Monk’s Café Sour Flemish Ale
Philadelphia’s Monk’s Café is one of America’s iconic pubs, considered one of the great Belgian beer destinations on this side of the Atlantic. Proprietor Tom Peters has contracted with Brouwerij Van Steenberge to produce Monk’s Café Sour Flemish Ale, a sweet/sour Flanders-style brown ale. Rife with notes of sour cherry and luscious caramel, the aroma is classic Oud Bruin.
Brouwerij Van Steenberg
Van Steenberge brewery has been around since 1784 in the form of a farmland brewery in Flanders. Gradually, as it was passed down through the family brewing became its main operation, and the beers it produced kept pace with changing tastes through the First and Second World Wars.
In 1978, Van Steenberge acquired the yeasts and beer recipe from the Augustinian monks in Ghent. The resulting Augustijn ale and similar strong styles like Piraat and Gulden Draak became extremely popular, allowing Van Steenberge to ride the waves of the craft beer revolution.