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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 254
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 17.68%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

Oud Vlaams Bruin - Blend 30% Old & 70% New

EBC:52, IBU:15, OG:1078, FG:1018, ABV:??
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallertau MF

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the beer pours a fairly dark, murky brown color with not a lot of head of lacing. The nose is quite complex and intriguing in this one, as I pick up considerable chocolate and wine, but then also some A1 sauce and soy sauce. There is considerable sour in the nose, but with what smells like a decent amount of chocolate to bouy t hat sour component. On the palate, the the flavor profile replicates the nose, but thankfully, wiithout a lot of the soy sauce and A1 I was getting on the nose. The beer has some noticeable chocolate, caramel and vanilla initially, but then the wine and sour component really kick into overdrive on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and while the beer comes across as just a bit thin on the palate, the finish is long, sour and wine infused. It's more than sufficient to tame the moderate amount of sweetness in this beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, with nose sense of heat or heaviness on the finish. Drinking this beer, i honestly had no idea what the abv. might be; it could have been anything from 6% up to 9% or 10%, and I wouldn't have been surprised.

A very interesting and intriguing beer from De Struise. Not sure how much or how often I could drink this, but I was very glad to be able to finally try this well regarded beer at long last.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 16:09:54 | More by johnmichaelsen
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77black_ships

Belgium

4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Rating: 2007 Vintage bottle@Kulminator: brown with dark red colour with a small white head, taste is deep, tart & sour with balsamic and red wine vinegar & red wine with sour fruits and acidic wood + dark cherries, sour red berries, sherry, sugar,… despite the bold flavours straying into sour/vinegar/acidic territory, this is extremely balanced, not puckering sour and easy to drink, mouthfeel is smooth but quite thick as well at the same time, very little carbonation which is just perfect

Later rating: 2011 edition@Kulminator: just issued, almost sweet with some brown sugar compared with the 2007 Vintage with red wine like flavours overpowering balsamic & wine vinegar, sourness is very restrained, red fruit, touch of wood, one notch lighter body, very good, liked the 2007 a bit more

2013: 2007 is getting crazily sour now & 2011 is beginning to develop nicely, this is still one of the best sours around, wonderful brew that I like to revisit from time to time

Early 2013: tried a 2005, pretty good still but has oxidized a bit & is def. already somewhat downhill

Rating is for the 2007 Vintage.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 13:56:07 | More by 77black_ships
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westvleteren chalice, picked up from the De Struise shop, Brugge.

A - Pours a dark cola colour with no head.

S - Heavy vinous oak with malts and molasses.

T - Nice flavours of strawberries, dark fruits and malts, the finish is tart and oaky with a little sweetness.

M - Medium body with no carbonation.

O - Would have liked to have seen more carbonation in this, but does resemble a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 12:20:25 | More by eric5bellies
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wethorseblanket

California

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33 cl brown bottle. Dated 2008. Have been holding on to this for a while, time to open.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Regular pour yields a few brown bubbles which cling to the rim. Essentially flat with no lace.

N: Vinegar, raisins, cardboard oxidation, damp wood. Looks like I may have waited too long on this.

T: Rustic, aged wood, some dark fruits (raisins and cherries), dried plums, stone pits, basalmic vinegar, fairly tart and faintly sweet.

M: Medium body and almost no carbonation. Finishes tart with woody vinegar and faint fruit sweetness.

O: Seems over the hill based on the oxidation and flatness. Initially thought it might be infected, but it isn't. I'd suggest these be consumed rather than cellared any longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 02:31:21 | More by wethorseblanket
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spoony

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 2008 vintage bottle into a tulip.

A-A hard pour produces very little in the way of head, which isn't surprising given the style or age of the beer. The brew is dark, dark brown. Pretty much opaque and flat.

S-The smell is tart, but not quite sour. There are dried, sour, cherries, sweet, malty dried raisins, plums, and prunes.

T-Taste is only mildly tart. I detect cherries, oaky vanilla, raisins, prunes, and a mild acidity. The flavors blend well with one-another and constitute a good example of the style.

M-There is barely a hint of carbonation left, which makes for a medium to full body feeling relative to other beers of this style. The finish is drying.

