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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 109
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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Reviews by STEG:
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Jeffo.

Pours a muddy deep brown into a ridel wine glass. White sand creamy fine bubbled head rises to a three finger height.

Smell has figs, dates, light brown sugar, almost like the darkfuits were crystalized with the brown sugar. It also almost has a twang/funk sour undertone to it as well not unpleasant just slightly apparent.

Taste has a lots of the expected darkfruits fig, date, maybe some plum as well, bready, slightly funky yeast notes too. A lingering sugar-cookie dough flavor in between.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, somewhat silky with tingly light carbonation. Slightly syrupy on the lips as well.

The light mouthfeel being what it is along with the alcohol being apparent as well as well balanced and managed by the complex flavors makes this pleasant to drink. I will definitively seek another out in the future, but not right away.

Thanks for this one Jeff.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:39:29 | More by STEG
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-25-2014 22:37:03 | More by xhuang61
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-19-2014 08:16:57 | More by zestar
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-11-2014 15:30:21 | More by Thomas_Picton
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-24-2014 18:46:38 | More by CwrwAmByth
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 00:20:04 | More by fank2788
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-26-2014 22:00:49 | More by outoffocus
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-22-2014 20:11:06 | More by afsdan
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 05:22:09 | More by lacqueredmouse
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

04-13-2014 16:01:54 | More by BJSmit
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-04-2014 05:43:44 | More by jrpapajcik
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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 20:53:45 | More by macher0
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-17-2014 14:17:40 | More by Benesi88
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4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:34:33 | More by SimonTja
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Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 11:27:19 | More by tbeckett
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-27-2014 01:25:10 | More by mtbdonn
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-23-2014 23:28:51 | More by Stinger80OH
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-23-2014 02:28:34 | More by mpayne5
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-31-2014 16:31:36 | More by GJ40
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2014 02:59:01 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-16-2014 03:29:38 | More by hoppymcgee
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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 12:00:54 | More by danieelol
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-14-2013 01:56:18 | More by dwagner003
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-03-2013 22:00:44 | More by leitmotif
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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
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