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

bottled
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RATINGS: 577   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Simply out, this is my favotite beer of all time. Like Balsamic Vinegar in a bottle. I want to drink this for the rest of my life.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrunoSanchez (76) - Fermo, ITALY - JUL 13, 2014
Magnifica sour ale colore tonaca di frate scura con pochissima schiuma evanescente. Al naso note di soia, caramello e vino cotto. In bocca una piacebolissima agresivitŗ acida e dolce. Corpo denso ma beverino x via dellíaciditŗ. La gradazione alcolica li da un tocco di calore liquoroso molto interessante. Il sapore Ť caramelloso, vinaceo e di frutta secca (uvetta e prugna). Finare lungo molto aromatico.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Dark brown beer with a small but creamy beige foam. Nose is malty and fruity with hints of sour oxidized apples, cinnamon and madeira. Taste is complex and the mouthfeeling is smooth and oily. The taste of this beer is sweet and sour with interesting touches wood, dry fruits, nuts and even muchrooms. Thanks to Carlo for this exeptional beer. Retasted at Zythos 2007 from a Big bottle Beer showed a much beeter apperance and the taste is even more impressive than the first time I tasted this special sour Flemish beer. Well done guys.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (13266) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 75cl bottle BBE 02/07. This beer for me, sums up Ratebeer. In November 2005 I had to go to Antwerp for work at short notice. Knowing that I would be staying close to The Kulminator, I put a post up on the Forum on this site asking that if I only had 2-3 drinks in the pub, what should I have. Almost without exception, people suggested Struise Pannepot. Getting that kind of advice is indispensible. Pannepot is only one of three 5/5 scores Iíve given. Since then Iíve followed Struise with interest and Iíve had the good fortune to meet the guys behind the beers on a couple of occasions and Iím pleased to say that they are tremendous people. I picked this bottle up at the Low Countries RB Meeting in Antwerp last Sept. as part of the Kook farewell to Europe tour with Maeib and Duff, a great weekend which I owe to the Ratebeer site and people Iíve met through it. So thanks. The beer is very, very dark brown/red with thin lasting beige tan head. Lovely sour fruit aroma. Bit of wood too. Sour dark fruits of dark plum, black cherry and damson in mouth. But itís not overly sour, itís balanced by some fruity sweetness too. That sour aroma with dark fruits and touch of bitter choc is tremendous. The fruit in the mouth is just so pleasant, sour and sweet at the same time. Finish has drying sourness and more black cherry and damson. Just so well balanced, the sourness never over runs it. The wood adds to the whole experience. Overall itís a great Flemish dark sour beer. The fruit is both balanced and outrageous at the same time. 4.6/5 Re-rate, 75cl bottle at Kulminator. This keeps getting better, some yeast has woken up and given it a very soft carbonation. The flavour in the mouth is now sublime. One of the best sours, best beers full stop Iíve ever had. Every time I had another beer I wished it was this and it wasnít. I was so jealous of another couple having this later in the evening. Now in my definite top 10 beers of all time due to this bottle. Exquisite and unlike any other beer Iíve had. It takes you to another place. Sometimes my palate tells me when I have drunk something of sheer quality and this is one of those times. Canít wait for the new version or to have this again on the old version at the Kulminator.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 In short: Intensely sour/tart beer. My favourite Flemish Sour Beer? MaybeÖ
How: Mtl-crew Halloween-tasting session. Bottle from Rastacouere my hero. This is from the first batch (and only one so far I believe)
The look: Cloudy purple body without much head
In long: From the nose you know youíre in for something intense. Itís a tight rope to walk to make such an intensely sour and tart beer and not fall in the vinegar side. But the earthmonk does not only walk the tight rope, itís making backflips on it. Sour oak and tart dark cherries (or is it the other way around?) supported by a chocolate backbone and some spicy notes. Intensely sour/tart/acidic. Iím talking making-funny-faces sour/tart/acidic. A sipper. It might be sweet, I donít know, my taste buds were too busy with other more intense aspects of the beer. The really soft carbonation would be considered dull in any other beer but is totally fitting here. IĎve been smelling the empty bottle for a few days now. Drinking that unannounced masterpiece with my favourite beer-geek friends was one of those ďbeer-momentĒ. Itís remembering moments like that that fuels my passion for beer although unfortunately it is also because of beer that I donít remember many moments like that.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 (23/04/2011) 2007 Vintage bottle@Kulminator: brown with dark red colour with a small white head, taste is deep, tart & sour with balsamic and red wine vinegar & red wine with sour fruits and acidic wood + dark cherries, sour red berries, sherry, sugar,Ö despite the bold flavours straying into sour/vinegar/acidic territory, this is extremely balanced, not puckering sour and easy to drink, mouthfeel is smooth but quite thick as well at the same time, very little carbonation which is just perfect //// 2011 edition@Kulminator: just issued, almost sweet with some brown sugar compared with the 2007 Vintage with red wine like flavours overpowering balsamic & wine vinegar, sourness is very restrained, red fruit, touch of wood, one notch lighter body, very good, liked the 2007 a bit more //// upped the score from 4.7 to 4.8 - the 2007 is getting crazily sour now & 2011 is beginning to develop nicely, this is still one of the best sours around, wonderful brew that I like to revisit from time to time //// scored 4.9 for the 2007. had some really good 2005ís also, still donít like 2008 ///// Had a 2005 in 2013, too oxidated now ////////////////////////////////////////////////// Since it is can no longer be rated, I have decided to put my review of Aardnon here: Slightly blackish dark brown with a red hue and some beige bubbles. Nose is a bit ruled by oxidation given the base beers age, light dusty with tobacco leaves, sticky dark fruits, very light balsamic vinegar. Tastes lightly musty, dark fruits, some prunes & figs, tobacco leaves, burned / heavily roasted coffee and chocolate, very interesting, almost lightly roasted malts, cacao, light touch of balsamic vinegar and tangy red cherries and some cherry pits, sweet malts. Very smooth & full. Quite good Ė unfortunately I never really liked the 2008 Vintage of Aardmonnik Ė 2007 on the other hand is one of the greatest sours in existence Ė love drinking that one regularly. 2005 is pretty good as well. I need a bigger sour kick Ė I think 2007 Aardmonnik is still the place to be for me. Still this is quite interesting. 4.1/5 /////// 4.9 rating is obv. only for the Aardmonnik, no impact by Aardnon

