Aardmonnik - Earthmonk
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Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #20
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,936
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 17.21%
Reviews:
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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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flyingpig from Scotland

3.77/5  rDev -6%
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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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.21/5  rDev -20%
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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makromaniak from Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +8%
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
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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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PolarBear3 from Australia

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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
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DirkWadden from Belgium

4.57/5  rDev +14%
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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Dicers from Colorado

2.52/5  rDev -37.2%
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
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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John_M from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the beer pours a fairly dark, murky brown color with not a lot of head or lacing. The nose is quite complex and intriguing in this one, as I pick up considerable chocolate and wine, but then also some A1 sauce and soy sauce. There is considerable sour in the nose, but with what smells like a decent amount of chocolate to bouy that sour component. On the palate, the flavor profile replicates the nose, but thankfully, wiithout a lot of the soy sauce and A1 I was getting on the nose. The beer has some noticeable chocolate, caramel and vanilla initially, but then the wine and sour component really kick into overdrive on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and while the beer comes across as just a bit thin on the palate, the finish is long, sour and wine infused. It's more than sufficient to tame the moderate amount of sweetness in this beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, with no sense of heat or heaviness on the finish. Drinking this beer, i honestly had no idea what the abv. might be; it could have been anything from 6% up to 9% or 10%, and I wouldn't have been surprised.

A very interesting and intriguing beer from De Struise. Not sure how much or how often I could drink this, but I was very glad to be able to finally try this well regarded beer at long last.

Nov 13, 2013
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77black_ships from Belgium

4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Rating: 2007 Vintage [email protected]: brown with dark red colour with a small white head, taste is deep, tart & sour with balsamic and red wine vinegar & red wine with sour fruits and acidic wood + dark cherries, sour red berries, sherry, sugar,… despite the bold flavours straying into sour/vinegar/acidic territory, this is extremely balanced, not puckering sour and easy to drink, mouthfeel is smooth but quite thick as well at the same time, very little carbonation which is just perfect

Later rating: 2011 [email protected]: just issued, almost sweet with some brown sugar compared with the 2007 Vintage with red wine like flavours overpowering balsamic & wine vinegar, sourness is very restrained, red fruit, touch of wood, one notch lighter body, very good, liked the 2007 a bit more

2013: 2007 is getting crazily sour now & 2011 is beginning to develop nicely, this is still one of the best sours around, wonderful brew that I like to revisit from time to time

Early 2013: tried a 2005, pretty good still but has oxidized a bit & is def. already somewhat downhill

Rating is for the 2007 Vintage.

Oct 23, 2013
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Sep 04, 2013
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wethorseblanket from California

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33 cl brown bottle. Dated 2008. Have been holding on to this for a while, time to open.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Regular pour yields a few brown bubbles which cling to the rim. Essentially flat with no lace.

N: Vinegar, raisins, cardboard oxidation, damp wood. Looks like I may have waited too long on this.

T: Rustic, aged wood, some dark fruits (raisins and cherries), dried plums, stone pits, basalmic vinegar, fairly tart and faintly sweet.

M: Medium body and almost no carbonation. Finishes tart with woody vinegar and faint fruit sweetness.

O: Seems over the hill based on the oxidation and flatness. Initially thought it might be infected, but it isn't. I'd suggest these be consumed rather than cellared any longer.

Jul 06, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 2008 vintage bottle into a tulip.

A-A hard pour produces very little in the way of head, which isn't surprising given the style or age of the beer. The brew is dark, dark brown. Pretty much opaque and flat.

S-The smell is tart, but not quite sour. There are dried, sour, cherries, sweet, malty dried raisins, plums, and prunes.

T-Taste is only mildly tart. I detect cherries, oaky vanilla, raisins, prunes, and a mild acidity. The flavors blend well with one-another and constitute a good example of the style.

M-There is barely a hint of carbonation left, which makes for a medium to full body feeling relative to other beers of this style. The finish is drying.

O-As a fan of De Struise and of sours, I was excited to try this beer and it did not let me down. The flavors are typically Belgian in their subtlety but part of that subtlety might have been the age of this bottle. Regardless, this beer was a great example of the style and it proves that huge fruit or acidity aren't always necessary to make a good sour beer.

May 31, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Jan 24, 2013
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Rutager from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Jan 24, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Dec 28, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Dec 08, 2012
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Review no. 700 - time to pull out something special.

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2016. 2008 vintage. Acquired some time ago from a Belgian webshop and stored in my garage. I've been looking forward to this one. Love the strange label image...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-brown hue that appears cherry black in the glass. Virtually no head; just a few flaccid tawny bubbles floating on the surface. I guess the carbonation has gone AWOL. The aroma is rich and intense - a mingling of balsamic vinegar, sherry, wine, cherries, plums, raisins, stone fruits, brown sugar, caramel/molasses and wood. Slightly sweet, with a musty, earthy sourness. There is a whiff of solvent/alcohol in the background (initially hot and reminiscent of acetone), though this mellows out after a while. A fantastically complex olfactory experience!

