Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Flemish Red Tasting

Ignore my dinner cooking in the background and lets look at another Belgium beer, Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale.  As you can see it looks like burgundy in the glass, and pours with a lot of fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.  In the nose it seems like this is going to be quite sour, but in your mouth it comes across more tart, maybe even sweet.  It didn't really have much in the way of mouth feel, as the beer is a little thin but I think it is an approachable sour.  If you've never drank a sour beer and don't want to contend with more complicated Lacto and Brett flavors this is a beer for you to get a smell and tiny taste of the sour.

Another way to gauge how interested you might be in the sour beer experience is to go find some salt and vinegar potato chips.  In the US the Kettle Brand chip is the one that in particular made this association for me.  It has the pucker, a similar sourness to what sour beer gives.  Give it a go, you might just be surprised.

11 comments:

  1. Looks delicious!

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  2. Not a big fan of sour beer, I have on the other hand tried those chips and love them.

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  3. I'm gonna have to try this! Never heard of sour beer before! I love salt and viniger chips!

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  4. Brb, sudden urge for a beer.

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  5. Look at the head on that beast!

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  6. From the name alone, I didn't think I would like a "Sour Ale". However, I do like those Kettle chips...

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  7. Hurray for Flemish beer! You should taste Westmalle Trappist, that's the beer they brew in my hometown :D

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  8. never had one, looks really good

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  9. @Pieter I'll look for that one. There are a few bottle works around here (places that just carry lot's of different beers) Trouble in the Pacific Northwest is we have an amazing variety of local beers so import struggles to get noticed unless it is odd.

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  10. Man that looks good

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