Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by CoolJosh:
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
Very interesting look. As dark as a stout but without the head to match. Dark ruddy brown hues along the edges of the glass.
The smell is very muted, some roasted complex comes out but nothing follows. A sticky tobacco scent musters as the glass warms. So far, I really don't understand this beer.
The taste is equally odd, but only semi-enjoyable. Slight roasts matched with an overly sourly vinegar flavor which is overpowering. The mouthfeel lacks any form of life, which adds to my disappointment. All in all, it is drinkable but it wouldn't draw my attention if faced with options.
11-28-2009 01:20:14 | More by CoolJosh
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4.97/5 rDev +25.8%
I had the good fortune to try one of these recently, and was just overwhelmed. This might be the best beer I've ever had; wish I could get my hands on some more. It was served in a wine glass, and had a hazy red/brown color. The thin head was a light brown. Incredible aroma. An extremely earthy, barnyard aroma, intense but pleasant. Somewhat vinous nose also. It had a sour, dark fruit taste. The earthiness translated into a yeast taste. The flavors intensified as the beer warmed. This was a deep, richly rewarding beer.
06-15-2008 13:44:35 | More by lordofthewiens
3.1/5 rDev -21.5%
Thanks to iowaherkeye. Murky brown color with a white head; interesting retention to it. Smell was mostly sour, but some sweet caramel and cherry seemed to come in as well. Sourness and oak in the taste, but unfortunately there was also some metallic flavors too. Maybe I'm missing the big deal with this one, but it just wasn't that great to me.
07-18-2008 00:21:34 | More by badbeer
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I have been waiting to try this one for a while.
The beer pours a brownish-color with red highlights and a very small white head.
The aroma is classic Oud Bruin. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some brown sugar and tart cherry notes.
The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of brown sugar and tart cherry notes to give the beer a nice sweet and sour taste profile. I also get some oak and a little bit of vinegar in the flavor.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.
12-23-2010 05:56:51 | More by Mora2000
3.15/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
06-29-2012 04:04:21 | More by ehammond1
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
12-01-2012 03:28:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottle shared by Rob – thanks! 2008 vintage.
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing and good-looking legs.
Smells of medium malts with hints of toastiness and large amounts of lightly tart berry and cherry flavors. As it warms the cherry aromas intensify, similar to cherry cough syrup, in a good way.
Tastes more complex than it smells. Slightly dry medium malts with bready flavors up front are joined quickly by lightly tart cherries. Midway through hints of leather and musty hops come into play, carrying through to a lightly tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with light carbonation.
Overall I thought the cherry flavors were a bit too heavy for this to be anything more than a good beer. Still, interesting and worth a shot.
07-22-2011 16:15:57 | More by glid02
3.35/5 rDev -15.2%
I forget who I got this from, but thanks!
11.2oz. Brown bottle, poured into a kbs tulip.
A: Pours a deep murky brown, root beerish. Mild head from mild carbonation, little to no lacing.
S: Pleasant sourness. Nice fruitiness. Not too funky.
T/M: Sour and tartness up front without a ton of funk. Some light fruit in the back. Some odd flavors that I'm having trouble describing... Almost like old fruits or vegetables but I'm probably wrong on that. Some dirty cellar, musty, and woody flavors. Carbonation is very weak and it makes the body feel thin and watery. Not a lot of dryness.
D: Not really digging this one. This was split with beachbun1975 and it was a bit hard to finish my sample.
08-27-2009 00:34:20 | More by pwoods
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
Best before: 4/27/16
Purchased through Cracked Kettle, Netherlands
Price - $6.33 U.S/bomber
Aged for 18 months on oak and blended with 30% old and 70% new.
Pours brown with red undertones. A complete lack of bubbles but I think as it continues to mature over time this will change.
A strong aroma of red grapes, cherries and funk from the 70's. A slight presence of vinegar holds it true to the style.
The flavor is tart cherry, brown sugar and oak. An amazing test of balance between sweet and sour.
Mouthfeel is a gentle touch of tart and sticky with a medium body. Fairly smooth as I've moved onto a second bottle. A real treat from start to finish.
Overall I really dig this. It's a sour but not overwhelming. I'm a huge fan of De Struise and this one stands out as a favorite of mine. I first had this several years ago and have been waiting patiently for it's next release.
05-20-2011 19:50:57 | More by 05Harley
4.88/5 rDev +23.5%
This beer is actually not retired and is still being made evidenced by the sight of a huge container of cherries floating on top of the fermenting beer I saw at the Struise farm a few weeks back.
This beer was sampled at the Kulminator in Antwerp, in a Struise tulip. Beer poured a deep brown, iced tea like color with a decent head that receeded quickly. Nose had some definite sour cherry notes and a tart character. Taste was wonderful. Cherry taste was fresh but yet there was a wood character from the aging. Nice sour tone all through the beer made this one hard to put down.
