but OK.

JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Tap @ monk’s: Crystal clear, light ruby red color with big light tan head. Aroma is malty, slightly oaky, bit of lactic tartness, with sour cherries and a touch of red grapes. Flavor is slightly tart, malty, bit of vanilla. Finish is pretty dry with just a bit of residual sweetness. Very drinkable, nice.

GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
On tap Aroma:Cherry sour all the way.... Appearance:Clear amber,good head.. Flavor:Sour kriek.....
Earlier Rating: 3/28/2005 Total Score: 2.7
Aroma:fruity,acid... Appearance:light brown small head... Flavor:fruityand sour,small acidity... I hate this style...

PorterPounder (8283) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. - 11.2 oz bottle. Very dark copper pour, spongy, sticky off-white head. Nice pleasant aroma of sour cherries and yeast. Flavor is that of sour cherries, hint of vinegar, stale red wine - some sour candy. Not as tongue numbing sour as some Flemish sour ales - and that’s the problem. Just a bit dumbed down for the masses it seems. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style.

heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Deep brown. Sweet/vinegar aroma, cherries. Medium light body. Moderate sourness. More cherry in the flavor. Straightforward, but nice and enjoyable.

billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Tap @ Monk’s. Clear cherry/mahogany w off white head. Aroma of sour tart cherries/cranberries & other fruit. Flavor at first was somewhat sharp red wine vinegar in with the flavors but as it lost it’s chill it opened up to a very nice, dry, sour, cherry/cranberry flavor. Some earthyness and malt flavor in the mix. Pushing, but not into, medium bodied. I hated to see the bottom of the glass.

TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours a darker brown with red hues, tan, bubbly head that left some placing. Aroma of cherry, tart, strawberry, caramel and a littley musty. Flavor was lightly sour and tart, slight metallica and some yeast lingering.

Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2006
11.2 oz bottle

This deep brown colored liquid poured into my glass created a rich foamy head and light carbonation. The head soon dissolved leaving behind no trace of the tan colored foam. Hints of the sourness wafted out of the glass along with an earthiness and cherries. On sipping it, there was a distinct sourness combined with a toned down earthy flavor. Next, a nutty tartness evolved into a sweet cherry taste. Finally there were vanilla tones left on the tongue. This was exceptionally easy to drink, going down smoothly. It might be a little thin but it compares well to the New Glarus Unplugged Sour Brown Ale.

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