Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers
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4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Pours a deep dark color with mahogany glints. A very small off-white head despite an aggressive pour which disappears very quickly.
S: The nose is huge and intriguing. Vinous, deep, sharp, a bit sour, with a fruity scent, blackberry, blackcurrant. Faint toasted notes on the finish.
T: Slight sourness. Vinous, oaky. Cherries, red wine, a bit boozy. Mix of bitter chocolate and balsamic vinegar as an aftertaste. Not as complex as promised from the nose, but still very original.
M: Incredibly smooth with a very low carbonation, but very refreshing and easy to drink.
O: A very good Flanders oud Bruin, deep, intriguing. Would be curious to see how it ages.
03-12-2012 22:00:48 | More by Fux
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle, Stockholm, Sweden. Very dark, almost appears black in the glass, but pours a rustic brown. Full, very light brown head. Vinous nose with a variety of dark sour fruits. Flavor is very sour and acidic, with hints of wild red grapes, blackberry and hints of dried chocolate on the finish. A rich, flavorful beer, with an authentic character, a clean sourness and nice balance. Clearly immensely high in quality.
06-11-2008 02:52:52 | More by Crosling
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
From a 2008 vintage bottle into a tulip.
A-A hard pour produces very little in the way of head, which isn't surprising given the style or age of the beer. The brew is dark, dark brown. Pretty much opaque and flat.
S-The smell is tart, but not quite sour. There are dried, sour, cherries, sweet, malty dried raisins, plums, and prunes.
T-Taste is only mildly tart. I detect cherries, oaky vanilla, raisins, prunes, and a mild acidity. The flavors blend well with one-another and constitute a good example of the style.
M-There is barely a hint of carbonation left, which makes for a medium to full body feeling relative to other beers of this style. The finish is drying.
O-As a fan of De Struise and of sours, I was excited to try this beer and it did not let me down. The flavors are typically Belgian in their subtlety but part of that subtlety might have been the age of this bottle. Regardless, this beer was a great example of the style and it proves that huge fruit or acidity aren't always necessary to make a good sour beer.
05-31-2013 02:15:24 | More by spoony
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Incredibly drinkable and smooth for this style. Brownish red with some alcohol and woodiness in the scent. Medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation, wonderful cherry and lemon and winey and balsamic vinegar malted down - with anything,little head , thanks Hopdog.
09-30-2007 03:29:05 | More by Sammy
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
shared by ejyoung.
A: pours out a brown-orange color with no head.
S: apple cider vinegar with some sweetness. there is a bit of alcohol, with some caramel notes.
T: i get vinegar and apple. it is a little bitter, with some tartness.
M: medium with low to no carbonation.
O: a very good beer, that i would gladly drink again.
06-21-2011 04:43:29 | More by ottovon
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
Earthmonk 2008 vintage-
Thanks to Chris - Knifestyles - for this one. Appears as you would expect; deep chocolate brown with a fast fading head and a light tan ring around the glass. Lots of prune, fig, and raisin aroma. A deep vinous nose laced with earthiness and brown sugar + molasses. Also a good amount of vinegar here. There is a clear sharp lactic sourness coupled with grape skins. Very deep and complex flavor. Opens tart with lactic sourness. Sun dried fruits, prune, fig and grape. Distinct Struise yeast quality mid-palate. Sharp bitting sour note on the finish. A real balance of sweet and tart here. However there is some interesting hot-ness on the back end. Great palate feel, not thin, well balanced and slightly prickly. True to form this beer is a real gem.
08-03-2011 02:48:25 | More by pmlondrigan
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into a tulip, the beer pours a fairly dark, murky brown color with not a lot of head of lacing. The nose is quite complex and intriguing in this one, as I pick up considerable chocolate and wine, but then also some A1 sauce and soy sauce. There is considerable sour in the nose, but with what smells like a decent amount of chocolate to bouy t hat sour component. On the palate, the the flavor profile replicates the nose, but thankfully, wiithout a lot of the soy sauce and A1 I was getting on the nose. The beer has some noticeable chocolate, caramel and vanilla initially, but then the wine and sour component really kick into overdrive on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and while the beer comes across as just a bit thin on the palate, the finish is long, sour and wine infused. It's more than sufficient to tame the moderate amount of sweetness in this beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, with nose sense of heat or heaviness on the finish. Drinking this beer, i honestly had no idea what the abv. might be; it could have been anything from 6% up to 9% or 10%, and I wouldn't have been surprised.
