St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers
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3.76/5 rDev -10.9%
Ebenezer's 2013. Reviewed from notes.
A- Crimson red body into a goblet from the taps. Small off-white head builds up to a finger high and has decent retention and foamy texture. Fizzy ring leaves spotty lace.
S- Big dark fruits and some nice dark burnt/roast candi sugar. Raisin, fig, plums, brown sugar and Belgian yeast spice come to mind. Alcohol is non-existent here.
T- Spiciness opens up more here compared to the aroma for me, that classic Trappist yeast spice. Big dark fruits, roasty candi sugar tobacco, fig, brown sugar, nutty malts and some toastiness. Vinous in a way.
MF- Fairly dry but pretty thick and oily with a good alcohol heat which adds to the flavors and big feel of the beer nicely. Spicy bitterness and lower end carbonation.
Quite fruity overall with a nice Trappist yeast spice. Good malt complexity in there as well.
08-27-2013 23:52:08 | More by cbutova
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
Thanks to owen49 for this little extra. I am always happy to try anything from Struise.
The label is appropriately Gothic/stained glass imagery though it does appear a little faded - almost like it were printed from someone's home computer. There was a super thick layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Despite a careful pour I still managed to drop a few gobs of chunky yeast sediment into my Duvel tulip. The beer is a very dark walnut color. I was provided with a short sandy colored head. A small ring of foam persists long after the pour, but I didn't really get much in the way of lace.
Smells dry and powdery. Light notes of nutmeg and brown sugar. A little toasted malt and dried dates. The alcohol is also fairly potent on the nose.
Very sweet flavor that is up front. Almost like a Flanders with near cola-like flavors. Let's have this one warm up a bit and I will come back and see if it improves...
... many minutes pass...
Ok back. Let's see here... The alcohol is really warm on this one. I wouldn't say hot, it doesn't burn nor is it unpleasant. But it warms all the way down the throat, and ultimately this beer has become a sipper. Toffee and black raisin have come out of the woodwork. There's a slight sourness on the finish like red cherries.
Quite dry, and again, a little boozy, but that's alright.
Overall I'm not as impressed as I wanted to be. Nevertheless, this is certainly a solid beer. Let 'er warm up good and long and she'll do you well.
06-17-2011 06:01:44 | More by Spider889
3.8/5 rDev -10%
A - Clear ruby brown with a big, long lasting, fluffy, whitish head with tons of lacing throughout.
S - Bready malts with a rich fruity character - dried fruits, prunes. Light licorice aroma and noticeable alcohol.
F/M - Rich melanoidins, dark fruits, malty fullness. Lite bitterness and a little bit of alcohol help this beer to finish pretty dry. Medium full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Lingering dark fruit notes.
D - Good, full flavored, easy drinking and quite complex.
01-13-2011 05:50:04 | More by domtronzero
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
Drank from a 33 cl bottle
Best before B 09 15
Served in a goblet
Thanks to Douglasjamjak for including this as an extra in our trade.
The beer poured a deep, dark, chestnut brown with a one-plus finger tall head of bubbly, beige colored froth. Even with a careful pour, large chunks of yeast particles flowed into the liquid. The head faded to a resilient ring.
The aroma was interesting yet more subtle than I anticipated. Coffee and roast notes were immediately noticeable. A hint of dark chocolate. Slightly smoky. As the beer warmed, some brown sugar sweetness came out as well. A bit yeasty and phenolic.
The flavor profile was quite different from the nose. Signature quad notes of plums, raisins and prunes came through up front. Semi-sweet with some dark Belgian candi sugar. As the beer moved along my palate, it became increasingly boozy. The alcohol heat was practically all I could pick up on the back end and in the finish. A touch of hops were detectible. With time, the beer turned more oaky and dry.
The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was medium bodied and contained an ultra-fine, moderate effervescence that gave the liquid a remarkably smooth and supple creaminess.
I definitely would have enjoyed this beer far more had it not been so boozy on the back end. Perhaps some additional aging could help smooth out its rough edges.
11-11-2011 06:19:32 | More by Damian
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
33cl bottle into a Struise glass at Kulminator on 13 August 2011.