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HrHolm (6) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011 does not count
Various bottled vintages and tap@Mikkeller Bar. A funky, acidic nose, pours dark red, almost black, very little head. Complex taste - very acidic, but the malty sweetness and woody and earthy tones makes it quite balanced, although almost overwhelming in its intensity. A very special beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Oh was I lucky today first May 2006. I visited the Deca brewery on my search to locate the Struise brouwers. Not only did I find Carlo tweaking Tsjeeses (newest christmas beer) in the laboratory, he let me taste a sample of their latest Sour ale, I was perplex! What a guy, that Carlo, they do not make them like that anymore. Anyway, back to reality : EARTHMONK, what a horrable name for a magnificant beer of this kind. Pours a brown red beer with a moderate beige head. This masterpiece is Ďtriple-fermented.í Primary fermentation is in open stainless steel tanks. The deep earthy, sour character results from 12 months of maturation in french oak and then followed by bottle conditioning. Earthmonk is not pasteurized or filtered. The aromas are endless with some wine elegance, so flavourful and interesting. Medium carbination, with a crisp, medium dry finish. Thanks to Carlo

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Bottle conditioned 75cl from Decaigny in Essen. Generously served, poors a dark red brown beer with the smallest of heads, slightly creamy. In the nose, some slight malty aromas with fruits, woody hints and rotten leaves and vinous elements. The Taste is very complex from sweet to slightly sour, from malts to wood over dry fruits and wine like although a very smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied with light carbonation which is impressive for this kind of brew. The after taste is very vinous, slightly lactic with some hints of balsamic vinegar. Although a sour ale still very sweet and extremely well balanced. Nice brew. Rerate : Had it again today with some friends. This beer is even better than two weeks ago which I underrated at that time. Another tasting at the Poperinges Karakterbieren festival makes this beer go to the top for me. A total stand alone Flemish Sour ale IMO.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2007
Dark reddishbrown coloured, beige head. Aroma = yeast, malts, earthy, sourness. Medium at full body. What a great taste fruits, refreshing, sweet dark malts, sour, dry aftertaste. Good, good !


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