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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: 175
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 05Harley
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 4/27/16
Lot 10/08/24/03/2011

Purchased through Cracked Kettle, Netherlands

Price - $6.33 U.S/bomber

Aged for 18 months on oak and blended with 30% old and 70% new.

Pours brown with red undertones. A complete lack of bubbles but I think as it continues to mature over time this will change.

A strong aroma of red grapes, cherries and funk from the 70's. A slight presence of vinegar holds it true to the style.

The flavor is tart cherry, brown sugar and oak. An amazing test of balance between sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is a gentle touch of tart and sticky with a medium body. Fairly smooth as I've moved onto a second bottle. A real treat from start to finish.

Overall I really dig this. It's a sour but not overwhelming. I'm a huge fan of De Struise and this one stands out as a favorite of mine. I first had this several years ago and have been waiting patiently for it's next release.

05Harley, May 20, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Fonefan: Poured a deep cloudy red color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of oak with some sour cherries and some cloves and some very subtle light black chocolate notes. Taste is also a mix between some black chocolate covered black cherry with some clearly identifiable oak with a sour finish. A lot more complex then most traditional Flemish sours out there. This is definitely a beer I would like to try more often in order to try and decipher all of the characteristics.

Phyl21ca, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of beerpirates
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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 !!

beerpirates, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DeStruise tulip.

Best before 08/11

A: Pours an impossibly murky, dark, chocolate-y brown. No head to speak of, just a bunch of tan colored bubbles that eventually formed a ring and left no lace behind.

S: Very interesting aromas of cherries. Both sweet and sour. Also noted are hints of spiced plums, raisins, vinegar, tart apple, and wood. The aroma gradually becomes spicier as it warms.

T: Immediately my tongue was awash in flavors of tart, sour cherry with a helping hand from some toasted caramel malt, spicy dark fruit, buttery oak, vinegar, green apple, and tangy citrus.

M: Quite tart but not at all thin or watery. Surprisingly full, creamy, and thick. Robust.

D: I have limited experience with this style and I wasn't expecting much beside something very sour and tart. The complexities of this blew me away. Very refreshing.

GbVDave, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/10/09- Received as an extra in a trade with BA member ygtbsm94.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a notched best by date strip on the side of the label. Poured into my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- A combo of a dark cherry and grape juice color. On a very hard pour I got a lightly creamy large bubbled quickly receeding 1/4 inch head. Looks pretty flat from the pour. Does leave behind some light patches and spotty lace though.

Smell- A pretty strong nose of several things. A hefty amount of cherry notes, vinegar, earth and type of wood.

Taste- A ton of stuff going on here. Dark fruit-plums, rasins, dates and prunes. Wood-seems like some kind of oak wine barrel flavor. Vinous flavors, honey and definite a reduced balsamic vinegar flavor. Almost too much flavor for one beer. Nice and sour, but also quite sweet.

Mouthfeel- Almost completely flat, but quite thick and viscous. Even a little syrupy on the swallow. Just the smallest amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the deepest and most complex beers I have had the fortune of trying. A slight bit too much vinegar flavor for me, but otherwise an outstanding beer.

GClarkage, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of fewa
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2011 version. When I visited the Old School, they just put the Earthmonk 2011 for sale. Lucky me!

Pours a dark-amber brown with some thin layer of bubbles forming a nice lacing.
Smell is very sweet with strong sour notes of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, oak, some dark fruits but surprisingly, also clear notes of red fruits were present. Everything mingled perfectly together. The best smelling Vlaams oud bruin I had until now.
Taste: Dark fruits, red fruits, lots of brown sugar and smooth oaky vinegar all over the place. This beer is so smooth, it is hard to describe.
Overall: When I had the beer, it was still very young. So nice and soft, with all flavors coming out very balanced. Probably overtime the sourness will get a bit more pronounced, but for me, this beer is close to perfect now!

fewa, May 08, 2011
Photo of drseamus
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

drseamus, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges and a thin half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Earthy oak aroma that is very vinous with lots of dark fruit notes, lactic funk and horseblanket. Hints of grape and dark cherry as well as a slight vinegary presence.

