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Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Sours just aren’t my thing yet. This is something I’m actively working to change, broadening my horizons to include this remarkably diverse style of beer. We all started somewhere, in fact, our own Russ Beck didn’t always care for the style.

Weird faces aside, I’m always glad when someone offers to share something to better introduce me to the style.  This, much like the North Coast Pranqster I recently reviewed, was shared with me by a friend.  It was originally brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge for Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia (Full Disclosure: Russ and others have attended events here – I just walked by it once) in the Oud Bruin style.  This refers to a beer containing a blend of new and old elements, which makes for a truly unique taste on the spectrum of sour beers.

I enjoyed this, I really did.  I just wouldn’t want a lot of it.  We’ll get there.

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

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The beer pours a dark copper in color, with approximately a two-finger eggshell-colored head. Darker than I anticipated, to be honest. The head sticks around nicely to lace well as the beer is drank.
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The aroma is overwhelmingly sweet and tart, with lots of dark fruit reaching the nose on the backend. The funk is here, for sure.
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Based on the nose, I had anticipated that the taste would be a bit more aggressive than it proved to be. This beer greets the tongue with a sweet apple and dark cherry flavor, settling down and finishing distinctly sour on the backend.
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Mouthfeel is well suited for this beer. Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation so as not to be overwhelmed by this very overtly sweet and tart beer. Simply based on the sour flavor profile however, I'm not able to drink a lot of this. But that's me.
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I found this beer to be a rather enjoyable entry into an area of beer that I'm still in the process of exploring. I doubt I'll be seeing it out myself, just yet - but to see something like this brewed specifically for an excellent area beer establishment is pretty cool. In the meantime, I'll keep working on my palate.
Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale

Beer Stats
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12 oz
ABV: 5.50%
BA Score: 87
RB Score: 92

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Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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