dflb (67) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2018 ColonelFlander (6) - SanDieattle, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flemish Sour Ale. That just might be the sexiest beer description ever. Or not....
Poured into my tulip glass with a fairly menacing looking brownish/amber color that is topped off by a long lasting (albeit extremely thin) cappuccino frothy head. The nose brings out subtle malted vinegar and tart apple aromas that only a Flanders beer can. The taste is so wonderfully complex- sweet malty tones with apple cider trail off into a tart, mildly acidic finish. The mouth feel of this ale, as I’ve been finding out, is indicative of the remarkably refreshing light to medium body these beers all have. A great beer with grilled Steak au Poivre, or with some brie de meaux and crusty French bread. Enjoy.
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2018 Bought at La Bodega for $11.99, Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale is brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge.
The aroma of figs, plums, and cranberries are sensed on the nose. The appearance is a dark amber hue along with a tan head that dissipates quickly. The alcohol content is 5.5%.
Figs are tasted immediately on the take. The figs are followed by juicy cranberries and pomegranate. Cranberries are pronounced in the sour and tart finish. Pomegranate is felt upon the mouthfeel in the finish.
Sour apple is felt upon the mouthfeel and its crispness is stronger in the finish. Plums round out the sweet complexion and adds some weight to the drink. Raisins are easily recognizable in the finish. Caramel is noted in the finish and when you lick your chops.
Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale is a lovely sour and tart beer. The cranberries and pomegranate dominate the flavor, while the plum and raisins play second fiddle. The sour apple is the jewel as you start tasting it more. Wonderfully complex, this beer is tasty and keeps giving from drink to drink.
Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.
For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.” Marduk (8628) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 9, 2017
330ml bottle as "Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale". Clear deep chestnut color. Huge size, thick tan head, stays. Metallic, sour, fruity, minerals in aroma. Sour, fruity, sweet, bit dusty in taste. Acidic, fruity in aftertaste. Sharp acidic bite. Feels watery. Drinkable brew. martjoobolut (5360) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2017
Bottle (from alcostock). Pours deep ruby brown with beige head. Aroma is sour, fruits, burnt sugar, oak. Flavor is sweet and sour, metallic, fruity, red berries, caramel. Overall: ok. vinivini (3148) - Gomel, BELARUS - NOV 11, 2017
Bottle. Clear brown liquid with a cream-coloured well-lacing head. Aroma: fruity, somewhat acetic, dark malts, dried fruit. Light to mefium body. Soursweet aroma. Caramel, burnt sugar, vinegar, dried fruit. Dry, lightly bitter and tart ending. Not bad but not of best balance imo. Beerandhockey8 (444) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 3, 2017
From 12oz can to snifter. Pour is a dark ruby red, thick off white head. Nose is light fruit, citrus. Taste is light bodied, sour with touches of sweet as well. Finishes very juicy on the palate.
tapefuzz (931) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2017
Monk’s Café NOT Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne. 11.2oz bottle. Pours a reddish dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is plum, cherry, yeast, light vinegar, malty sweetness, and just a hint of acidity - not especially aromatic. Taste is plum, vinegar, cherry, yeast, lactic acid, some red wine, and a touch of earth. Lightly sour and fairly sweet. Dry finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet but not bad. DraftDodger (1801) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2017
Copenhagen 12/8-2017. 33cl bottle from Den Gamle Købmand. As Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale. Drawing of an Beer Barrel with silhouette of a Beer Mug upon it on the label. Very obscure. Pours clear deep maroon with a red tinge and with big off-white head. Settles as several centimeters thick layer of foam. Massive lacing. Aroma is quite sour bordering on the acidic. Vinegar and citrus. Subdued sweetness. Medium carbonation and slightly thick palate. Flavor is lightly sweet followed by stronger sourness. Aftertaste is sour and finish dry. Nice and sour without being extreme. stchloe (1138) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2017
Very light bodied and generally mild, sour fruity notes are present, but it finishes with an odd buttery character, also too too too mild beer-yum (1957) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2017
Alluring tart sour aroma in a deep red brown pour. Laid back sour taste is nicely balanced with a hint of sweet dried fruit in the body. A nice example of the style but exceeded by others. LowBrau (143) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2017
Reddish-brown with a thick tan head. Smells like cherries. Tastes like rice vinegar and cherry pop. Tangy, pleasant combination of sweet and sour, maybe a little sweeter than I’d like. Has a bit of a oaky/earthy/dry finish.