Aardmonnik - Earthmonk | De Struise Brouwers

Aardmonnik - EarthmonkAardmonnik - Earthmonk
BA SCORE
3.93/5
287 Ratings
Aardmonnik - EarthmonkAardmonnik - Earthmonk
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#6,413
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
287
pDev:
17.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
176
Gots:
85
Trade:
13
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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 01/08/12 notes. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one; thanks Ben. 2008 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation.

s - Sour of sour dark fruits, vinegar, sweet dark fruits, light spice, yeast, and lactic notes. Not overly sour but it is there. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, vinegar, and yeast. Taste again is a little sour and sweet at the same time.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It's not super sour but a very nice mix of sour fruit/vinegar with sweet fruits. Interested to see what my fresh bottle tastes like.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally was able to pick up a couple of these recently. I had been dying to try this brew and immediately chilled one down for consumption. 330ml bottle was served chilled and decanted into a large snifter. Consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was rather non eventful for me. Rich, deep, mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.

The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish. The feel was a little disappointing for me to be honest, as it felt thin, with no carbonation at all. This was really the only downer for me in this though and was still full enough to pull off a good rating. The alcohol was no where to be found, but the flavor was so rich and thick that there was just no way at all you were going to get by this one.

Overall not bad, seriously not the best of the style that I have ever had, but none the less it was still very solid. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day, and I am glad I have a few left.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to LtDan for providing me with a taste of this. I had heard these bottles weren't so great, but I had to see for myself.

A: The pour is innocent enough. A slightly clouded brown color with a minimal off-white head.

S: A strong acetic character is immediately present in the nose. A bit of dark fruits, cherries for the most part, and a bit of sweetness.

T: The taste is of balsamic vinegar, and not in a good way. A strong oak component along with some earthiness. A bit of sweetness as well, but overall not good.

M: The body is medium with a very light carbonation.

D: Needless to say I was very disappointed by this beer. I was hoping that it would be as enjoyable as most of the other Struise beers are, but this one is just not good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

I've heard so many interesting things about this beer that I had no problem when it was chosen to be cracked first tonight. It pours a murky ruby-brown with no real head of any kind to speak of. The nose comprises tomato, light tart black cherry, light raspberry vinaigrette, caramel, and teriyaki sauce. I'm actually a little surprised that I like what I'm smelling, given what I just wrote. The taste holds notes of soy sauce (including a pinch of salt), light cocoa, cherry tomatoes, red grapes, and red apple skin. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a slick, fluid feel. Overall, an interesting beer, indeed, one I'm not entirely sure if I liked or disliked...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with dark ruby highlights when held close to the light. No head whatsoever even when coaxed while pouring. Smells of sour cherries, prunes, slight fusel alcohol in the background and maybe some phenolic in there as well. Tastes incredible! Lots of sour cherries, but not over the top lactic like some others. A bit of caramel malt midway through, some more sour then a bit of alcohol then some more sour leaving a slight puckering in the finish. Vinous flavors throughout. Medium in body with a sticky mouth. Carbonation is just about non existent, still almost. This might need some age to develop some carbonation. I do have time as the bottle says it is best before 7/2011. Great brew, I wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a snifter. This brew appears a very muddy color of dark brown. Holding the glass to the light shows no different result, it appears just clouded dark brownness with lighter muddy brown coloration around the edges where some light penetrates. If there ever was a brew that looked like over-ripe to rotten prunes that were pureed and filtered into a glass, this is it. There briefly was a display of some dark brown bubbles that collected across the top while the brew was being poured, however they very rapidly dissolved. By the time I finished the pour and set the bottle down, the cap is gone and this brew appears still with not even a bubble sitting atop the brew or along the edge of the glass. A violent swirl releases about 4 bubbles that somehow end up sticking to the glass which is the only sign of lacing.

The smell of this brew is complex and quite interesting. It smells woodsy upfront with deep scents of fruited sweetness like cherry through the middle mixed with balsamic vinaigrette. The backend of the nose finishes with a sour twinge to the nose and a light tingle of alcohol. More smells reveal a sweet scent that is a mixture of vanilla mixed with sour cherry pits while other sniffs reveal mostly sharp scents of vinegar. Overall this is quite an interesting and enjoyable aroma. Once the brew comes up to temperature, a smell similar to brown sugar evolves inside the glass.

The taste is sharp with an acidity that immediately makes the mouth start to salivate. Flavors of oak bring forth a sweetness and smoothness somewhat like vanilla mixed with cherry pits. The sweet and fruity flavor of this brew is met with a mild herbal hop bitterness and earthy flavor of something more in line with over ripe cherry pits and balsamic vinaigrette. As the brew warms, I pick up on a sweetness that is more like candy sugar than malt. There is a spiced aspect faintly like orange rinds that mingles with the residual sweetness.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated in this brew. This is a very complex offering that I have a hard time fully wrapping myself around but it is uniquely enjoyable and it really warmed up to me and I started to dig it more as the glass emptied. It is balanced very well with a mix of flavors that seemingly evolve into something different with every sip. The biggest disappointment here is the complete lack of carbonation that would really drive this one home as a standout winning brew. While this isn't the best offering I have had from Struise, it most certainly is among the most complex and interesting. I intend to get some more of this and see what some age does.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of mklisz
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Bistro, 330ml into a balloon tulip. Best before APril 27, 2016.

