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


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RATINGS: 1393   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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damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Opaque reddish brown pour with a gentle head that goes down quickly. Interesting nose that’s predominately sweet (caramel, cherry, and plum), with a little sourness and barnyard. The palate is all sour with lemon notes. Not much else going on here for me.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Secret Santa. Aroma of sour apple and cherry with a hint of vinegar. Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with a small off-white ring for a head. Great sour cherry and apple flavors from start to finish. Flavors remain constant thoughout with maybe a tad increase in tartness in the finish. I don’t get the usual woodiness that I normally find in most other Flemish Sours.

turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark brown amber with a strong tart fruity aroma. Flavor is a sour cherry and fruits. Easy drinking, dry bitter finish and not too sour.

AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2005
As for a Flemish Sour, I was a little disappointed. The arome delivered, but the flavor and body fell flat. Oak-y, vinegar nose, some cherry tartness. However, the body was watery and not as robust as I think it should be. Beef it up a little and this is could be a great example of the style.

Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 In a bottle as Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Orange brown in color. Big head of large, even bubbles subsides to a rocky iceberg that sems to have maybe a twinge of pink to it. Nose is sweet and tart, very cherry-candy like. Flavor is mildly sour and sugary sweet. Not terribly complex. This a very drinkable sour but it really doesn’t offer much to keep me interested.

Original rating: On tap at the Hopleaf. Deep burgundy red w/ lots of lace. Tart and vinous but rather simple and lacking depth, especially considering the style. Somewhat watery, the tartness begs to be noticed but can’t and there’s nothing to fill in where it should be.

Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
[Bottle exp.:19/07/07] Tasted with the guys of Institut de la Bière
Rating opposed to the style
Sharp sour nose, strong, but still acidic, port/cognac from the oak. Aroma reminds me of the Duchesse de Bourgogne. Ruby/dark red color. Flavor is sour, woody… iron but not as powerfull as the Duchesse. Yet a complex beer.

beerforfun (1) - USA - NOV 15, 2005 does not count
The smell was a bad sensation, one sip of it made me feel like vomiting, I had to pour it all out, and the color of it looked as bad as the taste of it. Something must have been wrong with this so called "beer".

OldMrCrow (2446) - 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.

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.

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.

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