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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 119
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

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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!

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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.