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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2011
A very, very opaque brown color. I cannot see light through it, and it is still a bit turbid. I do get hints of light at the small of the glass and the top edges. There is a faint red tint to it. Flat, still pour. No head, even when forcing it. A very pungent acetobacter (vinegar) aroma. Very strong. There is a big malty aroma under this as well. Much like a big barleywine that may have gone bad from oxygen exposure. In this case it was intentional though. Leaves a caramel tint on the glass after taking a sip and the liquid falls back to its temporary residence. Some points it smells like a quad with barely any sourness, but that may be the vinegar smell saturating my senses until I clear them.

The taste is a very mixed bag of flavors. I get the sweet malt up front. Much like a quad in this regard. Then the sourness hits me. It isn’t overpowering like the smell would lead one to believe. It is subtle but in your face. An oxymoron of a presence. There is also a big alcohol presence in both taste and mouth feel. A slight bitterness makes its way into the mouth as well. It’s not the sour, it’s something else. Maybe some hops, as I get a bit of a vegetal taste also. But fairly subdued. A very earthy taste as well. Could be from the barrel, as is most of the oxygen characters I’m picking up. I’m digging it. It’s very complex. Like a sherry, but maltier. Fruity and sour, with sweetness mixed in. There is a burning in the throat after each swallow that is a combination of the vinegar and alcohol notes. Not over the top.

Awesome beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4038) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 6, 2016
Many thanks for this beer to JefVerstraete. Vintage 2008. Kwasne o owocowej strukturze piwo, a raczej wino smakowalo jak wino malaga, rodzynki i moczona suszona sliwka w spirytusie, wyczuwalny alkohol, ocet winny, ocet balsamiczny, figi i daktyle. jagody i jezyny. Nuty drzewne mocno obecne, wszystko to obtacza mocny kwasek. Fajne i octowo winne piwo. Wyglad to jak po nalaniu do kieliszka dobrego burgundzkiego wina, totalnie zero piany, bardzo ciemno czermone o granatowych przeblyskach, pod swiatlo krwisto atramentowa barwa. Blizej do wina niz do piwa. Super pasuje do wolowiny i dziczyzny. Super

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nutjes (327) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2016
33cl-fles op tasting bij Elie. Merci! U: Donkerbruin met bruine schuimkring. G: Cacao, rood fruit, hout, porto en kruiden. S: Rood fruit, vineus, porto en chocolade. Zoetig met een licht bittertje. Zure afdronk. M: Zeer vicieus met weinig carbonatie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
makromaniak (157) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2016
2008 bottle thanx too John :) First of all i must say that i am not a "fan" of the style...but this beer blew my mind! Sweet and sour with a woody backbone...dark fruit, cherries, dades, figs, plums, nuts and a nice touch of chocolate and even coffee. Really well balanced...sweet nor sour takes the upperhand. The low carbo really works well here. Just lovely!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1997) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Appearance: 2008 vintage. Dark brown/red. Basically no head. Pretty flat-looking.
Aroma: Dark fruit, cherries.
Taste: Dark fruit, prunes, cherries, wood. Tartness, but also sweetness. Almost like a port. Better than I expected.
Bought: Trade with tderoeck - thanks!, 330 ml
Info: 22/7-2016, 67/100, BB: 27/4-2016

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fkoolen (1006) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 2008 bottle at home. Very dark reddish brown colour, no real head just some beige bubbles. Amazingly complex nose with rich porto (!) and red and dried fruity tones, nutty, toffee, cask/vanilla. Beautiful porto, vinous, cask, toffee, herbal tones, medium sour, mildly tard, earthy bitter. Great balance, rounded but big flavours. Intensely lingering red fruity, porto, mildly tard aftertaste. Huge body, low-absent carbonation. Best ale in my favorite style: chapeau.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9555) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Paulo for this one. Reddy mahogany brown coloured pour with light tan head. Aroma is red wine vinegar, brown bread, tangy apple. Palate is semi sweet, highish carbonation . Tangy. Flavour is semi sweet, brown bready, granny Smith apple, some spicy vinegar. Some a jammy fruits. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6634) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2016
Bottle share in Richmond, many thanks to Paul for this one. As ’Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk’, 2008 vintage, 8%. Very dark brown with a red hue, big foamy brown head. Aroma is malt vinegar, earthy, some sharp acetic stuff, rounded balsamic, rubber. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Taste is vinegar and brown sauce, meaty, a little woody, light acidity with some booze showing up. Pretty nice one to mull over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2752) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
2008 bottle in The Beer Temple, generously shared by Trevor, thanks! Dark brown color. No head. Aroma’s: sour, vinegar, lightly oxidized, raisins. Additionally some sweetness retronasal. Flavor is moderate to full sweet and moderate sour. Light bodied, perhaps because of the lack of carbonation. Flavors linger. Actually really nice, true Flemish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2844) - GREECE - DEC 9, 2015
750ml bottle from trade with fonefan. Thank you Jan! Brown muddy hazy color with small beige head that quickly disappears. Vinous aroma, wood, yeasty, dark tart fruity, light malty, caramel notes when it gets a little warmer. Sweet and acidic taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franckg (1282) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2015
Bouteille datée e 2008. Robe rouge très foncée, pratiquement opaque et sans col de mousse. Jumelée à une très faible effervescence, l’apparence est terne. Arômes de vin rouge, cerise, fraise, café, bref, c’est maderisé. Légère acidité, balsamique, anis, chocolat et bois mouillé également. On voit que le temps l’a rattrapé. En bouche, beaucoup plus de saveurs venant de la rouge des Flandre, vin rouge, balsamique, citron, bois sur un fond de grains de café. Beaucoup de baies aussi: fraise, cerise noire et mûre. Pointes d’anis et zeste de citron. Très faible carbonatation. Texture légère. Spéciale et agréable au goût. Peut-être un peu trop vieille par contre.

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