Aardnon / Earthnun
De Struise Brouwers

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Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.06%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
24
From:
De Struise Brouwers
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: 1/3 Ardmonnik and 2/3 Pannepot Reserva aged for 7 years.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany coloration with a tiny, fizzy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt and strong dark/red fruit notes of raisin, plum and cherry, as well as hints of vanilla and tannic oak. Taste is an excellent balance of rich, sweet, bready, caramel malt and distinct dark and lighter red fruit, with raisin and plum being especially prominent and lighter fig and cherry, as well as some brown sugar and rather pronounced sour, vinous, tannic and woody oak notes, with hints of balsamic vinegar, chocolate, vanilla and clove. Finishes with a medium sourness and some dark fruit and tannic oak lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation.

This one-of-a-kind brew makes for a very unique, drinking experience due to its incredibly rich and complex, yet sublimely balanced flavor profile that combines the sweet, fruity and somewhat spicy notes of a Quadrupel with the sour, vinous and woody notes of an Oud Bruin and while all of these notes stand out luxuriously, they never get into each other's way, really coming into their own without overshadowing one another. A truly superb brew where you can really taste the 7 years of aging in wooden barrels and additional 4 years of secondary fermentation in the bottle, while this never feels overly oxidized, syrupy sweet or too boozy.

Aug 23, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle, bottled on 18th February 2016, with a best before date of 17th February 2021. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: Deep dark brown in colour with a ruby hue and a one fingered tanned head that had decent retention and faded to a ring but left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Light roast, cherry, chocolate, coffee, lightly tart, grape gummy candy, fig and plum.

Taste: Sweet and tart, plum, cherry, fig, grape, blackcurrant, jammy berries, with hints of vinegar, wood, light roast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: Excellent, great aroma and flavours. Good complexity and extremely balanced.

Oct 23, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aardnon - 2009 - Earthnun a BA Blend.

9 years old beer this is the oldest beer I've had to date. It spent 7 years in the barrel and 2 years in the bottle.

It pours a still dark brown

Toffee and vinous notes in the aroma, some candi sugar, oak

Great complexity with a lot of vinous notes : berries and leathery notes. Nuts and dark fruits like dates. Candi sugar and cereal notes. A certain sourness is present, a bit lactic

Some astringency, low carbonation

Overall a classy oud bruin

Jun 04, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aardnon 2009 Earthnun. Garnet black with a finger of beautiful tan head. Good lacing. Delicate aroma of chocolate, red wine, some floral hops. Sweet tasting, largely following the nose. Slightly sour, puckering, semi-dry finish. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A touch creamy. Nice cross of styles: quad, sour, oude bruin. Delicious.

Aug 05, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle.
L: black with a weak white foam head.
S: sourness, dry wine. Pleasant.
T: berries red ones, wine again,
F: nice aftertaste, full body and soft carbonation.
O: amazing Belgian.

May 23, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle. Aardnon 2009, Cask Strength Blend in Barrel Limited Edition. 7 years? Some punctuation would be great. Pours murky brown with almost no head. Smells of figs, oak, brown sugar, some cherry, wine. Tastes of oxidation, oak, red wine. Light acidity that gradually builds into a dry, vinous finish. Has some caramelized sugars that never really come off as sweet. This took a bit for me to come around to, but in the end I'm really enjoying it.

Jan 31, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for the 2009 vintage released in late 2016. This spent 7 years in the barrel.

Fizzy tan head. Dark caramel brown color.

This one is very sour with vinegar notes. Oaky with dark fruits, cherries, molasses, and caramel. It is a blend between a quad and a flanders oud bruin and both are fairly present. Some vanilla and toffee. Wine and sherry like notes.

Medium bodied. Ends with some tannins.

A very unique beer. This one will definitely get some mixed reviews.

Jan 28, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into a tulip appears dark brown to almost black with a brown head a finger strong.

The aroma contains minerals and cirus with dark fruity character akin to raison. Some soy evolves as it warms. Once beyond ideal temp its quite vinous.

The taste is sour with an earthy mineral inclusion, cider, earth, oak and vanilla/caramel with quite a savory thing going on mixed with oxidation thats leafy, vegetal and somewhat vinous. There is vinegar to be had across the back.

This is light in body and modestly carbonated. The minerals dominate with roast and its age being quite prevalent. Not a bad brew by any stretch but certainly different.

Jan 20, 2017
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kappldav123 from Germany

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at home. Finally I get to try this beer. Looks really good. Small label with all important information. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Fine malty-sourish aroma. Starts intense malty, roasty, notes of plum, some nuts. Earthy notes. More and more sourish hints, cherries, not too intense. Finish less sourish, malty-stouty notes. Well balanced. Quite drinkable. Love that combination of sour and stouty notes. Really good!

Nov 22, 2016
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Fux from France

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating the Aardnon 2009 cask strength version bottled on 02/18/2016. Blend is 1/3 Aardmonik and 2/3 Pannepot Reserva.
A: Pours very dark brown. I was more or less supposing the beer will be flat but it actually has a quite foamy off-white head, which lasts a little while and leaves a good amount of lacings in the glass.
S: Smell is really surprising, very complex and unusual. It's quite sour, focused on the port scent and also dusty as if it was an already old bottle. It showcases caramel, grapes, raisins, figs, vanilla, tobacco and liquorice. It actually alternates between both base beers flavors, from the chewy, burnt and liquorice aromas from the pannepot and the soft tartness of the Earthmonk. After opening for a while, the dustiness fades and leaves more space to the barrel aromas: oak, port and vanilla, even some chocolate. It is really mellowed and complex, quite intense also. Wonderful nose.
T: Taste is also really complex, not so powerful, but coming by waves of different flavors. Ufront is a small sourness with very brief notes of vanilla, fudge and liquorice, then come various fruits, like dried fruits then soaked fruits and ripe fruits. It finishes tart with port, milk chocolate and yoghurt. Somehow the age shows its presence with some residual dustiness, not very disturbing, even adding another layer of complexity.
M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, somehow chewy and a little bit dusty. Though alcohol is only 8%, it is noticeable. Good mouthfeel, but definitely a sipper.
O: Really good beer, actually very surprising. I would say it is a hit or miss because it is bewilderingly complex, but the balance is good, and I like it a lot!

Nov 07, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has dark malts and dark fruits but with some kind of tart freshness. Taste, indeed, starts tart with dark fruit notes and some balsamic vinegar but finishes with some roasted malts. Not very acidic, dry and sour but easy to drink. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Really similar to Aardmonnik, just a bit more harsh and not so well balanced and mellow.

Oct 29, 2016
Aardnon / Earthnun from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 24 ratings