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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6093) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle: Dark cherry oak color with a moderate dry bone colored head. Earthy cherries, along with a touch of yeast dominate the aromas. Thin red wine nose, with just a hint of acidity notes. As it warms some mild malts come out. Sweetness envelops the mouth with the first sip, not a sugar laden sweetness, but a dry, stick a powered sugar donut in the mouth at once type of sweetness. From there a pastry dough flavor continues leading to a light acidic finish. Has some flavors of an old past prime wine. Thing grabs my attention with this one. The aroma was pleasant and complex enough, but the flavors never came together. Seems like an amber with a few drops of red wine vinegar. Ok, really good red wine vinegar, but you get my point.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
[email protected] Rather sour nose and sour flavor (wow, insightful of me.) But, its not overpowering. Thought I wasnt going to appreciate this, but found it quite pleasant. Manageably sour. A little bit of appley pucker in there, richer flavor than apple though. Smooth, deep red brown. Nice long finish. A Lasting fine coating of a head. Hints of tast fruit. Red wine vinegary finish. Not an everyday drink for me, and somewhat one dimensional, but a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2006
POured with a murky brown and red boy. The aroma had tart apples along with balsamic vinegar. Fairly one dimensional in the aroma. The taste had lemons, balsamic vinegar and some leather. There is also a little dry hay in the finish. A nice light body made this refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Pours muddy brown with moderate tan head. Nose is sour cherries with mustyness. Flavor is spicy with an unexplained emptiness. Feels a bit thin. Mild sour finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2006
thanks to Eric ( heemer77 ) for sharing the bottle. hazy brown pour with a sour aroma. seemed very one dimensional with some vinegary cherries in the flavor. very dry sour finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Every time Ive gone to Monks Ive had good intentions to sample this brew. Each time Ive gotten totally sidetracked by other beers on the menu, and have never gotten around to sampling the "house" brew. Since it is now available bottled down here, my problem has been solved! Medium brown, ruby tinged with a touch of haze, decent head fades. Gentle aroma of sour cherries. Flavor is slight sour cherry and a touch of caramel. Unfortunately, not much else. Not a bad beer, but lacking the complexity I was hoping for.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
"Sampled this. Smelled of sour apples. Had a red color. It had a pretty sour, or mabye tart flavor. It wasnt a bad beer just not the beer for me. "

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Best before July 2007, Sampled January 2006
Pours a deep brown color and is topped by a frothy, thin, light brown colored head. The aroma has that expected twang to it that is a mix of sour woodiness, a hint of balsamic, and a bit of cherry-like tartness. In the finish is even a touch of sweetness that helps to accentuate the cherry-like aromatic notes. All in all the aroma is quite nice, though it could perhaps use a bit more complexity.

The taste is fairly dry, in fact it has hardly any malt sweetness to it. Instead there is a nice tartness which is balanced by a certain fullness that this beer has. The fullness adds to the suggestive malt character that would have otherwise been accentuated by some sweetness. There is a sort of bready quality that reminds me of lightly toasted bread, and perhaps even a hint of chocolate in the finish. The tartness of this beer reminds me of tamarind with perhaps a hint of balsamic vinegar thrown into the mix.

This certainly a decent example of the style, and it is fairly tasty tipple to boot, but it could use a bit more complexity. The acidity makes it a bit too one dimensional; some extra malt, and perhaps even some more funk would make this quite a bit more enjoyable.

Earlier Rating: 8/29/2005 Total Score: 3.4
Pours a brilliantly clear amber-ruby color with a thin tan colored head. The aroma is tart with notes of sharp cherry, caramel, tannic wood, and a light mustiness. The aroma is pretty interesting, I am definitely looking forward to the taste. The beer is fairly dry up front with a thin body. The taste has an appealing tartness to it that is a mix of a sour cherry-like fruitiness and a bit of acetic acid. The taste is a pretty clean mix of fruitiness, sourness and toffee malt notes. The taste is just a bit too simplistic and thin, did not quite live up to the aroma. Certainly drinkable and even a bit enjoyable.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Best sour you can buy. The glass can be held up to a light all night long as it is beautiful. Not my favorite style but it went great with the sea food served at Monks. Did give a complex sour - tart mouth feel and left an aroma to breath through your nose on a cool evening walk back to your car after a wonderful Philly night of good shows, good food, and a nice spot known as Monks

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13525) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 On tap at the Hop Leaf, Nov. 11, 2005 (Monks Caf Flemish Sour Red Ale). Red copper ale with a thin white head. Light sour wild cherries in aroma. In mouth, very classy flemish sour, with lactic notes and raisin sweetness. Lighter bodied than expected. Not bad.
Earlier Rating: 8/1/2005 Total Score: 3.3
Red brown ale with a thin off-white head. Sour cherries in aroma with brown sugar notes. In mouth, more sour cherries with lemony and eathy notes. A thin to medoium bodies compliments this well. Bottle at LAutre Oeil, Summer 2005.


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