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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 281
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 179
Gots: 82 | FT: 11
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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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Reviews: 178 | Hads: 281
Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally was able to pick up a couple of these recently. I had been dying to try this brew and immediately chilled one down for consumption. 330ml bottle was served chilled and decanted into a large snifter. Consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was rather non eventful for me. Rich, deep, mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.

The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish. The feel was a little disappointing for me to be honest, as it felt thin, with no carbonation at all. This was really the only downer for me in this though and was still full enough to pull off a good rating. The alcohol was no where to be found, but the flavor was so rich and thick that there was just no way at all you were going to get by this one.

Overall not bad, seriously not the best of the style that I have ever had, but none the less it was still very solid. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day, and I am glad I have a few left.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, opaque, with frothy, light brown foam that persists a while. The smell is nicely sour and tart with notes of cherries, plums, wood, and acetic acid. Lightly sweet up front, though not overly so, but fades to a tart finish. Flavors of cherry and wood with a kiss of spice. Lightly tart flavors linger briefly. Smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. Almost creamy up front with a tart finish. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Biggness
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with no head or lacing. The smell is very nice of sour cherries and oranges. The flavor has a nice balance between the sour and the malt flavors, big in both, not too big with the sour. The mouthfeel is nice, but the carb level is way low. Very drinkable brew for 8%

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle direct from Struise into De Struise Glass

2008 Vintage released in 2011

A- Pours a really dark reddish brown that appears black. Strange head, just a less than a finger off white cluster of big bubbles that coat the top of the glass. Splotchy retention with some decent legs on the side of the glass.

S- By far the most interesting and complex Oud Bruin I've smelt. Sweet cherry and balsamic vinegar up front followed by some slight funk and alcohol. Definitely some vanilla and oak notes in there as well.

T- Just like the aroma. On the tip of the tongue and probably the strongest flavor is definitely the Balsamic vinaigrette that is followed by sweet cherry and acidic flavors. Plenty of vanilla and oak come out in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with not to much carbonation and a nice slightly tart finish.


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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled jan 17/2010.

pours mostly clear deep dark red-brown, to the point where you start to lose the red in it. the only sign of a head is the thin ring of very fine off-white head that clings to parts of the perimiter. no sign of lace.

aroma is good. malt and cider vinegar. lemon. vanilla and raw oak. earthy. cracker and white bread. horse blanket and leather. bit of grain. sour cherry. the vinegar dominates more than i'd expect in a flanders red/brown.

taste is great. sour cherry. light malt vinegar. lemon. horse blanket and leather. touch of caramel. mix of other dark fruit. vanilla and raw oak. a touch earthy too. lightly warming alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. not overly acidic or vinegary, with an interesting balanced sour edge to it. this is a damn tasty flanders brown.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, soury, with some plums/cherries. The taste is malty, with some sour plums/cherries. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of baggio
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle@Kulminator & draught@Struise.

A: Dark red/brownish with a small beige head.

S: Wood, Ripe fruit, Acidic notes and brettanomyces.

T: Wood, Fruit, Berries, Acidic notes, Sweet malt.

M: Solid malt base with some acidic/sour-notes at the end. Very nice balance. So easy to drink.

A very nice flanders oud bruin. Probably the best one i've tried to date.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

via liquidsolutions, by way of stevemcqueenjr.

330ml bottle. notches indicate "B - 07 - 11". tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

very dark brown, almost black. red tint on the edges under the light. sudsy half-finger head, soon fades to wisps and sudsy ring, then just wisps and creamy thin ring. sparse, splotchy lace here and there, but lots of small dots of "lace" stick to the sides all over.

aroma: cherries, aged balsamic vinegar, red wine and oak w trace vanilla. tart even in the aroma. grassy hay and mild whiffs of barn funk. tart vinegar aroma again, esp. in back.

taste: one of the more vinous beers ever! like a tart red wine, but with more caramel and rich balsamic vinegar. oak and wood w vanilla hint blends w hay and leafy hop note, with faint bitterness to complement the acidity and caramel. funk is very mild and integrated. alcohol note is also just like wine.

light body but smooth and wine-like again, with light acidity and gentle tannic texture. carbonation is gentle and mainly for variety and flavor lift.

a most intriguing experience.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Pours a very murky brown with almost no head, other than the bubbles from an aggressive pour -- quickly recedes to a ring with a few islands on the surface.

Smell is very interesting, in a good way. Very complex with sour notes and also a very typical Belgian yeast aroma, not something I'm used to in this style.

Feel negatively impacts the taste, which I think would be better if this were slightly more carbonated. Has a very soft quality to it, and I enjoy the yeast complexity and the tartness, but it's just too flat.