The taste is fervently sour and fruity, with a lingering dry finish. Notes of balsamic vinegar, sherry, wine, cherries, prunes/plums, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel/molasses and wood. It possesses an incredible vinous, oxidised quality that puckers the tongue and stimulates the palate. Slightly sweet, with a sharp, piercing tartness. A long fruity finish as the flavours slowly release their hold on your tastebuds. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with good body and tingly acidity. However the beer is completely flat and lacking in texture, which spoils the taste and makes it feel thinner than it probably should. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet 'n' sour fruitiness; vinegary and delicious.

Wow - what a beer. The complexity and range of flavours are incredible, even though I find it quite a challenging brew. The sour, vinegar character is nicely balanced by sweetness and fruity notes. The glaring flaw is the lack of carbonation, which detracts from the mouthfeel but also affects the flavour. I'm sure that the experience on the palate would be different with greater CO2 presence. Nonetheless, this is an impressive effort from de Struise and one that I'm happy to have tried. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but well worth sampling if you have the opportunity.

Dec 01, 2012
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BourbonBetty from Maine

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Nov 20, 2012
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haz77 from Australia

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A - A hard pour yields a dark brown liquid with a handful of bubbles in place of a head. This is as expected given the brewing process, but isn't the most handsome beer I've seen.

S - Aroma fills the air as soon as the bottle is opened. Getting the nose into the glass gives red wine vinegar, nail polish remover, chocolate, warm Christmas spices, bubblegum, stewed stone fruit. Interesting and unlike any beer I can recall.

T - The first mouthful is a slap of rounded vinegar flavours that pushes everything else in there to one side. Knowing what to expect the second time, there are plasticky phenols run the length of the drink. There is a transition of solvent flavours into red wine vinegar, into balsamic vinegar along with the tannic grip of red wine. Bubblegum lingers through the middle along with some red berries and stone fruit. The aftertaste is unsurprisingly tart and mouthwatering.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation that fades halfway through the drink. Solid, if unremarkable.

D - Plenty of punch and interest here, although I think I would prefer it with some years on it to smooth the currently aggressive edges.

Nov 01, 2012
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage 330cl bottle at Novare Res in Portland, ME. Reviewed from notes. Been on my list to try this for a long time.

A- Dark brown with red on edges. No head or anything from the start, not even close. Tiny ring and cloud in the middle. No lace but I expected that.

S- A big musty mix of wine and vinegar. The acetic is like spoiled wine vinegar somewhat resembling balsamic or red wine. Some molasses brown sugar feel and grapes.

T- Again a ton of grapes and vinegar. I love the sour acetic feel layered over grape stems, cherry/dark fruit and vinous notes. Apple juice can be felt but man this red wine vinegar feel is splendid. Some brown sugar, spice and lemon.

MF- Low carbonation under a big oily body. The alcohol warming with the acetic is something I haven't experienced but I really enjoy.

A vinegar and wine grape bomb, awesome non-lambic sour IMO. I really don't know anything about the background of this beer but I certainly enjoyed whatever it is.

Sep 05, 2012
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.54/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the schoolhouse a while back. Not sure about the style, but know I love the brewery. Let's give 'er a go.

From a bottle into my Struise glass.
Vintage: 2008

APPEARANCE: Pours a bubbly little head. Basically flat. Tan colored bubbles and a light wisp eventually forms. Sienna brown body with no carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of raspberries, some cherries, with a light touch of vinegar and acidic stuff in the background. Some definite grape juice in there as well. Quite fruity with a vinegary base.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Some red fruits, like raspberries and cherries up front, with a definite acidic vinegar flavor at the swallow. Grape juice comes out as well, and some notes of sweet candy sugar. Medium aftertaste is sour, acidic, with some nice red fruits and grape juice through it all. I'm honestly not sure if I love or hate this.

PALATE: Fuller body, but almost completely flat. A touch of carbonation keeps it from feeling like juice, but it's not far off. Goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Disappointing here.

OVERALL: Like I said above, I'm not sure if I love this or hate it. It's probably somewhere in between. It's flavorful, interesting, and complex enough to make it enjoayable, but I'm not sure if this is really my style. In any case, the carbonation needs to be figured out, as this is a little too flat even for this style. Either way, this is a quality beer by a quality brewer, so if you're a fan of the style, this will probably be your thing.

Aug 28, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Aug 12, 2012
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ehammond1

3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for the gift, JealousChalice!

Dark brown and dark ruby in color with very little, practically zero, visible carbonation. This leaves the glass clean on the way down.

Nice aroma, with good amounts of sour cherries and sweet malt, along with earthy toffee, and oak.

The flavor is nice enough, though is significantly hurt by the lack of carbonation. There's decent amount of tart cherry, sour, vinegar, and wood flavor, but the carbonation makes this one tougher to drink than it should be.

Medium bodied with no carbonation.

The lack of carbonation holds this back from being significantly better.

Jun 29, 2012
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