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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

247 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 113
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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Photo of ScotB260
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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!

ScotB260, Sunday at 07:42 PM
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

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

brentk56, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.25/5  rDev -23%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Synapstic
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Synapstic, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Konkretek
3.08/5  rDev -27%

Konkretek, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kegatron, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of ToddBeans
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ToddBeans, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Crumpetsnbeer, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

MikeCactusGordon, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of xhuang61
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

xhuang61, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Thomas_Picton, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

CwrwAmByth, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of fank2788
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

fank2788, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

outoffocus, May 26, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 16, 2014
Photo of BJSmit
5/5  rDev +18.5%

BJSmit, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jrpapajcik, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of macher0
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

macher0, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Benesi88
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Benesi88, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of SimonTja
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

SimonTja, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

tbeckett, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mtbdonn, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Stinger80OH, Feb 23, 2014
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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.