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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phfyysik (1274) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2017
As Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Ale, bottle. Pours dark red with high off-white head. Aroma is fruits, cherry, strawberries, raspberry, berry sugar, vanilla, cream, plums, some currant, different wild berries, light sourness. Taste is sour, dry, berries, cherry, red currant, cream, some sugar, strawberry, sweet grapes, plums, juice, light bitterness, very light acid. Super beer!

GarrettB (1600) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2017
November 25th, 2014 - As it is known by its American name, the Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale is a relatively ubiquitous beer nowadays in beer stores, upping the Belgian presence, and claiming shrinking shelf space for its home country back in Europe. A good thing, too, since the monotony of San Diego IPAs is best dispelled with a little Belgian magic. And so it seemed like a spell when I poured out the Monk’s Cafe into a glass, producing a deep, deep brown colored brew, and on top, a wonderfully symmetrical top of espresso colored foam. The construction quality on the head made it hard to get a good sniff of the brew, but it is definitely tangy in nature, with a touch of orange brightness. The palate is light, giving me a generous sensation of the curious blend therein. I find sweet, tangy and woody, all dancing in a somewhat chaotic balance, with a tepid cherry note appearing near the aftertaste. "Kind of woody, kind of weird" I write in my tasting notes. This bottle might have been a bit off, but not so much that I won’t try this again, and maybe with a little aging to take the last layer of awkward rawness away.

UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Absolutely delicious sour ale. Strong sour flavor. Dark color and light foamy head. Very balanced and tasty.

VastActiv (7131) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Tap at Monk’s Cafe, Philadelphia (as House beer). Colour is clear reddish copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Berries, cherries, some sweetness, sourness and some malts. Spices too.

Iznogud (3805) - CROATIA - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. As Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale. Pours amber brown with medium off-white head. Cherries, apples, wood, malty, sour, some bitterness in finish. Medium bodied.

ehaak26 (524) - - FEB 9, 2017
On tap at Pazzo’s. Lots of cherry flavor with some tartness to offset the sweet taste.

Andrus86 (650) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2017
Monks cafe Flemish sour red CAN. Pours a dark ruby with good cola coloured head.. Raspberry & woody aroma quite sweet.. Starts with that sweet fruit berry, then goes tart, solid wood, good bite yet still sweet.. Sourced REAL a gastropub

abdiorio (43) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Opaque red color. Pour has a 1" head but fizzles down quickly. Smells like cherries and tastes like a sour cherry too. Malty and delicious!!! Light after taste.

ThreeCats (900) - ISRAEL - DEC 26, 2016
Clear ruby red with a tan head. Aroma of red fruit, wine, cherries and tartness. Taste is tart, woody, tannic, with high carbonation. Good, but not as good as it could be. The tannins kinda overwhelm the taste, leaving an almost unpleasant feeling.

ghostbeer (215) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Deep amber with ruby highlights. Thin head. Dried cherry and spice and not too sour. Great flavor and enjoyable..

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