Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers
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4.7/5 rDev +19%
330cl bottle poured into Duvel tulip, fresh from the 2011 released batch (brewed in 2008).
Appearance: Aggressively dropped him right down the center of the glass and was left with nothing more than a few bubbles for head. Dark brown body, with light only cracking through along the edges of the glass. This looks sludgy in the glass, closer to what I'd expect from a quad or a stout than a Flanders Bruin.
Smell: Cherries, raisins, vinegar, heavy oak. I can smell the sour before I taste it. Fantastic.
Taste: Intense and full flavored is an understatement. Not just the tartness either, but everything is potent - almost like pouring a marinade onto your cooked meat as if it were a dipping sauce. The predominant taste is similar to what you get when you suck on a fresh cherry. Definitely tart, and definitely vinegar flavor in there as well. Unique is an understatement, and I award this beer major points for that.
Mouthfeel: Very low carb, but there and surprisingly adequate. Thick and heavy.
Drinkability: Low to moderate. Alcohol is perfectly hidden, despite the 8% ABV. The intensity of flavors though make this a sipper, and one bottle in a session is plenty. In fact, you could easily split this small bottle and satisfy two people.
Overall: I heard this beer was one of a kind, and it certainly lived up to that billing. It is not for everybody, as is indicative from the reviews all over the place. But, it is well worth seeking out, as you won't know if you like it until you try it. It's drinking good now (fresh), but the inherent complexity makes me glad I have a few to lay down to see how this tasty beer evolves over time.
05-30-2011 17:58:06 | More by cbeer88
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +18.5%
Generous sample poured by Urbain from the barrel at the smaller brewery in Oost Vleteren.
A: Almost completely black, lively tan head that settles quickly and leaves scant lacing.
S: Aroma of malt vinegar and old wine.
T: Flavor starts with port wine and progresses to a rick sourness and very high acidity. A unique brew, something to be sought after.
12-21-2009 21:31:38 | More by Travlr
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
Poured as the brewers advise, at a height of six or more inches, it actually produces a lasting head of larger, honeycombed bubbles. Here's the visual: http://belgianbeerboard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102
Ten minutes later, and the head is still there, along with a little spotty lace. Served at 50º cellar temperature into a stemmed Oerbier glass.
Aged balsamic vinegar in the nose, sweet and spicy, a touch lactic. Black with a lighter auburn glow at the edge when backlit. The feel is very rich, probably the most full bodied Oud Bruin i've had. The low carbonation and and vinous body gives it a slight heft, and even more of a balsamic character to match the taste. Very tasty, there are also hints of anise, black cherry, leather, tobacco, yogurt, and other spices. Tartness is fairly mild, though it still gives a good bite. Very savory, definitely one to sip and contemplate.
Pete Wentz: "Ashlee Simpson's breast milk tastes "soury" and "weird". Soury... that's a word? Or just how canadians apologize?
Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sending me this, and to tyee for sharing it awhile back. This is really exceptional stuff!
11-23-2008 23:42:03 | More by emerge077
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
Poured into a tulip glass.
I was very excited about this beer. I have heard really good thinks about it and never got around to drinking the one bottle I traded for.
Very little carbonation initially and any carbonation the beer had dissipated within 2 minutes of the pour. Nearly completely flat.
This is a real intense beer. Strong raisin plum and dark fruit smells from this beer. Sour dirty and funky tasting. Oily and quite viscus. Smooth and very easy to sip. Wonderfully sour and almost like vinegar in nature.
This is not for everyone but I loved it. Another great beer by DeStruise. I have a feeling that I'm gonna try to score a few more of this one.
02-08-2009 01:03:17 | More by tendermorsel
4.65/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
10-25-2011 21:48:57 | More by ThaCreep
4.63/5 rDev +17.2%
Odd pour from bottle, it was difficult to get a head of any kind. Pour in a tulip glass.
Initial strong acetone smell quickly dissipated to a funky cherry aroma.
Deep cloudy mahogany color.
The person I was sharing with described the first taste as blood, a thick rich coppery taste.
As the drinking progressed a full spectrum of fruit and funky shown greatly.
The mouth feel was great and contributed to the overall presentation of this beer.
Excellent overall experience.
05-11-2009 15:12:30 | More by youbrewidrink
4.6/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
06-02-2011 00:31:59 | More by alpinebryant
4.6/5 rDev +16.5%
33 cl bottle, EM No. 7, Best Before 7/11
Very little pop when opened. This is certainly the darkest Flemmish sour I've ever poured. The black sediment thankfully stays firmly in place at the bottom of the bottle.
Heavy sweet and sour aroma; lots of umami here, with dark fruits, cherry, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and lots of dark fruits.
The taste is not surprisingly similar to the aroma- sweet and sour, with again Worcestershire, balsamic vinegar, cherry but adding a cocoa element that was missing form the nose. I am a fan of high cocoa content artisan chocolate bars and the finish on this has the same wine like character that can be found in the best examples, with a wine, raisin and port like character. There is really no trace of the elevated alcohol content and almost no trace of the traditional maltiness associated with what we call beer. My only real complaint is that it seems a bit thin, although that does get better as the beer warms.
