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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 291
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 122
Gots: 68 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

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Photo of FSUGrad2k10
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to have a bottle at the Kulminator Bar in Antwerp, Belgium. I asked the (nicest) bartender for a beer that couldn't be found in the United States and she recommended Sint Amatus 12 but warned me it cost 7euro. Sint Amatus was worth every penny.

Poured a dark brown into a special Sint Amatus chalice with a little bit of foamy head. Could have dranken 3 or 4 of these easily before I would break my bank and happily stumble out of the bar. I wish I had taken notes on all the tastes but unfortunately didn't between passing the beer around with my family, whom all said it was awesome (even a non beer drinker). If I ever see in stores in the states I would happily pay whatever the cost was. All in all, an amazing beer and by far the best Quad I've had to date. (774 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

monsterous thanks goes to Rempo for being the coolest BA on the planet. he popped me this as an extra for uplands that he was proxying for me. what a dude! just ordered a few more of these, so why not try my only bottle in hand now? enjoyed in a La Trappe chalice.

a - poured a deep brown that settled almost plum in color. head was naturally creamy with some bubbling. this one is clearly authentic.

s - grapes dipped in chocolate. the candied belgian yeast is perfect. really smells wonderful. thick and rich.

t - exactly as expected. perfection for the style. strong grapes. wonderful balance. abv is invisible. so excited to have a few more of these on the way. lovin it. what a beer!

m - creamy and perfect. when it comes to belgian quads, i don't think anyone does it better than de struise. tasting this beer, you feel the history and it stands the test of time. beer can be amazing and this proves it. feels amazing...feels perfect.

o - overall, THIS IS a quad. you like quads? try this one...and as many pannepots as you can get ahold of. truly impressive for the style. de struise continues to impress. (1,117 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Dark mahogny, hazy beer with a two finger high, beige head.

Nose: Yeast, banana, alcohol, dried fruit, caramel and plums - very pleasent indeed!

Taste: Red berries, plum, malt, spice, oak and raisin.

Mouth: Round, creamy mouthfeel with a small but right carbonation.

Overall: This is a beauty! Well balanced, creamy, full body, "grown up" beer.
If you haven't tried this, now you have a goal in life! (407 characters)

Photo of ScotB260
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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! (357 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just opened and comsumed my second St. Amatus, this time with (about) a year of bottle conditioning.

This beer is exceptional, the chocolate comes through stronger than before and the smoothness is silky, this is truly one of the best beers in the world! Take the review below and change mouthfeel to extraordinary!

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Thanks to both Peter & Urbain! 330ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. My most anticipated beer of 2010!

Appearance: Very rich maroon/dark brown with a virtually no head only a thin ring. As with other Struise beers the ring does manage to provide nice lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: Nice dark fruit notes on the nose, maybe some caramel and definitely some spice.

Taste: Wow, congratulations Urbain, this is an exceptional brew, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, all working perfectly in concert. Exceptional beer! And it's so young I can't wait to let this one cellar for a year or two.

Mouth: Again a little "sharp" due to its freshness but still very good on the palate, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Very, very good, excellent beer, a must try for the Belgian Quad/Strong Dark Ale enthusiast (1,129 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 33 cl bottle into a tulip. Vintage 2010.

Appearance: Fairly transparent cherry dark brown color with a thick sea foam tan cap. Nice retention and some spots of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: Sweet and actually a little tart. A bit of molasses and caramel, but mostly brown sugar sweetness. Some lightly roasted malt. Sweet and tart cherry go along with some fig and raisin to add fruit and depth.

Taste: Quite sweet up front, but the sweetness doesn't linger. Brown sugar is the main flavor, with a touch of molasses and some caramel from the malt. Nice dark fruits - figs and raisins mostly, and some cherry as well. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of all spice are a delicate addition. A touch of tart cherry toward the end. There is a light alcohol flavor throughout, but I am only slightly aware of it, and it does not detract from the flavor at all.

