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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 171
Gots: 82 | FT: 12
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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle from the Struise Webshop. Into a Delirium Tremens snifter. 2008 Vintage.

A: Pours incredibly dark brown with no head, not even anything that resembles a head, just a few bubbles. A ring of light colored, incredibly small bubbles lines the edge of the glass. Not particularly impressive.

S: Interesting mix of vinegar and malts, some acetic acid notes that borders on straight up acetone nail polish remover. A floral/candy like aroma starts to come out as well. Just a hint of funk starts to surface here as well. Interesting.

T: Tons of flavor and a little bit all over the place. Slight vinegar sourness, some acetic acid, but also a fair amount of roasted barley/coffee notes which is a bit odd, but works. Acetone notes follow over from the nose quite a bit. Roasted barley really stays on the tongue long after the swallow. Some cherry notes in here as well. Really a complex beer that never really verges on sour but definitely hits the tart notes. Enjoyable though.

M: Medium body, practically no carbonation which hurts this a bit. Finish is dry, but the mouthfeel is odd because of the lack of carbonation.

O: Quite an interesting beer, but some carbonation would help and just a touch more sour would really bring this one into line. It is fairly enjoyable, but just seems a bit lacking. Will revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:46:04 | More by pokesbeerdude
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bauermj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-19-2012 19:45:19 | More by bauermj
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meerkat2

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-29-2011 16:16:26 | More by meerkat2
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-02-2012 01:48:54 | More by Satchboogie
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-14-2011 17:20:28 | More by writerLJBerg
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Alpar

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-25-2014 01:41:45 | More by Alpar
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

dark ruby red, a hint of brown, no head

Wow... smell is certainly unique. Reminds me of a dark red wine mixed with vinegar, smells fairly sweet and earthy. lots of oaky aromas Honestly if someone put this in a vinegar bottle I am not sure I would be able to tell the difference

Tastes similar to the aroma... really a unique beer. Lots of acetic acid vinegar like notes. Not really sour, kind of sweet, a good bit of oak. Again reminds me of red wine. very little carbonation in this one.

Overall an interesting beer. Ultimately though I come up disappointed. For a beer in one of my favorite styles this one is a bit too vinegary and not enough funk or cherry flavor. That said this beer is still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 00:17:37 | More by jpmclaug
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this a while back from ygtbsm94. Best before July 2011 - whoops! Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A hard pour yields a big-bubbled crust that lingers and eventually yields to a thin ring. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like an aged oud bruin alright - reminds me of the De Dolle '20' a bit, with notes of BBQ sauce, vinegar, caramel malts, light vanilla, and a touch of oak. Pretty nice stuff.

T - Unfortunately the flavor has gone off the rails. Flavor is a bit bland, with some oxidation, and a slight mineral quality. Not much overt sourness, and mild sugary malt sweetness. Some dry oak, and a slightly meaty note implied by the BBQ sauce-esque combination of flavors.

M - Minimal carbonation, medium body, dry finish, and more acidity than I expected from the flavor. Thankfully, it never reaches stomach-melting levels. Could use more bubbles.

D - This didn't seem to age well - perhaps I should have gotten to it a bit sooner. I'll have to revisit the new batch, although I didn't care for it either if I recall correctly. The most enjoyable time I had this beer was when I had it straight for the barrels.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:39:38 | More by MasterSki
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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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cetherid

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 poured into a tulip (thanks phishisphunk!)

A.

beer pours a dark murky brown. Maybe some ruby hues but very opaque. Head is pretty much non-existent, even with a vigorous pour. Kind of an ugly looking beer. Like some dirty toilet water.

S.

Decent nose. Slight vinegar up front with some sweet caramel, tart cherries and a light woody aroma. Slightly wine-ish.

T.

Was expecting a lot of sour/lactic qualities up front but definitely more sweet than sour. Like drinking a sweet red wine. Hint of sourness up front then onto some very strong oak notes and then finishing off with a nice fruity sweetness that lingers for awhile. Maybe a little too sweet but pretty enjoyable.

M.

medium bodied but pretty much zero carbonation. Very wine-like in this regard. There is a very subtle dryness but the sweetness really lingers around the mouth.

O.

