St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by roblowther:
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a dark copper with a rocky tan head that settles into a thin layer with no lacing. Smells of oranges, leather, and a nice biscuit aroma. Taste is caramel and a nice malt. The finish is slightly dry and with a very subtle hops. This is a very delicate taste, dark but gentle. Like I like my women. The mouthfeel is slick and just a tad chewy. It makes you pay attention whether you want to or not. Like I like my women :) This is a fantastic beer. It has a lot going on and is delicious without being so challenging that you can't introduce it to newbies. This is a keeper, for sure. Not what I would expect from a quadrupel, a bit darker, but a nice deviation from the style. And we all like to be devious every once in a while, don't we? ;)
11-14-2012 02:10:10 | More by roblowther
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3.94/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
04-19-2013 00:44:31 | More by deebo
3.61/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
04-03-2013 02:13:17 | More by weonfire
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Deep dark brown an dred color. No carbonation visible. Nice beige head that quickly dissolves.
S - Nice pallet of smells, complex. Wine aroma, yeast, oak wood, sweetness and some booze.
T - Complex and brilliant, cream, bit sweet caramel, hops an vanilla. It gets better every time you take a gulp. Is there some coffee in there? A hint of spices like coriander and cardamom.
M - Sweet and creamy, very nice The carbonation is soft to medium. The finish is bitter and boozy.
O - Drink it without distraction and you will enjoy even better. To my opinion this is one of the best beers from the Struise Brewers. World-class!
09-05-2011 19:40:07 | More by Mar02x
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Ken's bottle from Struise. A good quad, sweetish. Some vegatable notes unfortunetely. A bit of sage on the finish, candi on the aftertaste.A little chocolate malt, a tad of cherry fruit. Above average mouthfeel. Medium brown colour, lace.Alcohol is hidden.ANother fine Struise creation.
02-04-2011 01:26:37 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. I love glass-beer consistency. 2010 bottle, I think. I hate deciphering De Struise bottle codes.
Appearance - Deep brown. Reddish with suspended chunks. Collar of an off-white head.
Smell - Fruits all over. Bright, really. Surprising and even a little bit acidic in the fruit department. Like cherries and strawberries. Nice dark malt aroma behind it, though.
Taste - Just like the aroma, it's all about the fruit. Cherry and strawberry again. Caramel in the middle, but it all has a fruity character to it. Slight touch of a cola character. Touches on a deep malt flavor, but immediately the cherry comes back in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated. Very fruity which gives it some acidity. It tends towards creamy in the middle before veering right back to dry.
Overall - It's good, but way too fruity. I miss the earthy complexity of Pannepot in this one.
09-22-2012 01:47:15 | More by Alieniloquium
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
Appearance: Root beer brown color with a generous light beige head that slowly faded. Nice looking beer.
Smell: Raisins, toffee & brown sugar. Nice aroma.
Taste: Raisins, toffee, and some mild brown sugar aroma. Not extremely complex but very clean tasting. The alcohol is very subdued in the taste and aroma. Finishes on a semi-dry note.
Mouth-feel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.
Overall: Good beer. I only wish it was cheaper and more readily available to me.
05-18-2011 03:07:11 | More by IKR
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
A: cloudy chocolate syrup brown, thin tan head, not really any lacing.
S: cocoa and chocolate syrup, dark roasted malt--stoutish--concord grape juice, grape popsicle even.
T: dark cherries, Jolly Ranchers (green apple or cherry?), chocolate syrup, charred meat, it manages to be very sweet and savory at the same time. Alcohol is strong and warming towards the end, but the finish is astringent, like burnt toast, and sticks around far too long.
M: medium to full bodied, nicely balanced carbonation, sweet syrupy finish.
O: nothing wrong with it, a perfectly good beer, but nothing great about it either, somewhat run-of-the-mill for this style.
