Aardmonnik - Earthmonk - De Struise Brouwers
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1.95/5 rDev -50.6%
330mL bottle poured into taster glass - thanks alex
Pours a slightly opaque reddish color with some almost brown hues. No head or lacing.
Pretty much smells like easter egg dye. Acidic and lactic with a vinegary burn. Some light cherry fruit flavor and oak, I suppose.
Sour and acidic up front. Vinegar and nail polish remover pretty much wreck the profile. There's a few notes of cherry, raisin, and dates, but its tough to get past the vinegar. Lingers on the tongue for an uncomfortable amount of time.
Thin, flat, and tepid on the tongue. Lingering acidic vinegar ruined my palate for at least an hour after this. Apparently there's some variation between vintages, but this one was awful. Avoid.
12-05-2011 22:08:20 | More by xnicknj
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-08-2012 22:18:53 | More by Alieniloquium
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
33cl bottle that I bought a little 1.5 years ago and have cellared since. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Aardmonnik - Earthmonk is a thick, very dark brown, little to know carbonation (no sound when I cracked the cap), a big bubbled collar that leaves the lightest, scattered lace. Formidable!
Smell is very strong, sweet, vinous, a hint of vinegar.
Taste is similar. It's definitely more malty then acidic, extremely vinous and rich. I should go get a streak to wash down with this. Which I did. Eh, not bad, the smokiness of the grill meet seams to bring out the sweetness. I compared it to a good Sonoma Syrah ('06 Wellington Estate), it's was no contest, the wine crushed it, which suprised me, as I often contrast flanders reds with with red wine for steak pairs and the beer always wins. Must be the maltiness of the oud bruin.
Mouthfeel is thin, the flatness doesn't help.
Drinkability is pretty good, a fairly complex oud bruin, but the $20 price tag is just silly.
07-10-2010 05:08:50 | More by ccrida
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
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!
01-08-2011 00:54:36 | More by jrallen34
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a reddish brown with a very minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pure acetic acid, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, balsamic vinegar, fruit, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with very low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. For some odd reason, I know I shouldn't, but I really liked this one. I'm a chemist for a living and work with pure acetic acid sometimes and I just LOVE the smell of it. This brew reminds me of said smell. During the tasting I even joked about pouring this over a salad to make the best salad ever... But anyways, if you do not like vinegar flavors in your brew, avoid this one AT ALL COSTS! If you do, get this on your palate ASAP! This is what I would define as a love or hate beer, I loved it!
06-10-2011 16:56:35 | More by thagr81us
1.7/5 rDev -57%
Thanks to Spycow for sharing this, new bottle he recently acquired.
A - Cola colored, no real head. Looks kind of lifeless and dead.
S - What is this, salad dressing? Huge balsamic vinegar with some sweet caramel and fruit. This isn't promising at all.
T - The only thing that would taste more like drinking straight balsamic vinegar than this is actually drinking straight balsamic vinegar. This can't possibly be what anyone was going for. The sweetness from the fruit and sugar/caramel actually makes it kind of sickly tasting and worse.
M - Not really any carbonation, medium bodied. This is not helping the beer.
O - This was horrible and hard to drink. Bad bottles? Bad batch? Whatever it is, I'm going to use a taster to screen all bottles of this for me from now on, as I have no desire to be subjected to this again.
07-11-2011 18:16:37 | More by AgentZero
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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
02-22-2009 18:32:47 | More by DefenCorps
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
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shows through a deep, deep copper when held up to the light. There is almost no head at all, just some big beige bubbles that float around to the edges and leave a paper-thin colllar.
The aroma is initially sweet with brown sugar and tart fruits mixed together. Also some oak, grapes, raisins, hints of funk and a hefty dose of vinegar as well.
The taste is still sweet but has more tart cherries mixed in. It's much more earthy than the aroma with a heavy dank barnyard presence. It's not crazy funky, just earthy, if that makes sense. The finish is fruity but dry, very much like a red wine actually.
The mouthfeel is slick with almost no carbonation, again, like red wine. It's medium bodied overall but comes across thin due to the lack of carbonation.
