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Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk

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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: 570   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
At big Sethís going away party on 11/2/2013; was an awesome day! Aroma is dark fig, medium acidity. Taste is dark cherries, slightly tart, oak barrel, very very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
2008 vintage bottle. Pours a murky, yet vibrant maroon, with a slight plum hue. Maybe even some brown flashes in there too...very interesting appearance with a very thin off-white/pink-tinged cap on top. Aromas of nail polish, red wine vinegar, tart cherries and a slight musty odor. Taste is quite the adventure! Initial tart cherries up front, but this full-bodied beauty gives off some rich flavors of fig, plum, oak, vinous notes/port notes. Some slight spice comes in at the end as well. Such an interesting and delicious beer!! One of the most unique and interesting to this style. Wish I had more!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (890) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle pour sampled during RBWG 2014. Pours opaque black. Nose some sour, slight barrel, dark fruit. Taste tart sour, almost salty, then umami. Sour finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (2568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle, 2008 vintage, thanks to Alen!! Pours deep mahogany ruby with very little head; an initial bubbly head gives way to a tiny mist of beige lacing along with a ring. Decent lacing nevertheless. Aroma is pretty light overall, presenting an interesting mix of quad characteristics; chocolate, fig, prune, some vinous qualities, a bit of tart cherry. Flavor follows, with some initial sweetness and hints of dark sugars and fig, drying out and becoming lightly tart cherry, oak, vanilla, tannins, ruby port. Dry finish with very light funk, basement flavors coming through at the end. Kind of wine like in mouthfeel, no real carbonation, but still rich and full bodied. Quite the interesting beer, actually.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (676) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
From notes. Big thanks for OldMrCrow for sharing this with me a few weeks back. I should have entered these notes earlier so I could fill in the gaps better, but Iíll do my best. Pours dark ruby with some large bubbles dotting the surface. Aroma: steak sauce, prunes, soy, oak and earth. Perhaps a hint of cheese. Brown sugar. Complex, a shade sweet on the nose - reminds me a bit of cuvťe de tomme perhaps? Taste: smoky! Thereís the steak sauce. Smoky, sweet, brown sugar, honey, soy prune, a bit tart (but not over the top). Palate: Medium-full body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Oily. Overall: I like this! A little chocolate / roast in there too. Leather, meat, balsamic. After it was mentioned, it smells of dark rubber -- it really does, like a tire. Cool beer -- thanks again for sharing this, OldMrCrow!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (2912) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy tan head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is raisin, caramel, and vinegar. Thin mouth feel with a strong funk, caramel, and light dryness in the finish. Vey good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
abemorsten (2489) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Shared bottle at Kulminator. 2008 vintage. Black body with a white film. Port, raisin, prune, vanilla and vinuous notes fill the nostrils. Silky smooth and full bodied prune juice with chutney and notes of liquorice. My mouth really waters up from this potion, I canít help it. Oh bliss!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle at the Kulminator, Antwerp. Poured a murky dark brown with a reddish hue and a round off-white head. The aroma is sour acid, almost vinegar. The flavour is medium sour with a super smooth acid rich fruit alcoholic palate. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. Itís surely an acquired taste for some but as soon as you acquire it thereís no going back.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (1753) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle shared with harrisoni in the Molenhof. Thanks Ian. Almost clear but very dark brown, almost no head. Nose is very sour and complex. Balsamic and brown malt vinegar dominates, then its softer vinous red wine grape, cherries, malty grain, tart and sour. Taste is again balsamic vinegar, red wine, vinous grape, tart and sour, touch of caramel. Itís a very busy and complex beer where elements are certainly starting to come together although the vinegar maybe hasnít mellowed quite enough to match the softer wine tones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (2802) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
75cl bottle, shared. 07/11. Almost black, thin head. Vinegar aroma, balsamic. Covers all else. Flavor has tartness, vinegar, salty cucumber. 1 dl was quite enough. Not bad, but really balsamic vinegary stuff, which is borderline for me.

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