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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 172
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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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-14-2011 09:58:48 | More by bsuedekum
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 01/08/12 notes. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one; thanks Ben. 2008 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation.

s - Sour of sour dark fruits, vinegar, sweet dark fruits, light spice, yeast, and lactic notes. Not overly sour but it is there. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, vinegar, and yeast. Taste again is a little sour and sweet at the same time.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It's not super sour but a very nice mix of sour fruit/vinegar with sweet fruits. Interested to see what my fresh bottle tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 00:51:38 | More by mdfb79
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-14-2012 00:02:26 | More by yourefragile
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-05-2011 16:13:37 | More by Vdubb86
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-13-2013 23:54:01 | More by Kelp
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treyrab

California

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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SalMineo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-26-2012 02:57:45 | More by SalMineo
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AuroraCrisis for this one. Dark brown color, almost looks burgundy. Smell is complex oud bruin, a little sourness, spices. The flavor is very good but not your typical oud bruin, this seems more spicy and nuanced and has a sourness on the finish that really pulls at your cheeks like a lemon does. This is a nice beer but a little bit pricey and not easy to get a hold of.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:45:12 | More by ArrogantB
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-22-2013 17:42:05 | More by gory4d
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-29-2012 22:51:46 | More by deapokid
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-19-2012 00:28:25 | More by t0rin0
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younger35

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer from Gibby out in the land of Eagles and Phillies. I’ve been wanting to try this brew for quite some time and tonight seemed like a great time to pop it. Drank from my Lost Abbey goblet while watching TCU vs. LA Tech (San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl… Serious).

2008 Version

Appearance- Pours a nice deep dark brown with ZERO head – even with a very aggressive glug. Nary a cap or collar remains and obviously no lacing.
Smell- The first thing that jumps out at me is a nice red wine vinegar like sourness. It’s not as potent as vinegar but it has that same quality. Some bready brown malts joining the nose party along with some prune and raison notes. Those dark fruit tones really grow as the beer warms. Slightly spicy as well but I feel like that comes more from the yeast than the actual spices. The more I inhale the more the beer takes on a red wine profile. Some lightly sweet tones as it warms with hints of toffee or brown sugar.
Taste- Like the nose there is a very light tartness from the get go before a malty fruity sweetness moves in. The beer is very earthy with a few light tones of leathery funk. Plenty of dark fruits that mix with the light sourness for a sort of tart cherry flavor. Notes of sherry and even though the beer does have a slight sweetness to it, there is a sort of a woody quench. There is a lingering mix of dark fruits and toffee well into the finish.
Mouthfeel- The carbonation is super low on this beer but the body is hefty enough to sort of make up for it. A bit of warming and a slightly dry quench.
Drinkability- Overall this is pretty decent. I’d like a touch more carbonation but the beer smells awesome and tastes great. Definitely more important than a few extra bubbles. One of the better Flanders Oud Bruin I’ve had (which admittedly isn’t a ton). Thanks much Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:52:18 | More by younger35
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-07-2014 04:03:01 | More by KAF
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 15 to 20 CM pour or not, you still get a near black body with nearly no head to speak save a few beige bubbles.

Smell: Interesting potluck aroma with wild, varying notes, including: Ricola herb pastilles, balsamic vinegar, smoke, and top soil.

Taste: Sweet (yet somehow also savory) and plenty fruity. You get plums, black cherries, and even grilled pineapple soaked in red wine. Handful of salt licorice, a puff of smoke, and a piece of chewed barley-flavored gum. Light lactic sourness throughout. Dash of black pepper in the tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's certainly different, I'll give it that.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 19:24:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-13-2013 18:49:41 | More by imperialking
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these from Liquid Solutions.

A: In my 22oz snifter, Earthmonk sits a rather deep shade of ruby red with reddish highlights. Pretty much flat with no carbonation whatsoever, there's mild protest of a head, some bubbles atop a rather patchy, oil-like film

S: Vinegary, rather intensely so. There's plenty of depth, though, with figs, plums and dark fruit. There's almost some chocolate, so think of this as raisins soaked in balsalmic vinegar and coated in chocolate. Oaky tannins are present in the back, lending an interesting balance.

T: Interesting. Rather intense balsalmic vinegar flavor, very vinous. Acetic character isn't over the top but the red wine character provides a rather unique twist to this beer, it really tastes like it was brewed with grapes! All told, both sourness and acidity are restrained but this beer is lacking a little something that could elevate it to the next level, especially the finish, which is tart but doesn't carry through the body of the beer. Some oak character comes through

M: The stillness works (for me) with the acidity pleasant and a tart finish that's a tad disappointing.

