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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 176
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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Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

spoony, May 31, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

randylangford, May 22, 2013
Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jkane101, May 16, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kelp, May 14, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mdaschaf, May 08, 2013
Photo of Cstromberg57
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Cstromberg57, May 08, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

cadaugherty, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev +1.5%

josephwa, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jspriest, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.5%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

rudzud, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Rutager, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +1.5%

gory4d, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gonzoillini, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -23.9%

AlexFields, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of BourbonBetty
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

BourbonBetty, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ElGallo, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of haz77
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

haz77, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

bauermj, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

s1ckboy, Sep 29, 2012
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.