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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 121
Gots: 68 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010

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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 130
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark body and a splattering of tan head
It Smells like a good port
& the flavour is so complex & complimentary
candied peel, liquorice root & Sherry

This beer is pretty much too good for my feeble command of language

This is the best quad I've had

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head and lace.
Aroma is mostly comprised of dark fruits with raisins and figs coming to the forefront along with some sugary sweetness.
Smooth, medium bodied, the beer has a sugary sweetness to it that is a little stronger than found in Quads (no complaint from me). The raisins/figs/dark fruit tastes are there as well and it's a well-balanced and easy drinking beer that hides the ABV.
Maybe a tad too sweet or simplistic for some people but it hit the spot for me.

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

2013 vintage.
Dark brown, half finger beige head lasting quite a while.
Not a strong smell, some plum, berry, a bit of booze, cocoa powder, caramel, faint toasted malt, some oak, faint light coffee.
In contrast, the taste actually screams. Big boozy sweet berries up front with a bit of raisin and juicy plum, quite zingy, keeping the malts from getting too dense. Still there's some caramel and toffee, a kind of marshmallow sweetness. Sweet cake dough, topped with a bit of dark chocolate, splashed with a bit of rum, with yeasts bringing forth lots of nice spices, dusty cinnamon, faint nutmeg, some clove, but also some prickly pepper and ginger. Barrel, toasted oak chips and alcoholic dryness in the finish.
Spices and alcohol (Bourbon whiskey, but not that clear) in the aftertaste. Not really smooth, way too light, with a medium prickly fizz. Booze keeps this one on a sipping beer level tho.
Maybe having Cuvee Delphine and other De Struise heavies before this one counts too, but still, i'm a bit disappointed. A good quad, but not amongst the best. Aging might help.

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Dark, hazy pour with almost no foam. Huge strawberry smell with faint traces of alcohol. Somewhat chick and creamy texture, tastes like strawberry and honey with a not-so-subtle alcohol finish.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Dark mahogny, hazy beer with a two finger high, beige head.

Nose: Yeast, banana, alcohol, dried fruit, caramel and plums - very pleasent indeed!

Taste: Red berries, plum, malt, spice, oak and raisin.

Mouth: Round, creamy mouthfeel with a small but right carbonation.

Overall: This is a beauty! Well balanced, creamy, full body, "grown up" beer.
If you haven't tried this, now you have a goal in life!

Photo of ScotB260
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

First attempt at a review, here go's nothin'...brought from the brewery itself, great place to visit on a Saturday. First impressions: this is very similar to Westvleteren VII, maybe they could be using the same water? Just as with the Westy, the alcohol is very smooth for a quad. Molasses and dates dominate the taste profile. Overall one of my top beers!

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

2011 bottling

Appearance: The mahogany liquid pours out and raises a two inch cap of beige foam; several strands of lace appear as the beer is consumed

Smell: The alcohol in the aroma fuses with berries, dark fruit and caramel tones

Taste: Blackberry and grape flavors, up front, with fig elements building; underneath, the caramel, candi sugar and toasted bread elements add depth; in the mid-palate, the alcohol builds and a spice cake aspect arrives; a dry and oaky aspect emerges in the finish to counteract the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: Layers of complexity; not in the top echelon but a very worthy beer from De Struise

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

Photo of fank2788
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle served in a snifter
Pours a deep dark brown with some reddish highlights, starts out with a finger or so of tan bubbles that recede to a ring around the edge in a couple of minutes. The aroma is of flavorful dark bread backed by rich dark fruits with a touch of caramel and toffee as well. The taste has a lot of the same notes as the smell. Upfront I am noticing that this beer is pretty sweet so the toffee and caramel are very noticeable. The bread and biscuit come next and they are quickly followed by a bit of pepper that I guess is from the hops and alcohol that does tend to creep up as the beer warms. Greatly filling but not too heavy low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that finishes relatively clean if not just a tiny bit dry with a touch of sweetness that suggests the fruit. Very pleased to have had the opportunity to try this one, I think I've had better quads but this one is authentic and very nice.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.

Pours a murky, pleasant brown, with a rich red hue like tokay. Head is fairly minimal, but actually persists as a fine, still film of yellow-grey. Body has some heft to it, for sure, and when tilted the carbonation has a tough time wending its way to the surface. Minimal lacing, although the body has legs of its own.

Nose is very pleasant. Smooth, plummy richness off the bat, sweet but spicy. When swirled, there's a more pronounced boozy note that comes forward, giving a slight medicinal sharpness and a hint of smoke. Overall, very pleasant stuff.

Taste is also very good. Smooth entry, well balanced between true sweetness and the sharpness from the booze. Slight spicy hints prickle the back, giving soaked sultana and pickled ginger notes. Slightly brusque metallic finish completes the picture, leaving a tad too much medicinal character in the aftertaste. It's still very good though.

