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Struise Aardnon / Earthnun

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98
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Formerly brewed at De Struise Brouwers
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 4.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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WARNING: You cannot add a rating of Earthnun if you or someone else, including Struise staff, blended two bottles or two tap pours of Pannepot Reserva and Earthmonk. This is the equivalent of rating a Black & Tan and will be deleted. Only those having a blended and kegged version of this beer may review it, which is currently only those who tried the beer at ZBF 2007.

The Aardnon is a blend of 30% Aardmonnik and 70% Pannepot Reserva (oak aged).


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2066) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Once made in a limited volume of only 5 hl, exclusively for beer festivals and only on tap; I encountered it twice, the first time at the ZBF of 2007 and then at the HOP Karakterbierweekend in Vichte in June 2007; this rating is based on the second encounter. Tanned, thin, loosely structured and quickly dissolving head, colour mahogany - bronze; aroma stunningly complex, very fruity and earthy, maltiness with elegant sour notes, impressions of oak, dates, bitter chocolate, port wine, raisins, balsamic vinegar, medium dry sherry, dried leaves, coffee grounds, hazelnuts, passion fruit; taste equally complex, in fact one of the most complex ales I ever had the pleasure to taste, exotic fruit, deep and rich, multi-layered maltiness, a bit toasty, chocolatey, nutty, all drenched in a refreshing lactic acidity which is blended in perfectly, ending in a fascinatingly complex, long and dry aftertaste. An absolute delight, a pity it is not produced anymore; blending two masterpieces does not necessarily result in a new masterpiece, but in this case each of the two components brilliantly reinforce one another.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (10831) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2014 ZBF2007: Saurer Kirschgeruch. Säuerlicher Antrunk, leicht alkoholischer Mittelteil. Das Bier schwankt immer wieder zwischen eiem säuerlichen und einem eher süßlichen Kirscharoma. So auch im kirschig-malzigen Nachgeschmack, in dem der Hopfen kratzig erscheint.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auderale (605) - Minot, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 ZBF 2007: Hazy brown colored pour with medium sized head. Fruity, acidic nose with a spicy, earth toned, dry finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Tasted at the ZBF. This one was the one that caused me to stop moving around and set up camp at the Stuise booth. It will stop you in your tracks as well. A wonderful blend of wood aged vinious beauty. Only problem is that I can’t get any more till next voyage to Belgium. Enjoy fellas! We’ll get our hands on some somehow ; -)

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2007
Tasted at the Struise Farm next to Aardmonnik. Aardnon was On tap. Lighter in color than Aardmonnik and this one did had the most beautiful foam.Aroma is Soft and less vinegar like than its brother. Nice woodyness, very good balance and highly drinkable. Taste is malty, winelike, Pannepot reserva caracter, bready and smooth peppercake. Great balans and clear afthertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (2702) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2007
Second taste (first at ZBF) Now on tap @ KBW. Hazy dark brown, light beige head. Aroma sour, fruits, dark malts, little candi. Medium to full body. Taste is complex but good: malts, sourness, little sweet, nuts ?.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2007
A splendid beer. I could taste almost every beer on draft they ad at the beerfestival. Very nice brewerie. Only a problem with the Kloeke Blond. Splendid beers with very nice and complex taste. A lust for every beer taster

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 On draught @ Struise farm. Chesnut coloured beer with great beige creamy head. Aroma is malty and slight sharp with hints of earth, candi, dead leafs and old port wine. The smell is simply magificent. Taste is very Trappist like, it is soft, velvety and complex. Hints of sweet chesnuts, tart red fruits, caramel, bread, malts, some vinous accents and touches of port. Afthertaste is rich, very complex yet refreshing at the same time. Thanks Urbain for this fine treat. I drank a 75cl bottle today that I’ve got from Urbain the other day and this beer is evolving greatly!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 24, 2007
Brown reddish body, huge beige head, thick lacing; Huge great nose, with lots of complexity, tons of different elements from fresh sour fruits to warmer malty licorice; Near perfect carbonation in a body that is a very little soft, bitter, sour and sweet; Loooong finish where the sourness grows and the aromas explode. Very, very great beer!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 Draft at ZBF 2007: Just found my notes (almost two months later). A beer I will never forget! Ruddy dark brown with red highlights under a thick, tight tan head. Aroma had a nice balance of acid, malt, and earth with vinous notes (as if I were drinking it in a the barrel ageing cellar of ancient wine-maker). Taste.... superb! This has to be one of the most well balanced beers I have ever tasted. Everything working in harmony... Dark red fruits, creme di balsamico, malt, roast, sugar, toffee, and dare I say... a slight hint of sourdough bread in the finish? Mouthfeel was just perfect for this beer. It seemed to want to punish you by slapping you around, yet it seemed to hit in a more teasing way, leaving you to want more "abuse." One of the best beers I have had in a very long time.


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