Monk's Cafe Flemish sour poured with a crystal clear crimson red body into a tulip. Very dark unless held directly to the light. 2 finger light tan head formed but quickly fled back to a solid half finger. Minor spotty lacing.
The smell begins with barnyard funk and lots of it. Ragweed and horse blanket run throughout the aroma. Super tart cranberries show up along with the occasional sour cherry. Smells refreshing.
Starts with a quick flash of tart cranberries that gives that small pucker. Quickly followed by the barnyard and ragweed aromas. The finish throws a quick flash of sweet cherries at me and is then followed up by a mildly tart cherry finish. A small metallic twang on the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Lighter body with prickly carbonation. Bone dry finish.
This is a refreshing beer and the light body helps with the easy drinking.
This is only my second sour ale. The first was awhile back and I couldn't take it. I figured I'd give another sour a shot and this was a pretty refreshing drink. A lot different than what I remembered from my last expierence. I'm looking forward to trying different sours in the future.
Price: $2.99 Served In: Tulip
Thanks to koopa for the trade. Pours a crystal clear amber red color. A fizzy white head but did settle to a more creamy appearance over time. Good retention though did hide to the edge of the glass.
The nose has a distinct sweet and sour aroma. The sourness is not over the top but still noticeable. There is a light vinegar and sour but no real funk. The sweetness comes in with a light fruity aroma on the back end. Some cherries and touch of apples (but not something I would call acetaldehyde) as well.
The taste is very similar. The sourness backs off a bit and has more of a tart flavor. Still provides a puckering sourness just light overall. This helps emphasis the more fruity aspect. Noticeable cherries and sugar plums. Some candy flavors as well. There is a hint of caramel with a light toast note but feint. The yeast is pretty clean for a sour. Some minor barnyard, but mostly clean.
The body is not as dry for a typical sour. Really easy drinking though. Overall it reminds me of Duchesse but toned down.
Served In: Bottle
Served in my Darkness snifter. Pours deep red with a thick, soapy head.
Oh sweet mama, what a smell. Very sour, enough to make my mouth water. Fruits and sweetness also. Tart cherries and candi sugar.
The taste doesn't hit you with sour, but rather sweet and malty. The sourness is very pleasant, and complimentary. This reminds me a lot of Duchesse.
Outstanding mouthfeel. Pleasant aftertaste and good lingering sourness.
I'm absolutely loving this, and am sorry that I only have the one bottle.
Price: $3.00 Served In: Snifter
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