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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 116
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of liamt07
2.78/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from the brewery via the webshop. 2011 vintage. Lot # 382923071102, didn't note the bottling date.

Mahogany with a mocha head, good retention and lacing. Nose has a helluva lot of metal, ferrous from top to bottom. Some dark fruits, molasses, chocolate and a bit of rum are peripheral. Taste has the metal again up front, dark fruits, slight chocolate, even a hint of roast way into the finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel, metal notes persist behind a medium high carbonation. Way too much metal going on here - perhaps an issue with the batch/shipping/transport? I was completely let down by this beer, and this was probably exacerbated by the huge expectations I had. Drainpoured, unfortunately.

liamt07, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -28.7%

ygtbsm94, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3/5  rDev -28.7%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA

Pours a hazy dark chocolate brown color with a one fingerbbeige head that slowly settles into lasting ring. Spotty streaks of lace.

Sweet dark fruit aroma with subtle roasted malt notes. Subtle peppery spice with hints of grape, plum and fig.

Medium bodied with a strong dpice presence up front with pepper and clove followed by some anise/licorice, sweet malt and dark fruit. Lots of vinous grape along with fig, raisin, caramel and toffee. Mediocre, a bit thin and too heavy on the spice. I love Struise and was really excited to try this but it was a huge disappointment. Hopefully the bottles are better.

corby112, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From: Belgian Beer Shop dot com
Date: Vintage 2011
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Struise's Saint Amatus is a strong, concentrated quadrupel that is not afraid to show its alcohol strength or the amount of candi sugar that went into raising the ethanol to its peak level. Not smooth at all, despite barrel aging. While not necessarily bad, this was too obvious in its ethanol presentation and the cough syrup and cloying sweetness were too much for me, despite an otherwise fairly pleasant mix of brown sugar and dried fruits that appear on the front of the tongue. Not one I'd seek out or purchase again.

Pours a 2cm tall mass of foam, light tan in color, made up of small-sized bubbles that present a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is above average, the foam lasting about 1.5 minutes in a gradual decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the duration of the experience. Lacing is very good, with large clusters of scattered dots and large-sized blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown amber color, nearly black, with light bringing out very dark red-brown hues around the periphery of the beer. Carbonation visible as it crawls along the sides of the glass, appearing fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of supersweet candi sugar to the point of being cloying, intense dried fruit (dates and raisins, mostly), syrupy dark cherries, ethanol, and oxidized iron. Not bad, but a bit sharp and ethanol-obvious: the barrel aging and subsequent bottle aging has not toned that character down much.

Overall flavors are of a mix of concentrated sweetness, dried dates and raisins, burnt caramel, cough syrup, and obvious ethanol harshness; not smooth at all, despite barrel and bottle aging. Front of palate is of dark brown sugar, burnt caramel, dried dates and raisins, fairly subdued ethanol: probably the best flavor point the beer has to offer. Mid-palate of fairly harsh ethanol mixed with burnt caramel, dark brown sugar, dried dates and raisins, and a somewhat cloying candi sugar sweetness mixed with light cough syrup. Back of palate is of fairly intense and harsh ethanol with candi sugar sweetness, somewhat like cough syrup, and burnt caramel. Aftertaste of candi sugar sweetness, burnt caramel, subdued cough syrup, and ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a quite foamy (4/5) and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt in the nostrils, on the palate, and on the back of the throat: way too hot. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

falloutsnow, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Konkretek
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%

Konkretek, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep murky brown with a large but still uneven tan head that sinks and leaves only faint lacins.

S: Tart! Dark dried fruits, sweet syrupy malt. Some yeast.

T: Dark dried fruits, sweet overload. Some malt and some yeast but not much else.

M: Full syrupy body and very low carbonation. Aftertaste lingers with sweetness.

O: A great beer, but not a great Quad. Reviewing the beer in this style kills it - a Quad is so very complex and this isn't in comparison with the greater ones. Still a fantastic beer, though.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of radioscooter
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass (I know...)