This is a solid Flanders which straddles the line between wine and beer. Lots of oak, tart fruit and underlying sugar, coming together in a nice little package.
08-31-2010 00:33:24 | More by gford217
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
11.2oz. bottle procured from the Struise webshop. Vintage 2008 (EM No. 7) served at 52 degrees in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a bubbly, loose, tan-colored froth around the shoulders which continues to dissipate into an oily skim and a thin, tight bubbly band. I love the nose on this beer - vinous, oaky, vanilla notes, dark fruits (plum, figs, prunes) and a suggestion of grape bubblegum. Taste is a bit more muddled. Vinous quality still presents itself, as well as some citric acid; however, there's also a bit of chocolate as well as more grape notes, a slight earthiness and prunes. Tannins are present, but the acidity pretty much buries the vanilla and oak expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a mild carbonation which is almost still. Acidity lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks and lingers along the glands at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall - I really enjoyed this complexity of this beer and plan on cellaring a couple bottles to see how it changes over time. A slightly tart and vinegary FOB without being overly sour. I wish there were more efforts at this style readily available.
10-29-2011 20:44:09 | More by Jwale73
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%
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
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Big thanks to AuroraCrisis for this one. Dark brown color, almost looks burgundy. Smell is complex oud bruin, a little sourness, spices. The flavor is very good but not your typical oud bruin, this seems more spicy and nuanced and has a sourness on the finish that really pulls at your cheeks like a lemon does. This is a nice beer but a little bit pricey and not easy to get a hold of.
06-25-2011 21:45:12 | More by ArrogantB
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this at the End of the World party. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip. 2008 Vintage, reviewed from notes.
A - Pours a nice molasses clear hue with minimal wisps but very, very nice legs.
S - Dark raisins, sweet malts, light sweet and sour alcohol notes. Very light funk.
T - Taste is mellow sour and light funk. Lots of cherries, figs, raisins, prunes, light alcohol and faint chocolate.
M - Mouthfeel is smooth and watery. Nice and flemmy with no carbonation which is somewhat to be expected.
O - Overall this is tasty. Held up well to age. Very glad I got to try this vintage!
01-24-2013 17:15:57 | More by rudzud
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
824th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
Best by: 27/4/16
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.
09-23-2011 18:12:26 | More by FosterJM
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
4.97/5 rDev +25.8%
I had the good fortune to try one of these recently, and was just overwhelmed. This might be the best beer I've ever had; wish I could get my hands on some more. It was served in a wine glass, and had a hazy red/brown color. The thin head was a light brown. Incredible aroma. An extremely earthy, barnyard aroma, intense but pleasant. Somewhat vinous nose also. It had a sour, dark fruit taste. The earthiness translated into a yeast taste. The flavors intensified as the beer warmed. This was a deep, richly rewarding beer.
06-15-2008 13:44:35 | More by lordofthewiens
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
09-12-2010 00:15:29 | More by UncleJimbo
2.38/5 rDev -39.7%
Poured into a tulip. Best before date of 27/04/2016. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
3.0 A: Pours a completely still brownish black color.
2.0 S: Reeks of balsalmic vinegar and tart cherries. Deeply acetic and powerful. Moderate acetone and mild soy sauce. Molasses and a good bit of vinousness. The more you smell it, the more it grows on you. I'm not sure if I love it or hate it, but I could do without the acetone.
2.5 T: The taste is just as forceful as the nose. This starts out with a marriage between the balsalmic vinegar and the acetone. Cherries follow next. Tobacco and soy sauce after that. Molasses, vinous grape, and a bit of oak.
2.0 M: Medium body. Almost no carbonation. Almost slick. Can't say this is very smooth.
2.5 D: This is wholely unrefined. I'm okay with the sourness and the balsalmic flavors. Hell, sometimes I'll pour a quarter ounce of balsalmic vinegar into a snifter just to sip on. But, the acetone is really offputting. I guess a few too many bug species got in there. This would be a lot better if a few things were different, but such it is as it is. Super complex and powerful, but just not that good.
08-11-2012 23:35:16 | More by DavoleBomb
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
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