Feel is a little light, and made to seem a bit thinner by that sharpness.

Overall, a very tasty brew from Struise. It's perhaps not at the very top of their game, but the very top of Stuise's game is world-conquering.

Photo of macher0
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the Holy Grale

Poured a rich amber. Nice laces from a frothy head. Smells dank and metal. Tastes excellent. Very full body from strong malts and grain. The barrel certainly comes through. Very smooth. This is an excellent quad. Very light for the abv.

Photo of simont1
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber, decent head. Caramel, some toned down belgian yeast esters and some semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is very very smooth, no signs of the 10.5%, caramelly sweet, some oak quality, and faint dark fruits. It’s got really high drinkability for a quad though, and it’s quite flat.

Secondary review; blind test with other top rated quads.

Blind quad test against Pannepot, Pannepeut, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12,Westvleteren 12, The Sixth Glass, & Chimay Blue

My prefered order was; Pannepot, Rochefort 10, St Amatus 12, Westvleteren 12, St Bernardus, Pannepeut, Sixth Glass and last Chimay.

This is actually a lot like westvleteren, but sweeter and a bit vinous note, it is also a lot better carbonated (westvleteren right next to it was a pretty young bottle, 4 months, and was overcarbonated) than westvleteren, and has a sprucy refreshing taste which gives it a great drinkability, more hops, a bit oak, a bit less dark fruit, but for me, still more interesting.

Photo of tbeckett
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ChurchKey in DC. Vintage unknown. Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels. From notes.

A - Deep amber nearly black pour and opaque but visible through the edges. One finger of beige head on top left good lace spots and a film of retention.

S - Amazing nose. Tons of dark fruit with some obvious bourbon notes. Sugar and hints of heat. A big quad you could smell all day.

T - Sugar, yeasty, some booze, and bourbon, dark fruit. Less awesome than the aroma and sweeter and booze comes out more.

M - Very dry finish, good carbonation, full body. Seems proper.

O/D - Nice stuff. You can pull out the bourbon aging and it's a good quad altogether. Complex and great for sipping.

Photo of danieelol
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam@platinum

Pours a nice black (brown/purple when held up to light) with nice head and lacing.

I swear this smells very similar to Cuvee Delphine- quad blackberries, a very strong vinous quality, oak, slightly sour.

Taste is more blackberry/blueberry, a bit of bitterness opening up into an oak and blackberry/blueberry increasingly amplifying sweetness, a little bit sour.

While this to me remind me a lot of Cuvee Delphine, for a quad it is very nice however for an Imperial Stout it is not really appropriate. As such I've rated this highly, whereas the similar Cuvee Delphine (despite being an ostensibly completely different beer) would get a far lower rating. I'm guessing the barrels are very dominant in these two mentioned beers.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting and lightly spiced take on a quad, somewhat conventional for this house, but appreciated. Vintage 2012 acquired at the brewery a week ago, served at cellar temp. Poured not as dark as expected, a lighter roast coffee, cloudy looking, but no sediment. Pouring vertically and directly into a tulip glass produced just a finger of milk-chocolate-colored head that settled quickly into an ivory ring. Coffee smells, woody esters, licorice, cherry, vanilla, interesting things in the nose but not in great volumes. Malt forwa--whoosh, peppery anise and some other aromatic spice rushes in grabs hold of things. There's some vegetal hop bitters, drying things out a bit further. Back in search of the malt, I find caramel, vanilla, some red fruit, enough there for complexity, but it is rinsed quickly. On the palate, it's a sticky, with a bit of alcohol warmth, but surprisingly little body.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From: Belgian Beer Shop dot com
Date: Vintage 2011
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Struise's Saint Amatus is a strong, concentrated quadrupel that is not afraid to show its alcohol strength or the amount of candi sugar that went into raising the ethanol to its peak level. Not smooth at all, despite barrel aging. While not necessarily bad, this was too obvious in its ethanol presentation and the cough syrup and cloying sweetness were too much for me, despite an otherwise fairly pleasant mix of brown sugar and dried fruits that appear on the front of the tongue. Not one I'd seek out or purchase again.

Pours a 2cm tall mass of foam, light tan in color, made up of small-sized bubbles that present a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is above average, the foam lasting about 1.5 minutes in a gradual decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the duration of the experience. Lacing is very good, with large clusters of scattered dots and large-sized blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown amber color, nearly black, with light bringing out very dark red-brown hues around the periphery of the beer. Carbonation visible as it crawls along the sides of the glass, appearing fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of supersweet candi sugar to the point of being cloying, intense dried fruit (dates and raisins, mostly), syrupy dark cherries, ethanol, and oxidized iron. Not bad, but a bit sharp and ethanol-obvious: the barrel aging and subsequent bottle aging has not toned that character down much.

