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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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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

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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New Hampshire

1.48/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Small bottle shared by Bendurgin. Thanks! Poured into a chalice. The color is dark brown kind of prune juice colored. There is a little bit of white lacing.

The aroma is very strong with apple cider vinegar. This doesn't smell like beer, it smells like acid.

The taste is mildly sweet with some cherry fruit flavor, surprisingly. There is a slightly tart aftertaste. There is just a harsh acidity all the way through.

This is light and the carbonation is smooth. Still not a good part of this beer.

Truly terrible.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:08:05 | More by andrewinski1
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33 cl brown bottle. Dated 2008. Have been holding on to this for a while, time to open.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Regular pour yields a few brown bubbles which cling to the rim. Essentially flat with no lace.

N: Vinegar, raisins, cardboard oxidation, damp wood. Looks like I may have waited too long on this.

T: Rustic, aged wood, some dark fruits (raisins and cherries), dried plums, stone pits, basalmic vinegar, fairly tart and faintly sweet.

M: Medium body and almost no carbonation. Finishes tart with woody vinegar and faint fruit sweetness.

O: Seems over the hill based on the oxidation and flatness. Initially thought it might be infected, but it isn't. I'd suggest these be consumed rather than cellared any longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 02:31:21 | More by wethorseblanket
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-15-2012 04:39:21 | More by ithinkimasofa
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3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for the opportunity to try this beer. Small 33cl bottle released in 2008; best before date of 07/10

The color of the beer is quite dark looking in the glass, dark with some wet oak highlights around the edges. A few bubbles gathered at the surface for a few moments but never really collected as a head. A swirl of the glass does produce a more decent ring.

As soon as I cracked the top I got a vinous aroma with hints of grape and vinegar. More vinegar as I poured but also sweet malt, cherries, strawberries, vanilla, oak, and grape jam. Very fruity aroma with various berries and sweet plums. Caramel, chocolate, and hints of coffee hide behind the fruity background. Smells a bit like toast and jam. Complex and delicate. After leaving the beer breathe for about 5 minutes it begins to reveal some apple notes, sugary candy, and a little lemon twist.

Argh! The first sip is rather intense, huge vinegar and apple flavor, oak, toast, a bit of tartness followed by the malt sweetness and some bitterness which I don't know where it came from. The finish does seem to be a little calmer with notes of chocolate, fruits, and berries. I'm a little more prepared for the second sip but it's still quite acetic and thin. Oak and vanilla flavors mid-palate, apples and toasted malts in the finish. Even as it warms up, the vinous, oak, and vinegar flavors don't tone down and with the lack of carbonation it makes it a little difficult to drink. The last few sips have a taste of iron (blood).

The beer enters a little thick and syrupy but by mid palate it turns thin, watery, and lacks carbonation in the finish.

****update May 2009***

Second time trying this beer was at Lost Abbey's 3rd Anniversary Party on 5-9-09. From a 750ml bottle, and probably an 06/07 vintage.

Better than the fresh bottle I reviewed. Still a good amount of vinegar and metallic/iron flavors but balanced with an increase sourness and puckering effect. Much more drinkable and enjoyable. More dryness in the finish as well. Very complex, there just seemed to be layer on top of layer in aroma and flavor.

If I were to score the 750ml bottle it would be something like:
4/4.5/4/4/4 A-

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:47:33 | More by seaoflament
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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, bottled 2011
Look: pours dark-brown color with almost no head.
Smell: Plums, figs, candy sugar, caramel, wood and balsamic vinegar
Taste: This must be the most tasty balsamic vinegar I ever had. Full of dark fruits, candy sugar, caramel and dark fruits.
Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation and thick body
Overall: What a fantastic taste, pity the carbonation is too low.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 16:21:18 | More by rvdoorn
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-08-2011 12:49:14 | More by nathanjohnson
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-12-2011 18:45:30 | More by vissai
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-23-2011 02:50:32 | More by Gushue3
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2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Early 2010 rate.

From a 33cl bottle. Pours a turbid deep brown/black with the tiniest wisp of a head. Nose is really heavy on various types of vinegar. Grape must and wet earth creep out. A nice musty leather, tobacco element. Boozy and a bit thin in the mouth with a major vinegar burn at the finish. Just not into this. It has some deep complexities going on, but that vinegar is over the top. I don't care if it's even to style or not. I love sour beers and I love many Oud Bruins, but not this.

I've learned since that a run of these bottles were apparently pretty bad. That's the batch I got, not sure where this went wrong, but it was way off.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:00:15 | More by JAXSON
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-15-2011 18:16:56 | More by kkrez
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South Africa

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in
2008 edition best before 27/04/2016

I'm not sure what to expect here, I love the style but the latest batch of Aardmonnik seems to have taken some stick. I just hope carbonation is not an issue.

Appearance: Well carbonation is not going to be an issue - there is a loud hiss as the cap is lifted.
Aardmonnik pours a very dark brown and reveals a beautiful (almost clear) deep burgundy when back light. A large light brown head (no CO2 issues here!) forms from a fairly vigorous pour, unfortunately it fizzes away pretty quickly and leaves no lace.

