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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: 578   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1203) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2008, thanks Seth! Translucent red-brown with some minimal bubbles. Red wine / vinous aroma, hints of leather.

Taste impresses: cherries & red grapes, vinegary, dark fruit at the end. Finishes dry and champagne-like (minus the carb). Really damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1734) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle shared at Darkness Day by StFun, thanks Josh! Pours a hazy brown, sour hits the nose and makes my mouth water slightly. Taste is sweet then sour like a sour patch kid. Some woody undertones. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1413) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle shared at Darkness Day by StFun, one of the only users to be banned on Ratebeer! Thanks!! Dark hazy brown in color, a little sour - acetic and a touch lactic. Nice balance with sweetness of the malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (1886) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2014 330ml bottle. So sour, flat, caramel, berries and wood aromas and flavours. Maybe a bit unbalanced, sourness dominated, other flavours fading.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (1989) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
The beer pours flat with a very dark cola color to it that passes no light through it at all, has no head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The beer scent is average as it has a mild smell of dark fruit with a follow up of a bitter pinot noir flavor. The taste is great with a definite blend of dark bitter cherry and black currants and a mild pinot noir finish, similar to the smell but this actually blend together well. The mouthfeel is mediocre as the beer had almost no carbonation but has a bitter, dry mouthfeel. Overall, this flemish sour had some highs and low...the lows were poor carbonation and mild smell...the highs were a solidly blended sour ale. It was nice to try but Ill pass going forward.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frovigalning (2928) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle from a shop in Belgium (think it was the Struise shop in Brugge), bought in 2011 (2008 on the bottle). This beer had lots of aceton-like notes in it a couple of years ago but trying it now i 2013 most of it is gone. I can still sense some though. Fruity and sour with some chemical notes. Not very refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (806) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours with no head. Before I even have time to observe the colors, a sharp acetic note has already wafted to my nose. Color of rich black earth mud, but not cloudy at all. Looks like very strong iced black tea. Aroma is of spiced bread (heavier on the spice than the bread): clove and nutmeg, sweet tea, vinegar, tart grape and cherry. No carbonation on palate. Flavor is quite tart, high in acetic acid to the point of excess. Caramel malt. Acetic is zesty, dominant. Just when I though tit was going to be a detriment, the spices kick in and round out these sharp notes: nutmeg, cinnamon, light licorice and clove, hint of black pepper. Grape juice (made from wine grapes). Light, dry, old, nutty woodiness. As it warms and breaths, I adapted to the acetic zest and thought a bit more highly of the beer. Some elements are great: spice, fruit, and intensity of flavor, while the lack of carbonation makes the beer less enjoyable. Not worth the very high price.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2305) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle at Kulminator, Antwerrp. 2005 vintage. Dark brown beer with a beige head- Fruity, cherries aroma almost a bit like red wine. Red berries, sweet, a bit earty, a bit mushroom notes (?), flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (3974) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle @ Kulminator, RBESG. Very dark brown colour with a tan head. Nose is slightly sour, fruits, bit of yeast. Flavour is sour, acid, balsamic vinegar, dark fruits. Finish is fairy sour.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (2334) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle, thank you GT2! Aroma of oak, red wine, cherries. Hazy, very dark color, almost no head nor lace. Overall amazing sour though!


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