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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

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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
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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for breaking this bottle out at our tasting.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and hardly any head.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar dominates. Sweet dark fruit and extremely sour.

Taste: Follows from the smell. Lots of balsamic vinegar. Sweet and a bit fruity, bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: So sour and vinegary. Very interesting and I'm so glad I got to try it. I don't know that I would have another.

Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to chuckycheese for hooking up this 2008 vintage for me. poured into a cantillon taster glass.

a - brew poured a pretty lifeliess deep purple. very thin ring of head around the surface, but no lacing, no head, not really attractive.

s - wonderfully balanced cherry tart and oak. some wood.

t - ZING! a roller coaster of cherry tartness and sourness and wild berries. vinegar. weird finish that is very nail polish remover. kind of weaselish. sour cheese? very vinous...like a red wine.

m - low carbonation, but still feels like a beer. pretty full bodied and rich. thick. juicey juice like, but super sour. finish is weird. almost like nail polish remover or burnt rubber.

o - overall, this is a super in your face flanders. kind of weird, but definitely different. puckeringly sour and drinkable in a weird way (in the way you have to look at a car accident when passing...something weird about it that keeps bringing you back...not that the beer is an accident, just interesting). i wonder what time has done to this fresh. i find 2008 to be a sweet spot on barrel aged brews and big stouts right now, but flanders?

Photo of jpmclaug
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

dark ruby red, a hint of brown, no head

Wow... smell is certainly unique. Reminds me of a dark red wine mixed with vinegar, smells fairly sweet and earthy. lots of oaky aromas Honestly if someone put this in a vinegar bottle I am not sure I would be able to tell the difference

Tastes similar to the aroma... really a unique beer. Lots of acetic acid vinegar like notes. Not really sour, kind of sweet, a good bit of oak. Again reminds me of red wine. very little carbonation in this one.

Overall an interesting beer. Ultimately though I come up disappointed. For a beer in one of my favorite styles this one is a bit too vinegary and not enough funk or cherry flavor. That said this beer is still enjoyable.

Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this a while back from ygtbsm94. Best before July 2011 - whoops! Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A hard pour yields a big-bubbled crust that lingers and eventually yields to a thin ring. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like an aged oud bruin alright - reminds me of the De Dolle '20' a bit, with notes of BBQ sauce, vinegar, caramel malts, light vanilla, and a touch of oak. Pretty nice stuff.

T - Unfortunately the flavor has gone off the rails. Flavor is a bit bland, with some oxidation, and a slight mineral quality. Not much overt sourness, and mild sugary malt sweetness. Some dry oak, and a slightly meaty note implied by the BBQ sauce-esque combination of flavors.

M - Minimal carbonation, medium body, dry finish, and more acidity than I expected from the flavor. Thankfully, it never reaches stomach-melting levels. Could use more bubbles.

D - This didn't seem to age well - perhaps I should have gotten to it a bit sooner. I'll have to revisit the new batch, although I didn't care for it either if I recall correctly. The most enjoyable time I had this beer was when I had it straight for the barrels.

Photo of brdc
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

The appearance is a major disappointment, as the dark ruby beer with some golden accents has absolutely zero head despite a vigorous pour. I was quite concerned about my sample, but browsing through other notes it appears that the lack of carbonation is an issue of this beer and not my sample.
Aroma is quite tart with notes of vinegar, fruits and even some malty notes. Not complex but nice.
Mouthfeel, despite this one showing some firmness, is another major disappointment as it is completely flat. The bottle announces it drinks as elegantly as wine, but I originally interpreted that as implying complexity and subtlety, not lack of carbonation.
The taste, which is suprisingly nice considering all the deficiencies, is mostly dry, but evolves in layers from sour, tart and acidic, to a malty sweetness followed by fruitiness, and this fruitiness is sometimes sweet, sometimes sour, astringent, and finishes again dry.
Taste is actually quite nice, saving this beer. Carbonation would make it a stellar beer, but its absolute lack of it makes it barely above the average. Lots of highs and lows here.

Photo of cetherid
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 poured into a tulip (thanks phishisphunk!)

A.

beer pours a dark murky brown. Maybe some ruby hues but very opaque. Head is pretty much non-existent, even with a vigorous pour. Kind of an ugly looking beer. Like some dirty toilet water.

S.

Decent nose. Slight vinegar up front with some sweet caramel, tart cherries and a light woody aroma. Slightly wine-ish.

T.

Was expecting a lot of sour/lactic qualities up front but definitely more sweet than sour. Like drinking a sweet red wine. Hint of sourness up front then onto some very strong oak notes and then finishing off with a nice fruity sweetness that lingers for awhile. Maybe a little too sweet but pretty enjoyable.

M.

medium bodied but pretty much zero carbonation. Very wine-like in this regard. There is a very subtle dryness but the sweetness really lingers around the mouth.

O.

Not a huge fan of flanders style but pretty enjoyable. The low carb (really non-existant) makes this very wine like so someone who enjoys both wine and beer would be a fan. Sourness is definitely mellow while the woodiness of it really elevated. Maybe a little too sweet, but not like a sucking on a penny like some beers of this style.

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

2008 bottle. Thanks Hoppypocket!!

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with just a skim of amber-tinted head.

Smell. Boozy raisins and vinegar,cherry and sweet over-ripe dark fruits and a little vanilla and old dank wood. Nice.

Taste. Dark cherry and old wood, some smooth booze and raisins and just a bit of malt vinegar and sherry. Fairly sweet and lightly sour.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with very, very little carbonation.

Overall. A nice tasting Oud Bruin but some more carbonation would be nice ...maybe a bit past it's prime.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from batch 7. Pours a surprisingly dark, opaque brown/black with little to no head. Quite a bit of sediment. Smells quite acidic, with plenty of lactic and acetic character. Slight mineral and sulfur. Sour cherries and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is again acidic with strong mineral notes. Sour, though not strongly so. Ferric. Cherry flavors come through before a dry finish. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Had higher expectations for this one, though this bottle was slightly oxidized.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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