Poured burgundy with some light brown brown highlights. Bubbles serve as head, and once they disappear, nothing remains - no head or retention. Legs are pretty decent though. Nose has some black cherry, balsamic vinegar, currant, light vinous notes and a sense of sourness. There is a substantial sweet component to this as well. Taste has dark cherries and berries, light acetic tartness produced by similar balsamic notes and a gentle earthy maltiness. Light pucker in the finish, but again the sweet and sticky components of this beer make themselves well known. No alcohol on the palate and low carbonation, somewhere between still and gentle 'prickliness.' A nice semi-tart yet sweet Flemish Red, glad to have seen and had this.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/10/09- Received as an extra in a trade with BA member ygtbsm94.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a notched best by date strip on the side of the label. Poured into my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- A combo of a dark cherry and grape juice color. On a very hard pour I got a lightly creamy large bubbled quickly receeding 1/4 inch head. Looks pretty flat from the pour. Does leave behind some light patches and spotty lace though.

Smell- A pretty strong nose of several things. A hefty amount of cherry notes, vinegar, earth and type of wood.

Taste- A ton of stuff going on here. Dark fruit-plums, rasins, dates and prunes. Wood-seems like some kind of oak wine barrel flavor. Vinous flavors, honey and definite a reduced balsamic vinegar flavor. Almost too much flavor for one beer. Nice and sour, but also quite sweet.

Mouthfeel- Almost completely flat, but quite thick and viscous. Even a little syrupy on the swallow. Just the smallest amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the deepest and most complex beers I have had the fortune of trying. A slight bit too much vinegar flavor for me, but otherwise an outstanding beer.

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Photo of aasher
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Dicers
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

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Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this a while back from ygtbsm94. Best before July 2011 - whoops! Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A hard pour yields a big-bubbled crust that lingers and eventually yields to a thin ring. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like an aged oud bruin alright - reminds me of the De Dolle '20' a bit, with notes of BBQ sauce, vinegar, caramel malts, light vanilla, and a touch of oak. Pretty nice stuff.

T - Unfortunately the flavor has gone off the rails. Flavor is a bit bland, with some oxidation, and a slight mineral quality. Not much overt sourness, and mild sugary malt sweetness. Some dry oak, and a slightly meaty note implied by the BBQ sauce-esque combination of flavors.

M - Minimal carbonation, medium body, dry finish, and more acidity than I expected from the flavor. Thankfully, it never reaches stomach-melting levels. Could use more bubbles.

D - This didn't seem to age well - perhaps I should have gotten to it a bit sooner. I'll have to revisit the new batch, although I didn't care for it either if I recall correctly. The most enjoyable time I had this beer was when I had it straight for the barrels.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, soury, with some plums/cherries. The taste is malty, with some sour plums/cherries. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long time want, I had actually taken it off of my wants list because I figured it was becoming such an illogical long shot, but Brad hooked me up at a recent tasting.

This bottle is from the first release of this beer. Its a small 11.6 ounce bottle with a great drawing of an odd shaped cat (almost looks like a monkey) on the label. This bottle is also covered in dust, very cool. Beer is dark brown and clear, no head and carbonation is close to non-existent.

Strong sweet aroma. There is also a strong acetic presence to it. Almost like balsamic vinegar with fruit.

Beer is biting sour, strong almost wine like flavors with the fruits. Finishes dry, which was a surprise. There are late acetic / vinegar acidicity that adds to the palate connectivity. Even though there was no visible carbonation in the glass, on the palate there is plenty of carbonation that helps to activate the sourness of the late flavors. The sweetness is still there as well. Beer is well balanced between these two flavors. Drinkability is not as high as I would have hoped but it was also getting quite late. I would drink it again and seek it out again. A great great beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brownish red with no head. Complex nose. Acetic and oaky with dark macerated cherries, sherry vinegar, and brown sugar. The cherries smell deep and dark with wonderful nuances. The taste is also complex with more of that wonderful cherry flavor. Winey and sour but with a rich but light cherry liquor sweetness lurking in the background, and some very complex funky earthiness with a bit of horseblanket, but not so far as barnyard. Wondefully sweet/tart but with great depth. Very smooth and even a bit creamy, though tart. A very nice version and definitely a bit less acetic than most. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I have been waiting to try this one for a while.

The beer pours a brownish-color with red highlights and a very small white head.

The aroma is classic Oud Bruin. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some brown sugar and tart cherry notes.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of brown sugar and tart cherry notes to give the beer a nice sweet and sour taste profile. I also get some oak and a little bit of vinegar in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 287 ratings
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