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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.


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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Tasted on 7/23/12 from a capped 330mL bottle obtained in a trade, the date notches on the side of the bottle are untouched, but this has some age on it. Pours opaque prune juice brown with a very small bubbly tan head that leaves the thinnest bubbly tan head. The nose is both sour and malty with caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, and a light soy sauce oxidation. The flavor is nearly the same, starting with the molasses, caramel, and dark chocolate, moving to a sour quality, and finishing with a lightly charred and slightly metallic flavor. The body is very full with very little, almost still, carbonation, and a long malty, sour, somewhat metallic, an tannic finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4768) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours murky and dirty brown with a very small and dissapearing beige cap, no lacing. woody balsamic reduction, vinous character - lots of grapes and red fruitiness - spicy cranberries perhaps, controlled level of sweetness - burnt sugars and roasted candi, some beef stock, light to medium acidity - relatively complex with an acetic touch. low carbonation, medium body - oily; tart, sweetish and woodsy-spicy finish. enjoyed more than i thought i would considering the looks plus first whiff.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mathieuc (1569) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle provided by Luk_, thanks a lot for the opportunity! Pours a dark red (a bit murky) with no head except for some large bubbles and no lacing. Nose is of vinegar, oxidation, cheese and light acetone. Taste is of sour red fruits, a bit of garbage, vinegar, nail polish and ends on surprisingly some light sweet notes. Body is medium, carbonation low to medium and mouthfeel a bit coating and oily. Overall not the complete disaster I was expecting but I can say with confidence that it was almost dead by now so drink yours quick. OK, better than Haandbakk.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (545) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (8656) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1623) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1789) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (2399) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (836) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ST247 (425) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (7223) - 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.


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