O-As a fan of De Struise and of sours, I was excited to try this beer and it did not let me down. The flavors are typically Belgian in their subtlety but part of that subtlety might have been the age of this bottle. Regardless, this beer was a great example of the style and it proves that huge fruit or acidity aren't always necessary to make a good sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:15:24 | More by spoony
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this at the End of the World party. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip. 2008 Vintage, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a nice molasses clear hue with minimal wisps but very, very nice legs.

S - Dark raisins, sweet malts, light sweet and sour alcohol notes. Very light funk.

T - Taste is mellow sour and light funk. Lots of cherries, figs, raisins, prunes, light alcohol and faint chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and watery. Nice and flemmy with no carbonation which is somewhat to be expected.

O - Overall this is tasty. Held up well to age. Very glad I got to try this vintage!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 17:15:57 | More by rudzud
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

2008 bottle. Thanks Hoppypocket!!

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with just a skim of amber-tinted head.

Smell. Boozy raisins and vinegar,cherry and sweet over-ripe dark fruits and a little vanilla and old dank wood. Nice.

Taste. Dark cherry and old wood, some smooth booze and raisins and just a bit of malt vinegar and sherry. Fairly sweet and lightly sour.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with very, very little carbonation.

Overall. A nice tasting Oud Bruin but some more carbonation would be nice ...maybe a bit past it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:45:11 | More by Rutager
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this a while, and big thanks to weibull for it. '08 vintage.

Carbonation is all gone, no head, dark molasses brown color, little light coming through the thick hazy sediment, and some nice legs on the side of the glass.

Nose starts with sour brown malts, raisin, plum, date, fig, nutty, very little funk, little molasses and porter like dark malts even.

Taste is fairly sour but not a lot, big malty base, molasses, dark caramel, chewy, soured brown malt mash, dark fruits with raisin, fig, date, etc again. A light bitterness comes in, with a bit of brown sugar and nutty flavors. Finish is flemmy, sour brown malts and fruits lingering, a touch of oxidation comes in on the end.

Mouth is flemmy, no carbonation, slightly slimy, but the booze is hidden well.

Overall pretty nice. A nicely aged oud bruin, great flavors, although the lack of carbonation and slight oxidation take away a bit. Still a decent beer but not among the greats.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 17:04:06 | More by jlindros
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. 2008 on the label, best by 4/27/2016.

Appearance - Pours with no head. A few stray bubbles. A lifeless dirty pondwater brownish red.

Smell - Huge red wine nose to it. I could smell it as I poured it. Balsamic vinegary acidity. Deep malts come through. Molasses? Definitely a chocolate presence to it as well. Oak and some faint greenish herbal notes.

Taste - A multifaceted beer for sure. Lots of brown sugar and molasses with a dose of mild vinegar acidity. Darker malts come through. Slight coffee flavor to it. Adds an interesting dimension. Vinous wine notes and oak. The vinegar sourness comes back with a sharp bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Yeah, it's nearly still. It has a tiny bit of carbonation. It doesn't really ruin the beer, but it would be nice to have some carbonation.

Overall - Reminds me of a BFM beer. Incredibly complex with blatant flaws. Not something I could drink regularly, but this was a nice treat this afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:18:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Review no. 700 - time to pull out something special.

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2016. 2008 vintage. Acquired some time ago from a Belgian webshop and stored in my garage. I've been looking forward to this one. Love the strange label image...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-brown hue that appears cherry black in the glass. Virtually no head; just a few flaccid tawny bubbles floating on the surface. I guess the carbonation has gone AWOL. The aroma is rich and intense - a mingling of balsamic vinegar, sherry, wine, cherries, plums, raisins, stone fruits, brown sugar, caramel/molasses and wood. Slightly sweet, with a musty, earthy sourness. There is a whiff of solvent/alcohol in the background (initially hot and reminiscent of acetone), though this mellows out after a while. A fantastically complex olfactory experience!

The taste is fervently sour and fruity, with a lingering dry finish. Notes of balsamic vinegar, sherry, wine, cherries, prunes/plums, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel/molasses and wood. It possesses an incredible vinous, oxidised quality that puckers the tongue and stimulates the palate. Slightly sweet, with a sharp, piercing tartness. A long fruity finish as the flavours slowly release their hold on your tastebuds. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with good body and tingly acidity. However the beer is completely flat and lacking in texture, which spoils the taste and makes it feel thinner than it probably should. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet 'n' sour fruitiness; vinegary and delicious.

