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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
reakt (951) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 bottle from quinns. What a treat! Well worth the trip all the way up the Northern line. Deep crimson with bizarre head - a few massive round bubbles. Mouth watering vinous nose of sour cherry and raspberry w/ sweetish chocolate hints (reminds me of chocolate cherry cordials). If this had been served to me blind, I’d have sworn it was wine. Totally flat with a vinous taste - a lightly oaky cabernet balanced with fruit and vanilla. Dry finish of tart, puckering wild berry jus. Perfect balance of sweet and sour. Cannot do the Earthmonk justice with just one taste - good thing I got a couple for takeaway. Mmmmmmmmmm.

3.8
cab (866) - DENMARK - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Souer notes, but in a nice way, it is also malty and filling. Good good beer.

3.9
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2007
Much thanks to egajdzis for breaking out this still-unreleased in the U.S. bottle... Appears a hazy dark brown with a tiny, dark beige head that quickly fades into a light collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of vinegar, grapes, tart cherries, oak, caramel, grape leaves, steak sauce, dried seaweed, light soy. Taste is of tart grapes, vinegar, cherries, oaky vanilla, tart grapes, light caramel, and mild oak. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, mildly tart, grapey, vinuous, smooth at some parts, leading to a dry finish with touches of hops and nuts. I’m looking forward to the U.S. release.

4.2
madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Bottled. Dark brown coloured. Dense light brown head. Sour, vinegar, fruits, berries, spice and light earth in the aroma. Very complex. Flavour is at least as complex as the aroma. Sourich and fruity. Has loads of berries and spice. Vinegar is there again. Very balanced. Medium to full bodied. Very dry and acidic. Is fruity and sweetish in the end with a light sour touch. Yet another pearl from de Struise brewers.

4.1
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2012 Original rate. 3/31/2007. Aroma sizzles with excitement in the forum of cherried smoke, glowing peach esters, and fragrant spice stores of Marrakesh. Pours in drawn earth brown. Flavor incredible. Blows me away with sweet and sour cherry vinous complexity. A world of different and indepent cherry character explode in a room filled with cork, toasted sesame and a lot of blistering sour orange peel and popping coriander seeds. Acidity is sharp, highlighting the drumming complexity of the fruit, earth and spice that dance forth from the glass. More strong cherries before settling to sleep in the grass with kaffir and coconut. Aged balsamic drizzle over a grilled piece of pineapple, creasting the oaken delivery on the smack. Astonising unique complexity and character. Too be savored for sure.

33cl Bottle at Ebenezer’s - Lovell, ME. Dark sherry aroma, but lacking any harsh acetic acid. Full of those lovely dark fruit and molasses tones that Pannepot shows so well. Enjoyable. Same score.

4.1
JoeinDahlem (1604) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2007
75cL @ Delirium. Purplish-black, some big bubbles on top but no real head of which to speak. Nose is very vinous, red-grapey. Flavor of powerful, tart fruits--grapes, prunes?--with faint woody elements and very noticeable tannins. A juicy beer, not too sour or acidic. Delicious.

4.9
harrisoni (19536) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 75cl bottle BBE 02/07. This beer for me, sums up Ratebeer. In November 2005 I had to go to Antwerp for work at short notice. Knowing that I would be staying close to The Kulminator, I put a post up on the Forum on this site asking that if I only had 2-3 drinks in the pub, what should I have. Almost without exception, people suggested Struise Pannepot. Getting that kind of advice is indispensible. Pannepot is only one of three 5/5 scores I’ve given. Since then I’ve followed Struise with interest and I’ve had the good fortune to meet the guys behind the beers on a couple of occasions and I’m pleased to say that they are tremendous people. I picked this bottle up at the Low Countries RB Meeting in Antwerp last Sept. as part of the Kook farewell to Europe tour with Maeib and Duff, a great weekend which I owe to the Ratebeer site and people I’ve met through it. So thanks. The beer is very, very dark brown/red with thin lasting beige tan head. Lovely sour fruit aroma. Bit of wood too. Sour dark fruits of dark plum, black cherry and damson in mouth. But it’s not overly sour, it’s balanced by some fruity sweetness too. That sour aroma with dark fruits and touch of bitter choc is tremendous. The fruit in the mouth is just so pleasant, sour and sweet at the same time. Finish has drying sourness and more black cherry and damson. Just so well balanced, the sourness never over runs it. The wood adds to the whole experience. Overall it’s a great Flemish dark sour beer. The fruit is both balanced and outrageous at the same time. 4.6/5 Re-rate, 75cl bottle at Kulminator. This keeps getting better, some yeast has woken up and given it a very soft carbonation. The flavour in the mouth is now sublime. One of the best sours, best beers full stop I’ve ever had. Every time I had another beer I wished it was this and it wasn’t. I was so jealous of another couple having this later in the evening. Now in my definite top 10 beers of all time due to this bottle. Exquisite and unlike any other beer I’ve had. It takes you to another place. Sometimes my palate tells me when I have drunk something of sheer quality and this is one of those times. Can’t wait for the new version or to have this again on the old version at the Kulminator.

4.1
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2007
75 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with no head at all. Very sour aroma with notes of acidity, earthy and hints of dried fruit and winery. Also a lot of flavour of complexity, sourness, acidity, malt and full body all over. This is the most tasting flemish sour I ever had. Someway a amazing beer.

3.7
goozen (4178) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle 0.33ltr: Dark red ale in the Flemish Red Ale style. Taste sour with hints of fruits and i like this one really good.

4.2
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2007
Dirty, hazy brown with sediment dancing in the glass. Freaky foam. The aroma is fruity sour with notes of young Beaujolais, apples and port. A very full aroma with a fresh, sour touch. The flavour is wineous with a sound malty base. Fruity and with a dry, sour finish. Extremely balanced and complex with a nice brett character. A great and adventorous beer.


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