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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

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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Deep cherry red pour. Cherry, balsamic vinegar, and tartness. Sweet cough syrup, brown sugar, and sour/sweet. Medium body and seems to me more the the 8% to me.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2012
2007 vintage. At the kulminator shared with kermis. Decent creamy off white head. Deep burgundy pour. Sour aroma. Sour taste but a Goodyear

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (5845) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2012
(Bottle, Chez Moeder Lambic St Gilles, Brussels, 19 Oct 2012. Vintage 2008) Dark brown colour with foamy, beige head. Fruity, sour nose with notes of caramel, balsamic vinegar, dried fruit and brown sugar. Fruity, tart/sour taste with balsamic vinegar, dark fruit, over-ripe pears and a solid vinegar sourness in the finish. Not quite as balanced as the Rodenbach Grand Cru, but still an impressive sour ale. Something of an acquired taste, but I really like it. Lovely!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2012
bottle poured into a tulip glass the pour looked like red wine, flat with no head at all. smeel was sweet and malty. taste was sweet n sour, slightly too sweet for my liking.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3161) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 1, 2012
Dark brown and thin beige lace. Licorice, earthy, balsamic, sour. Taste is sharp sour, red wine vinegar, old. Crazy but not nice (any more?). Unique but way too sharp. Thin body. No thanks. (UDRBM)

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Minderbinder (1580) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle 330ml [2008] Pours brown with reddish reflects. Flat. Aroma is of fruits, sligth vinegar, malt, metal, caramel. Taste is of fruits, caramel, acidity, sligth metal. Palate: No carbonation, some oxidation, slightly sitcky texture. Overall: Too old I would guess. Not impressive.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tom10101 (2216) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle (330 ml) 2008. Reddish brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma of red fruits, vinegar, ketchup, wood and oxidation notes. Not sure I want to go further... Taste is of red fruits (mostly cherries), caramel, chocolate, vinegar, tart fruits. Mouthfeel is thin and completely flat. This beer is quite complex, but I don’t think that all those flavors get along very well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
2008 vintage. 330 mL bottle at Beer Bistro, served in a snifter. Pours clear chestnut with a few bubbles but no head. Nose is oaky, with sour fruit and notes of wine, raisins and flowers. Flavour is moderately sour with fruit, molasses, toasted malt, oak and raisins. The finish is long, sour fruit with raisins and toasted malts. On the palate, it is medium in boy with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent oaky-roasty sour with wine, molasses and floral notes. Amazing! 2012-01-25

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Big thanks to AuroraCrisis for this one. Dark brown color, almost looks burgundy. Smell is complex oud bruin, a little sourness, spices. The flavor is very good but not your typical oud bruin, this seems more spicy and nuanced and has a sourness on the finish that really pulls at your cheeks like a lemon does. This is a nice beer but a little bit pricey and not easy to get a hold of. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-25-2011 21:45:12

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (943) - New York, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle, 2008 vintage, 10/29/2012. Pours deep reddish brown, almost no head and thinnest of lacing around the glass. Aroma is raspberry jam, with chocolate, caramel and raisins- balsamic character, subtle brown sugar with vanilla, oak. Taste is fruity balsamic vinegar, berries, molasses and a bit of roast malts- cherries follow, with wood, dry finish. Thick body, vinous. Really great, this vintage seems to be hitting its stride.


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