The Thirsty Thirty : Day Eight – Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale

There was no “proper” summary I could find online for this Flemish Sour Ale, but in short this is a Belgian Sour brewed by Brouwerii Van Steenberge in Belgium and bottled for the Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (This is the same brewery that Gulden Draak comes from – yeyeah!)

All in all Yummmmy. I will probably always compare any sour I try in the future to that one legendary New Glarus sour, but this one was respectably delicious. I would have preferred it to have a little bit more of a curl or kick and the very end of every sip though. It’s still sour, that’s for sure, but it does leave you wanting a little something more.

Recommend to a friend? If you like yeasty Belgian beers, and flavors that are a little outside the beer box, go for it. If you appreciate the color of beer in a glass, then you’ll love this sour’s deep and rich crimson shade.

Safe for lightweights? 5.5% If you like the flavor, then it’s really easy to drink quickly so try to take your time.

Nom nom nom.

LabelingEhh it’s not for me, but the old style lettering helps you think of it as coming from an ancient Belgian brewery instead of associating it with a pub from Philadelphia.

Plus one? I would love to have more than one of these. It isn’t too heavy and has enough flavor (but not too much) to last you through a couple of glasses.


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