St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 123
Gots: 68 | FT: 5
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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: 290 | Reviews: 130
Reviews by thepeter:
Photo of thepeter
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark murky brown great head and lacing
smelled of fruit, berries, plums chocolate, caramel and nuts
Taste dark fruits, nice malty base, vanilla, bit of tang and nut in there but only to make it complex and delicious a bit of woody dryness at the end as well.
Palate is Just as the Struise always do it. . .Perfect!
Overall a fantastic Quad, Fresh compared to the other big boys (fresh) it is one of if not my favourite.

More User Reviews:
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 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 Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ruds
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of basica
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dfclav
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. 

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 Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet candi with nice fruity ester and some dark dry fruit notes as well - very enjoyable overall. Taste is also a complex and satisfying mix between some lightly sweet notes with fruity ester and light dry fruit with a solid malt backbone. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great mix between complexity and drinkability though a bit more carbonation would have improved this beer IMHO.

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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to finally open this one up, i decided to make it a long night and go for this as a nightcap while watching my nat geo marathon. serve chilled in a tulip, this one was consumed on 10/01/2010.

what a wonderful pour as the thick brownish colored liquid comes pouring out of the glass and rings the inside of my tulip with loads of light tan lacing and a firm head of two fingers.

aroma is everything you would want in a quad. rich malty backbone, hints of prunes, figs, earthy tones and light caramel sweetness that is balanced nicely against a tight profile of light spices. really well done. very nice full feel with near perfect carbonation is exactly what i was looking for. the flavor opens up with loads of dark fruits and brown sugar colliding with light spices and a smooth, even flavor that hides the alcohol and smooths the palate. really just a tremendously good offering here.

overall as solid as a quad as i have had in recent memory, simply sublime!

Photo of Cuso
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn 2/20/2012

Color pours a reddish brown almost plum color.

Smell sugar, dark fruit

Tatse starts off sweet plum rasin then some tart fruit high abv is hidden well.

Mouth feel: Very smoth easy to drink

I really enjoyed this beer not to sweet not to tart pretty much a perfect quad.

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 spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bluebetty for hooking this up. Sampled from a De Dolle stemmed tulip.

Deep murky treacle, with a finger or so of reasonably dense mocha head. Falls to a slight ring.

Stewed dark fruits, muscovado, almond and hazelnut, and plenty of woody yeast character. Has an enticing musty sweetness to it.

Sour cherries, boozy plums, muscatels, licquorice, figs and mollasses. Very nice and not particularly sweet for a quad.

Fairly lively carbonation on the tongue, but overall quite smooth, even and kind across the palate, with amazingly no booze heat.

Not the most amazing quad, more intriguing than complex, but well integrated and not cloyingly sweet.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank at the Molenhof Bar Oestvleteren.

A - Pours a dark mahogany almost ebony colour with an off white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of spice and yeasty aromas with slight molassis.

T - Really nicely balanced flavours of dark fruit, raisins, coffee and toffee.

M - Medium to full bodied with lwow carbonation

D - Another great offering from De Struise

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that I've been lucky enough to have tried numerous times and so this time deserves a review.

33cl bottle purchased at Dranken Geers. 2010 Vintage.

Gave it a big hard pour into my Guiness pint glass. Two finger tan head. Brown to ruby red body. Carbonation is visible. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell is big and complex. Loads of sugar, dark fruits like plums that come with a bit of sournes. Belgian yeast is prominent.

Flavors are sweet to start with to only take you on a rollercoaster of flavors. Again the dark fruits, plum and raisins but also loads of spiced character with a tad of nutmeg and cinnamon.

A great medium to full body. Perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish that allow flavors to linger until Christmas.

Without a doubt one of the best quads overall. It has a Struise signature that tendsto make big bers just awesome. Any lover of the style will ahve to add did to their wants or you'll be missing out.

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with hardly any head at all. There is a thin ring of off white head around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with dark fruit, mild cherry notes, caramel and some faint chocolate notes.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel and dark fruit with some vanilla notes. Mild bourbon shows up, but it is very smooth. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Sweet and very complex. All the flavors blend quite well and I would definitely have another.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
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