Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Beer Review: Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
In New Orleans there is a strange lack of American craft beer choices. Don't get me wrong we are getting better! We now have Stone, Brooklyn, Saint Arnolds and Harpoon to name a few but compared to other beer markets we are lacking. One thing I think the New Orleans market does well is imports. Thanks to Steins, Avenue Pub and Shelton Brothers the New Orleans market has a plethora of imports.
Now I'm sure you can tell if you are a dedicated reader of this blog I'm more of an American craft beer guy but I do enjoy some imports every once in awhile. Dare I say I feel imports are starter beers to the better stuff? I think so. (THAT oughta get a rise out of some people huh?)
Anyways, this post isn't about import vs American although that should be another post for another time for sure. Over at Cork & Bottle where I am a consultant I brought in some Monk's Cafe and it being a sour I bought a bottle to try. Here is the review!
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer: Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Louisiana Availability: Yes but can be difficult to find sometimes
Appearance: This beer poured a reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head. Lacing present throughout
Smell: Wonderful smell of tart, dark cherries and wood.
Taste: Nice sweet, tart and sour taste of cherries. Starts off sweet and dives into a nice sourness. Has a nice oakiness which helps cut the sourness. Also has nice hints of citrus. The sweet and sour is balanced well.
Mouthfeel: Heavy mouthfeel with high carbonation.
Overall: Fantastic sour in my opinion. Nice too sour but rather well balanced with the sweetness.
Score: 4 out of 5 Buddhas
The Beer Buddha