Wow - what a beer. The complexity and range of flavours are incredible, even though I find it quite a challenging brew. The sour, vinegar character is nicely balanced by sweetness and fruity notes. The glaring flaw is the lack of carbonation, which detracts from the mouthfeel but also affects the flavour. I'm sure that the experience on the palate would be different with greater CO2 presence. Nonetheless, this is an impressive effort from de Struise and one that I'm happy to have tried. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but well worth sampling if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:28:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
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BourbonBetty

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown, burgundy color. Lovely clarity but absolutely no head or lacing.
A variety of aromas: raisins, tobacco, red wine most prominent. A little caramelized mustiness.
Bright burst of dark fruits with a tangy, acidic finish. Finish is bold but dies quickly. Stops just shy of vinegar.
Could be more carbonated but the acidity lends the needed tingle.
Overall, while lacking the mouthfeel and head retention that would bump this one up a few notches, really very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:32:21 | More by BourbonBetty
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haz77

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A - A hard pour yields a dark brown liquid with a handful of bubbles in place of a head. This is as expected given the brewing process, but isn't the most handsome beer I've seen.

S - Aroma fills the air as soon as the bottle is opened. Getting the nose into the glass gives red wine vinegar, nail polish remover, chocolate, warm Christmas spices, bubblegum, stewed stone fruit. Interesting and unlike any beer I can recall.

T - The first mouthful is a slap of rounded vinegar flavours that pushes everything else in there to one side. Knowing what to expect the second time, there are plasticky phenols run the length of the drink. There is a transition of solvent flavours into red wine vinegar, into balsamic vinegar along with the tannic grip of red wine. Bubblegum lingers through the middle along with some red berries and stone fruit. The aftertaste is unsurprisingly tart and mouthwatering.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation that fades halfway through the drink. Solid, if unremarkable.

D - Plenty of punch and interest here, although I think I would prefer it with some years on it to smooth the currently aggressive edges.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 11:58:37 | More by haz77
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage 330cl bottle at Novare Res in Portland, ME. Reviewed from notes. Been on my list to try this for a long time.

A- Dark brown with red on edges. No head or anything from the start, not even close. Tiny ring and cloud in the middle. No lace but I expected that.

S- A big musty mix of wine and vinegar. The acetic is like spoiled wine vinegar somewhat resembling balsamic or red wine. Some molasses brown sugar feel and grapes.

T- Again a ton of grapes and vinegar. I love the sour acetic feel layered over grape stems, cherry/dark fruit and vinous notes. Apple juice can be felt but man this red wine vinegar feel is splendid. Some brown sugar, spice and lemon.

MF- Low carbonation under a big oily body. The alcohol warming with the acetic is something I haven't experienced but I really enjoy.

A vinegar and wine grape bomb, awesome non-lambic sour IMO. I really don't know anything about the background of this beer but I certainly enjoyed whatever it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:26:40 | More by cbutova
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the schoolhouse a while back. Not sure about the style, but know I love the brewery. Let's give 'er a go.

From a bottle into my Struise glass.
Vintage: 2008

APPEARANCE: Pours a bubbly little head. Basically flat. Tan colored bubbles and a light wisp eventually forms. Sienna brown body with no carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of raspberries, some cherries, with a light touch of vinegar and acidic stuff in the background. Some definite grape juice in there as well. Quite fruity with a vinegary base.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Some red fruits, like raspberries and cherries up front, with a definite acidic vinegar flavor at the swallow. Grape juice comes out as well, and some notes of sweet candy sugar. Medium aftertaste is sour, acidic, with some nice red fruits and grape juice through it all. I'm honestly not sure if I love or hate this.

PALATE: Fuller body, but almost completely flat. A touch of carbonation keeps it from feeling like juice, but it's not far off. Goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Disappointing here.

OVERALL: Like I said above, I'm not sure if I love this or hate it. It's probably somewhere in between. It's flavorful, interesting, and complex enough to make it enjoayable, but I'm not sure if this is really my style. In any case, the carbonation needs to be figured out, as this is a little too flat even for this style. Either way, this is a quality beer by a quality brewer, so if you're a fan of the style, this will probably be your thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 20:02:49 | More by Jeffo
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Best before date of 27/04/2016. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.0 A: Pours a completely still brownish black color.