Medium bodied and slightly puckering with a great balance of sweet dark fruit notes, earthy oak and tart funk. Vinous with hints of grape, dark cherry and plum as well as hints of oak and vanilla. Not too sour/puckering but slightly funky with a sweet yet dry finish. Not as extreme or complex as other Belgians of the style but very flavorful, nicely balanced and extremely quaffable.

corby112, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of bkilpatr
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 01/10/09. Batch 7. Cool label artwork.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with no head at all except for a ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is very earthy, tart, and sour with wood, darker fruits, and cherry.

Taste is tart and sour with lots of dark fruit (prune, fig) and cherry. Very earthy taste with wood/oak barrel. A bit of vinegar in the finish. Pretty dry and has a red wine-like taste.

Feel is very smooth with a medium body. Very little carbonation, which works well for this beer. Definitely a sipper. Drinkability is very good. It's not too heavy or too sour.

Overall, a very good sour ale. Very tasty and a pleasure to drink. Very expensive though (~$15 for 330ml). If you like sour ales give it a shot.

bkilpatr, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of DenverLogan
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle...2008 tasting of many Struise in Loveland, CO...minimal head, rich brown. Big sour, funky bruin, slightly vinegar aroma. Flavor is a mix of sweet and sour...with rich malts, sour funk, astringent notes, crazy! Unique and tasty and weird and fun...ayieee!!

DenverLogan, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of armock
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown color with an off white head

S - Is of tart cherries for the most part

T - Lots of things going on in this beer but the sour cherries stand out the most

M - This beer has a medium body with light carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer a lot I wish it was more readily available and easier to get my hands on an excellent sour beer that very enjoyable worth the effort to get to try

armock, May 19, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle with cap & synthetic cork, Best by date of July 2011, Sampled September 2007
Pours completely flat looking with a couple bubbles sitting around the edges of the glass. When some additional beer is poured from a height of 1.5 feet (46cm), a very large bubbled frothy, quickly disappearing, amber tinged, light brown colored head is summoned forth. The beer, a concentrated-amber / black-cherry color, is dark enough to be opaque as it sits in the glass but shows a brilliantly clear dark ruby color around the edges. The aroma is quite tart smelling with notes of balsamic vinegar, lactic acid, tamarind and some touches of cherries & other vaguely fruity notes. There are also some light, aged / oxidized malt notes that lean towards sherry in the nose. The aroma is quite tart, quit nice and quite enticing for this lover of sour beers. As the beer warms a bit, rich malty notes become much more noticeable; significant caramelized malt aromatics, toasted grain, brown sugar and toffee become much more apparent and actually soften the tart aromatics over time.

The beer feels completely flat, yet has some fullness to the body; almost a bit viscous as if there should be quite a bit of residual sweetness. The beer is fairly dry, but there is a touch of malty sweetness (though not quite as much as the palate might suggest). Richly malty, with a chewy, rich, almost umami character to it. Definitely sour, but not as much as the aroma might have suggested; the acid character is here, it is just that the body of this brew provides a really nice counterpoint and even foil for the tartness, such that it is not as overwhelming as it could be. Quite fruity tasting but leaning towards the dark side of the spectrum. I get notes of sour raisins, dark pie cherries, tamarind, figs, prunes, notes of sherry & Madeira. As the beer warms up a bit, a touch of woody / tannic astringency becomes noticeable in the finish (I think this is more from fermentation character than any wood used in the brewing of this beer, but I could be wrong). As the beer warms it picks up a striking balance to it; even at the beginning the flavor was balanced, but as the beer warms the aromatic components balance out, as does the body & flavor components.

