Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers

Not Rated.
Aardmonnik - EarthmonkAardmonnik - Earthmonk

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

178 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 178
Hads: 277
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 179
Gots: 84 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 178 | Hads: 277
Photo of Mar02x
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was a gift from the Brabander. Thanks man for sharing.

A - A deep beautiful red beer a delicately hazy. a beige foam ring whit a very big bubbly structure floats on top.

S - Like red wine with cherries added followed by some acidity Terrific fruit presence without being the least bit sweet.

T - A sweet but not to sweet beer that follows the nose: gigantic cherries, some oak, some vanilla on the acetic finish. Lovely.

M - Sticky medium body which could have been thicker to my opinion, practically no carbonation. The beer coats my palate with a cherries, oak and vanilla.

O - This is not my beer, but I am glad that I have tried it once.It is to sour and fruity to my liking. Don't get my wrong I still find it pretty good. (744 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Bistro, 330ml into a balloon tulip. Best before APril 27, 2016.

Poured burgundy with some light brown brown highlights. Bubbles serve as head, and once they disappear, nothing remains - no head or retention. Legs are pretty decent though. Nose has some black cherry, balsamic vinegar, currant, light vinous notes and a sense of sourness. There is a substantial sweet component to this as well. Taste has dark cherries and berries, light acetic tartness produced by similar balsamic notes and a gentle earthy maltiness. Light pucker in the finish, but again the sweet and sticky components of this beer make themselves well known. No alcohol on the palate and low carbonation, somewhere between still and gentle 'prickliness.' A nice semi-tart yet sweet Flemish Red, glad to have seen and had this. (813 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

824th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
33cl
Best by: 27/4/16
2008

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing.

App- When poured this had a few bubbles. Mostly around the edges. A very interesting mix of red/purple and some brown. Much more Bordeaux in color than anything else.

Smell- I don't think I was ever shocked by a beers smell until now. The immediate aroma of balsamic vinegar was so prevalent I wanted some bread and just dip in the there. As it sits in your hand and warms a bit, much more grape, skins and wine like tannins develop. Pretty singular in the smell. Mostly just the grapes.

Taste- To say this is a interesting beer is an understatement. This beer is polarizing. I think you either love it or hate it. For what it is in the style its a bit towards the outlying realm of flavor. Acidic and bubbly and a bit sweet. I myself liked it. It was not hard to finish with a bit of the acidic notes and lactic taking center stage with a bit of oaky and at times slight cherry. Not overly sour I would say but mostly tart.

Mouth- Lighter-medium bodied with a medium-flat carbonation level. A bit bubbly and acidic notes remain with a touch of the above mentioned oak and cherry.

Drink- This was a very good beer. Again, this is polarizing and it was quite different from the Oude Tart or Marron Acidife I have had for this style. (1,331 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, into tulip. Even the most vigorous pour fails to produce any head (apart from short-lived tan bubbly patch) atop of murky, dark reddish-brown body. Flanders Oud Bruin is supposed to be clear and the complete absence of head is not characteristic to the style hence the low score for the appearance.
The nose is utterly complex with interplay of sour, sweet, fruity and sherry aromas. The sourness takes after balsamic vinegar which is quite intense denoting an aged example, as do the obvious sherry-notes. The malt is quite rich with caramel and slight chocolaty character while fruity esters are reminiscent of raisins, plum and black cherries. Some brown sugar is noticeable as is the mild alcohol in the background. The malts, balsamic vinegar and black cherry produce rich tart-sweet flavor with intensity of a soy sauce. A very faint mushroom-like bitterness indicates that Brettanomyces has been used to add sourness to this one. The beer is said to be oak-aged and that's welcomed as it gives balsamic character to the vinegar, but unexpected because maturation on oak is typical to Flanders Red, not Bruin. Body is medium-full and smooth due to nearly absent carbonation and besides the poor appearance flat mouthfeel is the major flaw of otherwise excellent beer. (1,288 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark ruby red in colour, with almost no head. Just some bubbles on top.

Smell is fairly strong, contains grape, tart cherry. Quite a juicy scent. Balsamic vingear as well.

Taste is fairly sour, with red grape, raisin, balsamic vinegar and a bit of cherry. Dries the mouth.

Light bodied, low carbonation level.

Overall, pretty good but not a standout for me. Happy to have had it. (394 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westvleteren chalice, picked up from the De Struise shop, Brugge.

A - Pours a dark cola colour with no head.

S - Heavy vinous oak with malts and molasses.

T - Nice flavours of strawberries, dark fruits and malts, the finish is tart and oaky with a little sweetness.

M - Medium body with no carbonation.

O - Would have liked to have seen more carbonation in this, but does resemble a good example of the style. (428 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by kbutler1. I had no clue what this one was.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a fizzy light layer of tan head. Color is dark brown with ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla. It is more sour than funky. Has some dark malts showing that provide a hint of roast.