The aging is mellowing it out and rounding it so that it has much the same character as a (not-hoppy) aged barleywine, or perhaps a Thomas Hardy, with the added dimension of a sour backbone and perhaps a little less body. Very, very good, but not world class in my opinion and relative to other Flemmish sours not really to style.
02-14-2011 07:46:43 | More by OregonHopmonster
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
Pours a cloudy brown with dark ruby highlights when held close to the light. No head whatsoever even when coaxed while pouring. Smells of sour cherries, prunes, slight fusel alcohol in the background and maybe some phenolic in there as well. Tastes incredible! Lots of sour cherries, but not over the top lactic like some others. A bit of caramel malt midway through, some more sour then a bit of alcohol then some more sour leaving a slight puckering in the finish. Vinous flavors throughout. Medium in body with a sticky mouth. Carbonation is just about non existent, still almost. This might need some age to develop some carbonation. I do have time as the bottle says it is best before 7/2011. Great brew, I wish it was more readily available.
09-10-2008 22:38:38 | More by johnnnniee
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
The bottle I received came from Amsterdam from a reputable beer shop.
The beer poured a very dark crimson/brown and had virtually no head and at first appearence I thought it might have ben spoiled - until I captured the aroma.
The aroma reminded me of old Rodenbach Grand Cru from 10+ years ago. Very rich, full of dark fruits, clove, anise, cherry and some floral. The flavor was incredible, once again reminding me of a beer I once loved. very regal and full of complex character with notes of every aroma mentioned above with the plus of the wild yeast strains that are used to make this beer. Very tart and wonderfully funky.
Please note that this is NOT a one time beer, rather a yearly release of a one batch beer that will have extreme limited availability. So if you ever see it - buy it!
I think this beer will age to 20 years like the old Rodenbach.
07-27-2007 19:40:48 | More by belgiumking
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
Thank you very much to a customer for this beer...what a treat!
A- Almost stout-like in appearance, no head, fizzy swirl of carb in the middle of a color-devoid structure...
S-Vanilla, cherry, oak, intense, strong, amazing smells....omg....There isn't a single hint of sour beer behind this nose. Simply smooth vanilla and cherry...awesome....can't remember a better nose on a sour....
T- Starts off smooth, nothing much going on *served at 39 degrees F.* THEN spice, phenols, tartness, tanginess, oh man...this is great....
M- Solid brick of a mouthfeel, with a few glimmers of carbonation...nothing exceptionally nasty about the 'brick' that I speak of, but it is DIFFERENT....all together a different beer but for mouthfeel, I'd expect something FLAT to taste like this, but in all it provides the right amount of carbonation! NICE!
O- Best Flemish Red I've ever tried. Period. Duchesse on crack...
05-27-2011 07:34:05 | More by slayer3604
4.55/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
10-02-2011 18:28:57 | More by Thehuntmaster
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
2008 BB 27/04/2016
Drunk from a Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass.
In the bottle there is a relatively intense brown sugary quality with just a whiff of the ol' sour. In the glass it is headless though there is swirling flat one dimensional lacing dots on the surface which creates delicate swirling patterns. Dark chestnut brown with soe rusty red highlights. Considering it has no head it still looks pretty inviting.
There's a slight vinuous quality here too and more intense brown sugary sweetness along with cherries surrounded by a glowing hue. Some overly ripe apple in there too.
No carbonation but smooth, sleek and caressing in the mouth with some wafer like acidity on the way down. There's an gentle elegence here considering that 8% ABV.
Beautifully molded together to create a complete whole for the poet in all of us.
The nose from few drops left at the bottom of the empty glass just go on and on an on. Gorgeous.
01-20-2012 21:06:25 | More by Zimbo
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
A- Pours a very dark brown, approaching black in the center with no head at all.
S- Very dark and fruity. Notes of plums, blackberries, and raspberries. A sour brett-presence is there as well with notes of yeasty spice. A faint smell of alcohol can be detected as well.
T- Very strong plum presence. Dark fruit, blackberries, black cherries and sour brett are all mingling in the foreground of this beer. The alcohol and low carbonation cause this beer to resemble a plum wine. Dark malt comes through just before the sweet plum aftertaste with a strange funky hint of white pepper.
M- Somewhat thin and very low carbonation.
D- This one goes down smooth, although it should be sipped like a fine wine.
11-12-2008 17:16:55 | More by JoeMayo
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Just arrived at my door yesterday! Threw one in the fridge overnight and am enjoying this greatly now.
Muddy brown beer with very little carbonation. Easily detectable scents of caramel and alcohol apparent on the nose.
The taste is something quite wonderful though. I don't know how it's an A-, but I suspect its from the previous batch or something.. this is probably the finest tasting oude bruin i've had, with oude tart being my previous favorite.
I love this beer, it's a shame I only bought 6. Will have to buy some more when more is released.
05-27-2011 04:02:59 | More by johndoe8
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.