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

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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Tasting 12-01-2007 (Søren, Peter, Carsten). Head was spare rocky and light brown which was quickly goon. Body was muddy with heavy particles and a ruby like color. Aroma was molasses, grapefruit, earth, bubble gum, grape, apple, ginger, vinegar. Reminded me somewhat of a heavy version of apple cider, but at the same time it was extremely vinous. Difficult to explain unless you have tasted this great stuff. Full bodied with a surprisingly soft carbonation. Flavor was superiorly playful, switching between light bitter and sweet notes with the moderated acidic always present. This really is an extreme beer and so well brewed. I still have one bottle left of this stuff, will let it cellar and see what happens, it is impossible to image that this could get even better. Excellent Flamish Sour, defiantly the best so fare.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 9, 2007
#1600 33cl bottle courtesy of Carlo: poured a deep cola brown with a medium sized beige head after an aggressive pour. A little yeast came in the pour and settled on the head. The nose: a mixture of sour cherry, light vinegar, slight wood, light varnish, a little rubber. Nice aroma. The taste: a nice combination of sweet and sour. More sweet than I would have thought. Moderate sour cherries with some red wine notes, a little varnish, some vinegar. Light carbonation. Subdued sweetness on the back of the tongue after swallowing. 8% hidden very well. This is a very nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle courtesy of lachesis. Thanks Carlo! Pours a deep ruby to near brown body. Strong foamy tan head that recedes leaving nice sticky lacing around the glass. Nose is sour with tart fruits, balsamic vinegar, wet wood, red wine, sweet-sour candy, and quirky funkiness. Taste is sour but not as sour as the aroma would let on. Tart fruits (cherries and berries mainly), woody notes, damp earth, wet leather, and vinegar notes. The tartness seems to hit the palate upfront combined with the carbonation. It’s like a tickling tartness. It’s unlike any other sour beer I’ve tasted, in that regard. Body is bubbly and effervescent with a light-medium overall feel and a pleasant astringency thanks to the acetic notes. It’s bone dry at the end as well. Startlingly sweet in spots during the finish but I think this really aids the beer from being a bit one-sided. Sweet malts, under-ripened fruits, tartness, light balsamic vinegar, hints of Sour Patch Kids. Very nice stuff! Thanks again Carlo (lachesis) for giving me the chance to try this!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
This Flemish sour pours a dark reddish brown color from a 330ml(?) bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and funky, vinous and tart. A medium to full bodied Flemish sour. Malts are funky and fruity, vinous and tart. Lively carbonation. An amazing balance between the fruit and the funk. Lots of cherry and vinegar, must, leather and cobwebs. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and tart. Thanks to Chris C for sharing this one as well.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle at Brugs Beertje, Bruges, Belgium
Deep, black body. Fizzy off-white head. Aroma of wood, cherry, port, ’flemish sour’, ... Quite flat beer. Modrately sour, lightly sweet. Nice fruitiness. A very good flemish sour. I’d suggest to work on the carbonation to get a better flemish sour. But apparently the Struise gus wanted it to be somewhat flat. I can live with that. :)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11975) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 (750ml bottle) Pours a murky dark pinkish rose body with virtually no head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, vinous, and earthiness. Flavor of light sourness, vinous, light cherry, and some woodiness with a dry, lightly metallic finish. Much more subdued sourness than your typical flemish sour, which lends to more complexity as it warms.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, USA - DEC 31, 2006
This one will be remembered as one of the most unique beers of 2006. Deep maghony in color with a small thin beige head. Extreme vinous aroma of sour berries, dry wood, sweet chocolate cake, warming alcohol etc etc.The flavor leaves nothing behind from the aroma. Penetrating sourness dominated by forest berries and grapefruit with a dry wood tannin feeling on the tongue. This is a real flavor bomb. A great great beer and as said, very unique. A little more carbonation and there is no limit to how high this could go! Thumbs up you crazy brewers!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Chocolate brown with no head, nearly flat. Nose-tart cherry, chalky, powdery chocolate. Taste-metal, dirty, potting soil, powdery tootsie roll chocolate, light cherry, tomato, restrained acidity. Not bad but a huge let down after such a wonderful nose.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Poured a hazy dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Superb tart cherry aroma with hints of leather. Tart fruity flavor that is dominated by cherry. The finish is sweet but balanced with a moderate acidity. Medium body. This has just enough fruit, enough sweetness, enough, acidity and enough funk. Well can you ever have enough funk? Medium bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2006
(Bottle) Shared at the PNW Christmas 2006 party at Oakes on December 9th. Highly carbonated, thin white foamy head dissipates atop a still oily brown body. Ripe Christmas pudding with brandy and all the fixings. Deep plums, holiday spice and a lip-smacking finish. To be sought after - a wonderful beer!


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