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

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RATINGS: 1415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColonelFlander (6) - SanDieattle, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
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.


3
stchloe (1067) - 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

3.5
beer-yum (1703) - 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.

3.3
LowBrau (139) - 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.

4.1
harrisoni (18570) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2017
On tap at ’t Brugs beertje Brugge. Dark ruby colour lasting beige head. cherry black aroma. Delicious. I do like a black cherry flavour. Wow that is perfect mix of sweet and sour. Just cherry juice superb.

3.7
tia (2200) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Bottle at Irish Pub. Brown with big head and decent head. Smells like vinegar and cherry tootsie pop. Maltier than it smells. Finishes dry.

4.7
SvanteL (548) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2017
Mörkt rödbrun, mycket vacker, med ett stort, tätt och gräddigt skum. Doft av sura körsbär, vinösa toner. Smaken är fyllig, rund, körsbärssyra, vinös, synnerligen smakrik och smaskig. Drucken på tapp på De Klomp. Helt underbar!

3.7
willisread (3341) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Can shared. Thanks Ryan! Pours a deep reddish purple with a small cream-colored head. Tons of boyensenberry jam, blackberry and Concord grape and raspberry in the nose. Really just a ton of berry notes. Good carbonation with lots of jammy character on the palate. Refreshing, but gets a little sweet as it warms. Nice lingering tartness thoughout. Solid.

4.1
crazy_cat_lady (581) - - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods in Redwood City, California. Lovely winey sour grape aroma, hints of sweetness, plum, some light balsamic vinegar notes. An extremely lively reddish brown beer with a big light tan head that took quite some time to dissipate. Tastes of spiced plums, tart grapes and apples, with a lingering lactic tartness.

3.9
sharkydodson (1600) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - APR 23, 2017
i tried it as Monk’s Cafe... the aroma is fruity and winy with hints of sour berries, plum, yeast, sour apple and some spices... the taste is sour and sweet with notes of red wine, sour plum, berries, candy and sour citrus... sour and sweet aftertaste...

4.1
Darwenus (1133) - Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2017
A delicious, complex Flemish sour. It pours dark brown with average foam. The aroma is tart, rich, and malty. Dark fruit notes and a tangy punch blend together really well in the aroma. The flavor is great, the sourness hits on the front of the tongue, and the finish is great combination of warm, sweet malt and pungent tartness. Apple, red wine, and brown sugar are woven throughout the end of the sip. Just really tasty.


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