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
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2007
[Bottle from Beermouth tasted with the hop-bros at Jess’ cosy inn.]
A very complex sour ale already in the aroma with the notes of ports, sourness, wood, leather, soursweet chocolate, vinegar and old rotten soil. A true weapon for anything. Flavor is not for the faintharted with similar notes in a combination with a fullbodied oakaged berry brew. Better taste it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeranarchist (232) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with a red glow. It has no head at all! Distinct aroma of oak, acetic acid, berries, cola, red wine and walk in the summer after a heavy shower. It’s sour, no carbonation, dry, earthy, woody and a little watery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2007
Beautiful red mahogany color and a small but good head. The aroma is vinous with notes of caramel and raisin. The flavour is very complex; it’s vinous med notes of caramel, citrus, plum, raisin, chocolate, berries, basement - and it’s truly nice! 1944

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2007
Hazy brownish with golden copper hue and nearly no head.. Fresh fruit, chessnut, malty, earthy, grassy and grapefruit. Nice acidity and good strong body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2007
Dark brown, slightly hazy with a big, off-white head that dissipates quickly. A huge aroma ... hints of sour and perfume inviting the adventurous ... nutty, fruity overtones with hints of wood-aged sours balancing the deeply complex sweetnesses one discovers as this one warms up. Full, round, soft body that lingers wonderfully for a few seconds and is gone. This was a wonderful surprise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
Reddish, deep brown body with quickly fading head. Slow going carbonation. A vital, penetrating aroma, nuanced with perfumey notions. Expressive esters bring a plethora of fruits, while spicy developments are drowned in the beefy chocolate scents. Those original, idiosyncratic flavours are translated in mouth to form a shining example of a beer that evolves during the same sip. From the initial fruity, vinous, berry-like profile, it quickly steps into deeper malt territories, feeding the drinker’s soul with potent chocolate splashes. Its heavy sweetness is thankfully accompanied by the fitting full and rounded body (despite barrel-aging) that forces one to maintain a respectful, slow drinking pace. Moreover, that sweetness drinks into the woody acidity to find an equilibrium that avoids any cloying territory. Yep, can only echo Martin’s comments. This is to Flemish Sours what Pannepot is to beefy dark belgian strong ales. How the experiments must have been pointy and masterfully handled to come up with something like that, both inspired by the tradition and evolving further is a testament to the brewers’ art and however much we praise them, I can only imagine how the fun and discoveries they’ve made on their way to this Earthmonk must remain their grandest reward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2007
Deep amber of color, no head. A very strange aroma currant, earth(monk), cola and cinnamon. In taste currants and other black beeries. I would love to taste this one more time, at least. My beer#100

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2007
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 bottle. extreemly dark red color. no head. deep taste of berrys. very sweet. tiny sourness. not my bag, baby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2007
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.

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