Funky smell. A little fishy...
am starting to compare all Quads to Rochefort 10 or Westleveteren 12 and frankly - these other "hot" quads fall short. Tastes very similar to Gulden Drak, but a quicker, drier finish. You know - Belgian yeast, candi sugar, yadda yadda. Nothing new here.

Apricot, white rasiins, slight fig...fruity is what I'm getting at here.

This one needs some laying down. Will cellar the other bottle and see what we see in a few years.

For now, not an everyday drinker. Like green bananas. Could be perfect given time. Overly carbonated, not as chewy as it could be.

See me after class.

radioscooter, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

ManforallSaisons, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog. It's things like these that make me happy to live in SEPA, the mecca.

St. Amatus 12 goes in the glass pretty dark with a mix of dark browns and reds, look is a bit murky, but this is a quad here. I've seen dirtier. Nothing in terms of head, cap, lace, nothing. Smell is about the dark fruits and less about the spices. Nice aroma of plum and the like and maybe a bit of licorice. No alcohol in the nose. Bready as well with yeast apparent. This is a nice change of pace from the Pannepot, more fruity and bready and not as much spices used IMO. Some clove makes an apperance with warming, the flavors work well together. The feel off the tap almost killed it though. This was basically dead and it needs a boost badly. Glad to have tried this though, a good beer that stands on it's own too feet. I wonder if this is the same base beer as Pannepot, with less spice.

BARFLYB, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of drew74
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%

drew74, Yesterday at 12:16 AM
Photo of ajaxivan
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

ajaxivan, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of macesq
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

macesq, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of ShamasUVA
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

ShamasUVA, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of ToddBeans
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

ToddBeans, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage, picked up at the Borough Market in London about a month ago. Poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, Sint Amatus 12 is dark with tan head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is macerated prunes, a little brown sugar and some spicy, clean ethanol.

Taste is cured cherries, raisins, and rather heavy on the iron / blood. The spiciness of the alcohol is pretty robust as well. It's clean, but whoa, big beer, sharp elbows. As it opens up (and surely influenced by the spicy Aging Room M356 cigar I fired up about 1/3rd of the way in), the classic grape juice notes I like in a good quad comes through, which I find to be favorable.

Mouthfeel is on the viscous side, and not the most digestible Belgian.

Drinkability is okay, it's an interesting beer, but for the masterful portfolio that de struiss has, this one is a little disappointing.

ccrida, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of top 10 quad tasting with callmemickey and sideshowe.

A - Pours a dark clear ruby with little head.

S - Dirty musty yeast along with some molasses and vanilla. Good, but pales in aroma compared to others.

T - Rich sweetness then a balanced bitterness. However, there's a weird solid yeast taste on the finish.

M - Medium body with sharp carbonation.

O - In a vaccuum, this is a great beer, but with this lineup it ranked #7 of 10. Still solid, but not super drinkable.

ChrisPro, May 25, 2011
Photo of weonfire
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

weonfire, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer at Capone's Black Friday event. This poured out as a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a sweetness to it with some dark fruit aromas and some hints of vanilla. The taste of the beer wasn't as balanced as La Trappe or Westy but still not too bad. There were hints of fruits and caramel, it's not overly sweet and had a light bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel was pretty good, there was a softness to the beer with a light creamy feel as well. Smooth and medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Ciocanelu, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010, Best by: 09/2015
Brussels Trip

A: Pours a hazelnut/graham ale with superb clarity. Orange hues with passing light on the borders. Single finger of tan foam falls to a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Sweet, nougat, vanilla, bing cherry, almonds and amaretto. A bit of alcohol. Some nice notes of wood and maybe some cinnamon.

T: Caramel, a bit oxidized (in the right way), nougat, raw almonds, milky chocolate, cherries and oaky. Toasty and really nice.

M: Full and lively. Dry finish is surprising and uninvited.

O: Good beer. Tastes a hint oxidized and maybe a little too sweet. Overall a good beer that I would like to age, but unfortunately, the beer is possibly oxidized at several monthes and I'm not sure how this would turn out in a couple years.

harrymel, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

CelticAleMan, Apr 15, 2013
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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.