Monday, June 29, 2009

Monk's Cafe - Flemish Sour Red Ale


The first time I had a sour ale was a few years ago while I was bartending. It was made in the states and was very light in both color and body. The only way I was able to kill the keg was by giving out free tastings. Of course I would not tell people what it was and I would revel in their immense discomfort. There is nothing like some good ol' fashioned schadenfreude. Today, however, the joke is on me. I purchased this sour ale thinking it would be the same in color and body but Monk's Cafe is a deep red, thick ass beer. As it says on the label, it has a lactose/sour taste but it is also kind of spicy. This beer is everything it is supposed to be but it tastes like shit to me. In my lady's words, "That is disgusting; That is not beer." 1 out of 5. Drink it if you dare.

12 comments:

Auri said...

Bleh... I get a little spew of vomit in the back of my throat just thinking about it.

Thanks! I'll have to rethink the pedi...

ALN said...

This was seriously foul. I almost didn't finish it.

Anonymous said...

Go back to your miller lite then. This is beer as it was intended. What your "lady" thinks of as beer is the result of the bootlegging dipshits who wormed their way into our bars after prohibition was lifted. Monk's Cafe is 11.2oz of drinkable art...

ALN said...

Anonymous (aka sissy),

I admire your eloquence and liberal palate but this beer still tastes like bat barf.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (aka: didn't want to take the time to make an acutal account as he happened across your site by total accident...). Would you have prefered I made up some asinine username instead?

My palate is quite liberal...but I've yet to try bat barf...nice touch though. Next time try some more hyperbole...like "whale wee-wee" or "pigeon phlegm".

ALN said...

So you took the time to return to my little site and write out another comment yet still no witty username? I am gravely disappointed.

what about donkey doo-doo?

Anonymous 2 said...

What do you really expect from someone who doesn't like Pliny the Elder. You should stop reviewing beers now.

ALN said...

Buy a Blind Pig, dumbass. Then realize how much Pliny the Elder sucks snake seminal fluid

Kristen said...

I recently reviewed this beer myself on my site (www.sipaday.com)and happen to agree somewhat with the assessment for different reasons.

I enjoy Oud Bruins myself, and have had some fine examples in my day, but this beer leaves a lot to be desired and an off-balance finish to the palate.

While I disagree with the "1" rating assigned here, which I personally leave for things like PBR, it definitely is not a great example of a Flemish Sour.

Cooking Asshole said...

The only sour I have enjoyed was from Issaquah, WA and it was more in the tripel style. Nice site by the way. Do you really get enough good beer in PA though?

Kristen said...

Sour is definitely an odd beer; people either like it, or they (more than not) don't.

In answer to your question, do you really get enough good beer anywhere?

Cooking Asshole said...

Very true.

You do in Portland, OR!!!