Mouthfeel: This is full bodied, but a bit lighter than I remember for most quads. The carbonation is light, preferring to stay out of the way, but it is a bit soft. Although there are sweet flavors, it does not have much residual stickiness.

Overall: Wow. This is complex, intriguing, maybe even confusing. Each person drinking this was almost perplexed by the flavor. That is a winner in my book. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle -- 2010 vintage -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark, rich cola brown color. This is one of the darker Quads I’ve yet come across. A little over one finger of smooth beige head on this pour, nicely creamy and composed of very fine bubbles. Graceful arches of lacing compliment the whole thing.

The first wave of aroma comes across as coffee, actually. I didn’t expect that. Like a flavored coffee that’s been sitting out for too long; not “stale” but approaching it. It’s musty. These malt aromas could come across as syrupy-sweet, but the yeasty mustiness tempers that capability. This is such a refined aroma: dates, figs, brown sugar, all cushioned by the dense fog of old house smell. It may seem uncomplex at first, because there aren’t a lot of individual components to pick out. It is a mistake to think that this is a simple beer, though. Everything is so well-integrated. A brewing achievement.

How do I even describe this beer? Like the aroma, it is at all times a smooth, cohesive experience. Malt sweetness plus cinnamon plus coffee plus figs plus dates plus basement mustiness plus candied plum plus brown sugar plus roasted malts plus tobacco leaf plus clove plus… but you don’t really taste all of those things individually. You taste them all at once, as a single, refined, extraordinary flavor. I may have never had a beer that tastes this cohesive. And the balance? It’s off the charts. You never notice the 10.5% ABV; this is the most dangerously drinkable Quad I’ve ever had.

Few Quads feel as good in the mouth as this one. It’s got a medium-full body, not too heavy but certainly creamy. The carbonation is set to Barry White levels of Smooove. This is a pretty luxurious beer, but also one that doesn’t leave you taking tiny sips. I found myself wanting to take big, greedy gulps of this beer.

Sometimes I find myself at a loss of words to describe beers that are indicative of truly great craftsmanship. This is one of those times. I can describe a complex, artistic, expriamental beer all day long. But a beer like Saint Amatus 12 – classic, self-assured – leaves me unable to convey its greatness. If this ever appears on the Struise webshop again then I am going to buy a case of this. You know, I’ve never had the privilege of trying a Westvleteren 12. But this beer tastes pretty much how I’ve always imagined Westy 12 to taste. It’s that well-made, that classic, that damn good. (2,472 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Brabander. Thank you Thijs.

Body is reddish brown with a substantial tan head that dissipates to a fine ring leaving some lacing on the glass.

Strong and interesting aromas of dark cherry fruit, chocolate, coffee, and wet hay. Very complex nose.

Tastes follow the nose, with all the above elements. What I like is that this beer is just sweet enough without going overboard. All the elements are very well balanced. The finish is somewhat dry and there is also a hint of licorice and cola.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a great quadrupel and I am drinking this too fast. The alcohol is very well hidden. (703 characters)

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! (973 characters)

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 (362 characters)

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

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours an amber to brown color forming a medium and bubbled yellow to beige head. Medium retention with a thin layer that lasts forever. Some few lacings are left in the glass

S: Peculiar Quad. Smells dark chocolate and roasted malts. Fruity too, mainly plums and raisins. Notes of brown bread and alcohol in the very end

T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, brown bread, Belgian yeasts. Finished by a stingy bitterness

M: Medium body. Quite smooth and watery to such ABV. Medium to low carbonation. Upfront is mild sweet. Aftertaste is dry and bitter

O: Excellent drinkability. Great beer. De Struise quality. Highly recommended from a big fan of Belgian Quads! (784 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Deep dark brown, can't see much of anything through this brew. The head doesn't rise quite high and does fall back down to nothing quite quickly, but while it's there, its colour is a very charming mocha.

SMELL : First nose is molasses and malts with hint of butterscotch and maraschino cherries. Second nose brings out more butterscotch and refines the molasses into a crisp toffee aroma. Maraschino cherries are still there. Third nose blends some of these elements together - toffee, butterscotch and those maraschino cherries become one and the same and everything balances out quite nicely. A bit boozy, but on the warm comfortable side.

