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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk | De Struise Brouwers

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Aardmonnik - EarthmonkAardmonnik - Earthmonk

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De Struise Brouwers

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

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to chuckycheese for hooking up this 2008 vintage for me. poured into a cantillon taster glass.

a - brew poured a pretty lifeliess deep purple. very thin ring of head around the surface, but no lacing, no head, not really attractive.

s - wonderfully balanced cherry tart and oak. some wood.

t - ZING! a roller coaster of cherry tartness and sourness and wild berries. vinegar. weird finish that is very nail polish remover. kind of weaselish. sour cheese? very vinous...like a red wine.

m - low carbonation, but still feels like a beer. pretty full bodied and rich. thick. juicey juice like, but super sour. finish is weird. almost like nail polish remover or burnt rubber.

o - overall, this is a super in your face flanders. kind of weird, but definitely different. puckeringly sour and drinkable in a weird way (in the way you have to look at a car accident when passing...something weird about it that keeps bringing you back...not that the beer is an accident, just interesting). i wonder what time has done to this fresh. i find 2008 to be a sweet spot on barrel aged brews and big stouts right now, but flanders?

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Photo of thagr81us
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a reddish brown with a very minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pure acetic acid, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, balsamic vinegar, fruit, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with very low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. For some odd reason, I know I shouldn't, but I really liked this one. I'm a chemist for a living and work with pure acetic acid sometimes and I just LOVE the smell of it. This brew reminds me of said smell. During the tasting I even joked about pouring this over a salad to make the best salad ever... But anyways, if you do not like vinegar flavors in your brew, avoid this one AT ALL COSTS! If you do, get this on your palate ASAP! This is what I would define as a love or hate beer, I loved it!

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Photo of AgentZero
1.73/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Spycow for sharing this, new bottle he recently acquired.

A - Cola colored, no real head. Looks kind of lifeless and dead.

S - What is this, salad dressing? Huge balsamic vinegar with some sweet caramel and fruit. This isn't promising at all.

T - The only thing that would taste more like drinking straight balsamic vinegar than this is actually drinking straight balsamic vinegar. This can't possibly be what anyone was going for. The sweetness from the fruit and sugar/caramel actually makes it kind of sickly tasting and worse.

M - Not really any carbonation, medium bodied. This is not helping the beer.

O - This was horrible and hard to drink. Bad bottles? Bad batch? Whatever it is, I'm going to use a taster to screen all bottles of this for me from now on, as I have no desire to be subjected to this again.

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Photo of bobv
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle.

Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shows through a deep, deep copper when held up to the light. There is almost no head at all, just some big beige bubbles that float around to the edges and leave a paper-thin colllar.

The aroma is initially sweet with brown sugar and tart fruits mixed together. Also some oak, grapes, raisins, hints of funk and a hefty dose of vinegar as well.

The taste is still sweet but has more tart cherries mixed in. It's much more earthy than the aroma with a heavy dank barnyard presence. It's not crazy funky, just earthy, if that makes sense. The finish is fruity but dry, very much like a red wine actually.

The mouthfeel is slick with almost no carbonation, again, like red wine. It's medium bodied overall but comes across thin due to the lack of carbonation.

This is a solid Flanders which straddles the line between wine and beer. Lots of oak, tart fruit and underlying sugar, coming together in a nice little package.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.36/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle of the 08 vintage, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to whoever put this on the table at CdC.

A: Delicately hazy red-brown body; pretty much still. No better than average.

S: Intense, juicy cherry followed by some acidity - both lactic and acetic. Terrific fruit presence without being the least bit sweet. Great.

T: Follows the nose: gigantic cherries, some oak, and plenty of clean tartness. Some vanilla on the acetic finish. Lovely.

M: Sticky medium body, practically no carbonation. Meh.

O: With carbonation, this could have been the best Oud Bruin I've ever had - the cherry flavor was just spectacular. The lack of life made it a bit overly heavy, though. I wish I'd grabbed some of this while I was in Belgium.


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Photo of Jeffo
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

824th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
Best by: 27/4/16

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing.

App- When poured this had a few bubbles. Mostly around the edges. A very interesting mix of red/purple and some brown. Much more Bordeaux in color than anything else.

Smell- I don't think I was ever shocked by a beers smell until now. The immediate aroma of balsamic vinegar was so prevalent I wanted some bread and just dip in the there. As it sits in your hand and warms a bit, much more grape, skins and wine like tannins develop. Pretty singular in the smell. Mostly just the grapes.

