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


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RATINGS: 587   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2342) - 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 isnít 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. Itís not the sour, itís 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 Iím picking up. Iím digging it. Itís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (511) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 At Kulminator. Pours black with very little head. Nose is sour, oak, brett. Taste is like whisky, oaky, oud bruin. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (8458) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
Poured a dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of vinous fruit and caramel malt. Medium body, flavour of the aroma and sour end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1512) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle (2008) at a share courtesy of Eric. Pours a very dark brown without much head. Dark fruits, cherries, some oak, and vanilla and caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a little sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1713) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
September 28, 2014. Bottle from tderoeck (thanks Tim!), best before august 27, 2018. Pours dark brown almost black with no head. Aroma is cherries, vinegar, oak, caramel light vinous. Taste is tart and sweet with caramel, cherries, dry woody notes. Finish is light to medium dry and medium sweet. Medium bodied, very light/soft carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2014
2008 Vintage. Pours a deep mahogany umber color with three fingers of eggshell foam that settles to a fingers and lingers nicely. Nose is deep sharp and complex. Vinous acidity, cranberry, blueberry, cocoa, pine, caramel leather, mushroom. Layers nicely and begs to be sipped. Wow, the palate brings me from burgundy to austria and back to napa. Vinous Bomb ! Bright cherry acidity with nuances of herbal blueberry on the front... leading into a juicy cranberry boysenberry midpalate the rounds and softens with rich cocoa dusted blackberry and lingers with wet wood musty basement funk, composted leaves. Next level beer right here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (763) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle @ home. Dark burgundy pour with tiny lacings on top. Very winesque, lots of red grapes, vanilla, raspberries and some light funk. almost flat on the carbonation and finishes dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ST247 (400) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle @Kulminator. Pours dark brown/black with off-white head. Aroma is a bit sour, cherry. Taste little sour, cherry, hint of caramel. Full mouthfeel. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6943) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2014
11.2oz bottle, thanks to dudeabide for sharing. Bottle is labeled 2008. Kind of hazy dark brown red color. Minimal head. Dark fruit, some oxidization in the nose. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of creamy, light crisp light carbonation. More dry finish. Some oxidization flavors, moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tartness, very light spice. Some light bit of alcohol in the finish. Alright, kind of oxidized kind of malty kind of sweet sweeter sour brown ale. Not impressed with this. Too old, I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikske79 (1248) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2014
Niet echt mijn favoriet, maar voor de mensen die graag wijn drinken zal dit een lekker bier zijn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (1287) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2014
Shared 2006 bottle at home. Poured a deep red brown colour with no head. Cherries, caramel, vinegar, oak, acid, red wine, dark fruits, caramel, some malt sweetness. Incredible beer! Also blended a part to earthnon with reserva 2009. Wich was incredible tasty!!

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