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Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale

Monk's CafeI believe this is my first true sour. It’s always difficult to review a beer without having tried the style before. On the other hand, it’s always exciting to try a new style!

The color is attractive. As close to brown as red can get. However, the giant chunks of sediment are a bit off-putting. Aggressive carbonation tingles on the the tongue. This is, indeed, sour, but not unpleasantly so. A touch of caramel and even a fruity finish. But sour is by far the dominating note.

I feel like this is going to be a hit or miss. You’ll love it or hate it, depending on your individual feelings toward sourness.

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Westmalle Dubbel

Westmalle DubbelI’m a sucker for Trappist brews, so I couldn’t pass up the chance when I found this Westmalle Dubbel.

The aroma caught me the second I popped the cap. Rich, malty, inviting. Surprisingly carbonation leading into a creamy texture. Butterscotch, bread, and a little bit of yeasty funk. Spicy hops linger in a slightly bitter finish.

Outstanding. Go get it!

Grade: A


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St. Feuillien Tripel

St. Feuillien Tripel

St. Feuillien Tripel

Personally, I find the story of St. Feuillien fascinating.

Since 1873, the Friart family has been brewing various beers, among others, the St-Feuillien. But the history of this beer goes back even further.

In the 7th century, an Irish monk by the name of Feuillien came to the Continent to preach the Gospel. Unfortunately, in 655, while travelling through the charcoal forest, across the territory of what is now the town of Le Roeulx, Feuillien was martyred and beheaded. On the site of his martyrdom, Feuillien’s disciples erected a chapel which, in 1125 became the Abbey of Prémontrés, but later became known as the Abbaye St-Feuillien du Roeulx.
The Abbey prospered until the upheavals of the French Revolution. During these troubled times, it was condemned by the revolutionaries. For centuries, monks have brewed beer and this tradition has been preserved until this very day.

The Tripel itself pours just like you’d expect. Cloudy light orange with a fluffy and creamy white head. Inviting aroma of lemon, coriander, and yeast. Very aggressive and spicy hops come up first.  A punch from the carbonation, too. This initial kick gives way to the familiar banana and yeast of a tripel. Some of the best lacing I’ve ever seen. Lingering and dry finish.

Perhaps not the most amazing Tripel I’ve had, but it’s quite good.

Grade: B

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Chimay Cinq Cents (Chimay White)

Chimay Cinq Cents

After having enjoyed both the Chimay Red and Blue, which I would put in best-beers-ever range, I’m curious to see how the Chimay Cinq Cents (white) will compare.

While the Red and Blue seemed to be more malt focused, I’m picking up much different things here with the White. Sweet grapes and grass dominate the nose, backed up by caramel. Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy off-white head. The Muscat grapes are also the forward most flavor followed by grass, lemon, pepper, and dry, peppery, and sticky finish.

Chimay’s newest beer also features apples and more hops than the others. You also won’t notice that this is 8% ABV until you’re almost done with it.

Another world-class beer from Chimay. Outstanding!

Grade: A

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