Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

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Brewery Van Steenburge, Belgium

Aroma: Sour notes, with a good malty backbone right up front. Lactic acid comes through as well.

Appearance: Deep brown in the glass, but shows mellow red-orange in front of a light. It has a strong carbonation, and put up a strong pale tan head that hangs around for a while.

Flavor: Very sour on the tongue, with a light sweetness on the finish. The heavy malts play through as well, dropping hints of prunes, blackberries and sour cherries.

Mouthfeel: Dry and puckerish on the palate, this brew shows a medium body. There are some really good tannins in this brew.

Overall Impression: This brew was exactly what I was expecting from Van Steenburge and a Flemish Sour Ale. The acids sit well with the malts. This brew would be great on a summer or late spring day, and I enjoyed mine with a fine Comacho cigar from Honduras.

 

Final Thoughts:

Hops:                   mug rating .5

Malts:                   mug rating 3.5

Flavor:                  mug rating 4.5

Overall:                 mug rating 4

Label:                    mug rating 2

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One thought on “Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

  1. I’m fairly new to the world of sour beer, but to date this one is my favorite. Very refreshing on a warm summer night. In contrast, I found the higher rated ‘Duchesse’ to be a bit mediocre and Petrus Oud Bruin dominated by flavors of cherry and much less balanced. I think most would find Monk’s enjoyable despite the radical departure from typical beer flavors and the initial shock to the palate… https://mrhopsbeertalk.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/a-trip-to-philly-sets-in-motion-my-seemingly-inevitable-souring-on-beer/

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