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Old 11-12-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default Brews at Monk's Cafe in Philly

olllllo and I had,
-Monk's House Gueze - tap -blend owner made at Cantillon w/various Cantillon Lambics(excellent, low carbed(wonderful), nicely sour, moderate funk, a Delight!)
-Rodenbach Grand Cru - tap <- On Tap! We should all be so lucky!
-Kasteel Rouge - tap (OK, bit too much of a fake cherry flavor)
-De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005 - bottle( as a second option -turned out soo good)
-Monks Flemish Red - tap ( nice low sourness, good complexity)
-Drie Fonteinen schaerbeekse kriek - bottle (very good, maybe not worth the price, very intense cherry flavor - low funk/wood/everything else)
etc. etc. (the above were the 'interesting' ones)

My favorites were Monk's Cantillon Gueze and the De Dolle Oerbier Reserve(sour brown oak aged for two years). I/we got the Oerbier because they didn't have the Still Nacht Reserve, I was diappointed they didn't have it until we received the backup Oerbier and it turned out to be so great. I think we drank it a bit too cold, the last few sips seemed to be the best.
And now looking at beeradvocate it appears this was a 13% ABV beer! Holy Crap they did a good job with this! There's no way I'd think it was 13%, half that maybe.
Great beers and a great time.

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Old 11-12-2007, 08:30 PM   #2
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I'm excited to check that place out. One of the wife's old friends is getting married in philly in March and we're staying for a few days. Monks is a block or two away. I've heard it's great, and seen the menu...whew.

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Old 11-12-2007, 08:41 PM   #3
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Not the best picture of the gang... But here we alll are.


I should mention that we all had excellent food. There were 3 post of mussels prepared with leeks, garlic and either a flanders red or Cantillon boil as well as other herbs or seaonings that added a surprisingly different taste between the three.

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It was fun tasting beers with someone else that appreciates the style. Even Mrs landhoney answered some of her friends questions about the brewing process as Seth and I rolled up our sleeves and discussed our tastings.



We would have been boring guests to your friends if she wasn't there.

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Monks is the shiz!


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Philly has a killer beer culture and if you are spending a few days, there is plenty to check out and sample.

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If you had the mussels, you should have had the Frites, yes?

A whole post about Monk's and no one metions Frites...

It's funny, I was annoyed when Monk's opened because we used to frequent the previous bar/restaurant in the location.... boy was i wrong...

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If you had the mussels, you should have had the Frites, yes?

A whole post about Monk's and no one metions Frites...

It's funny, I was annoyed when Monk's opened because we used to frequent the previous bar/restaurant in the location.... boy was i wrong...

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Yes they were good.

I only say good because I was in Belgium only a few months ago and they are still fresh in my mind. I'm sure on my next visit, they will achieve their rightful place in the great category!

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A whole post about Monk's and no one metions Frites...
Good beer trumps all.

I don't make the rules:
1.beer
2.spades
3.diamonds
4.hearts
5. frites
6.clubs


They were very good, but for me the beer won the day.
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