duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, cheers Carlo! This was some beer. Poors a menacing deep brown colour. Not much in the way of carbonation. Aroma is sour, woody, with some vinous notes, like a good merlot or perhaps a slightly wild pinot noir. Cherry notes also spotted. Mouthfeel is quite phenominal. Lots of juicy acidity, mixed with subtle oak and vinous qualities. Its rich, and full bodied, but not over the top at all. Unbelievably well balanced. Great beer.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 bottle. extreemly dark red color. no head. deep taste of berrys. very sweet. tiny sourness. not my bag, baby.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with almost no head. WOW! Fruity with notes of balsamico, vinegar, currant, cirtus, cinnamon and Theis’ bike glue. Great complexity and a very good balance between sweet and sour.
kepano (250) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Last May I was driving through the beautiful Belgian countryside, finally gazing upon the hop fields of Poperinge and the Westvleteren abbey, scenes I had dreamt about since my first few beers. Little did I know that my casual visit of the nearby De Struise brewers would be such an eye-opening experience. In the company of Carlo and Urbain, I had my first taste of the debuting Earthmonk, a cask-sample elegantly tapped and deliciously satisfying. A few months later, two bottles arrived in the mail, a generous donation that I was impatient to sample. The long maturation and bottle-conditioning were certain to yield the polish I had found in Pannepot and De Struise’s other excellent efforts. In appearance this Flemish Sour was unusually dark, a peat black hue glinting with deep ruddy highlights and topped of a ballooning off-white froth. Rich vinous tones erupted immediately, enhanced by copious oak and vanillin, and an intense licorice fragrance. The voluminous nose is decidedly unique and mouth-watering, sharing the qualities of ripe cherries, brown sugar, apple, milk and the overarching resonance of fresh mineral water. Sour at the offset, the flavor shifts through a gamut of fruity and malty notes, initially emphasizing juicy cherries, Granny Smith apples, wild strawberries and cola. Woodiness prevails just a moment later, accompanied by earthy brown sugar, leather and a hint of Balsamic vinegar. Finishing with a slight metallic tone, the aftertaste develops a remarkable chocolate and hazelnut aspect that I’ve never seen before in the style. The obvious lack of carbonation is unfortunate but creates a rather fertile ground for the complexity of this brew to evolve. Earthmonk has changed since its days in the barrel, on one hand I regret the eminent Speculoos and brown sugar flavors that I had loved, on the other, I find the beer more intricate and mature, more sour and empowered. I can only see this brew improving, especially as I assume the good fellows at De Struise will have their refermentation well in hand next time around.
anders37 (20882) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Sour tasrt malty aroma with some vinous hints. Malty tasrt sour flavor with some earthy hints and hints of wood. Has a drytart finish with some vinous hints in th e aftertaste. Very nice.
Theis (14792) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - First newbie tasting club - I brought it. Brwon (red glow) - small offwhite head. This is intense !! Balsamic vinegar, rubber glue, earthy, wood, cinnamon, currants. Very complex - I LOVE IT...
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown coloured with a beige head.
Aroma of wood, red wine, vinegar, fruits and spices.
Flavour of fruits, red wine, vinegar and fruits.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Really dark brown and opaque. Almost no head, just small bubbles swimming araound. Huge balsamic aroma of black cherries, wood, earth, nutmeg and vanilla. the flavour is even bigger; it’s almost exploding at the first Strong vinous notes of black currant, wood, pepper, black cherries, leaves, salty licorce and aged vinegar. Full, sappy and smooth mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Finishes woody and slightly sourish from currant and cherries but the sweetness from spinned sugar and dried plums and dades. A fantastic brew to drink and enjoy
Oakes (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 Opaque. Very dark brown. Deeply both vinous & chocolate, woody, plummy, deep fruit...just rich. Tart, vinous, chewy toffee flavour with plum and fruitcake, balsamic, blackberry and alcohol. Complex, deep, vibrant, with chocolate notes.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Carlo for the bottle. Brown body with no head, medium lacing. Aroma of coffee, wood, vinegar, alcohol, malts, grapes, figs. Sweetnes, grapes, lactic, licorice, cherry, sour, light malty alcoholic, spicy syropy finish.