Flemish Sour Beer

wawajb is in love with Belgian sour beer after a rendezvous with Monk’s Café Flemish Sour at Belgium-centric Monk’s Café in Philadelphia. The complex, sour flavor is the perfect thing on a hot, sticky day. Luckily, you don’t have to live in Philadelphia (or Belgium) to sample this juice—Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Red Ale is distributed by the Global Beer Network, and is available bottled around the country. JessKidden recommends Duchesse de Bourgogne, Rodenbach Classic, and Grand Cru if you want to taste sour beers in this style. If you’re looking for refreshing yet sour, try Redbach by Brewery Rodenbach, says peetoteeto: “It’s a sweet, cherry-enhanced sour that’s been marketed as an alcohol-pop in Europe. The brand has been much more successful here in the US. Its outlook is uncertain for now—grab it while you can.”

Authentic lambics, Belgian ales brewed through “spontaneous fermentation” with wild yeast, are the true sour beers, says LStaff. The beers mentioned above are what LStaff refers to as “half sours,” but many of them taste lovely. He particularly recommends Liefmans Goudenband and Petrus Old Brown.

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