2.0 S: Reeks of balsalmic vinegar and tart cherries. Deeply acetic and powerful. Moderate acetone and mild soy sauce. Molasses and a good bit of vinousness. The more you smell it, the more it grows on you. I'm not sure if I love it or hate it, but I could do without the acetone.

2.5 T: The taste is just as forceful as the nose. This starts out with a marriage between the balsalmic vinegar and the acetone. Cherries follow next. Tobacco and soy sauce after that. Molasses, vinous grape, and a bit of oak.

2.0 M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation. Almost slick. Can't say this is very smooth.

2.5 D: This is wholely unrefined. I'm okay with the sourness and the balsalmic flavors. Hell, sometimes I'll pour a quarter ounce of balsalmic vinegar into a snifter just to sip on. But, the acetone is really offputting. I guess a few too many bug species got in there. This would be a lot better if a few things were different, but such it is as it is. Super complex and powerful, but just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 23:35:16 | More by DavoleBomb
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ehammond1


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for the gift, JealousChalice!

Dark brown and dark ruby in color with very little, practically zero, visible carbonation. This leaves the glass clean on the way down.

Nice aroma, with good amounts of sour cherries and sweet malt, along with earthy toffee, and oak.

The flavor is nice enough, though is significantly hurt by the lack of carbonation. There's decent amount of tart cherry, sour, vinegar, and wood flavor, but the carbonation makes this one tougher to drink than it should be.

Medium bodied with no carbonation.

The lack of carbonation holds this back from being significantly better.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:04:21 | More by ehammond1
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

***2008 Vintage***

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle (Lot 10/08/24/03/201)

Appearance: Pours an opaque body resembling cola (with red wine tints) but no head at all.

Smell: Nice mix of dark fruits, candi sugar and oak aged wood. Full and really digging it.

Taste: A bit of vinegar, sourness not pungent, reminiscent of red wine a bit with an acidic edge.

Mouthfeel: No real carbonation and borders on flat. Still, it manages a creamy feel.

Overall: Smells fantastic but the rest doesn't measure up. Approach with caution.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 17:07:31 | More by papat444
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cosmicevan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to chuckycheese for hooking up this 2008 vintage for me. poured into a cantillon taster glass.

a - brew poured a pretty lifeliess deep purple. very thin ring of head around the surface, but no lacing, no head, not really attractive.

s - wonderfully balanced cherry tart and oak. some wood.

t - ZING! a roller coaster of cherry tartness and sourness and wild berries. vinegar. weird finish that is very nail polish remover. kind of weaselish. sour cheese? very vinous...like a red wine.

m - low carbonation, but still feels like a beer. pretty full bodied and rich. thick. juicey juice like, but super sour. finish is weird. almost like nail polish remover or burnt rubber.

o - overall, this is a super in your face flanders. kind of weird, but definitely different. puckeringly sour and drinkable in a weird way (in the way you have to look at a car accident when passing...something weird about it that keeps bringing you back...not that the beer is an accident, just interesting). i wonder what time has done to this fresh. i find 2008 to be a sweet spot on barrel aged brews and big stouts right now, but flanders?

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:55:33 | More by cosmicevan
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Fux

France

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark color with mahogany glints. A very small off-white head despite an aggressive pour which disappears very quickly.

S: The nose is huge and intriguing. Vinous, deep, sharp, a bit sour, with a fruity scent, blackberry, blackcurrant. Faint toasted notes on the finish.

T: Slight sourness. Vinous, oaky. Cherries, red wine, a bit boozy. Mix of bitter chocolate and balsamic vinegar as an aftertaste. Not as complex as promised from the nose, but still very original.

M: Incredibly smooth with a very low carbonation, but very refreshing and easy to drink.

O: A very good Flanders oud Bruin, deep, intriguing. Would be curious to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 22:00:48 | More by Fux
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

193rd Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes.

A: Deep, dark tan. Absolutely no head on vigorous pour.

S: Vinegar and tartness with hints of soy, almond, and hard candy sweetness. Not terribly inviting, but intriguing for sure.

T: Very complex and quite all over the place. First, I get balance of dark cherry, tartness, and oak. Second comes mix of currants and touch of white pepper and vanilla. Finally, subtle balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate - not the best combination to finish a beer, but for some reason it leaves you wanting more. I dig it!