Taste- To say this is a interesting beer is an understatement. This beer is polarizing. I think you either love it or hate it. For what it is in the style its a bit towards the outlying realm of flavor. Acidic and bubbly and a bit sweet. I myself liked it. It was not hard to finish with a bit of the acidic notes and lactic taking center stage with a bit of oaky and at times slight cherry. Not overly sour I would say but mostly tart.

Mouth- Lighter-medium bodied with a medium-flat carbonation level. A bit bubbly and acidic notes remain with a touch of the above mentioned oak and cherry.

Drink- This was a very good beer. Again, this is polarizing and it was quite different from the Oude Tart or Marron Acidife I have had for this style.

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Photo of tpd975
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was acquired in a trade with PHawk. Thanks Parker.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with tones of amber showing thru. No head to speak of and not lace.

S: Very earthy aroma with a bold sourness. There are vineous notes with a red wine like quality. Hints of vinegar, and cherry skins.

T: Low in carbonation, though I have the feeling this wasy by design. Sour and winey up front. Big oaky notes with a vinegar sourness in the finish. To call this one earty is an understatement.

M: Low in carbonation, full bodied with touch of sharp and sourness. Very nice.

D: Not one you would pound, but a nice drink to sit back and enjoy with some fine cheese, which myself, Tony, and Sea Bass did.

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Photo of Florida9
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a fucking glass.

A: okay, first of all WTF is on the front of this bottle? I've heard so many disturbing things about this beer and now there is some sort of wretched starving creature on the bottle. Truly appetizing. As for the beer, it is dark brown in color. There is absolutely no head on an aggressive pour. It appears flat. Between the color and the lack of head, it looks like a glass of whiskey.

S: Smell is of malt and malt vinegar. Then there is a sort of odd mix of light watery coffee, cola, and caramel.

T: Flavor is like a thin, watery malt vinegar. There is a little wood and maybe a very light soy sauce quality, but the malt vinegar is what I'm getting out of it.

M: On the thinner side. Watery with almost no carbonation.

O: As soon as I smelt this beer, the only thing I could think of is mat vinegar and fish and chips. But, then again, I admittedly prefer tartar sauce on my fish and ketchup on my chips. And I can't think of a time when I'd ever drink a glass of malt vinegar. While some people might find this beer drinkable, I didn't. A few ounces was all I could handle.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, opaque, with frothy, light brown foam that persists a while. The smell is nicely sour and tart with notes of cherries, plums, wood, and acetic acid. Lightly sweet up front, though not overly so, but fades to a tart finish. Flavors of cherry and wood with a kiss of spice. Lightly tart flavors linger briefly. Smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. Almost creamy up front with a tart finish. A very nice beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep maroon with seemingly zero carbonation, no head, sparse bubbles, decent clarity

S: nose is a vinegar bomb, heavy lactic undertones followed by tannins, some hints of Merlot in there, red grapes and cherries present as well

T: like the nose, the taste is heavy with vinegar, tartness pairs with a syrupy sweetness, lacking a bit in the balance department, finishes way too sweet

MF: syrupy body, low carbonation

O: this is certainly a new take on a Flanders Red, however, the flavors never quite balance each other out

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Photo of ehammond1
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of koopa
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Garnet brown, no head, no lacing, no retention.

Smell: lots of vinegar and malt with a touch of fig, plum, and raisin.

Taste: kinda like cheap red wine....kidding! It's not that bad but a major disappointment. sweet up front, then it bridges into a cider vinegar wave with a dark fruit backbone. The finish has a decent tang to it that lingers a while.

Mouthfeel: Terribly flat and a major disappointment. This is what kills the whole beer for me. Dramatically undercarbonated. If this bottle had been aged for 5 years and tasted this way, I'd call it a cellaring success. But this is a letdown fresh.

Drinkability: Flat beer ain't very drinkabile for me unless the base flavors are excellent. in the case of earthmonk, they are.

Wow I feel ripped off. The flavors are great, but the lack of carbonation undermines everything. I wouldn't be happy with this purchase if it cost $6.00 per bottle, let alone $15.00

I have one more bottle that I have been aging for 6 months now and will continue to age for at least another year.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DeStruise tulip.

Best before 08/11

A: Pours an impossibly murky, dark, chocolate-y brown. No head to speak of, just a bunch of tan colored bubbles that eventually formed a ring and left no lace behind.