Overall flavors are of a mix of concentrated sweetness, dried dates and raisins, burnt caramel, cough syrup, and obvious ethanol harshness; not smooth at all, despite barrel and bottle aging. Front of palate is of dark brown sugar, burnt caramel, dried dates and raisins, fairly subdued ethanol: probably the best flavor point the beer has to offer. Mid-palate of fairly harsh ethanol mixed with burnt caramel, dark brown sugar, dried dates and raisins, and a somewhat cloying candi sugar sweetness mixed with light cough syrup. Back of palate is of fairly intense and harsh ethanol with candi sugar sweetness, somewhat like cough syrup, and burnt caramel. Aftertaste of candi sugar sweetness, burnt caramel, subdued cough syrup, and ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a quite foamy (4/5) and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt in the nostrils, on the palate, and on the back of the throat: way too hot. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Deep dark brown, can't see much of anything through this brew. The head doesn't rise quite high and does fall back down to nothing quite quickly, but while it's there, its colour is a very charming mocha.

SMELL : First nose is molasses and malts with hint of butterscotch and maraschino cherries. Second nose brings out more butterscotch and refines the molasses into a crisp toffee aroma. Maraschino cherries are still there. Third nose blends some of these elements together - toffee, butterscotch and those maraschino cherries become one and the same and everything balances out quite nicely. A bit boozy, but on the warm comfortable side.

TASTE : Complex, layered, deep. Some burnt aromas pop up that weren't there on the nose, and then you have the toffee and maraschino cherries right up in your nose, like having the candies themselves stuffed up your nostrils. Surprisingly intense but also surprisingly pleasing. It's powerful but it doesn't become cloying, it stays nicely crisp and well defined - I think we have the wise addition of hops to thanks for this. This could easily have been overkill. It walks a fine line and does a mighty fine job of it too.

MOUTHFEEL : Round but well funnelled. It takes its (very ample) place, but stays there and that's how we like it. Carbonation is spot on.

OVERALL : Beautiful. I've had quite a few quad/belgian dark strong ales and this bad boy is up there with the best of them : easily comparable to St. Bernardus 12, Rochefort 12, Carolus Van de Keizer Blauw, etc. A serious quad for serious beer lovers. This is stuff that you'll want to age and appreciate at a very slow pace.

Photo of wl0307
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from the UTOBEER in Borough Market, London. The ingredients include Irish Moss, apart from the other usual suspects. Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 29/08/2016, served lightly chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: deeply dark brown in colour, coming with a thin khaki foamy head settling fast to a rim to last, on top of rather moderate carbonation.
S: quite rich on the nose – Demerara sugar, dates, dark chocolates, brown malts, overripe fruit esters and extra dosage of oxidised fruits’ lightly funky notes as well as old oak barrels; given a good swirl, the aroma element condensate to render a super creamy and dense aroma, with lots of perfumy esters, raisins-like dried berries, and date jam to prevail.
T: very soothing on the palate, the sweetness level comes a bit high in the beginning but decreases over time, ensued by toasted nuts, burned dark sugar, jammy dark stone-fruits, sweetened dates, spice esters, estery notes as of Chinese red-bean (or, Azuki bean) paste, and somewhat chewy and flat-textured bitterness to linger. The attenuation felt at the finish is quite decent, quite in contrast to the foretaste; maybe due to the whisky barrel-ageing process a wee touch of dry-ish mouthfeel is imparted, while a nice dosage of acidity with exotic saltiness also lingers in the long finish, leaving a (surprisingly) wee bit of alc. warmth going down the throat.
M&O: smooth, softly-carbonated, full-bodied but ever so easy to drink, this whisky barrel-aged robust Belgian dark ale is truly enjoyable. Somehow, given a bit of “breathing” after opening, the dark ale seems to be more mellow all in all. Highly recommended.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass. Woodford reserve barrels.

A very deep ruby brown red, with a mix of orange and chestnut hues. No collar or perhaps a faint tan. Fast rising carbonation in the middle but very faint to notice.

Realy nice deep red berried fruit nose, much like dark cherries. Soft oak warmth and mild raisins. Chewy. Great fruit round component to this.

Palate seems to let down. Light bodied for a barrel aged brew, with splinter sensing oak chips in the palate. Light char, and dark raisin Belgian qualities but missing much malt depth or hints from classic barrel greatness.

Overall not really feeling the greatness and was expecting way more out of this for barrel aging.

Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ebenezer's 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A- Crimson red body into a goblet from the taps. Small off-white head builds up to a finger high and has decent retention and foamy texture. Fizzy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Big dark fruits and some nice dark burnt/roast candi sugar. Raisin, fig, plums, brown sugar and Belgian yeast spice come to mind. Alcohol is non-existent here.

