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


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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3543) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (574) - - 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).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrunoSanchez (189) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAWANO (28) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2014
(backlog) Bottle (2008). Black pour with some light bubbles. Acetic sour aroma with some acetone/nail polish tones. Sour acetic flavors with lighter cherry and balsamic tones. Very acetic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
At big Seth’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (428) - 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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2375) - 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.

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