TASTE : Complex, layered, deep. Some burnt aromas pop up that weren't there on the nose, and then you have the toffee and maraschino cherries right up in your nose, like having the candies themselves stuffed up your nostrils. Surprisingly intense but also surprisingly pleasing. It's powerful but it doesn't become cloying, it stays nicely crisp and well defined - I think we have the wise addition of hops to thanks for this. This could easily have been overkill. It walks a fine line and does a mighty fine job of it too.

MOUTHFEEL : Round but well funnelled. It takes its (very ample) place, but stays there and that's how we like it. Carbonation is spot on.

OVERALL : Beautiful. I've had quite a few quad/belgian dark strong ales and this bad boy is up there with the best of them : easily comparable to St. Bernardus 12, Rochefort 12, Carolus Van de Keizer Blauw, etc. A serious quad for serious beer lovers. This is stuff that you'll want to age and appreciate at a very slow pace. (1,764 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle of the 2010 vintage, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque dark red body with a finger of frothy reddish-tan head. Ok retention and spotty lace. Not particularly memorable-looking.

S: A little sour - interesting. Big, sweet, and vinous. Chocolate, raisins, nuttiness, and tannic wine. Crazy, weird, and constantly improving as it warms. Not what I was expecting, but terrific.

T: Candied raisins, dark chocolate, port, coffee cake, clove, and more traditional quad-like dark fruit. As it warms, it just gets more and more amazing.

M: Thick and sticky. Moderate carbonation. A bit more life wouldn't have hurt, but it's nice.

O: I've never had a beer that improved more as it warmed up. The first few sips were a little harsh with sourness and booze, but all that goes away entirely by the time it gains a few degrees. It really becomes a tremendous quad - one that I would love to have again and again.

Cheers! (928 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, 2010 Vintage.

Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a decent tan head. Retention is good, though the lacing is not great.

The nose is fantastic, with lots of sticky, dark fruit, sweet butter biscuits and a vinous alcohol character.

The flavor is rich and deep. Sweet at first, but with a surprisingly dry, warming finish. Tons of dark caramel, toffee and rich bready malts (some dark toast, near roasted malt flavors, though not quite). The yeast provides a bit of bright twang amongst all the heavy dark fruit flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter and leathery, actually. All things considered, the alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel isn't as full as I expected, but I can't dock it that many points.

Overall, this is a delicious Quad. Well done, Struise. (767 characters)

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. (311 characters)

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

Bought this beer when i was with UncleJimbo in Oostvleteren, a few weeks ago. We visisted Urbain who showed us around. See for the film on my profile.

Poured in the Struise glass Urbain gave me the beer looks stunning. Black as oil and only with a lot of backlight you can see the liquid turn to very very darkbrown/black.

The head is very nice lightbrown which makes the appearance exceptional.

The smell is like a lot of Struise beers, very good with some hints of spices and oak.

The taste is good and with a very good mouthfeel and a good drinkability this is a beer you should have to taste when you are a qaud lover.

I drank this wonderfull beer last night for the 5th time and it stays one of my favourites!!! (721 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of simont1
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy Erik picked this one up at Geers in Gent. Thanks man!

From a bottle into a chalice.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, tan head with excellent retention. Dark burnt umber in color, relatively opaque for the style, with medium carbonation evident. The head slowly fades to a good wisp. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold and beautiful nose on this one. Caramel malt and lots of dark fruits, such as raisins and plumbs. A plethora of spicy notes, with clove and coriander for sure, as well as plenty of spicy yeast and alcohol notes. Some dark bread, sweet candy sugar, and alcohol in there as well. A lot going on, and bold enough to make a statement. What dreams are made of.

