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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 117
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.

Pours a murky, pleasant brown, with a rich red hue like tokay. Head is fairly minimal, but actually persists as a fine, still film of yellow-grey. Body has some heft to it, for sure, and when tilted the carbonation has a tough time wending its way to the surface. Minimal lacing, although the body has legs of its own.

Nose is very pleasant. Smooth, plummy richness off the bat, sweet but spicy. When swirled, there's a more pronounced boozy note that comes forward, giving a slight medicinal sharpness and a hint of smoke. Overall, very pleasant stuff.

Taste is also very good. Smooth entry, well balanced between true sweetness and the sharpness from the booze. Slight spicy hints prickle the back, giving soaked sultana and pickled ginger notes. Slightly brusque metallic finish completes the picture, leaving a tad too much medicinal character in the aftertaste. It's still very good though.

Feel is a little light, and made to seem a bit thinner by that sharpness.

Overall, a very tasty brew from Struise. It's perhaps not at the very top of their game, but the very top of Stuise's game is world-conquering.

lacqueredmouse, May 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

BJSmit, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of jrpapajcik
4.25/5  rDev +1%

jrpapajcik, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of macher0
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the Holy Grale

Poured a rich amber. Nice laces from a frothy head. Smells dank and metal. Tastes excellent. Very full body from strong malts and grain. The barrel certainly comes through. Very smooth. This is an excellent quad. Very light for the abv.

macher0, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Benesi88
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Benesi88, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of SimonTja
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

SimonTja, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ChurchKey in DC. Vintage unknown. Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels. From notes.

A - Deep amber nearly black pour and opaque but visible through the edges. One finger of beige head on top left good lace spots and a film of retention.

S - Amazing nose. Tons of dark fruit with some obvious bourbon notes. Sugar and hints of heat. A big quad you could smell all day.

T - Sugar, yeasty, some booze, and bourbon, dark fruit. Less awesome than the aroma and sweeter and booze comes out more.

M - Very dry finish, good carbonation, full body. Seems proper.

O/D - Nice stuff. You can pull out the bourbon aging and it's a good quad altogether. Complex and great for sipping.

tbeckett, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mtbdonn, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Stinger80OH, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

mpayne5, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

GJ40, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

warnerry, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

hoppymcgee, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of danieelol
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam@platinum

Pours a nice black (brown/purple when held up to light) with nice head and lacing.

I swear this smells very similar to Cuvee Delphine- quad blackberries, a very strong vinous quality, oak, slightly sour.

Taste is more blackberry/blueberry, a bit of bitterness opening up into an oak and blackberry/blueberry increasingly amplifying sweetness, a little bit sour.

While this to me remind me a lot of Cuvee Delphine, for a quad it is very nice however for an Imperial Stout it is not really appropriate. As such I've rated this highly, whereas the similar Cuvee Delphine (despite being an ostensibly completely different beer) would get a far lower rating. I'm guessing the barrels are very dominant in these two mentioned beers.

danieelol, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jhlosito75, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

dwagner003, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

leitmotif, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Ciocanelu, Dec 03, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

ShamasUVA, Dec 01, 2013
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 FrostBlast
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

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.

FrostBlast, Nov 20, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from the UTOBEER in Borough Market, London. The ingredients include Irish Moss, apart from the other usual suspects. Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 29/08/2016, served lightly chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: deeply dark brown in colour, coming with a thin khaki foamy head settling fast to a rim to last, on top of rather moderate carbonation.
S: quite rich on the nose – Demerara sugar, dates, dark chocolates, brown malts, overripe fruit esters and extra dosage of oxidised fruits’ lightly funky notes as well as old oak barrels; given a good swirl, the aroma element condensate to render a super creamy and dense aroma, with lots of perfumy esters, raisins-like dried berries, and date jam to prevail.
T: very soothing on the palate, the sweetness level comes a bit high in the beginning but decreases over time, ensued by toasted nuts, burned dark sugar, jammy dark stone-fruits, sweetened dates, spice esters, estery notes as of Chinese red-bean (or, Azuki bean) paste, and somewhat chewy and flat-textured bitterness to linger. The attenuation felt at the finish is quite decent, quite in contrast to the foretaste; maybe due to the whisky barrel-ageing process a wee touch of dry-ish mouthfeel is imparted, while a nice dosage of acidity with exotic saltiness also lingers in the long finish, leaving a (surprisingly) wee bit of alc. warmth going down the throat.
M&O: smooth, softly-carbonated, full-bodied but ever so easy to drink, this whisky barrel-aged robust Belgian dark ale is truly enjoyable. Somehow, given a bit of “breathing” after opening, the dark ale seems to be more mellow all in all. Highly recommended.

wl0307, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.