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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: 85 | 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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Photo of alpinebryant
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 batch bottle released in 2011. I have been looking to find this one for a while and it is nice to remove a Want from a few years back. Poured into a Bruery Tulip

Pour is a dark cherry brown flanders oud bruin color. Exactly what I was hoping for. This is a lot more unsettled looking and hazy perhaps than I was afraid it might be.

Aroma of sweet ripe cherries, some vinegar, sweet malt and oak barrel. Yeah this is basically what I live for here.

Taste is just damn good. There is a very strong sour presence melding with a mildewy oak flavor. Cherries all over, a light cotton candy presence mixing at the end with plenty of oak edginess. Light vinegar touches and a light berry flavor in the back. The vinegar is more in nose than in flavor. I actually had a slight hiss from popping the top off which I was surprised after hearing others complain that it was flat. I really believe this comes together quite well and will definitely be enjoying more of these.

Body is medium with a very slight carbonation. Being that Flanders Oud Bruin's are typically similar to this, I have to think that this is done right and give more points to De Struisse. I have no idea where the 8% is hidden, but this comes together like a masterpiece and I can really enjoy sipping on it.

Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dasenebler
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl, 2008 Vintage, bottled 2011. From notes.

Pours a thick, dark brown with the sort of thin bubbly head that indicates low carbonation.

The aroma does have some vinegar going on, but it's very deep, oaky, and dark-fruity as well.

The flavor is excellent. At first there's a brown sugar and molasses sweetness that is countered by the lactic tartness. Moderate oak flavor plus plums and dark cherries. Not too sour, and well-balanced. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, but there's almost no carbonation.

Not perfect, but the complex flavor makes this a keeper for me. It's surprisingly drinkable, too.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Blind Beer #9

12 oz poured into my Allagash cervoise

A - Opens with a tiny hiss. Pours dark brown with a few big bubbles. Light ruby highlights 2.5

S - One whiff from the bottle and it smells like rice vinegar and soy. After pouring, there is some extremely sour cherry and chocolate. Touch of smoke and homemade pickled veggies. A few more smells yields to a very distinct balsamic vinegar with maybe some fig. I have no clue what to expect before drinking. 3.5

T - Sweet strawberries and chocolate with a slightly acidic finish. The balsamic is definitely present in the taste. There is some oak on the finish, leaving a bit of dryness that I did not expect. 3.5

M - Virtually no carbonation. Quite full bodied with a ton of unfermented sugar left in this guy. Slightly buttery feel, but then a very dry finish. No alcohol whatsoever. 3.5

O - Fairly drinkable and balanced. Somewhat on the sweet side for me. Solid, but nothing to write home about. I would definitely use this beer to get non-craft friends into sours. 3.5

Almost positive it's a flanders oud bruin. nice vinegar notes, good sweetness, a touch of butterscotch. The balsamic really reminds me of Monk's cafe flemish, but really no clue beyond that.

Final guess: Flanders oud bruin. Since sholland119 has been killing it with this box, I'll even go out and say Struise Earthmonk.

The reveal: Struise 2008 Aardmonnik - Earthmonk (want!)

You keep up with the awesome beers, Scott. I only guessed this because i've wanted it and haven't tasted it yet, and was pretty sure I hadn't tried the blind beer before. Definitely solid and definitely an awesome to mix it up after Le Fleur.

(quick edit: this beer is 8% ABV. Now bumping the mouthfeel up to a 4 from 3.5. no heat whatsoever on this bad boy.)

Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Anno 2008, the 'sucky' one.

Appearance -- Pours a burgundy-tinged brown with no head to speak of: some soapy bubbles and what looks like an oily film. The fine bubbles slowly trailing up the glass prove that this is, in fact, somewhat carbonated. Good color, and the overall appearance becomes much more appealing when the soapy suds disappear.

Smell -- Has a sturdy vinegar character, perhaps the red wine variety. Roast malt, berries, perhaps some sherry. I've smelled worse vinegarized Flanders beers, but I'm not loving this aroma.

Taste -- The mouth is first greeted by a sudden burst of bright acidity followed by subtle roast malt, cocoa, berry tartness, red wine, and a mild sherry-like oxidation character. Slightly earthy, not so much funky. The sour level is strong for a Bruin, but not in the least bracing; it hits the mark well. Interesting.

Mouthfeel -- As the appearance suggested, it's nearly still. It has a fuller, viscous body to it that somewhat makes up for the lack of spritzy carbonation.

Overall -- Don't let the totals core fool you; I quite enjoyed this one. Not the crisp, mellow sipper that is Goudenband or Bellegems Bruin, but it has great depth of flavor and is very unique. I recommend it.

Additional Note: many of my friends have mentioned that this vintage tates like Cool Whip. I'm almost mad that there's nothing reminding me of fake whipped cream...

Photo of drseamus
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been cellaring this beer for a while waiting for the right time to try it.

A: Dark brown with no head. Somewhat expected for a cellared bottle.

S: Sour fruitiness. Slight vinegar aroma. Some cherry notes.

T: It's good. I could use a touch more tartness, but that's pretty much always true. The brett is slightly pronounced with a dustiness. The taste starts off with a nice tart cherry, then evolves into a earthy flavor and finishes with a slight vinegar aftertaste.

M: Pretty thin but right on style.

D: All day in the summer. When pouring, make sure to include the yeast in the glass to add GREAT flavor.

Photo of nataku00
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Bottle. Aroma sizzles with excitement in the forum of cherried smoke, glowing peach esters, and fragrant spice stores of Marrakesh. Pours in drawn earth brown. Flavor incredible. Blows me away with sweet and sour cherry vinous complexity. A world of different and indecent cherry characters explode in a room filled with cork, toasted sesame and a lot of blistering sour orange peel and popping coriander seeds. Acidity is sharp, highlighting the drumming complexity of the fruit, earth and spice that dance forth from the glass. More strong cherries before settling to sleep in the grass with kaffir and coconut. Aged balsamic drizzle over a grilled piece of pineapple, cresting the oaken delivery on the smack. Astonishing unique complexity and character. Too be savored for sure.

Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of andrewinski1
1.47/5  rDev -62.6%
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.

Photo of vissai
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of seaoflament
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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-

Photo of rvdoorn
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Alpar
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of JAXSON
2.56/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of claaark13
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of beachbum1975
4.28/5  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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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