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Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk

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


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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle at kulminator. Pours deep brown, nose is funky, toffee, balsamic, taste is chewy toffee, sweet, light funk, a bit past its best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3087) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle at Kulminator, finally caught it. Brown pour, small head. Aroma of red grape, oak and milk sour. Taste is long, weird and hard to pinpoint. With wine, vanilla, subtle wild sour oak. There’s a lot going on with this beer, strange and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Licorice and bourbon smell. Tastes like a heavy red wine. Low carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (5877) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2015
Many thanks to Rian for sharing this 2007 Vintage. Intense sourish woody nose. The beer starts nice earthy and sour. Hints of malty sweetness on a great sourish but still smooth body. Fresh, easy to drink though with a nice depth. Sourish-fresh, earth, dark cherries, no bitterness. Great long sourish earthy dark aftertaste. Great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (772) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Drunk from a Reidal Vinum glass. in the bottle there is a relatively intense brown sugary quality with just a whiff of the ol’ sour. Headless in the glass though there are swirling flat one dimensional lacing dots on the surface which creates delicate swirling patterns. Dark chestnut brown with some red rusty highlights. Considering it has no head it looks pretty inviting. There is a slight vinuous quality and more intense brown sugary sweetness along with cherries surrounded by a golden hue. Some overly ripe apple in there too. No carbonation but smooth sleek and caressing in the mouth with some fine wafer like instensity on the way down. Much elegance for an 8% ABV beer. Beautifully molded together to form a seemless whole. the nose from the final drops just goes on and on and on and on and on. Glorious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2845) - New York, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Vintage bottle from spacecoyote for free beer week many thanks! Pours flat reddish brown. Huge wonderful nose of toffee, dark fruit and vinegar. Tastes of cherry, plums, vinegar, red wine, toffee, tobacco, and citrus. Quite tart and semi syrupy. Lovely lingering sourness. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle vintage 2008. Muddy brown appearance with a tiny amout of head that vanishes super quick. Aroma is sour cherries, leather, oak, and red grapes. Taste is sour cherries, vinager, oak, and red wine. Finshes tart and acidic, with some malty sweeteness, minimal carbonation. Probably past it a bit, but for this being as old as it is it’s not half bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (6010) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours murky and dirty brown with a very small and dissapearing beige cap, no lacing. woody balsamic reduction, vinous character - lots of grapes and red fruitiness - spicy cranberries perhaps, controlled level of sweetness - burnt sugars and roasted candi, some beef stock, light to medium acidity - relatively complex with an acetic touch. low carbonation, medium body - oily; tart, sweetish and woodsy-spicy finish. enjoyed more than i thought i would considering the looks plus first whiff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mathieuc (2356) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle provided by Luk_, thanks a lot for the opportunity! Pours a dark red (a bit murky) with no head except for some large bubbles and no lacing. Nose is of vinegar, oxidation, cheese and light acetone. Taste is of sour red fruits, a bit of garbage, vinegar, nail polish and ends on surprisingly some light sweet notes. Body is medium, carbonation low to medium and mouthfeel a bit coating and oily. Overall not the complete disaster I was expecting but I can say with confidence that it was almost dead by now so drink yours quick. OK, better than Haandbakk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (1235) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 At Kulminator. Pours black with very little head. Nose is sour, oak, brett. Taste is like whisky, oaky, oud bruin. Awesome.

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