Smell: Hmmmm, if other bottles from the 2008 batch were anything like this I think there has been some unfair bashing of this beer!
Superb nose, powerful and stunningly complex. I'm not sure where to start!
Balsamic vinegar, lightly tart fruit (plums, fresh cherries and not quite ripe red apples), red grapes (very vinous) and tons of barrel character are easily noted. Warming brings earthy vanilla (and a general earthiness), an array of spices, a touch of cola and some sweet brown sugar hiding in the background.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is amazingly complex. Balsamic vinegar, cherries, green apples, plums, red wine, oak and an unexpected roasted coffee note are all easily identified. The finish is quite a bit tarter and drier than I expected, but I love tartness so I'm not complaining.
There is no trace of the 8% abv.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body with moderate (but perfectly adequate) carbonation. In my view it's pretty much bang on for the style.

Overall: Super oud bruin. Much better than the Goudenband I had a while ago. I'm pretty confused by all the bitching about this beer. Each to his own I guess.
I would however highly recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the style and I will be trying to get more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:28:57 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:30:31 | More by beachbum1975
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4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 11:40:51 | More by ggaughan
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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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-17-2011 22:42:54 | More by Neffbeer
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-14-2011 14:36:46 | More by claaark13
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to philipquarles for the bottle!
2008 vintage, 33 cl bottle

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A thin, off-white, ring of foam rests on top of a murky brown body with a ruby red tint. Light lacing.

The nose has caramel, dark fruits and a touch of vinegar acidity after the first swirl. Further swirling of the glass reveals plums, figs and a touch of honey. Hint of alcohol.

Figs, plums, dates, a touch of honey and sweet malt on the tongue. Vinegar acidity makes its way in, but is fairly balanced with everything else. Candied fruits with a hint of ketchup from time to time. Faint blood like taste on the finish.

The body is smooth with light carbonation. Some weight here, but not heavy. Feels a little bland, but well done.

Drinkability is pretty good. I like the dark fruit aspect of the beer and the sourness is well balanced. That being said, this beer doesn't quite have enough going on for me to seek it out again, but if I could buy it off the shelf I would.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 20:58:26 | More by sisuspeed
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought I would never see the day that JoshCool got so generous as to bring this beer out. Brought out on the first snowfall day of the year and poured into two unbranded tulips.

A: Wow. Black as hell with a very small head. Actually, no head really, just some large bubbles from the aggressive pour. But very black with some mahogany hues and brown edges.

S: Balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, very vinous, some coffee and roastiness as well. A very complex smell, but the vinegar aspects really comes to the forefront.

T: This is very vinegary mixed with some tart lemon from the blast of brett. There is also some stout qualities like dark roast and some chocolate sourness.

M/D: The mouthfeel is a tad low on this for my liking of an Oud Brune.

Overall, a very interesting beer that I am glad I got the opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 01:27:03 | More by treyrab
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-29-2012 02:44:00 | More by s1ckboy
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4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A noses beer fermented in barrels with swirls of red wine vinegar elegant. But also the cellars, sawdust, wood stuffy (like dust which can invade the old books from a library).

On the palate, the flavor is complex. It was more like a good old drink a red gueuze of Flanders. One benchmark for the tasting of delicious flavors. Among other red fruit (blackcurrant in particular), the good old Burgundy and tannic acidity that continues in force after-taste.

And always with this mixture of styles between Brussels Champagne and Flemish Burgundy that makes the complex beer, tasty and also easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 21:48:57 | More by ThaCreep
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottel vintage 2006 ( botteld in 2006 ) ! Poured into my struise glass

Instantly struck by the aroma Tart, sour, funky. Old cherry skin, aged balsamic. Wet leather. Just an absolutely outstanding nose. Pours a dark maroon/amber with a thin white head leaving some spotty lacing. Tart fruit, plenty acidic without being harsh. Wood, brett, balsamic, tart red wine tannin. Freshly crushed tart cherries mixed with vinegar. Creamy, lush and surprisingly vibrant on the tongue.
Awesome beer !!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:55:26 | More by beerpirates
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-03-2013 14:11:05 | More by CypherEnigma
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3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 00:21:34 | More by badbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-14-2011 17:20:28 | More by writerLJBerg
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3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark brown with some deep red hues around the edges of the glass. Flat. Still. Not one tiny bubble to be found. Maybe a light swirl of the glass could get something going? Not even close. Light carbonation can work for some brews but this is pushing the envelope.

S - Smell is quite strong. Balsamic vinegar and cherry start it off. The middle comes close to sugar that has been just a little over cooked. Might be some alcohol mixed in at this point but it's hard to single out over the other aromas. It finishes musty with a touch of very over ripe fruit. Very over ripe.

T - This is easily the best part about this brew. Taste doesn't quite follow smell and that is fine by me. The beginning holds notes of apple and pear. Wasn't really expecting that at all. It's quickly balanced by balsamic and brand new leather. To this point, I'm surprised by the flavor. Cherry and raspberry dominate midway with cherry easily taking the lead. Caramel is noticed at a very distant end. Alcohol isn't really present.

M - Lighter bodied with no carbonation. The intense and complex flavors coat the palate for what seems like an eternity. It's mostly tart with a moderate sweetness.

D - Drinkability is not bad. Lack of carbonation does hurt this brew but it is still drinkable nonetheless. It's big. It's bold. Frankly, there is just quite a bit to take in. As it warms and after a few sips, it really mellows out. Not sure I could take more than one though. Maybe on another day but definitely not in the same session. I heard good things and had high hopes for this one but unfortunately it fell short.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:27:18 | More by csmiley
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.