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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: 613   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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4.4
ciocanelu (3112) - 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. It’s 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.

4.5
mariuspoenari (3180) - 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.

4.5
Grzesiek79 (4485) - 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

3.3
nutjes (1330) - 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.

4.6
makromaniak (160) - 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!

2.8
CH-303 (2407) - 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
fkoolen (1403) - 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
mR_fr0g (14028) - 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
The_Osprey (9698) - 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
PotjeBier (3838) - 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.


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