Deep brown with burgundy highlights. Thin boné, regenerative.
Tart cherry melded with caramel, and bitter cocoa in the nostrils.
Taste is a touch dry in the form of cinnamon or cardamom, many sweet accents in the form of semi-sweet chocolate, pruney pipe tobacco, with bright-but-soft citrus on the sides of the tongue.
Carbonation is a little high and bites a little on the back of the throat. Otherwise nice.
09-14-2011 12:40:11 | More by Crittervision
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
A: cloudy chocolate syrup brown, thin tan head, not really any lacing.
S: cocoa and chocolate syrup, dark roasted malt--stoutish--concord grape juice, grape popsicle even.
T: dark cherries, Jolly Ranchers (green apple or cherry?), chocolate syrup, charred meat, it manages to be very sweet and savory at the same time. Alcohol is strong and warming towards the end, but the finish is astringent, like burnt toast, and sticks around far too long.
M: medium to full bodied, nicely balanced carbonation, sweet syrupy finish.
O: nothing wrong with it, a perfectly good beer, but nothing great about it either, somewhat run-of-the-mill for this style.
05-19-2011 00:05:28 | More by nickhiller
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
The beer is dark brown, has some haziness, a tan frothy head, leaves no lacing, but some curtains.
A slightly sour fruit smell, yeast and boiled meat.
Tasting of sweet fruits, raisins, dried apricots, sour and bitter oranges, dry grass and some moss.
Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, thick and oily, a slight dry round finish. A huge body.
A good solid strong Belgian, very good with hard cheese.
10-16-2011 15:09:59 | More by rarbring
3.94/5 rDev -6.6%
Picked up a couple bottles of this for 4.60 E in December at De Struise shop in Bruges. Vintage 2011; lot 382923071102; BB Aug 29, 2016
Poured into a snifter, this brew looks like a quad, ruddy chocolate brown with a weak tan head, lots of yeast in the bottle. Colder, the aromas of candied raisins and ripe grapes come on strong with some hints of roasted malt too. Yeasty with hints of alcohol. When drinking I'll start with what I think knocks this one a notch below St. Benardus and Westy's quad. It lacks the complex esters and phenols present which help mask the hefty alcohol content. Now I still think this is a solid quad and if an American brewer made one this good, I'd be all over it. The malt bill is solid and the body is nice and heavy yet finishes dry and quickly although its a bit hot. The dark fruits are prominent and delicious. Maybe even too much as some anise comes through which I'd rather not have in a quad.
04-19-2013 00:44:31 | More by deebo
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Served in a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with hardly any head at all. There is a thin ring of off white head around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet with dark fruit, mild cherry notes, caramel and some faint chocolate notes.
Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel and dark fruit with some vanilla notes. Mild bourbon shows up, but it is very smooth. The finish is sweet.
Mouthfeel: Thick body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a dry finish
Overall: Sweet and very complex. All the flavors blend quite well and I would definitely have another.
11-26-2011 03:25:49 | More by oline73
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
Thanks to bmanning for this one. Shared with Amyliz4 and Azurelimits.
Poured a dark brown with subtle mahogany hints. A slightly darkened white head with a decent amount of lacing. Large amount of dark fruit alongside some candied sugar and a bit of caramel. Initial sip brings a slightly-dry beer with some sweetness and dominated mostly by dark fruits. Body is medium. A good beer in its own right, but nowhere near the best of this style.
09-17-2010 18:12:42 | More by Thorpe429
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. I love glass-beer consistency. 2010 bottle, I think. I hate deciphering De Struise bottle codes.
Appearance - Deep brown. Reddish with suspended chunks. Collar of an off-white head.
Smell - Fruits all over. Bright, really. Surprising and even a little bit acidic in the fruit department. Like cherries and strawberries. Nice dark malt aroma behind it, though.
Taste - Just like the aroma, it's all about the fruit. Cherry and strawberry again. Caramel in the middle, but it all has a fruity character to it. Slight touch of a cola character. Touches on a deep malt flavor, but immediately the cherry comes back in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated. Very fruity which gives it some acidity. It tends towards creamy in the middle before veering right back to dry.