09-20-2008 11:40:51 | More by ggaughan
3.83/5 rDev -3%
This bottle was a gift from the Brabander. Thanks man for sharing.
A - A deep beautiful red beer a delicately hazy. a beige foam ring whit a very big bubbly structure floats on top.
S - Like red wine with cherries added followed by some acidity Terrific fruit presence without being the least bit sweet.
T - A sweet but not to sweet beer that follows the nose: gigantic cherries, some oak, some vanilla on the acetic finish. Lovely.
M - Sticky medium body which could have been thicker to my opinion, practically no carbonation. The beer coats my palate with a cherries, oak and vanilla.
O - This is not my beer, but I am glad that I have tried it once.It is to sour and fruity to my liking. Don't get my wrong I still find it pretty good.
01-07-2012 11:56:41 | More by Mar02x
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Incredibly drinkable and smooth for this style. Brownish red with some alcohol and woodiness in the scent. Medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation, wonderful cherry and lemon and winey and balsamic vinegar malted down - with anything,little head , thanks Hopdog.
09-30-2007 03:29:05 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev -3%
11.2oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. 2008 vintage.
Head rises slowly to about 1 finger. Fine and cream colored with poor retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lacing is spotty with decent stick. Just about average though the head size and retention are lacking.
Nose is vinegar, oak, sour red fruit, and some slight hints of vanilla. Aromatic and the vinegary sweet fruit characteristics come out nicely.
Opens creamy and tart. Sour red fruit puree mixed with red vinegar and some sweet soy sauce notes. Robust sour vinegar towards the middle with some ethanol poking through. End is more red fruit tartness. Finish is a bit of vinegar spiciness with a lingering hot aftertaste. Enjoyable and the flavors seem to have mellowed and melded together nicely here.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and goes down silky with some slight bubbles. Finish is messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Really drinkable for the style.
Age has really done wonders for this beer. Really smooth with flavors that are well balanced but still distinct and prominent at the same time. A solid representation of the style.
08-10-2011 01:16:52 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.93/5 rDev +24.8%
Just came back from another amazing experience at Ebs. Brought friends from Boston, all of whom were expecting the best beer bar in the world and left with nothing saying otherwise. The conversation started with us talking about the Westvleteren 12 and how I had acquired some that I will soon enjoy. He says, I got something you'll like more. After a thrilling 20 minute speech about the different breweries, I will never get tired of listening to him talk about beer, the knowledge he has amazes me, he left us to enjoy our beer and food. A little while later he comes back with a bottle of Earthmonk, and lets everyone at the table have some.
Now I know I am very young, still just 22, but I have had plenty of experience with great beer. This one def topped them all, first of the smell was intoxicating. Infact after the first couple sips, I just sat there smelling this beer, not wanting that smell to leave.
After the first sip, I relized is what unlike any beer I have had before, the different combinations of flavors made a distinct almost earth taste, very odd way to describe it I know.
Either way, this is the best beer I have every had, and most likely will keep that title after I crack my Westlevteren 12, 8 and blonde. Chris is an amazing man, and anyone that has not made it up there is missing an experience that every beer drinker should have.
04-07-2008 21:31:43 | More by crowellr
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions.
A - Pours a cloudy dark purplish-brown color with no head, only a few bubbles and a ring around the glass. Leaves very slight lacing.
S - Fairly tart with red wine, cherries, wood, and spices.
T - Incredibly vinous, with dry, tart red wine dominating, along with cherry, raisin, brown sugar, vinegar, oak, and spice. This is seriously one of the most wine-like beers I've ever had. Flavor is nice though, tasty and full, and finish is long.
M - Body is medium and the palate is silky smooth. Carbonation is very low, at borderline Lost Abbey levels, but this actually doesn't detract much since this beer is so wine-like.
D - Average to a little better. It's a sipper, sort of like a medium-bodied red wine.
09-30-2009 17:44:15 | More by nickd717
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-08-2012 22:18:53 | More by Alieniloquium
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Bottle. Aroma sizzles with excitement in the forum of cherried smoke, glowing peach esters, and fragrant spice stores of Marrakesh. Pours in drawn earth brown. Flavor incredible. Blows me away with sweet and sour cherry vinous complexity. A world of different and indecent cherry characters explode in a room filled with cork, toasted sesame and a lot of blistering sour orange peel and popping coriander seeds. Acidity is sharp, highlighting the drumming complexity of the fruit, earth and spice that dance forth from the glass. More strong cherries before settling to sleep in the grass with kaffir and coconut. Aged balsamic drizzle over a grilled piece of pineapple, cresting the oaken delivery on the smack. Astonishing unique complexity and character. Too be savored for sure.
07-21-2007 20:43:41 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
02-12-2012 00:32:17 | More by bashiba
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
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