M: Medium/full bodied with zero carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer even though it smells very unique. With a bit of age, I think it will balance out nicely and drink amazingly well. Time to toss it deep in the cellar and forget about it!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 11:12:04 | More by spdyfire83
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bashiba

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a flat almost headless dark dirty brown.
This smell is great, big and tart fruit flavors, very classic flemish red.
A nice bit of sweetness mixing in with a touch of cedar. The flavor is very mild, a mixture of light tart dark fruit flavors and a touch of tartness, a little bit of cedar and sourness, but not quite enough to balance out the sweet fruit flavors.

Has a nice medium silky mouthfeel.

A good but not great flemish red.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:32:17 | More by bashiba
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark ruby red in colour, with almost no head. Just some bubbles on top.

Smell is fairly strong, contains grape, tart cherry. Quite a juicy scent. Balsamic vingear as well.

Taste is fairly sour, with red grape, raisin, balsamic vinegar and a bit of cherry. Dries the mouth.

Light bodied, low carbonation level.

Overall, pretty good but not a standout for me. Happy to have had it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 18:11:00 | More by jrenihan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Bistro, 330ml into a balloon tulip. Best before APril 27, 2016.

Poured burgundy with some light brown brown highlights. Bubbles serve as head, and once they disappear, nothing remains - no head or retention. Legs are pretty decent though. Nose has some black cherry, balsamic vinegar, currant, light vinous notes and a sense of sourness. There is a substantial sweet component to this as well. Taste has dark cherries and berries, light acetic tartness produced by similar balsamic notes and a gentle earthy maltiness. Light pucker in the finish, but again the sweet and sticky components of this beer make themselves well known. No alcohol on the palate and low carbonation, somewhere between still and gentle 'prickliness.' A nice semi-tart yet sweet Flemish Red, glad to have seen and had this.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:25:44 | More by liamt07
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 BB 27/04/2016

Drunk from a Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass.

In the bottle there is a relatively intense brown sugary quality with just a whiff of the ol' sour. In the glass it is headless though there is swirling flat one dimensional lacing dots on the surface which creates delicate swirling patterns. Dark chestnut brown with soe rusty red highlights. Considering it has no head it still looks pretty inviting.

There's a slight vinuous quality here too and more intense brown sugary sweetness along with cherries surrounded by a glowing hue. Some overly ripe apple in there too.

No carbonation but smooth, sleek and caressing in the mouth with some wafer like acidity on the way down. There's an gentle elegence here considering that 8% ABV.
Beautifully molded together to create a complete whole for the poet in all of us.

The nose from few drops left at the bottom of the empty glass just go on and on an on. Gorgeous.
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Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 21:06:25 | More by Zimbo
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Blind Beer #9

12 oz poured into my Allagash cervoise

A - Opens with a tiny hiss. Pours dark brown with a few big bubbles. Light ruby highlights 2.5

S - One whiff from the bottle and it smells like rice vinegar and soy. After pouring, there is some extremely sour cherry and chocolate. Touch of smoke and homemade pickled veggies. A few more smells yields to a very distinct balsamic vinegar with maybe some fig. I have no clue what to expect before drinking. 3.5

T - Sweet strawberries and chocolate with a slightly acidic finish. The balsamic is definitely present in the taste. There is some oak on the finish, leaving a bit of dryness that I did not expect. 3.5

M - Virtually no carbonation. Quite full bodied with a ton of unfermented sugar left in this guy. Slightly buttery feel, but then a very dry finish. No alcohol whatsoever. 3.5

O - Fairly drinkable and balanced. Somewhat on the sweet side for me. Solid, but nothing to write home about. I would definitely use this beer to get non-craft friends into sours. 3.5

Almost positive it's a flanders oud bruin. nice vinegar notes, good sweetness, a touch of butterscotch. The balsamic really reminds me of Monk's cafe flemish, but really no clue beyond that.

Final guess: Flanders oud bruin. Since sholland119 has been killing it with this box, I'll even go out and say Struise Earthmonk.

The reveal: Struise 2008 Aardmonnik - Earthmonk (want!)

You keep up with the awesome beers, Scott. I only guessed this because i've wanted it and haven't tasted it yet, and was pretty sure I hadn't tried the blind beer before. Definitely solid and definitely an awesome to mix it up after Le Fleur.

(quick edit: this beer is 8% ABV. Now bumping the mouthfeel up to a 4 from 3.5. no heat whatsoever on this bad boy.)

Serving type: bottle

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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
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