Overall I enjoy what this beer could be, but it needs to be better carbonated.

Edit: just opened another bottle of this, and it is vastly improved compared to my last review. Carbonation is better, and a bit more tartness seems to have developed. Very interesting yeast character as well. Glad to have a few bottles left.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Aardmonik has a cherry maple brown color with almost no head.

Smell: Balsamic Vinegar, cherry, and other assorted sour notes. Some toasted grains and soft caramel comes into the nose a bit as well.

Taste: Although the cherry flavor at the beginning has some sweetness to it, a tart, acidic balsamic vinegar flavor imposes and eventually dominates its will on the sweetness. The flavor never becomes overly tart, however.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth and lightly carbonated in a medium body. Despite being almost flat, the carbonation feels proper.

Overall: This was different, smooth, and enjoyable.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml shared by pwoods. Thanks much, focker.

Poured into my over-sized Duvel tulip a ruddy brown, semi-cloudy with a really interesting, big-patterned bubbly head. After settling, I see spotting lacing with a halo ring around the edges.

The nose is complex... Funk, wood, caramel, sour and sweet, all in one.

Surprisingly, I am getting alot of wood and caramel. It's hard to express what's going on, but it's very good. Hard to classify, very unique. Sour with a heavy amount of a caramel-like backbone...

The mouthfeel is medum bodied with a GREAT mouthfeel.

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Photo of biga7346
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008, released in March I believe. Poured into a wine glass

A - Very flat, still, no head at all. Black, viscous motor oil, dark chocolate color.

N - Wonderfully aromatic notes of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, cane sugar and bakers semi-sweet chocolate; maybe kiwi fruit, vanilla bean and charred oakiness like burnt charcoal. There is some breadiness like rum cake, bannana bread leading into a tiny suggestions of fresh flowers or rose hips. It's safe to say I have never smelled a beer like this.

T/M - Opens with more of the brown sugar and chocolate malts and breadiness, well rounded tartness plays well with the overall sugary, grainy nature of the beer; sherry-like, it reminds me of a high-quality balsamic vinegar. There are port notes, medicinal like cough syrup and then a spike of pepperiness comes out of nowhere as it warms. More cocoa powder and chalkiness, the gristiness and dark fruit notes stick around in the finish.

D - Creative and wild to say the least, I give this an A+ for style and presentation although it would be tough to drink a lot of this.

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Photo of cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of cleeze
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew really opened my eyes up.

Color was a deep rich mahogany with barley no head at all. I really liked the color.

Smell was very sour with loads of apple viniger notes, lots of funkiness going on in this brew. dark fruits up in the mix as well.

Taste was not as intense as the aroma. Tart cherries maybe some plum in there as well. Little oakiness blends nicely. Again little funky.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 04/13/2011
Vintage: Best By Date Of 07/2011 Lot B
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a deep brown mahoghany in color w/ barely any head to speak of and no lacing. The appearance was this brew's worst attribute. Aromas of red wine, vinegar, and dark fruits. The taste was surprising, but very nice. Acidic vinegar soaked cherries took the forefront, followed by a touch of oak and leather at the finish. I have never tasted a brew such as this one, and that unique flavor becomes very addicting. The mouthfeel was thin and clean. Easy to drink w/ well masked ABV, 11.2oz. was just not enough for me, wish this one came in bombers.

Overall, this brew boggled my mind, as I had never tasted an Oude Bruin quite like this one. Throughout the sampling I kept wanting more and more of this unique brew, needless to say I will be looking to acquire more bottles. In the end, another winner from Struise.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a basic snifter glass. The ale appears a cloudy copper color with red hues and barely a finger of light tan foam. Aromas and flavors are of fruity vinegar, tart apples, sour cherries, figs, raisins, oak tannins akin to those present in red wines, medium funk. Nice balance of sweet, sour, and funk. Right around medium bodied with light carbonation, which works well here. Very decent drinkability. The sweet/sour flavors leave me craving more after each sip.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky burnt walnut brown with almost no foam creation after a barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking. Hopefully, a lack of carbonation won't detract from the experience. An almost spotless glass is no surprise, although scattered dots of suds allow the above score to be granted. Besides, the beer itself looks damn good in a crystal snifter.

The nose is an enticing mixture of brown malt, medium-dark sour fruit, and a melange of spices that is due to more than yeast esters. That last one isn't a guess because 'spices' are listed under ingredients on the label. This is shaping up to be mighty fine ale.

Never mind the fact that the 'best by' date was last month, Earthmonk is a tremendous Flanders oud bruin that has held up extremely well during the several year wait in my cellar. An already impressive amount of complexity should become even greater as the beer gains 10-15 degrees.

