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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 177
Gots: 84 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 01/08/12 notes. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one; thanks Ben. 2008 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation.

s - Sour of sour dark fruits, vinegar, sweet dark fruits, light spice, yeast, and lactic notes. Not overly sour but it is there. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, vinegar, and yeast. Taste again is a little sour and sweet at the same time.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It's not super sour but a very nice mix of sour fruit/vinegar with sweet fruits. Interested to see what my fresh bottle tastes like.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AuroraCrisis for this one. Dark brown color, almost looks burgundy. Smell is complex oud bruin, a little sourness, spices. The flavor is very good but not your typical oud bruin, this seems more spicy and nuanced and has a sourness on the finish that really pulls at your cheeks like a lemon does. This is a nice beer but a little bit pricey and not easy to get a hold of.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Appearance: 15 to 20 CM pour or not, you still get a near black body with nearly no head to speak save a few beige bubbles.

Smell: Interesting potluck aroma with wild, varying notes, including: Ricola herb pastilles, balsamic vinegar, smoke, and top soil.

Taste: Sweet (yet somehow also savory) and plenty fruity. You get plums, black cherries, and even grilled pineapple soaked in red wine. Handful of salt licorice, a puff of smoke, and a piece of chewed barley-flavored gum. Light lactic sourness throughout. Dash of black pepper in the tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's certainly different, I'll give it that.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in the Brew n' Books BIF from Nkersten, thanks for the haul! Not sure of the age, says best before Jan 2011. Reviewed from notes

I was perplexed when I poured this super dark brown beer into a tulip because it produced no head and no lacing, huh weird? My nose was met with Brett up front, with some background aromas of stale coffee, sweet dark fruit, and horse blanket. There was a pleasant amount of pucker with a dark roasty background. Thick and a tad chewy with a clean finish, tart doesn't linger. I would like to have this again but the price tag is a little shocking at close to $20 for a small bottle.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these from Liquid Solutions.

A: In my 22oz snifter, Earthmonk sits a rather deep shade of ruby red with reddish highlights. Pretty much flat with no carbonation whatsoever, there's mild protest of a head, some bubbles atop a rather patchy, oil-like film

S: Vinegary, rather intensely so. There's plenty of depth, though, with figs, plums and dark fruit. There's almost some chocolate, so think of this as raisins soaked in balsalmic vinegar and coated in chocolate. Oaky tannins are present in the back, lending an interesting balance.

T: Interesting. Rather intense balsalmic vinegar flavor, very vinous. Acetic character isn't over the top but the red wine character provides a rather unique twist to this beer, it really tastes like it was brewed with grapes! All told, both sourness and acidity are restrained but this beer is lacking a little something that could elevate it to the next level, especially the finish, which is tart but doesn't carry through the body of the beer. Some oak character comes through

M: The stillness works (for me) with the acidity pleasant and a tart finish that's a tad disappointing.

D: Glad I got to try this, I'll give my other bottle another year and see what comes of it

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coca-Cola brown. No head or lacing.

Lots of alcohol. Cherry, abrasive sugar, black licorice, mildew, wet wood.

Hints of sour grape and apple, vinegar, band-aid. The sourness is nice and contrasts well with the flavors. Tastes like it's aged in Vodka barrels.

Wine like mouthfeel. ABV is lower than expected. Vinegar finish.

I like this beer - it is unique and has a depth and complexity most beers lack, should be interesting to age.

Photo of spdyfire83
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before has 07 and 10 marked. Not sure what that means. Warmed up out of the fridge and poured into a Oerbier wine style glass.

A-Dark brown. Slightly cloudy. Very low tan head.

S-Malt vinegar. Big vanilla. A little mint? Oak. cherry pits.

T- Fairly sour. some alcohol. No hop bitterness (no surprise). Really nice. Some cherry. Lots going on. Some sherry.

M-Medium bodied. Next to no carbonation. ok. A bit of alcohol warmth.

D-I can't do 8% sour beers all night, but if i could I would be doing this one.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gueuzedude for the bottle.

Pours a dark ruby color with an uneven layer of bubbles, no real head with this beer.

Scent of tart cherries, raspberries, vinegar, earth, grapefruit, honeydew, butterscotch, and a hint of alcohol. There is quite a bit to this one, but everything falls into place pretty nicely.

Taste of vinegar, tart cherries, earth, bread, tobacco, peat, oak and caramel. Finishes dry with oak flavors lingering. Certainly a complex beer, but surprisingly complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very consistent and slightly thickened, but I am not particularly liking the lack of carbonation.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at the Kulminator in Antwerp, served in a de Struise goblet. The beer was murky brown-red color with a thin wet head. The smell was very good for a Flanders wild ale, lots of vinegary sourness but complemented by sweet cherry and wood. The taste was sour to the point of lip pucker, but you could imagine quite a bit of fruit flavors, maybe apple cider as well. I liked this a lot, but the drinkability score has to be average at best as the acidity keeps you from drinking too fast. Very recommended.

Photo of craytonic
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours nearly flat, dark, brown, mahogany, murky

Smell: Odd, I get beef jerky, Teryaki, soy sauce, brown sugar, molasses, cherry, oak, vinegar, balsamic vinegar. Quite tart.

Taste: Teryaki sauce, soy sauce, smoke, beef jerky, brown sugar, molasses, oak, figs, cherry, balsamic vinegar. Bit of funk and very tart.

Mouthfeel: It has a very hefty mouthfeel but is completely flat. This beer would be much better with at least a little carbonation.

Drinkability: Low due to carbonation, thickness, and strong flavors.

A bit disappointed in this one, perhaps my expectations were too high.

Photo of kbutler1
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Opens with the tiniest mouse fart of a "pfftt" then pours a really dark brown color with very minimal head which I expected after the description. The aroma is actually very nondescript with notes of fruit, sourness, oak, and some mild acetone. The taste is much better than the nose with a very robust flavor profile. Some mineral type earth notes in the taste as well. Some acetone present as is some sour/tart cherries. Not as fruitful or sweet as other sours/wilds that I have had. I think I get a touch of leather as well. Overall, I really like this beer for its authenticity and complexity. Far from being the best in this class but a good beer nonetheless. I wish the nose had a more pronounced smell and there was a little carbonation.

Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.