A very interesting and intriguing beer from De Struise. Not sure how much or how often I could drink this, but I was very glad to be able to finally try this well regarded beer at long last.
11-13-2013 16:09:54 | More by John_M
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
33cl bottle into a snifter. This brew appears a very muddy color of dark brown. Holding the glass to the light shows no different result, it appears just clouded dark brownness with lighter muddy brown coloration around the edges where some light penetrates. If there ever was a brew that looked like over-ripe to rotten prunes that were pureed and filtered into a glass, this is it. There briefly was a display of some dark brown bubbles that collected across the top while the brew was being poured, however they very rapidly dissolved. By the time I finished the pour and set the bottle down, the cap is gone and this brew appears still with not even a bubble sitting atop the brew or along the edge of the glass. A violent swirl releases about 4 bubbles that somehow end up sticking to the glass which is the only sign of lacing.
The smell of this brew is complex and quite interesting. It smells woodsy upfront with deep scents of fruited sweetness like cherry through the middle mixed with balsamic vinaigrette. The backend of the nose finishes with a sour twinge to the nose and a light tingle of alcohol. More smells reveal a sweet scent that is a mixture of vanilla mixed with sour cherry pits while other sniffs reveal mostly sharp scents of vinegar. Overall this is quite an interesting and enjoyable aroma. Once the brew comes up to temperature, a smell similar to brown sugar evolves inside the glass.
The taste is sharp with an acidity that immediately makes the mouth start to salivate. Flavors of oak bring forth a sweetness and smoothness somewhat like vanilla mixed with cherry pits. The sweet and fruity flavor of this brew is met with a mild herbal hop bitterness and earthy flavor of something more in line with over ripe cherry pits and balsamic vinaigrette. As the brew warms, I pick up on a sweetness that is more like candy sugar than malt. There is a spiced aspect faintly like orange rinds that mingles with the residual sweetness.
This is a medium to full bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated in this brew. This is a very complex offering that I have a hard time fully wrapping myself around but it is uniquely enjoyable and it really warmed up to me and I started to dig it more as the glass emptied. It is balanced very well with a mix of flavors that seemingly evolve into something different with every sip. The biggest disappointment here is the complete lack of carbonation that would really drive this one home as a standout winning brew. While this isn't the best offering I have had from Struise, it most certainly is among the most complex and interesting. I intend to get some more of this and see what some age does.
06-02-2011 00:50:26 | More by stakem
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
2008 Vintage from a 33cl bottle
Pours a deep, murky brown with not really head other than a foamy and short lasted brown "head".
Brown sugar, raisins, balsamic vinegar, pear, cherries. Oddly, I get a hint of coffee. The aroma is complex and a touch vinous. The tartness is mild and adds complexity rather than sourness.
Mildly tart, subtle balsamic vinegar. Fruity. A little sweet. Mild bitterness. Balanced and refreshing. Almost like Duchesse de Bourgogne but without the overt sourness.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A silky, lovely mouthfeel with the tartness being a nicely balanced addition.
Earthmonk is an extremely well crafted Oud Bruin. I normally find the style to be a bit sweet and off-putting but this feels like a balanced Oud Bruin with some of the great tartness of a mild Flanders Red.
06-14-2011 12:03:21 | More by dgilks
District of Columbia
4.21/5 rDev +6.6%
Two 33cl bottles shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
vintage <2010. Review from notes.
The beer is dark mahogany and pretty clear with a broke tan head. Aromas of oak, cherry, funk, vanilla, prune. The flavor is sweet and sour cherry, vinegar, oak, dark fruit finishing with a lactic punch. Acetic and sharp, yet not harsh, per se. Certainly puckering. Complex and intriguing. A unique beer for sure. I'd happily try this again.
07-17-2014 03:07:07 | More by Huhzubendah
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-21-2007 20:43:41 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
2008, released in March I believe. Poured into a wine glass
A - Very flat, still, no head at all. Black, viscous motor oil, dark chocolate color.
N - Wonderfully aromatic notes of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, cane sugar and bakers semi-sweet chocolate; maybe kiwi fruit, vanilla bean and charred oakiness like burnt charcoal. There is some breadiness like rum cake, bannana bread leading into a tiny suggestions of fresh flowers or rose hips. It's safe to say I have never smelled a beer like this.