Specifics include brown bread covered with Granny Smith apple butter, sour cherries, unripe figs, leather, and a spice bill that defies all attempts to discern its composition. Warming does, in fact, makes things bolder and deeper and more tightly-knit.

Body and mouthfeel is the beer's Achilles' heel. Having said that, it isn't too bad, all things considered. Sure, it's too thin and could use more bubbles, but this is more of a wine-like experience than a beer-like experience anyway. No disrespect to beer... which is the vastly superior libation.

For some reason, it escaped my notice until this moment, but De Struise Brouwers brews damn good beer. Black Albert, Struise Tsjeeses and Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (in all its various guises) are great examples of their respective styles. Looks like we can add Earthmonk to the list.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy brown with an espresso swirl head. The aroma is some vinegar and farmyard-ish (namely horse blanket) aroma with just a mild roastiness in there as well. The flavor is sour and mildly sweet with lots of sour cherry and plenty of lactic acidity. All this pairs oddly well with a malty and chocolaty flavor that lurks in the background. Pretty damn nice.

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Photo of tpd975
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was acquired in a trade with PHawk. Thanks Parker.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with tones of amber showing thru. No head to speak of and not lace.

S: Very earthy aroma with a bold sourness. There are vineous notes with a red wine like quality. Hints of vinegar, and cherry skins.

T: Low in carbonation, though I have the feeling this wasy by design. Sour and winey up front. Big oaky notes with a vinegar sourness in the finish. To call this one earty is an understatement.

M: Low in carbonation, full bodied with touch of sharp and sourness. Very nice.

D: Not one you would pound, but a nice drink to sit back and enjoy with some fine cheese, which myself, Tony, and Sea Bass did.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2008) at a share courtesy of Eric. Pours a very dark brown without much head. Dark fruits, cherries, some oak, and vanilla and caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a little sweetness.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to Otey! 2008 vintage directly from de Struise store.

Pours a fairly mellow dark brown ale, with some watery off-white head. Nose is super dank, raisin-y, dried fruit-dominated. Very vinous, almost balsamic. Palate is more mellow than the aroma lets on. The dominant flavor is of standard raisins...or Thompson raisins...plus prunes, dried dates and other dark fruits. Sourness is in check because of the malt character, but the acetic acid is big too. Huge, but balanced oude bruin.


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Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for breaking out this still-unreleased in the U.S. bottle...
Appears a hazy dark brown with a tiny, dark beige head that quickly fades into a light collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vinegar, grapes, tart cherries, oak, caramel, grape leaves, steak sauce, dried seaweed, light soy.
Taste is of tart grapes, vinegar, cherries, oaky vanilla, tart grapes, light caramel, and mild oak.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, mildly tart, grapey, vinuous, smooth at some parts, leading to a dry finish with touches of hops and nuts.
I'm looking forward to the U.S. release.

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage from a 33cl bottle

Pours a deep, murky brown with not really head other than a foamy and short lasted brown "head".

Brown sugar, raisins, balsamic vinegar, pear, cherries. Oddly, I get a hint of coffee. The aroma is complex and a touch vinous. The tartness is mild and adds complexity rather than sourness.

Mildly tart, subtle balsamic vinegar. Fruity. A little sweet. Mild bitterness. Balanced and refreshing. Almost like Duchesse de Bourgogne but without the overt sourness.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A silky, lovely mouthfeel with the tartness being a nicely balanced addition.

Earthmonk is an extremely well crafted Oud Bruin. I normally find the style to be a bit sweet and off-putting but this feels like a balanced Oud Bruin with some of the great tartness of a mild Flanders Red.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two 33cl bottles shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

vintage <2010. Review from notes.

The beer is dark mahogany and pretty clear with a broke tan head. Aromas of oak, cherry, funk, vanilla, prune. The flavor is sweet and sour cherry, vinegar, oak, dark fruit finishing with a lactic punch. Acetic and sharp, yet not harsh, per se. Certainly puckering. Complex and intriguing. A unique beer for sure. I'd happily try this again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle of the 08 vintage, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to whoever put this on the table at CdC.

A: Delicately hazy red-brown body; pretty much still. No better than average.

S: Intense, juicy cherry followed by some acidity - both lactic and acetic. Terrific fruit presence without being the least bit sweet. Great.

T: Follows the nose: gigantic cherries, some oak, and plenty of clean tartness. Some vanilla on the acetic finish. Lovely.

M: Sticky medium body, practically no carbonation. Meh.

O: With carbonation, this could have been the best Oud Bruin I've ever had - the cherry flavor was just spectacular. The lack of life made it a bit overly heavy, though. I wish I'd grabbed some of this while I was in Belgium.


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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.