Taste: Sour cherries up front, but a fairly large amount of malt shows, but in a good way. Reminds me of CdT or Imperial Oude Brune from Kuhnhenn. It has the slightest roast, but mainly tart cherries, oak and vanilla. It also has a light amount of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Mouthpukering tartness and acidic. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. End fairly clean.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. I like how tart it is, but yet it still provides oak and malt flavors. Pretty drinkable. The cherries were excellent. I'd easily have more of this one. (851 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to philipquarles for the bottle!
2008 vintage, 33 cl bottle

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A thin, off-white, ring of foam rests on top of a murky brown body with a ruby red tint. Light lacing.

The nose has caramel, dark fruits and a touch of vinegar acidity after the first swirl. Further swirling of the glass reveals plums, figs and a touch of honey. Hint of alcohol.

Figs, plums, dates, a touch of honey and sweet malt on the tongue. Vinegar acidity makes its way in, but is fairly balanced with everything else. Candied fruits with a hint of ketchup from time to time. Faint blood like taste on the finish.

The body is smooth with light carbonation. Some weight here, but not heavy. Feels a little bland, but well done.

Drinkability is pretty good. I like the dark fruit aspect of the beer and the sourness is well balanced. That being said, this beer doesn't quite have enough going on for me to seek it out again, but if I could buy it off the shelf I would. (990 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  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. (791 characters)

Photo of BourbonBetty
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours nearly flat, dark, brown, mahogany, murky

Smell: Odd, I get beef jerky, Teryaki, soy sauce, brown sugar, molasses, cherry, oak, vinegar, balsamic vinegar. Quite tart.

Taste: Teryaki sauce, soy sauce, smoke, beef jerky, brown sugar, molasses, oak, figs, cherry, balsamic vinegar. Bit of funk and very tart.

Mouthfeel: It has a very hefty mouthfeel but is completely flat. This beer would be much better with at least a little carbonation.

Drinkability: Low due to carbonation, thickness, and strong flavors.

A bit disappointed in this one, perhaps my expectations were too high. (600 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

193rd Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes.

A: Deep, dark tan. Absolutely no head on vigorous pour.

S: Vinegar and tartness with hints of soy, almond, and hard candy sweetness. Not terribly inviting, but intriguing for sure.

T: Very complex and quite all over the place. First, I get balance of dark cherry, tartness, and oak. Second comes mix of currants and touch of white pepper and vanilla. Finally, subtle balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate - not the best combination to finish a beer, but for some reason it leaves you wanting more. I dig it!

M: Medium/full bodied with zero carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer even though it smells very unique. With a bit of age, I think it will balance out nicely and drink amazingly well. Time to toss it deep in the cellar and forget about it! (801 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 (1,238 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. 2008 on the label, best by 4/27/2016.

Appearance - Pours with no head. A few stray bubbles. A lifeless dirty pondwater brownish red.

Smell - Huge red wine nose to it. I could smell it as I poured it. Balsamic vinegary acidity. Deep malts come through. Molasses? Definitely a chocolate presence to it as well. Oak and some faint greenish herbal notes.

Taste - A multifaceted beer for sure. Lots of brown sugar and molasses with a dose of mild vinegar acidity. Darker malts come through. Slight coffee flavor to it. Adds an interesting dimension. Vinous wine notes and oak. The vinegar sourness comes back with a sharp bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Yeah, it's nearly still. It has a tiny bit of carbonation. It doesn't really ruin the beer, but it would be nice to have some carbonation.

Overall - Reminds me of a BFM beer. Incredibly complex with blatant flaws. Not something I could drink regularly, but this was a nice treat this afternoon. (996 characters)

Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in the Brew n' Books BIF from Nkersten, thanks for the haul! Not sure of the age, says best before Jan 2011. Reviewed from notes

I was perplexed when I poured this super dark brown beer into a tulip because it produced no head and no lacing, huh weird? My nose was met with Brett up front, with some background aromas of stale coffee, sweet dark fruit, and horse blanket. There was a pleasant amount of pucker with a dark roasty background. Thick and a tad chewy with a clean finish, tart doesn't linger. I would like to have this again but the price tag is a little shocking at close to $20 for a small bottle. (628 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I have been waiting to try this one for a while.

The beer pours a brownish-color with red highlights and a very small white head.

The aroma is classic Oud Bruin. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some brown sugar and tart cherry notes.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of brown sugar and tart cherry notes to give the beer a nice sweet and sour taste profile. I also get some oak and a little bit of vinegar in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall. (557 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown in the pour, sits an opaque nearly black color in the glass. Very little head, just a few bubbles and a fine ring.

Smell: Vinous red wine-like notes, unsweetened chocolate and balsamic vinegar stand out at first. As it warms, I get spice and earthy fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruity with fig and date flavors most prevalent, undertones of chocolate and grape skin. Medium-full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Semi-dry finish, very acetic. Sourness is moderate and acidity is restrained. Very drinkable stuff, good example of the style. (559 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (710 characters)

Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.