I had the chance to try out a few Oud Bruin sour style ales recently, and the Monk’s Flemish Sour was one of them. This beer is brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge for Monk’s Café in Philadelphia. I have been to Philly a few times and made it to a few good beer stops but I have never been to Monk’s. I suppose I’ll have to make more of an effort when next the opportunity presents itself.
On to the beer – the Sour Ale poured a reddish-tinted amber color with minimal head. The initial nose was of fermented apple and vinegar and perhaps a fruity hint of raisins or dates. The taste comes on as a slow bloom of sour cherry turning slightly sweet toward the end. A bit like a Sweet Tart but without the odd feeling on your tongue.
The body is a bit light and unfortunately doesn’t balance out the acrid lactic acid notes very well. Fortunately for as biting as the taste is up front, there is little aftertaste. If anything there is a residual sweetness left on the palette.
I’ll have to try a few more in this style to really make a verdict. I can say I wouldn’t want to drink too much of this in a sitting. Although this isn’t a particularly high alcohol beer, given the highly – shall we say – opinionated flavor, one glass in a given sitting would be plenty for me.