Aardmonnik - Earthmonk
De Struise Brouwers

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Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #25
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,082
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 17.21%
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
289
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De Struise Brouwers
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  175
Gots
  83
SCORE
89
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
Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 289 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by flyingpig:
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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
More User Reviews:
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bobv from Vermont

4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vigorous pour into a Rochefort goblet produces slight head which disappears quickly to just a slight ring around the glass.

S: Slight vinegar with hints of citrus, brown sugar, molasses, little cocoa, Truly amazing.

T: I get grapefruit followed by a little pepper. So tasty.

M: Not much in the way of a full mouthfeel, but who cares, this is delicious.

O: Oh boy, I could drink this all night. Doesn't feel like 8 ABV. I could drink this for breakfast instead of grapefruit juice.
Thanks to the boys of Oostvleteren!

Aug 12, 2011
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CashMoneyVagrant from Ohio

5/5  rDev +24.7%

Nov 14, 2011
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Zimbo from Scotland

4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 BB 27/04/2016

Drunk from a Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass.

In the bottle there is a relatively intense brown sugary quality with just a whiff of the ol' sour. In the glass it is headless though there is swirling flat one dimensional lacing dots on the surface which creates delicate swirling patterns. Dark chestnut brown with soe rusty red highlights. Considering it has no head it still looks pretty inviting.

There's a slight vinuous quality here too and more intense brown sugary sweetness along with cherries surrounded by a glowing hue. Some overly ripe apple in there too.

No carbonation but smooth, sleek and caressing in the mouth with some wafer like acidity on the way down. There's an gentle elegence here considering that 8% ABV.
Beautifully molded together to create a complete whole for the poet in all of us.

The nose from few drops left at the bottom of the empty glass just go on and on an on. Gorgeous.
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Jan 20, 2012
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bsuedekum from Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nov 14, 2011
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cetherid from Indiana

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 poured into a tulip (thanks phishisphunk!)

A.

beer pours a dark murky brown. Maybe some ruby hues but very opaque. Head is pretty much non-existent, even with a vigorous pour. Kind of an ugly looking beer. Like some dirty toilet water.

S.

Decent nose. Slight vinegar up front with some sweet caramel, tart cherries and a light woody aroma. Slightly wine-ish.

T.

Was expecting a lot of sour/lactic qualities up front but definitely more sweet than sour. Like drinking a sweet red wine. Hint of sourness up front then onto some very strong oak notes and then finishing off with a nice fruity sweetness that lingers for awhile. Maybe a little too sweet but pretty enjoyable.

M.

medium bodied but pretty much zero carbonation. Very wine-like in this regard. There is a very subtle dryness but the sweetness really lingers around the mouth.

O.

Not a huge fan of flanders style but pretty enjoyable. The low carb (really non-existant) makes this very wine like so someone who enjoys both wine and beer would be a fan. Sourness is definitely mellow while the woodiness of it really elevated. Maybe a little too sweet, but not like a sucking on a penny like some beers of this style.

Jul 29, 2011
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Vdubb86 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dec 05, 2011
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jheezee from Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dec 08, 2011
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Dec 07, 2013
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DimensionX from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Nov 15, 2013
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vissai from California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dec 12, 2011
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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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Satchboogie from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Feb 02, 2012
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

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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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Nov 15, 2011
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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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ajcormier from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Oct 31, 2013
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Jul 23, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Feb 03, 2012
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afsdan from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6%

May 22, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 19, 2015
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OregonHopmonster from Oregon

4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, EM No. 7, Best Before 7/11

Very little pop when opened. This is certainly the darkest Flemmish sour I've ever poured. The black sediment thankfully stays firmly in place at the bottom of the bottle.

Heavy sweet and sour aroma; lots of umami here, with dark fruits, cherry, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and lots of dark fruits.

The taste is not surprisingly similar to the aroma- sweet and sour, with again Worcestershire, balsamic vinegar, cherry but adding a cocoa element that was missing form the nose. I am a fan of high cocoa content artisan chocolate bars and the finish on this has the same wine like character that can be found in the best examples, with a wine, raisin and port like character. There is really no trace of the elevated alcohol content and almost no trace of the traditional maltiness associated with what we call beer. My only real complaint is that it seems a bit thin, although that does get better as the beer warms.

The aging is mellowing it out and rounding it so that it has much the same character as a (not-hoppy) aged barleywine, or perhaps a Thomas Hardy, with the added dimension of a sour backbone and perhaps a little less body. Very, very good, but not world class in my opinion and relative to other Flemmish sours not really to style.

Feb 14, 2011
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Dec 02, 2014
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Jspriest from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Feb 25, 2013
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fewa from Belgium

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2011 version. When I visited the Old School, they just put the Earthmonk 2011 for sale. Lucky me!

Pours a dark-amber brown with some thin layer of bubbles forming a nice lacing.
Smell is very sweet with strong sour notes of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, oak, some dark fruits but surprisingly, also clear notes of red fruits were present. Everything mingled perfectly together. The best smelling Vlaams oud bruin I had until now.
Taste: Dark fruits, red fruits, lots of brown sugar and smooth oaky vinegar all over the place. This beer is so smooth, it is hard to describe.
Overall: When I had the beer, it was still very young. So nice and soft, with all flavors coming out very balanced. Probably overtime the sourness will get a bit more pronounced, but for me, this beer is close to perfect now!

May 08, 2011
Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 289 ratings