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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

230 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%


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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Reviews by Spider889:
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Spider889

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to owen49 for this little extra. I am always happy to try anything from Struise.

Vintage 2010.
The label is appropriately Gothic/stained glass imagery though it does appear a little faded - almost like it were printed from someone's home computer. There was a super thick layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Despite a careful pour I still managed to drop a few gobs of chunky yeast sediment into my Duvel tulip. The beer is a very dark walnut color. I was provided with a short sandy colored head. A small ring of foam persists long after the pour, but I didn't really get much in the way of lace.

Smells dry and powdery. Light notes of nutmeg and brown sugar. A little toasted malt and dried dates. The alcohol is also fairly potent on the nose.

Very sweet flavor that is up front. Almost like a Flanders with near cola-like flavors. Let's have this one warm up a bit and I will come back and see if it improves...

... many minutes pass...

Ok back. Let's see here... The alcohol is really warm on this one. I wouldn't say hot, it doesn't burn nor is it unpleasant. But it warms all the way down the throat, and ultimately this beer has become a sipper. Toffee and black raisin have come out of the woodwork. There's a slight sourness on the finish like red cherries.

Quite dry, and again, a little boozy, but that's alright.

Overall I'm not as impressed as I wanted to be. Nevertheless, this is certainly a solid beer. Let 'er warm up good and long and she'll do you well.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 06:01:44 | More by Spider889
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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.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.