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


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RATINGS: 1412   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2005
From the bottle

Pours a deep murky garnet with a short-lived tan head.

Aroma is cherry juice and apple vinegar; the mouthfeel is light with champagne carbonation, flavor is a refreshing sourness that, despite a slight metallic back-tast and a relative lack of complexity, becomes more enjoyable by the sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Deep mahogany body with a foamy beige head. The nose was tart, grapes, cherries, yeasty. Gentle carbonation and a fizzy mouthfeel. The flavor was sharply tart, sour, bitter. Just not a pleasant drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with medium tan head, fine bubbles. Aroma of cherries, liquorice, and apples. Very tart and sour. Apple-cider vinegar flavor. Like drinking a sweet-tart. Not sure if I can finish this. My first flemish sour and probably my last...for all I know its a fine example of the style. However, I did not enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2005
Pours dark amber with a bubbly white head. Sour-ish, yeasty, woody nose with some hints of red berries. Citric, fruity, yeasty flavour with a little grassyness. Finish is rather fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
Iv become more and more of a fan of these flemish ales over the last wee while, though this isnt the best of the style still good. Aroma is typicaly sour red wine vinigar. Taste is similar with soem tomato notes in there, however theres not the usual balancing sweetness. Good but could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours a deep red/brown with a tan head. Smells of tarte berries and vinegar. Taste is of tarte cherries, sugar and rasberries. Decent texture though not as full or lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
Pours a muddy burgundy color with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of sour cherries and vinegar. Good flavor of sour cherries and vinegar, it has a nice mouthpuckering effect. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and medium to strong carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 6/25/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Pours a brownish red color with a thin beige head. Aroma of cherries and vinegar, its mildly sour too. The flavor is interesting if not mind blowing, theres some woody notes with cherries, vinegar and some acidity and sourness. Light to medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. While not of the caliber of the better Flemish Sours like Rodenbach and Goudenband this one is still an interesting example, quite enjoyable. Merci David !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4334) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pour is a deep red with a soft white head. Aroma is almost all vinegar with a touch of musty cherries. Flavor is good but not outstanding. Lots of sour cherry, berryness and lots of wine qualities. An ok example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Poured deep red with a thick tan head. Great retention on draft. Aroma had sour cherry, rasberry, red wine and vinegar. Very pleasant taste. One dimensional but still very nice. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2005
Bottled. Mahogany colour with a frothy off-white head. Very pleasant aroma - vineous tone, bit sweetish with an acidic geueze/kriek-like tone. Fruit cake nose really. Flavour is not as pronounced, acid being most dominant, still there are small notes of sweetness. Lively mouthfeel. Less sweetish than the Flemish Sours I know. I enjoyed this one!

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