TASTE: Not much initially, but then some sweet caramel malt, candy sugar, and brown sugar as well. Lots of dark fruits again, like raisins and plumbs, with some spicy clove and coriander after the swallow. No booze in here at all, surprisingly. A balanced aftertaste of sweet caramel malt and spicy yeast notes is mild but lingers nicely on the palate. A little mute initially, but nice at the swallow and beyond.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Full on the palate, and plenty creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth, not alcohol bite at all, and finishes slightly dry. Very smooth and full for the a quad.

OVERALL: A world-class brew. This could be a 4% beer, given how well hidden the alcohol was. I've had my share of quads, and this is the most drinkable interpretation of the style by far. The alcohol lends itself to the flavor profile and doesn't make a boozy appearance at all. Though the flavor profile was wonderful, it wasn't quite as bold as the nose had indicated, which put it down a notch from a perfect score. That said, I can certainly see why many have dubbed this better than the Westvleteren 12. I'm still on the fence personally, and will need a side-by-side pretty soon. Regardless, this is another fantastic brew form a world class brewery. Thanks guys. (2,060 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage

Appearance: St. Amatus appears a very dark brown (almost black) in the glass, with a back light revealing beautiful deep red edges. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, beige coloured head that displays fantastic retention and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells absolutely delicious. The initial nose offers toasted grains, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits (figs, plums, cherries and raisins), a nutty note and even a hint of coffee (actually reminiscent of a coffee/chocolate cake). As the beer begins to warm, a vinous character is noted, alongside spicy Belgian yeast, an earthy note, a hint of caramel and a little alcohol.

Taste: I have had a bottle of St. Amatus before (in 2010 I think) and I remember being quite disappointed with the flavour. This is certainly not the case with this bottle, as the flavour is just as good as the nose promised.
Flavour notes include: Figs, raisins, plums, cherries, a lightly tart vinous character, toffee, some chocolate, brown candy sugar, an earthy quality and spicy Belgian yeast. Unlike the nose, there is absolutely no trace of the 10,5% in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (maybe a tad over) and slightly chewy, with a medium-high level of wonderfully smooth carbonation.

Overall: I can't for the life of me remember what I didn't like about St. Amatus the last time I had it, as this bottle is fantastic and actually one of the best quads that I have had. I will certainly be buying more bottles in the future. (1,603 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Consumed alongside Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005.

The beer appears a dark brown shade (darker than the Pannepot) with a fleeting, light tan head. A minimal amount of lacing is left behind. The aroma is wonderful, and obviously of an authentic Belgian quad. I detect yeast, bread, subtle dark fruits, and slight alcohol. The taste is great, and surprisingly smooth, especially given that this beer is newly released, thus quite young. The finish contains a slight warming note with only a faint trace of alcohol. The 10.5% abv is hidden quite well. What a delicious beer. This is practically as smooth as the 2005 Pannepot. I am amazed that this beer drinks this well already. A true masterpiece. De Struise Brouwers proves yet again that it is one of the finest breweries around. Urbain is making some of the finest Belgian Belgian beer in the world. (889 characters)

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 (1,636 characters)

Photo of route66pubs
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Adding a review from notes after the fact.

A - Pours a murky brown with a very thick brown / tan head, which subsides nicely to a bubbly layer.

S - Full aroma of chocalatey, roasted grains.

T - Heavy chocolate taste with light cherry at the back which leads toa mild tartness.

M - Smooth and sweet in the mouth this one goes down very easily.

D - Exceptionally easy to enjoy a lot of this. At least until the 10.50% kicks in! (430 characters)

Photo of impending
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 2010 33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy dull deep reddish brown, minor coffee colored head. Fine bubbled lacing.

Classic quad aroma, not too sweet, a hint of the alcohol but nothing atypical, excellent.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. This is a big quad. The dark fruits are not far forward while the alcohol is although neither boozy nor warm. Relatively low in sweetness for a quad. The long lingering finish is equal parts minor bitter and minor dry. The bitter end could be burnt coffee, toffee or chocolate, take your pick or perhaps it's burnt irish moss :) This brew would definitely improve with a year of age.

cheers
jd (630 characters)

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. (685 characters)

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.