Aardmonnik - Earthmonk
De Struise Brouwers

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From:
De Struise Brouwers
 
Belgium
Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #40
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,112
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 17.3%
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
290
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2022
Added:
Dec 14, 2006
Wants:
  178
Gots:
  81
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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Rated: 4.31 by steverx8 from England

May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Nov 01, 2020
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
33cl bottle from Struise bottle shop in Bruge (€10):
2011 Vintage: Dark mahogany to black with a couple bubbles that fade instantly in lieu of a head. The nose is sharp & slightly tarty with some vinegar notes & touches of red wine then some grapes too; it's quite strong too. The taste is similarly strong but with the vinegar a litlte lighter here, some red wine & grapes followed by a couple of darker fruits showing too; cherries & plums both featuring in what was quite a sour beer. The body was around medium & there wasn't any carbonation given the age of the beer but it was fairly well-balanced & definitely a strong one.
Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
'08 vintage.

This one pours with a very dark brown color, with a small foamy white head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like smoky balsamic vinaigrette, caramel, simple syrup, figs, plums, and cherries.

With the beer a little bit cold, this is tolerable and basically good, but as it warms, it becomes nearly unbearable, with that smoky, musty and oxidized acidity becoming like a bad salad dressing and overwhelming the beer. Freshly poured though, it's got a great maltiness- some caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

The mouthfeel is pretty creamy, with a very lower level of carbonation.

I absolutely love De Struise, but this beer is definitely beyond its peak.
Jul 25, 2018
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Reviewed by makromaniak from Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2008 bottle thanx too John :) First of all i must say that i am not a "fan" of the style...but this beer blew my mind! Sweet and sour with a woody backbone...dark fruit, cherries, dades, figs, plums, nuts and a nice touch of chocolate and even coffee. Really well balanced...sweet nor sour takes the upperhand. The low carbo really works well here. Just lovely!
Jan 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jan 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by dcmchew from Romania

Dec 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Murky dark brown color with just a bit of tan foam. Aroma has really nice dried fruit notes with lots of sour raisins and some figs. taste starts sour and fruity with sour cherries and grapes, like a classic flanders ale, but gets more complex with really nice dried fruits, mostly raisins and figs. It's like a sour/acetic quadrupel or something like that. Medium body, slightly syrupy, just a bit of carbonation. A really complex beer with quadrupel type flavors but sour like a flemish ale.
Oct 29, 2016
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Reviewed by PolarBear3 from Australia

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2008 drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a dark burgundy cherry colour with very little head and lacing

S - Vinegar, burnt brown sugar, some red wine and light raisins and dark fruit

T - Sour, Plums, cherries, prunes, some vanilla but very dessert like tartness

M- Medium bodied with very little if any carbonation

O - Ok but very wine like and probably needed to be drank earlier
Feb 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.26 by YvesB from Belgium

Jan 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by jrob21 from North Carolina

Nov 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by halo3one from Georgia

Sep 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Aug 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.56 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Jul 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.12 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Jul 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.65 by emottram from Massachusetts

Jul 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.69 by nathanmiller from New York

May 19, 2015
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Reviewed by DirkWadden from Belgium

4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
absolute favorite. I tried this beer in Antwerp's 'kulminator' cafe. Not cheap, but it's worth it. The dark brown equivalent of a geuze. Beautiful dark red color, deep, sour flavor, fruity and heavy. For those who are up for it :)
May 01, 2015
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Rated by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle 2008 - Flanders to perfection. Great tartness, lots of oak and a nice smooth finish.
Apr 21, 2015
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Reviewed by Dicers from California

2.52/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Poured a burnt sienna brown with a lot of carbonation

Smells like an oud bruin but with added vinegar

Taste is just poor it's filled with vinegar

Crackles of carb are nice but it's tough to get over the pour taste and below average smell

Overall, maybe a bad bottle? No one in our group particularly liked this at all
Mar 26, 2015
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 290 ratings