Saturday, May 26, 2012

Monk's Cafe Sour Flemish Ale

  • SRM Color : 20 with a  slight purple tint
  • Brewer: Monk's Cafe
  • Brewer's Description: That's right, our own private label brewed for us by the family-owned Van Steenberge brewery, just outside Ghent, Belgium. Medium body, red color, somewhat fruity nose, malt flavor with a slight lactic taste. Great Stuff! A real thirst quencher and palate cleanser.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip
  • Russ' rating: 8.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Slaying Evil
  • Comments: A disclaimer that this is my first experience with Sour Ale...
    That said, this beer had a lot going for it. The pour was a lovely deep dark red with average bubbles (0.5mm - 0.7mm) with lacing lasting the entire beer. The nose was tart with a slightly fruity scent. The flavor was unique and I would guess signature for this kind of beer. It reminded me of sour apple or cherry. This beer reminded me very much of a hard cider, but with a slight yeast aftertaste that tips a hat to its Beer origin. I look forward to trying more of this type of beer and making a more educated review. 

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  1. A comment like "lovely deep dark red" and no picture?

    1. Ooops!

      Thanks for pointing that out. I had forgotten to upload it.

  2. Really glad you enjoyed your first experience with sour beer. It can be a very polarizing thing, especially on a first try. Lots of really great options out there! Rodenbach Grand Cru is one to definitely seek out, as it has a fairly wide distribution.