Not a huge fan of flanders style but pretty enjoyable. The low carb (really non-existant) makes this very wine like so someone who enjoys both wine and beer would be a fan. Sourness is definitely mellow while the woodiness of it really elevated. Maybe a little too sweet, but not like a sucking on a penny like some beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:02:51 | More by cetherid
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

The appearance is a major disappointment, as the dark ruby beer with some golden accents has absolutely zero head despite a vigorous pour. I was quite concerned about my sample, but browsing through other notes it appears that the lack of carbonation is an issue of this beer and not my sample.
Aroma is quite tart with notes of vinegar, fruits and even some malty notes. Not complex but nice.
Mouthfeel, despite this one showing some firmness, is another major disappointment as it is completely flat. The bottle announces it drinks as elegantly as wine, but I originally interpreted that as implying complexity and subtlety, not lack of carbonation.
The taste, which is suprisingly nice considering all the deficiencies, is mostly dry, but evolves in layers from sour, tart and acidic, to a malty sweetness followed by fruitiness, and this fruitiness is sometimes sweet, sometimes sour, astringent, and finishes again dry.
Taste is actually quite nice, saving this beer. Carbonation would make it a stellar beer, but its absolute lack of it makes it barely above the average. Lots of highs and lows here.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 00:35:03 | More by brdc
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-07-2013 21:42:04 | More by acurtis
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to brdc for the hookup.

Pours an opaque dark reddish brown, very muddy, very thin tan head forms, almost nothing, quickly settles down to a very thin ring, some lace spots stick to the glass, looks alright.

Smell is intense, an insane amount of sour fruit and funkiness, cherries, oak, vanilla, lots of tannic goodness, strawberries, good balance of sweet and sour, very fruity, this is solid stuff.

Taste is crazy, tons of fruit, very grapey, not as much funk as aroma, more just a very strong sour fruitiness, almost rotten tasting, some oak and vanilla comes through, lots of berries, a bit of cherry, some caramel and biscuit in the finish, pretty sour stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite slick, low carbonation. This is pretty solid, but the crazy sour fruit character in the taste is a little too much. Still I dig this, thanks Dan!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:58:05 | More by Viggo
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Romulux

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-20-2012 19:50:18 | More by Romulux
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-04-2012 00:17:21 | More by thewimperoo
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-28-2014 02:33:14 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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genog

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This sour beer pours a brown color with an off white, slight brown head that is rocky and creamy leaving some good lacing along the glass. Smell is of apples, and somewhat a meat broth as well. I can also sense cherries and raspberry in the aroma. Taste is also pungent with cherry and apple with some sour, tart vinegar in the finish. Almost too sour for me, and I didn't find it very enjoyable. I guess I know now to stay away from this style. It is really not for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 01:24:33 | More by genog
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-19-2012 17:38:50 | More by ElGallo
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-07-2013 05:49:32 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-15-2011 00:27:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-29-2012 02:44:00 | More by s1ckboy
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-08-2013 00:08:10 | More by Cstromberg57
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from batch 7. Pours a surprisingly dark, opaque brown/black with little to no head. Quite a bit of sediment. Smells quite acidic, with plenty of lactic and acetic character. Slight mineral and sulfur. Sour cherries and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is again acidic with strong mineral notes. Sour, though not strongly so. Ferric. Cherry flavors come through before a dry finish. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Had higher expectations for this one, though this bottle was slightly oxidized.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 05:33:23 | More by philipquarles
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ccrida

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle that I bought a little 1.5 years ago and have cellared since. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Aardmonnik - Earthmonk is a thick, very dark brown, little to know carbonation (no sound when I cracked the cap), a big bubbled collar that leaves the lightest, scattered lace. Formidable!

Smell is very strong, sweet, vinous, a hint of vinegar.

Taste is similar. It's definitely more malty then acidic, extremely vinous and rich. I should go get a streak to wash down with this. Which I did. Eh, not bad, the smokiness of the grill meet seams to bring out the sweetness. I compared it to a good Sonoma Syrah ('06 Wellington Estate), it's was no contest, the wine crushed it, which suprised me, as I often contrast flanders reds with with red wine for steak pairs and the beer always wins. Must be the maltiness of the oud bruin.

Mouthfeel is thin, the flatness doesn't help.

Drinkability is pretty good, a fairly complex oud bruin, but the $20 price tag is just silly.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 05:08:50 | More by ccrida
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 11:56:41 | More by Mar02x
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.