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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: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.


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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Thanks to the generousity of Zinister. Let this sit a minute or the acetone aroma will kill the experience. Once things settled down the dense brown beer had no head to speak of and a very earthy aroma. I thought that a friends description was dead on, it tasted like blood, coppery and rich. This was a good thing. As we progressed the complexities got better and better. The fruit, the sour, the tart. Nice beer.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1920) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fkoolen (900) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (8494) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5742) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2622) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2573) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franckg (1024) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle from JefVerstraete, thanks! Surprisingly malty nose, like pumpernikel with bread, vanilla and brown sugar. Also alcoholic. In contrast, due to the slightly vinegar-like acidity, the body does not come across as solid. The carbonation is almost none, while the coffee-infused finish is also alcoholic. This is a very strange flanders red, not really fruity while still decidedly vinous, in part reminiscent of home made wine with added sugar (hence the easily discernable boozy notes). Not sure what to think of this but I would lie if I wrote that I found it tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle at kulminator. Pours deep brown, nose is funky, toffee, balsamic, taste is chewy toffee, sweet, light funk, a bit past its best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3875) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle at Kulminator, finally caught it. Brown pour, small head. Aroma of red grape, oak and milk sour. Taste is long, weird and hard to pinpoint. With wine, vanilla, subtle wild sour oak. There’s a lot going on with this beer, strange and tasty.


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