T/M - Opens with more of the brown sugar and chocolate malts and breadiness, well rounded tartness plays well with the overall sugary, grainy nature of the beer; sherry-like, it reminds me of a high-quality balsamic vinegar. There are port notes, medicinal like cough syrup and then a spike of pepperiness comes out of nowhere as it warms. More cocoa powder and chalkiness, the gristiness and dark fruit notes stick around in the finish.
D - Creative and wild to say the least, I give this an A+ for style and presentation although it would be tough to drink a lot of this.
08-11-2011 02:35:17 | More by biga7346
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
11.2oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2008 Vintage. Lot# 10/08/24/02/2011. Best before 27/04/2016.
(A)- Pours a deep dark burnt sienna/mahogany color. Produced some tan froth and bubbles that dissipated quickly. Tiny specs of lace.
(S)- A sharp dry oaky vinegar bite. Bits of prune and some oaky funk. Lots of oak nuances.
(T)- Very complex. Like the smell; a sharp yet dry oaky vinegar bite. Touches of sourness in the prune and bready chocolate notes.
(M)- A very very mellow, almost flat carbonation level, though the acidity of this helps out and in the end, this really doesnt bother me one bit. Mildly funky. This really showcases what aromas and flavors can come out of a barrel; just awesome oak characters.
(D)- This is a great flanders, maybe even a bit unique than most. Very mild in carbonation, but the sour profile and oak really carries this beer through to the end. I look forward to seeing how this ages.
06-14-2011 03:00:08 | More by sweemzander
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
Whan can be said more about this beer than my previous fellow BA's did? This is one hell of a beer. If you are into the sour beer this is the one i have been told, i myself have always trouble with this style.
2008 version, drank it with Michael, an non BA but good beerlover.
Poured in the little Westvleteren chalice the beers does not look specatacular but that's the way it is with this beer. Deepdarkblack to very darkdarkbrown.
This beer has an earthy taste, light sour and also sweetness. Cherrie well hidden but also very in front some times. Let the beer swirl into the glass and you will have a great time!
05-21-2011 14:43:17 | More by Brabander
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
33cl bottle of the 08 vintage, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to whoever put this on the table at CdC.
A: Delicately hazy red-brown body; pretty much still. No better than average.
S: Intense, juicy cherry followed by some acidity - both lactic and acetic. Terrific fruit presence without being the least bit sweet. Great.
T: Follows the nose: gigantic cherries, some oak, and plenty of clean tartness. Some vanilla on the acetic finish. Lovely.
M: Sticky medium body, practically no carbonation. Meh.
O: With carbonation, this could have been the best Oud Bruin I've ever had - the cherry flavor was just spectacular. The lack of life made it a bit overly heavy, though. I wish I'd grabbed some of this while I was in Belgium.
12-11-2011 19:49:15 | More by woosterbill
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Much thanks to egajdzis for breaking out this still-unreleased in the U.S. bottle...
Appears a hazy dark brown with a tiny, dark beige head that quickly fades into a light collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vinegar, grapes, tart cherries, oak, caramel, grape leaves, steak sauce, dried seaweed, light soy.
Taste is of tart grapes, vinegar, cherries, oaky vanilla, tart grapes, light caramel, and mild oak.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, mildly tart, grapey, vinuous, smooth at some parts, leading to a dry finish with touches of hops and nuts.
I'm looking forward to the U.S. release.
04-03-2007 16:18:29 | More by weeare138
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
This brew really opened my eyes up.
Color was a deep rich mahogany with barley no head at all. I really liked the color.
Smell was very sour with loads of apple viniger notes, lots of funkiness going on in this brew. dark fruits up in the mix as well.
Taste was not as intense as the aroma. Tart cherries maybe some plum in there as well. Little oakiness blends nicely. Again little funky.
12-12-2009 19:45:40 | More by cleeze
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
This one was acquired in a trade with PHawk. Thanks Parker.
A: Pours a dark brown hue with tones of amber showing thru. No head to speak of and not lace.
S: Very earthy aroma with a bold sourness. There are vineous notes with a red wine like quality. Hints of vinegar, and cherry skins.
T: Low in carbonation, though I have the feeling this wasy by design. Sour and winey up front. Big oaky notes with a vinegar sourness in the finish. To call this one earty is an understatement.
M: Low in carbonation, full bodied with touch of sharp and sourness. Very nice.
D: Not one you would pound, but a nice drink to sit back and enjoy with some fine cheese, which myself, Tony, and Sea Bass did.
11-30-2008 15:08:34 | More by tpd975
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.