St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers
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4.6/5 rDev +9%
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
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.
11-20-2013 00:40:37 | More by FrostBlast
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
02-20-2012 19:48:16 | More by Cuso
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
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!!!
06-20-2010 11:32:54 | More by Brabander
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-25-2010 01:39:29 | More by STEG
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-28-2011 23:37:16 | More by dasenebler
4.51/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
03-15-2014 01:34:33 | More by SimonTja
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
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!
03-24-2011 00:43:42 | More by route66pubs
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.