Aardmonnik - Earthmonk | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
287
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
Wants:
176
Gots:
85
For Trade:
13
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly drinkable and smooth for this style. Brownish red with some alcohol and woodiness in the scent. Medium mouthfeel, soft carbonation, wonderful cherry and lemon and winey and balsamic vinegar malted down - with anything,little head , thanks Hopdog.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for breaking this bottle out at our tasting.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and hardly any head.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar dominates. Sweet dark fruit and extremely sour.

Taste: Follows from the smell. Lots of balsamic vinegar. Sweet and a bit fruity, bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: So sour and vinegary. Very interesting and I'm so glad I got to try it. I don't know that I would have another.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as the brewers advise, at a height of six or more inches, it actually produces a lasting head of larger, honeycombed bubbles. Here's the visual: http://belgianbeerboard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102

Ten minutes later, and the head is still there, along with a little spotty lace. Served at 50º cellar temperature into a stemmed Oerbier glass.

Aged balsamic vinegar in the nose, sweet and spicy, a touch lactic. Black with a lighter auburn glow at the edge when backlit. The feel is very rich, probably the most full bodied Oud Bruin i've had. The low carbonation and and vinous body gives it a slight heft, and even more of a balsamic character to match the taste. Very tasty, there are also hints of anise, black cherry, leather, tobacco, yogurt, and other spices. Tartness is fairly mild, though it still gives a good bite. Very savory, definitely one to sip and contemplate.

Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sending me this, and to tyee for sharing it awhile back. This is really exceptional stuff!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Fonefan: Poured a deep cloudy red color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of oak with some sour cherries and some cloves and some very subtle light black chocolate notes. Taste is also a mix between some black chocolate covered black cherry with some clearly identifiable oak with a sour finish. A lot more complex then most traditional Flemish sours out there. This is definitely a beer I would like to try more often in order to try and decipher all of the characteristics.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown in the pour, sits an opaque nearly black color in the glass. Very little head, just a few bubbles and a fine ring.

Smell: Vinous red wine-like notes, unsweetened chocolate and balsamic vinegar stand out at first. As it warms, I get spice and earthy fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruity with fig and date flavors most prevalent, undertones of chocolate and grape skin. Medium-full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Semi-dry finish, very acetic. Sourness is moderate and acidity is restrained. Very drinkable stuff, good example of the style.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by kbutler1. I had no clue what this one was.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a fizzy light layer of tan head. Color is dark brown with ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla. It is more sour than funky. Has some dark malts showing that provide a hint of roast.

Taste: Sour cherries up front, but a fairly large amount of malt shows, but in a good way. Reminds me of CdT or Imperial Oude Brune from Kuhnhenn. It has the slightest roast, but mainly tart cherries, oak and vanilla. It also has a light amount of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Mouthpukering tartness and acidic. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. End fairly clean.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. I like how tart it is, but yet it still provides oak and malt flavors. Pretty drinkable. The cherries were excellent. I'd easily have more of this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Most recent vintage courtesy of pittsburghkid66. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with some reddish-mahogany highlights. A few light tan bubbles to start and then it falls completely flat, which is then echoed in the flavor and feel. The nose brings a bit of light soy sauce and mild sweetness, which, oddly enough, reminds me a bit of 2009 Dark Lord. Slight cherry cherry along with lactic acid and a bit of vinegar. The flavor goes straight from the nose bringing through cherry, soy sauce, vinegar, and some very mild sweetness. Light body with very low carbonation and a pretty heavy acetic acid presence. Definitely not for everyone, but I quite enjoyed this.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 15 to 20 CM pour or not, you still get a near black body with nearly no head to speak save a few beige bubbles.

Smell: Interesting potluck aroma with wild, varying notes, including: Ricola herb pastilles, balsamic vinegar, smoke, and top soil.

Taste: Sweet (yet somehow also savory) and plenty fruity. You get plums, black cherries, and even grilled pineapple soaked in red wine. Handful of salt licorice, a puff of smoke, and a piece of chewed barley-flavored gum. Light lactic sourness throughout. Dash of black pepper in the tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's certainly different, I'll give it that.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky burnt walnut brown with almost no foam creation after a barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking. Hopefully, a lack of carbonation won't detract from the experience. An almost spotless glass is no surprise, although scattered dots of suds allow the above score to be granted. Besides, the beer itself looks damn good in a crystal snifter.

The nose is an enticing mixture of brown malt, medium-dark sour fruit, and a melange of spices that is due to more than yeast esters. That last one isn't a guess because 'spices' are listed under ingredients on the label. This is shaping up to be mighty fine ale.

Never mind the fact that the 'best by' date was last month, Earthmonk is a tremendous Flanders oud bruin that has held up extremely well during the several year wait in my cellar. An already impressive amount of complexity should become even greater as the beer gains 10-15 degrees.

Specifics include brown bread covered with Granny Smith apple butter, sour cherries, unripe figs, leather, and a spice bill that defies all attempts to discern its composition. Warming does, in fact, makes things bolder and deeper and more tightly-knit.

Body and mouthfeel is the beer's Achilles' heel. Having said that, it isn't too bad, all things considered. Sure, it's too thin and could use more bubbles, but this is more of a wine-like experience than a beer-like experience anyway. No disrespect to beer... which is the vastly superior libation.

For some reason, it escaped my notice until this moment, but De Struise Brouwers brews damn good beer. Black Albert, Struise Tsjeeses and Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (in all its various guises) are great examples of their respective styles. Looks like we can add Earthmonk to the list.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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