Aardmonnik - Earthmonk
De Struise Brouwers

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From:
De Struise Brouwers
 
Belgium
Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #45
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,756
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 17.3%
Ratings:
290
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2022
Added:
Dec 14, 2006
Wants:
  175
Gots:
  82
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4.31 by steverx8 from England on May 09, 2022
 
4.53 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Nov 01, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by flyingpig from Scotland

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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3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

'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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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by makromaniak from Belgium

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
 
4.24 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jan 07, 2017
 
4.49 by dcmchew from Romania on Dec 19, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by PolarBear3 from Australia

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
 
3.26 by YvesB from Belgium on Jan 12, 2016
 
4 by jrob21 from Georgia on Nov 20, 2015
 
4.25 by halo3one from Georgia on Sep 06, 2015
 
4.25 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB) on Aug 04, 2015
 
3.56 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Jul 19, 2015
 
3.12 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Jul 18, 2015
 
3.65 by emottram from Massachusetts on Jul 18, 2015
 
4.69 by nathanmiller from New York on May 19, 2015
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4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by DirkWadden from Belgium

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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4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

Bottle 2008 - Flanders to perfection. Great tartness, lots of oak and a nice smooth finish.

Apr 21, 2015
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2.52/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Dicers from Colorado

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
 
3.75 by mtbdonn from Colorado on Jan 24, 2015
 
3.81 by SocalKicks from California on Jan 11, 2015
 
2 by aasher from Indiana on Dec 12, 2014
 
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TX-Badger from Texas

Bottle (2008) at a share courtesy of Eric. Pours a very dark brown without much head. Dark fruits, cherries, some oak, and vanilla and caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a little sweetness.

Nov 15, 2014
 
4 by JackNip from Delaware on Oct 29, 2014
 
3.75 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Oct 18, 2014
 
3.9 by Beer-Zombie from Oregon on Sep 15, 2014
 
2 by brother_kenneth from Virginia on Sep 07, 2014
 
3.5 by zestar from California on Jul 19, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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.

Jul 17, 2014
 
4.25 by Braden from Tennessee on Jul 08, 2014
 
4 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 07, 2014
 
4.25 by afsdan from Colorado on May 22, 2014
 
3 by HopsintheSack from California on Apr 26, 2014
 
3.5 by Alpar from Wisconsin on Apr 25, 2014
 
3.5 by nataku00 from California on Mar 31, 2014
 
4.25 by SteeleWright from Texas on Feb 18, 2014
 
3.75 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont on Jan 28, 2014
 
3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey on Dec 07, 2013
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 290 ratings