Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale

  • Brewed for Monk's Café in Philadelphia by Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Belgium; 5.5% ABV, blend of young & old ale

    Beautiful red hue with red-orange highlights and a thick, generous pile of dense beige foam. Aroma is sour with a cherry component and some classic Belgian funk. Very appetizing! Highly effervescent with a fine carbonation bead that keeps the body on the lighter side of medium. That dense foam adds a creaminess to the texture. The taste is refreshing – gently sour with some cherry-like fruitiness. Not overly intense (doesn’t shock your adenoids!). Light bitterness joins in the tangy finish, with a hint of almond and a slowly fading sourness. No hop flavour.

    Fine example of the style, and probably more approachable than say, Duchesse de Bourgogne (which I'm quite fond of). Tasty & refreshing. Leaves some lovely foam sheeting on the glass.

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1 comment
  • ibbjamin
    ibbjamin an excellent sour indeed. i get in the mood for these once in a while and Monks and Duchesse are the two staples I keep going back to.

    thanks for the review.
    September 8, 2009