Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (1304) - Washington DC, USA - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (4410) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (10385) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle from the dregs run delivery. Thanks Craig! Pours hazy brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of wood, wine, sour funk, chocolate. Taste is light sour, light chocolate, red wine. Light sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerMuse10 (54) - SPAIN - DEC 9, 2016
Vinagre, madera y fruta para parar un tren. Similar a las rojas de Flandes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
90 (391) - BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2016
2008 editie. Ziet er niet echt mooi uit. Weinig schuim, dubieuze kleur, maar wat volgt na de eerste slok: Zot bier. Nog nooit zon stijlvolle oude bruine gedronken. Zeer gebalanceerd. Hout zit er duidelijk in, maar in tegenstelling tot mijn hekel hieraan subtiel en zeer gedoseerd aanwezig. Voor de rest zit er zowat alles in... cognac, bruine suiker, heerlijke zuren.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (2165) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 30, 2016
Murky dark brown color with just a bit of tan foam. Aroma has really nice dried fruit notes with lots of sour raisins and some figs. Taste starts sour and fruity with sour cherries and grapes, like a classic flanders ale, but gets more complex with really nice dried fruits, mostly raisins and figs. Its like a sour/acetic quadrupel or something like that. Medium body, slightly syrupy, just a bit of carbonation. A really complex beer with quadrupel type flavors but sour like a flemish ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mariuspoenari (2555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle shared. Dark brown pour with no head. Notes of macerated grapes and cherries, cognac, cocoa, subtle apple and grape vinegar. Medium body, low carbonation and a sour, sweet and bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4246) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 6, 2016
Many thanks for this beer to JefVerstraete. Vintage 2008. Kwasne o owocowej strukturze piwo, a raczej wino smakowalo jak wino malaga, rodzynki i moczona suszona sliwka w spirytusie, wyczuwalny alkohol, ocet winny, ocet balsamiczny, figi i daktyle. jagody i jezyny. Nuty drzewne mocno obecne, wszystko to obtacza mocny kwasek. Fajne i octowo winne piwo. Wyglad to jak po nalaniu do kieliszka dobrego burgundzkiego wina, totalnie zero piany, bardzo ciemno czermone o granatowych przeblyskach, pod swiatlo krwisto atramentowa barwa. Blizej do wina niz do piwa. Super pasuje do wolowiny i dziczyzny. Super

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nutjes (768) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2016
33cl-fles op tasting bij Elie. Merci! U: Donkerbruin met bruine schuimkring. G: Cacao, rood fruit, hout, porto en kruiden. S: Rood fruit, vineus, porto en chocolade. Zoetig met een licht bittertje. Zure afdronk. M: Zeer vicieus met weinig carbonatie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
makromaniak (157) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2016
2008 bottle thanx too John :) First of all i must say that i am not a "fan" of the style...but this beer blew my mind! Sweet and sour with a woody backbone...dark fruit, cherries, dades, figs, plums, nuts and a nice touch of chocolate and even coffee. Really well balanced...sweet nor sour takes the upperhand. The low carbo really works well here. Just lovely!

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