T- Spiciness opens up more here compared to the aroma for me, that classic Trappist yeast spice. Big dark fruits, roasty candi sugar tobacco, fig, brown sugar, nutty malts and some toastiness. Vinous in a way.

MF- Fairly dry but pretty thick and oily with a good alcohol heat which adds to the flavors and big feel of the beer nicely. Spicy bitterness and lower end carbonation.

Quite fruity overall with a nice Trappist yeast spice. Good malt complexity in there as well.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving spots behind.

S- Your classic quad aroma with plenty of Belgian candi sugar, roasty malt and a bit of glass. Alcohol pokes it's head out lending a bit of oaky character.

T- Tastes even more glassy than it smells but it's smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Some more candi sugar but it's not that sweet overall. The toastiness is there too but it's subdued as well.

M- Soft and slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very straightforward quad that's good but has me wanting more flavor. Nothing overly exciting about this one. Hides the alcohol well though.

Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium brown with copper highlights and a half inch khaki head that dissipates into a layer of film.

Dark candi sugar, figs, and a underlying vinous note form the initial aroma. Sweet, goal notes add complexity.

There's a vinous character underlying the flavor profile, which is eventually overtaken by deeply caramelized, sweet malt, becoming toasty, nutty and dry at the finish. Prune and plum surface late.

Full-bodied, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth, it lingers on the palate without becoming cloying due to the wine-like underpinnings.

Very interesting juxtaposition of flavors for a quad. Not cloying, and the toasted malt character is intriguing. A little hot. I'd love to seer some age on this to let the esters come out.

Photo of n2185
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front with dark fruits and sweet breads following. There are also notes of sweet, fermented fruits and some light wine-like aromas.

T: Belgian spices and candy sugar here as well with sweet bread, dark fruits like prunes, and buttery, fermented fruits. There is a slight alcohol presence toward the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable considering the abv.

O: A great quad overall. One of the best examples of the style with a lot of depth and nuance while being incredibly drinkable.

Photo of deebo
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles of this for 4.60 E in December at De Struise shop in Bruges. Vintage 2011; lot 382923071102; BB Aug 29, 2016

Poured into a snifter, this brew looks like a quad, ruddy chocolate brown with a weak tan head, lots of yeast in the bottle. Colder, the aromas of candied raisins and ripe grapes come on strong with some hints of roasted malt too. Yeasty with hints of alcohol. When drinking I'll start with what I think knocks this one a notch below St. Benardus and Westy's quad. It lacks the complex esters and phenols present which help mask the hefty alcohol content. Now I still think this is a solid quad and if an American brewer made one this good, I'd be all over it. The malt bill is solid and the body is nice and heavy yet finishes dry and quickly although its a bit hot. The dark fruits are prominent and delicious. Maybe even too much as some anise comes through which I'd rather not have in a quad.

Photo of weonfire
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago, IL in a 10oz tulip.

A - Deep mahogany, light brown pencil head dissipates quickly

S - Minor aged fruit, plum, hint of rum, carmel

T - initial: sweet toffee, grain, biscuity. Finish: more aged fruit, minor sugar alcohol.

M - Moderately frothy, medium body, thin, not impressive

O - Honestly i was very disappointed with this. Aged fruit was minor at best, medium body - one of the thinnest belgians I've ever tasted. Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels?? If this is true there is no recollection of this. none. And I was really looking forward to this. High point was the booze was hidden pretty well. Lastly, at $10 for a 10 oz pour - I do not recommend this to anyone. I felt robbed.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage

Appearance: St. Amatus appears a very dark brown (almost black) in the glass, with a back light revealing beautiful deep red edges. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, beige coloured head that displays fantastic retention and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells absolutely delicious. The initial nose offers toasted grains, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits (figs, plums, cherries and raisins), a nutty note and even a hint of coffee (actually reminiscent of a coffee/chocolate cake). As the beer begins to warm, a vinous character is noted, alongside spicy Belgian yeast, an earthy note, a hint of caramel and a little alcohol.

Taste: I have had a bottle of St. Amatus before (in 2010 I think) and I remember being quite disappointed with the flavour. This is certainly not the case with this bottle, as the flavour is just as good as the nose promised.
Flavour notes include: Figs, raisins, plums, cherries, a lightly tart vinous character, toffee, some chocolate, brown candy sugar, an earthy quality and spicy Belgian yeast. Unlike the nose, there is absolutely no trace of the 10,5% in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (maybe a tad over) and slightly chewy, with a medium-high level of wonderfully smooth carbonation.

Overall: I can't for the life of me remember what I didn't like about St. Amatus the last time I had it, as this bottle is fantastic and actually one of the best quads that I have had. I will certainly be buying more bottles in the future.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.