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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is vinegar, sugar, malty, dark fruits. Flavor is moderate sweet and acidic, vinegar with a long duration, refreshing. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (310807)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31859) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
From 75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with no head. Earthy sour with dark sugarish malt note. Slight chemical/paint aroma. Very low carbonated. Lovely sour/estheric flavour while still having a nice sweet note. Very dry however.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 9900. A dark red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has sweet berry notes combined with acidic notes of brettanomyces, and wood. The flavor is lovely acidic with an underlying sweetness - and it is very complex with notes of berries, wood, brettanomyces, prunes, grapefruit, and mold. The acidity lingers on the palate and back of the tongue. Nice one. Thanks Carlo for this bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of Grovlam. Pours a clear, beautiful ruby red colour with a small, rough, beige head. Fantastic tart aroma of wood and dried fruit - extremely vinous. Medium in body and almost flat. Flavours are again raisins, wood and grapes, lots of sourness and a metallic edge. Underneath the sourness lurks a very distinct sweetness. This is one fantastic sipper. Extremely delicious. 080707

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle. Clear brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of wood, red wine, vinegar, fruits and spices. Flavour of fruits, red wine, vinegar and fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Bottled (Thanks Diabel!). Dark amberish ruby colour, small off-white head. Aroma is big sourness. Flavour is sour dark fruits, earth, plum and raisins. Very sour fruits in the aftertaste. Nicely done!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19945) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 Bottled. Cloudy mahogany colour, minimal airy head.Acidic black currant aroma. Sweet rounded malt accompanied my vinegary acidity. Surpisingly light bodied with notes of wood and raspberries. The heavy citric acidity creates a burning sensation in the finish which is somewhat detracting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Sour tasrt malty aroma with some vinous hints. Malty tasrt sour flavor with some earthy hints and hints of wood. Has a drytart finish with some vinous hints in th e aftertaste. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2010
6th March 2010. Clear dark brown beer. Semi dry crisp palate. Can never drink this without thinking off Duchesse Du Bourgogne. But here the sourness is a little sharper and it also has a more medicinal note.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle about 4 years old, bb 10/2007
I got this bottle from the most generous Carlo (Lachesis); I was waiting for the right moment, and the years passed

The color is brown, very dark, almost black; large beige head, persistent. The aroma is pungent, there is vinegar and acetone; behind, quite hidden, also some caramel and light fruit. The carbonation is still high, so the beer has been working in the bottle; it has a quite strong body, with good caramel flavor and also enough sweetness; the sourness is aggressive, playing with the acetone notes; there is also a touch of liquorice (probably due to the age); it gets close to a balsamic vinegar.
Very well conceived, but the acetone and liquorice are disturbing the senses.


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