St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers
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5/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
08-21-2010 22:59:37 | More by FSUGrad2k10
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
02-05-2012 05:09:05 | More by cosmicevan
4.78/5 rDev +13.3%
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!
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
07-31-2010 01:43:55 | More by BobZ
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
07-29-2011 19:14:24 | More by Reaper16
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
08-19-2011 00:39:35 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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!
10-02-2010 15:14:36 | More by mikesgroove
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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
07-05-2010 18:27:20 | More by eric5bellies
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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.
01-01-2011 04:51:16 | More by Beerenauslese
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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!
09-18-2012 19:50:58 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.6/5 rDev +9%
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.
06-07-2011 00:21:28 | More by woosterbill
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.