Despite being flat, this beer is rich & tasty; I am actually quite surprise how good this beer is with the lack of carbonation (the rich mouthfeel really helps here). Hopefully I can get a hold of a carbonated sample of this brew as I have a feeling the carbonation would make this beer quite stellar. I certainly got hung up on the lack of carbonation at first, but the more I taste this beer the more impressed I am by its complexity and balance; I still think some noticeable if not effervescent carbonation would put this over the top though. I actually was a bit disappointed in this beer at first, but it has really grown on me, and in fact really needs to breath a bit before it comes into its own.

Gueuzedude, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to drseamus for bringing this. 750ml bottle.

A: Deep brown color with hints of red. Minimal white head.

S: Sour and fruity in aroma. The big flanders aroma is there. A little big of vinegar.

T: Super sour.Nice and earthy. Tons of the barrel are right there to go along with this. The finish has that vinegar taste those who are fond of flanders love.

M: Medium body. This style has such a weird mouthfeel. It is refreshing and punishing at the same time.

D: Amazing drinkability. This is super rare but damn good. The best example of the style I have ever had but the rarity cuts it down a bit. Grab of rodenbach until then.

aerozeppl, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of ejyoung
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles just arrived yesterday (less than a week from when I ordered them!) so I had to try one. 2011 version (labeled 2008)

Pours a dark mahogany with a reddish hue near the edges of the glass. Absolutely no head or much of a sign of carbonation - just a faint ring around the edge that disappears quickly.

Wow, there's a lot going on in the aroma. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, wine grapes, and a hint of cocoa/brown sugar. Excellent.

Quite a complex taste. Similar to the aroma as there is plenty of tart cherry and balsamic. There's a strong wine-like oak flavor as well. Nice amount of sourness.

Basically no carbonation with a medium body. Leaves a sour, sticky coating that hangs around.

I've tried several Struise beers now and I believe this is my new favorite. Looking forward to letting some of my bottles age for awhile to see how this evolves.

ejyoung, May 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long time want, I had actually taken it off of my wants list because I figured it was becoming such an illogical long shot, but Brad hooked me up at a recent tasting.

This bottle is from the first release of this beer. Its a small 11.6 ounce bottle with a great drawing of an odd shaped cat (almost looks like a monkey) on the label. This bottle is also covered in dust, very cool. Beer is dark brown and clear, no head and carbonation is close to non-existent.

Strong sweet aroma. There is also a strong acetic presence to it. Almost like balsamic vinegar with fruit.

Beer is biting sour, strong almost wine like flavors with the fruits. Finishes dry, which was a surprise. There are late acetic / vinegar acidicity that adds to the palate connectivity. Even though there was no visible carbonation in the glass, on the palate there is plenty of carbonation that helps to activate the sourness of the late flavors. The sweetness is still there as well. Beer is well balanced between these two flavors. Drinkability is not as high as I would have hoped but it was also getting quite late. I would drink it again and seek it out again. A great great beer.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into my La Chouffe tulip. Head is beige, very bubbly, and small with little retention, which is to be expected Color is dark brown with a red tint.

The aroma is very complex. I perceive some caramel malt, along with figs, raisins, and plums. Some tart cherry is evident but is in the background. Some oak is also evident.

Initial flavor is tart cherries, oak, and vinegar. Ripe plum skin and a very low bitterness compliment the pleasant sweetness. Faint sourness and lactic acid is noticeable in the finish and lingers toward the back of the tongue and throat for a short while.

The body is vinuous an carbonation is very low.

HopHead84, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of rvdoorn
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

rvdoorn, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of gtn80
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is mahogany with some ruby if held up to a light. Tiny head that lasted throughout.

Smell was a bit of oxidation at first, but that dissapeared after a minute or two. What was left behind is tartness and a bit of earthiness.

Taste is a tiny bit of oxidation, but not unpleasant. Oak and tart, sour cherries fill your mouth. Tart, but somehow smooth.

Mouthfeel is right for a sour, but a bit thin for beer in general. Not alot of carbonation.