05-19-2011 00:05:28 | More by nickhiller
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Big thanks goes out to furthurgone for this one as a part of the Birthday BIF! 2010 Vintage! Enjoyed this one during rivalry Saturday while watching my Yellow Jackets play the Dawgs! Due to the slaughter taking place, I upped the ABV for this one! Served from bottle into an Orval goblet. Poured brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, toasted malt, bread, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, fruit, and very subtle sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, fruit, sweet alcohol, caramel, sugar, and subtle earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the components of a really solid Quad were present in this one which was quite nice. A nice balance of sweetness and booziness made this one surprisingly easy to drink despite the higher ABV. The aroma was very inviting and rather pleasant as well. Definitely a must try for any Quad fan out there who has not done so already.
11-27-2012 21:26:55 | More by thagr81us
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Vintage 2010 poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian snifter to a rich plummy looking mid brown colour with a small off white head that soon dissipated to a few small bubbles.
The aroma is sweet malt, sugar, spices, dates and a little biscuity. Not the most striking or 'come and drink me' aroma I've noted on a quad!
Sweet on the palate, sweet malts, dark over-ripened fruits bombard the taste buds, perhaps dried prunes, dates, figs and sultanas with some background spice. Sweet caramel/toffee and a little tobacco and wood.
Reviewing as I drink and the beer is really growing on me and have already notched up the ratings a little!
Mouthfeel is of a medium to fullish (but not overly full) bodied beer and the carbonation is noticeable but low. Spot on!
Overall a great quad, extremely well balanced and the 10%+ alcohol is well disguised. It even passed the girlfriend test where she stated 'it's OK !' as opposed to the usual 'urghh' when she samples one of my beers!
I will most definately re-visit this one!!!
04-17-2012 20:16:19 | More by Ruds
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
A - Dark ruby-brown pour from a 2010 vintage bottle into my De Struise tulip yielding a two-finger thick, creamy and foamy beige head that burgeons gradually to a thickness of three-fingers and forming with a pretty rounded top retaining very well; it finally settles to a half-finger thick layer of foam lacing the glass as it settles (5)
S - The nose starts off with some alcoholic phenols and yeast, followed by bready yeast, caramel and dark fruits with suggestions of raisins and plums (4.5)
T - Upfront on the palate are moderate caramel sweetness and phenols blended with loads of dark fruits including raisins and plums; bready malts fill the middle, followed by notes of spices and yeasts; the finish was bready, fruity, slightly tart and slightly bitter (4.5)
M - Medium bodied thickness with an apt amount of carbonation for the style, a creamy smooth texture and a dry finish along with a light warming (4)
D - Good flavors, feel and drinkability. Phenols were slightly high though it does tone down as the beer warms; mouthfeel was slightly on the side of thin and the dryness was a tad surprising for me. I believe that a little age on this one will make it a top class brew (4.5)
Admittedly after the 3 vintage Pannepots it would be a challenge for the young St Amatus to match up but I am definitely going to cellar one for a few years and see how it performs. Very good beer nevertheless I'd rank it below the 3 Pannepots and above the La Trappes in my Quadrupel marathon; remaining beers for the Quadrupel marathon are the 2007 St Bernardus Abt 12, 2007 Rochefort 10, 2010 Westvleteren 12 and 2007 Westvleteren 12
02-13-2011 03:01:09 | More by basica
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a Trappist glass. 2010 vintage.
A - pours a very very muddy brown with a one finger head that left pretty quickly. Hints of amber fill the bottom of the glass when held up to the light.
S - smells of dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and fig, caramel, and candi sugar. As it warms fruity esters really stand out deliciously.
T - taste is very complex. First flavor of brown sugar hits me followed by tons of dark fruit flavor. The malt profile in this beer really holds the flavors together very well and so many flavors present themselves it's unreal. Not the slightest bit of alcohol taste, but it is a bit hot on the finish which is expected from such a young bottle. Finishes with a clove-like sweet bread flavor with a slight herbal kick from the hops.
M - pillow like smoothness here on a medium to full body. A bit too carbonated for the time being, but will benefit well with age. No real hop twang as the malt base is gigantic, but slight bitterness from the herbal hops.
O - this is a delicious offering from Struise that doesn't hold to the standards of most Belgian quads, but it's so complex and different that you have to enjoy it. This is a must try for anyone.
04-27-2011 10:14:06 | More by dfclav
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.