Saturday, January 29, 2011

Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale

Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Flander's Oud Bruin
ABV: 5.5%
Country: Belgium

Found this at Whole Foods and it sounded interesting so I grabbed it. This style is also known as a provision beer which is a style of beer originally brewed for soldiers back in the day. Pour was a reddish brown with a big foamy head, with a cream colored head that lingered around. Aroma was incredibly tart with cherries and some yeast notes. The taste was sweet up front that turned into plenty of sour tartness. Fruity cherry and lemon flavors were prevalent. Some bready malts present once the wave of tartness subsided a bit. Finish is more sourness. No bitterness whatsoever. Plenty of carbonation and a dry and crisp finish. Less overtly fruity than a fruit lambic but still unique. Quite refreshing but a bit to much to have on a regular basis. B

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