Drinkability is amazing, because somehow this sour beer is smooth, you aren't left mouth puckering.

gtn80, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1 of 5000 bottles every 2 years, into my De Struise glass. Very glad to finally try one the De Struise's I haven't had, and according to Carlo, his favorite. He might know what he's talking...Pours a very dark brown with a hint of mahogany peaking out. Very little carbonation at first, but then a super thin layer of bubbles forms and lasts for several minutes. No lacing...The aroma is fantastic, instantly reminds me of a cross between Duchesse & Rodenbach Grand Cru, wonder if this is labeled wrongly, I think this is a Flanders Red. Very sweet with superb notes of balsamic vinegar, oak, molasses and brown sugar. Perfect balance of sweet and tart...The taste is not quite as perfect, perhaps its getting a bit dated, will need to re-visit this when it comes out shortly. The flavors just don't come through as nicely or sharp, seems muddled. Dark fruits, molasses, and brown sugar on the front, only a smidge of tart vinegar on the back. This is still great, just not as good as the nose...The feel is a little light, not much of a finish...CRUSHABLE at 8%.

Another great De Struise, worth trying!

jrallen34, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally was able to pick up a couple of these recently. I had been dying to try this brew and immediately chilled one down for consumption. 330ml bottle was served chilled and decanted into a large snifter. Consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was rather non eventful for me. Rich, deep, mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.

The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish. The feel was a little disappointing for me to be honest, as it felt thin, with no carbonation at all. This was really the only downer for me in this though and was still full enough to pull off a good rating. The alcohol was no where to be found, but the flavor was so rich and thick that there was just no way at all you were going to get by this one.

Overall not bad, seriously not the best of the style that I have ever had, but none the less it was still very solid. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day, and I am glad I have a few left.

mikesgroove, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle direct from Struise into De Struise Glass

2008 Vintage released in 2011

A- Pours a really dark reddish brown that appears black. Strange head, just a less than a finger off white cluster of big bubbles that coat the top of the glass. Splotchy retention with some decent legs on the side of the glass.

S- By far the most interesting and complex Oud Bruin I've smelt. Sweet cherry and balsamic vinegar up front followed by some slight funk and alcohol. Definitely some vanilla and oak notes in there as well.

T- Just like the aroma. On the tip of the tongue and probably the strongest flavor is definitely the Balsamic vinaigrette that is followed by sweet cherry and acidic flavors. Plenty of vanilla and oak come out in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with not to much carbonation and a nice slightly tart finish.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled jan 17/2010.

pours mostly clear deep dark red-brown, to the point where you start to lose the red in it. the only sign of a head is the thin ring of very fine off-white head that clings to parts of the perimiter. no sign of lace.

aroma is good. malt and cider vinegar. lemon. vanilla and raw oak. earthy. cracker and white bread. horse blanket and leather. bit of grain. sour cherry. the vinegar dominates more than i'd expect in a flanders red/brown.

taste is great. sour cherry. light malt vinegar. lemon. horse blanket and leather. touch of caramel. mix of other dark fruit. vanilla and raw oak. a touch earthy too. lightly warming alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. not overly acidic or vinegary, with an interesting balanced sour edge to it. this is a damn tasty flanders brown.

grub, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, soury, with some plums/cherries. The taste is malty, with some sour plums/cherries. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

Wasatch, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, opaque, with frothy, light brown foam that persists a while. The smell is nicely sour and tart with notes of cherries, plums, wood, and acetic acid. Lightly sweet up front, though not overly so, but fades to a tart finish. Flavors of cherry and wood with a kiss of spice. Lightly tart flavors linger briefly. Smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. Almost creamy up front with a tart finish. A very nice beer.

UncleJimbo, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of baggio
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle@Kulminator & draught@Struise.

A: Dark red/brownish with a small beige head.

S: Wood, Ripe fruit, Acidic notes and brettanomyces.

T: Wood, Fruit, Berries, Acidic notes, Sweet malt.

M: Solid malt base with some acidic/sour-notes at the end. Very nice balance. So easy to drink.

A very nice flanders oud bruin. Probably the best one i've tried to date.

baggio, Mar 26, 2010
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.