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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Due to its authenticity, Earthmonk received as little sugar as possible during bottle conditioning in order to preserve all original aromas and flavours. This beer comes with little carbonation and a mini head. Is best served at cellar temperature and poured generously, meaning from a hight of approximately 15 to 20 CM, in an upright standing tulip glass. A big bubbled head will quickly make place for the Earthmonk coming alive! Bottle-conditioned in 33cl (5000 btls.) and 75cl (1000 btls.). At Struise, we never retire beers. At ratebeer, Beers are retired when a new batch is not bottled within 12 months. As Earthmonk takes 18 months to age on oak... we have to be patient.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Pours a dark murky reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, vinegar, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour, yeasty, wood, with a tart sour finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ST247 (378) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle @Kulminator. Pours dark brown/black with off-white head. Aroma is a bit sour, cherry. Taste little sour, cherry, hint of caramel. Full mouthfeel. Nice one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6366) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2014
11.2oz bottle, thanks to dudeabide for sharing. Bottle is labeled 2008. Kind of hazy dark brown red color. Minimal head. Dark fruit, some oxidization in the nose. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of creamy, light crisp light carbonation. More dry finish. Some oxidization flavors, moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tartness, very light spice. Some light bit of alcohol in the finish. Alright, kind of oxidized kind of malty kind of sweet sweeter sour brown ale. Not impressed with this. Too old, I guess.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2014
Niet echt mijn favoriet, maar voor de mensen die graag wijn drinken zal dit een lekker bier zijn

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (957) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2014
Shared 2006 bottle at home. Poured a deep red brown colour with no head. Cherries, caramel, vinegar, oak, acid, red wine, dark fruits, caramel, some malt sweetness. Incredible beer! Also blended a part to earthnon with reserva 2009. Wich was incredible tasty!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2511) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (467) - - JUL 16, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark reddish brown with a quickly fading head leaving no lacing. Aroma is sweet berries, brettanomyces, and wood. Flavor is overall sweet yet complex: Berries, wood, Brett, dark fruits with cherries and prunes, and grapefruit citrus. Finish is acidic and puckering. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrunoSanchez (83) - Fermo, ITALY - JUL 13, 2014
Magnifica sour ale colore tonaca di frate scura con pochissima schiuma evanescente. Al naso note di soia, caramello e vino cotto. In bocca una piacebolissima agresività acida e dolce. Corpo denso ma beverino x via dell’acidità. La gradazione alcolica li da un tocco di calore liquoroso molto interessante. Il sapore è caramelloso, vinaceo e di frutta secca (uvetta e prugna). Finare lungo molto aromatico.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3768) - - JUL 13, 2014
bottle. 2008. deep red, near brown, with almost head and low pressure when opening cap. aroma of caramel, chocolate, red berries, raisin, old prune. light sourness. dry palate and slight body. juicy texture with low carbonation. low sourness. flavor is a blend of caramel, tart berries, some dust, maybe a touch of molasses.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 An innovative twist on the ’oud bruin’ genre, which normally is not spiced, but this one apparently is. Yellow tanned, thin and quickly dissipating head, colour deeply mahogany brown; complex and powerful aroma of raisins, oak, milk chocolate, passion fruit, coffee grounds, candied dates, medium dry sherry, hazelnuts, sour cream, wine vinegar; taste is deliciously complex, exotic fruits, spicy accents, supple and deep malt basis, the sweetishness of which is balanced against the lactic acidity very cleverly. This is truly an addition to the age-old genre of ’oud bruin’ and one of the most interesting beers I’ve had from this exciting brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAWANO (25) - JAPAN - JUN 2, 2014
It is a taste that is similar to red wine is also a refreshing acidity of this cherry beer, and also has been brewed using a wine yeast. It would be nice to drink full day of summer.


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