D: Glad I got to try this, I'll give my other bottle another year and see what comes of it

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 18:32:47 | More by DefenCorps
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ptykozoon

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coca-Cola brown. No head or lacing.

Lots of alcohol. Cherry, abrasive sugar, black licorice, mildew, wet wood.

Hints of sour grape and apple, vinegar, band-aid. The sourness is nice and contrasts well with the flavors. Tastes like it's aged in Vodka barrels.

Wine like mouthfeel. ABV is lower than expected. Vinegar finish.

I like this beer - it is unique and has a depth and complexity most beers lack, should be interesting to age.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 01:35:01 | More by ptykozoon
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 17:04:06 | More by jlindros
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Opens with the tiniest mouse fart of a "pfftt" then pours a really dark brown color with very minimal head which I expected after the description. The aroma is actually very nondescript with notes of fruit, sourness, oak, and some mild acetone. The taste is much better than the nose with a very robust flavor profile. Some mineral type earth notes in the taste as well. Some acetone present as is some sour/tart cherries. Not as fruitful or sweet as other sours/wilds that I have had. I think I get a touch of leather as well. Overall, I really like this beer for its authenticity and complexity. Far from being the best in this class but a good beer nonetheless. I wish the nose had a more pronounced smell and there was a little carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 21:21:05 | More by kbutler1
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before has 07 and 10 marked. Not sure what that means. Warmed up out of the fridge and poured into a Oerbier wine style glass.

A-Dark brown. Slightly cloudy. Very low tan head.

S-Malt vinegar. Big vanilla. A little mint? Oak. cherry pits.

T- Fairly sour. some alcohol. No hop bitterness (no surprise). Really nice. Some cherry. Lots going on. Some sherry.

M-Medium bodied. Next to no carbonation. ok. A bit of alcohol warmth.

D-I can't do 8% sour beers all night, but if i could I would be doing this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:29:53 | More by organicbrewer
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gueuzedude for the bottle.

Pours a dark ruby color with an uneven layer of bubbles, no real head with this beer.

Scent of tart cherries, raspberries, vinegar, earth, grapefruit, honeydew, butterscotch, and a hint of alcohol. There is quite a bit to this one, but everything falls into place pretty nicely.

Taste of vinegar, tart cherries, earth, bread, tobacco, peat, oak and caramel. Finishes dry with oak flavors lingering. Certainly a complex beer, but surprisingly complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very consistent and slightly thickened, but I am not particularly liking the lack of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 01:20:10 | More by paco1029384756
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rob – thanks! 2008 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing and good-looking legs.

Smells of medium malts with hints of toastiness and large amounts of lightly tart berry and cherry flavors. As it warms the cherry aromas intensify, similar to cherry cough syrup, in a good way.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Slightly dry medium malts with bready flavors up front are joined quickly by lightly tart cherries. Midway through hints of leather and musty hops come into play, carrying through to a lightly tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with light carbonation.

Overall I thought the cherry flavors were a bit too heavy for this to be anything more than a good beer. Still, interesting and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 16:15:57 | More by glid02
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BourbonBetty

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:32:21 | More by BourbonBetty
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koopa

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Garnet brown, no head, no lacing, no retention.

Smell: lots of vinegar and malt with a touch of fig, plum, and raisin.

Taste: kinda like cheap red wine....kidding! It's not that bad but a major disappointment. sweet up front, then it bridges into a cider vinegar wave with a dark fruit backbone. The finish has a decent tang to it that lingers a while.

Mouthfeel: Terribly flat and a major disappointment. This is what kills the whole beer for me. Dramatically undercarbonated. If this bottle had been aged for 5 years and tasted this way, I'd call it a cellaring success. But this is a letdown fresh.

Drinkability: Flat beer ain't very drinkabile for me unless the base flavors are excellent. in the case of earthmonk, they are.

Wow I feel ripped off. The flavors are great, but the lack of carbonation undermines everything. I wouldn't be happy with this purchase if it cost $6.00 per bottle, let alone $15.00

I have one more bottle that I have been aging for 6 months now and will continue to age for at least another year.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 18:16:48 | More by koopa
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at the Kulminator in Antwerp, served in a de Struise goblet. The beer was murky brown-red color with a thin wet head. The smell was very good for a Flanders wild ale, lots of vinegary sourness but complemented by sweet cherry and wood. The taste was sour to the point of lip pucker, but you could imagine quite a bit of fruit flavors, maybe apple cider as well. I liked this a lot, but the drinkability score has to be average at best as the acidity keeps you from drinking too fast. Very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:26:40 | More by TurdFurgison
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.