S: Very interesting aromas of cherries. Both sweet and sour. Also noted are hints of spiced plums, raisins, vinegar, tart apple, and wood. The aroma gradually becomes spicier as it warms.

T: Immediately my tongue was awash in flavors of tart, sour cherry with a helping hand from some toasted caramel malt, spicy dark fruit, buttery oak, vinegar, green apple, and tangy citrus.

M: Quite tart but not at all thin or watery. Surprisingly full, creamy, and thick. Robust.

D: I have limited experience with this style and I wasn't expecting much beside something very sour and tart. The complexities of this blew me away. Very refreshing.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. 2008 vintage.

Head rises slowly to about 1 finger. Fine and cream colored with poor retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lacing is spotty with decent stick. Just about average though the head size and retention are lacking.

Nose is vinegar, oak, sour red fruit, and some slight hints of vanilla. Aromatic and the vinegary sweet fruit characteristics come out nicely.

Opens creamy and tart. Sour red fruit puree mixed with red vinegar and some sweet soy sauce notes. Robust sour vinegar towards the middle with some ethanol poking through. End is more red fruit tartness. Finish is a bit of vinegar spiciness with a lingering hot aftertaste. Enjoyable and the flavors seem to have mellowed and melded together nicely here.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and goes down silky with some slight bubbles. Finish is messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Really drinkable for the style.

Age has really done wonders for this beer. Really smooth with flavors that are well balanced but still distinct and prominent at the same time. A solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Overlord
1.66/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is one seriously overrated beer. It's really, really bad. Not disappointing, not below par, not "not what I expected," this is a flat out bad beer.

Pours a muddy brown color. Zero head.

Smells like balsamic vinegar aged in oak with an awful metallic and plastic earthiness. Wow. Not like any beer of this style I've had before. Just a wretched mess. The earthy/oak component is not well integrated with the vinegar, malt base, and I have no idea what the metallic aftertaste is. The plastic, almost ... chemical ... flavor is offputting.

Tough to finish even half a bottle. Completely flat. For a beer with this low of an ABV and a lighter, more moderate mouthfeel, unforgivable.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. sampled jan 17/2010.

pours mostly clear deep dark red-brown, to the point where you start to lose the red in it. the only sign of a head is the thin ring of very fine off-white head that clings to parts of the perimiter. no sign of lace.

aroma is good. malt and cider vinegar. lemon. vanilla and raw oak. earthy. cracker and white bread. horse blanket and leather. bit of grain. sour cherry. the vinegar dominates more than i'd expect in a flanders red/brown.

taste is great. sour cherry. light malt vinegar. lemon. horse blanket and leather. touch of caramel. mix of other dark fruit. vanilla and raw oak. a touch earthy too. lightly warming alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. not overly acidic or vinegary, with an interesting balanced sour edge to it. this is a damn tasty flanders brown.

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Photo of nickd717
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A - Pours a cloudy dark purplish-brown color with no head, only a few bubbles and a ring around the glass. Leaves very slight lacing.

S - Fairly tart with red wine, cherries, wood, and spices.

T - Incredibly vinous, with dry, tart red wine dominating, along with cherry, raisin, brown sugar, vinegar, oak, and spice. This is seriously one of the most wine-like beers I've ever had. Flavor is nice though, tasty and full, and finish is long.

M - Body is medium and the palate is silky smooth. Carbonation is very low, at borderline Lost Abbey levels, but this actually doesn't detract much since this beer is so wine-like.

D - Average to a little better. It's a sipper, sort of like a medium-bodied red wine.

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Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Stockholm, Sweden. Very dark, almost appears black in the glass, but pours a rustic brown. Full, very light brown head. Vinous nose with a variety of dark sour fruits. Flavor is very sour and acidic, with hints of wild red grapes, blackberry and hints of dried chocolate on the finish. A rich, flavorful beer, with an authentic character, a clean sourness and nice balance. Clearly immensely high in quality.

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Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a basic snifter glass. The ale appears a cloudy copper color with red hues and barely a finger of light tan foam. Aromas and flavors are of fruity vinegar, tart apples, sour cherries, figs, raisins, oak tannins akin to those present in red wines, medium funk. Nice balance of sweet, sour, and funk. Right around medium bodied with light carbonation, which works well here. Very decent drinkability. The sweet/sour flavors leave me craving more after each sip.

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Aardmonnik - Earthmonk from De Struise Brouwers
3.92 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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