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


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RATINGS: 1410   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark reddish brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that receded down to a thin cap, which did create some excellent sheeting of lacing. The aroma was of a funky horse blanket Belgian yeast and a dark bread malt with notes of dark fruit (black cherries, plums and grapes) and a mild red wine. The taste was sweet and a tad tart with a big dose of dark fruit throughout and a strong winey sour yeast presence towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow with a fruity sour wine finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and semi-dry in texture with a good strong carbonation. Overall a very satisfying Wild Ale with just enough fruitiness, which allowed for a robust fruity beginning and a slight wine finish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (1065) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
phfyysik (1190) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1561) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2017
November 25th, 2014 - As it is known by its American name, the Monks 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 Monks 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 wont try this again, and maybe with a little aging to take the last layer of awkward rawness away.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Absolutely delicious sour ale. Strong sour flavor. Dark color and light foamy head. Very balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6470) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Tap at Monks 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (3580) - CROATIA - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. As Monks Caf Flemish Sour Red Ale. Pours amber brown with medium off-white head. Cherries, apples, wood, malty, sour, some bitterness in finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehaak26 (422) - - FEB 9, 2017
On tap at Pazzos. Lots of cherry flavor with some tartness to offset the sweet taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrus86 (625) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThreeCats (886) - 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.

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