Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk

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

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RATINGS: 614   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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4.5
jarvo (377) - Abingdon, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2018 Bottle from the Struise beer shop in Bruges. Poursmrky brown, thin head. Aroma red wine with a hint of balsamic. Taste is vinous, initially tart, sweet cherries and raisins. Medium bodied but limited carbonation. Very good indeed.

4.8
SinH4 (10432) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 28, 2018
Bottle at Beerlovers Bar Antwerpen. Hazy brown color with beige head and an incredible lacing. Aroma is red wine, tobacco, wood, a touch rum soaked cherries, chocolate, leathery, superb complexity. Taste is vineous, wood, leathery, a touch brown sugar, tobacco, tannic. Silky mouthfeel with very tiny carbonation. Extremely well-balanced, extremely tasty. Absolutely incredible Oud Bruin, probably the best I've ever had! A masterpiece beyond comprehension, and completely unexpected. And I had thought Oerbier Reserva is the perfect Oud Bruin...

4.3
BuckeyeBoy (11324) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2018
Bottle thanks to Jordan pours out amber brown color topped with a small sand head. Nose is berries wood oak barrels some light funk and tartness. Tatse is more of the nice berries some fruit notes barrel and some sweetness.

4.6
impuritylaw (78) - Freibierg, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2017
2008 bottle at Beerlovers Bar, Antwerp. Intense aroma and taste of pumpernickel, mild balsamic vinegar, wood, red wine and raisins that interchange/overlap with each sniff/sip you take. Almost no carbonation, pretty light (feeling) body and a slick mouthfeel but bursting with flavour. Take your time while sipping on this beer to experience it's complexity and fully enter the realm of the earthmonk.

4
Shark_Pants (781) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2017
330ml bottle, 2008 vintage from the Struise shop in Bruges. Pours a little murky, red-brown with minimal head, as advertised. Aromas of balsamic, cherries, oak, red wine. The taste is quite tart with balsamic vinegar flavours, sweet with cherry flavours, dry red wine, complex oak tannins. Surprisingly not thin bodied at all, quite smooth, low carbonation, wine-like oaky astringency. A very, very good Flemish Red and extremely enjoyable.

3.8
Beerhunter111 (27961) - Beerland, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2017
Many thanks to Erzengel for this 2008 vintage bottle. A clear dark orange brown beer with a very small fast diminishing off-white head. Aroma of riped dark fruits, vinegar, wood. Taste of mild tart red fruits, riped fruits, plums, mild vinegar, wood, nice!

4
martjoobolut (7930) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 22, 2017
Bottle at kulminator. Pours dark brown with beigeish head. Aroma is sour, oaky, malty, acidic. Flavor is sweet and sour, bitter, oaky, malt, fruity. Finish is dry. Overall: great, but would have liked to try it a couple of years ago.

4.1
Cunningham (9775) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2017
Dark color with a small tan head. Nice aroma with a fine intensity. Pleasant sourness. Medium (+) body and a fine carbonation level. Ok balanced sourness and acidity. Vinous, funky, yeast, toffee, oak and fruity, Good complexity. Lovely evening sipper.
[Bottle at The Blåbær Lambik 2017 Release queue outside Himmeriget in Copenhagen, Denmark]

3.8
jc1762 (1920) - JAPAN - MAR 25, 2017
Thanks Brad for sharing the bottle! Poured into a taster showing translucent caramel brown with white foam lacing. The nose shows a lot of sweet Belgian yeast. The palate is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Lightly tart with strong flavors of Belgian yeast.

4
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2017
Bottle, vintage 2008. Pours a clear dark brown beer with a quickly disappearing off white head on top. Aroma is rich, full with woody characters, red fruits, oak, some tart fruits and has vineous notes as well. Flavor is incredibly full, yet really sublte with light tarty notes, richness of red fruits, all sorts of berries and such. Has a body that is light tart and vineous, overall is quite fruity and almost sweetish. Mouthfeel is oily and silky, has a dry tart aftertaste that really lasts a long time. No carbonation going on, but what a great beer.


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