Overall - It's good, but way too fruity. I miss the earthy complexity of Pannepot in this one.
09-22-2012 01:47:15 | More by Alieniloquium
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to bluebetty for hooking this up. Sampled from a De Dolle stemmed tulip.
Deep murky treacle, with a finger or so of reasonably dense mocha head. Falls to a slight ring.
Stewed dark fruits, muscovado, almond and hazelnut, and plenty of woody yeast character. Has an enticing musty sweetness to it.
Sour cherries, boozy plums, muscatels, licquorice, figs and mollasses. Very nice and not particularly sweet for a quad.
Fairly lively carbonation on the tongue, but overall quite smooth, even and kind across the palate, with amazingly no booze heat.
Not the most amazing quad, more intriguing than complex, but well integrated and not cloyingly sweet.
08-27-2011 10:35:01 | More by spicelab
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Vintage 2010, into St. Bernardus goblet. Pours dark caramel-brown hazy body topped by moderate creamy head that sets down to a stable veil. Swirling coats the glass with a delicate, short-lived lacework quickly broken into tiny patches sliding down the walls.
The initial fruity aroma of figs and raisins is quickly blown away by clean spicy alcohol - which is quite disturbing and adds negatively to the overall impression; red wine and unrefined sugar. The flavor is malty, with fruity tartness , red wine, spicy yeast and alcohol. The low carbonated body is creamy with smooth transitions between the nicely mellowed flavors.
A nice tribute to trappist quads but the evident alcohol presence sets a gap between the genuine trappists and Struise's attempt of mimicking the monk's work. However, the beer is still young and the remaining bottles might significantly improve with aging.
06-15-2010 21:35:30 | More by crnipeter
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
12 oz. pour at Lord Hobo, served in a tulip and enjoyed right after a glass of Pannepeut.
De Struise does a masterful job making gorgeous high-ABV beers, and this is no exception. There's a two-finger tan head that lasts and lasts. An appropriately deep purple body with ruby highlights. By the time I got to the bottom of my glass, I could see my fingers through the beer.
Loads of cherries in the nose. Actually, it's a little more like cherry syrup, the remnants of a snow cone, with a slight medicinal quality. Though that might sound a little repulsive, it's actually quite appetizing. Some indeterminate dark fruits, too.
Cherry syrup (cough drops? cough medicine?) plays a big role in the taste. This actually reminds me a little bit of the most recent vintage of Blushing Monk, though the dark fruit flavors of this beer add a layer of complexity. Very little alcohol in the taste.
A little overcarbonated, though not enough to ruin the beer. The body is thick and syrupy, and the beer would be aided by a little less carbonation.
I really enjoyed the cherry flavors in this beer, and will be hunting down a bottle soon. St. Amatus has a very pleasing melange of flavors, and it's a satisfying take on the style.
09-10-2011 21:21:38 | More by amphion1065
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Big thanks goes out to furthurgone for this one as a part of the Birthday BIF! 2010 Vintage! Enjoyed this one during rivalry Saturday while watching my Yellow Jackets play the Dawgs! Due to the slaughter taking place, I upped the ABV for this one! Served from bottle into an Orval goblet. Poured brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, toasted malt, bread, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, fruit, and very subtle sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, fruit, sweet alcohol, caramel, sugar, and subtle earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the components of a really solid Quad were present in this one which was quite nice. A nice balance of sweetness and booziness made this one surprisingly easy to drink despite the higher ABV. The aroma was very inviting and rather pleasant as well. Definitely a must try for any Quad fan out there who has not done so already.
11-27-2012 21:26:55 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter.
A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving spots behind.
S- Your classic quad aroma with plenty of Belgian candi sugar, roasty malt and a bit of glass. Alcohol pokes it's head out lending a bit of oaky character.
T- Tastes even more glassy than it smells but it's smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Some more candi sugar but it's not that sweet overall. The toastiness is there too but it's subdued as well.
M- Soft and slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.
O- A very straightforward quad that's good but has me wanting more flavor. Nothing overly exciting about this one. Hides the alcohol well though.
08-14-2013 23:35:27 | More by Immortale25
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
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