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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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macher0

Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 20:53:45 | More by macher0
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 11:27:19 | More by tbeckett
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 22:18:20 | More by smakawhat
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 23:52:08 | More by cbutova
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 23:35:27 | More by Immortale25
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barczar

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium brown with copper highlights and a half inch khaki head that dissipates into a layer of film.

Dark candi sugar, figs, and a underlying vinous note form the initial aroma. Sweet, goal notes add complexity.

There's a vinous character underlying the flavor profile, which is eventually overtaken by deeply caramelized, sweet malt, becoming toasty, nutty and dry at the finish. Prune and plum surface late.

Full-bodied, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth, it lingers on the palate without becoming cloying due to the wine-like underpinnings.

Very interesting juxtaposition of flavors for a quad. Not cloying, and the toasted malt character is intriguing. A little hot. I'd love to seer some age on this to let the esters come out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 22:01:18 | More by barczar
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weonfire

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 02:13:17 | More by weonfire
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Cuso

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 19:48:16 | More by Cuso
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 19:09:49 | More by BARFLYB
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 03:13:03 | More by corby112
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 06:26:48 | More by Knapp85
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oline73

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 03:25:49 | More by oline73
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

This beer was the deciding factor in me choosing to go to Nellie's this night. Hopefully it holds up. It pours a dark sienna-garnet topped by a half-finger of dirty tan foam (I blame the pour for the small head, though, frankly). The nos comprises fig, light raisin, light roasted malts, very light cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some dark red grapes (very close to the flavor of some rich red wines), light tobacco, light walnut, and light mandarin orange syrup. The caramel comes in a bit more toasted, and the roast is slightly more pronounced. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation nd a smooth, sorta grainy feel. Overall, this was indeed an enjoyable quad. It's decently complex, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 18:49:29 | More by TMoney2591
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark caramel, with a one finger creamy off white head.

S: Sweet malts, candied figs, malts.

T:  Caramel and lightly toasted malts. A bit of sweet cherry, fig and bread.

M:  medium carbonation fades into a slight alcohol burn.

O: One of the better quads that I've had. Complex, with a nice level of sweetness and subtle alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 01:04:43 | More by monitorpop
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap into an oversized wine glass at Zwanze Day 2011 in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Murky copper brown with a head that quickly dissipates into a collar of foam around the edges of the glass that sticks around for the duration of the session.

Big toffee and caramel sweetness with fruit-like notes of fig and raisin on the nose with lesser spice than what I'm used to in a Struise quad. Cloves, cinnamon and allspice all present with some nice dessert bread yeastyness.

Again, toffee and caramel sweetness with stone and pit fruit sweetness as well. A lighter spice flavor than what I'm used to in a Struise quad, with cinnamon, clove, and allspice there. Bread like yeastyness on the finish with a touch of drying.

Medium-thin on the palate with a touch of stickyness on the lips. Low carbonation.

A much sweeter quad with highlights of toffee, raisin and figs with a nice spicy compliment. A pretty good beer from Struise that I'd love to try in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 01:12:15 | More by auroracrisis
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 zwanse day. On tap

A-carmel and dark body with a little bit of head.

S-nice Belgian candy sugar. Very inviting.

T- follows the nose. Nice sweet sugar that mellows well with the body

M-medium body and smooth

O- very mice beer I wasn't expecting

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 19:02:02 | More by brew3crew
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 21:21:38 | More by amphion1065
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danieelol

Australia

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 12:00:54 | More by danieelol
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:59:33 | More by ManforallSaisons
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:24:43 | More by falloutsnow
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 00:40:37 | More by FrostBlast
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 21:51:16 | More by wl0307
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n2185

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front with dark fruits and sweet breads following. There are also notes of sweet, fermented fruits and some light wine-like aromas.

T: Belgian spices and candy sugar here as well with sweet bread, dark fruits like prunes, and buttery, fermented fruits. There is a slight alcohol presence toward the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable considering the abv.

O: A great quad overall. One of the best examples of the style with a lot of depth and nuance while being incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 05:32:49 | More by n2185
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deebo

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:44:31 | More by deebo
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage

Appearance: St. Amatus appears a very dark brown (almost black) in the glass, with a back light revealing beautiful deep red edges. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, beige coloured head that displays fantastic retention and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells absolutely delicious. The initial nose offers toasted grains, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits (figs, plums, cherries and raisins), a nutty note and even a hint of coffee (actually reminiscent of a coffee/chocolate cake). As the beer begins to warm, a vinous character is noted, alongside spicy Belgian yeast, an earthy note, a hint of caramel and a little alcohol.

Taste: I have had a bottle of St. Amatus before (in 2010 I think) and I remember being quite disappointed with the flavour. This is certainly not the case with this bottle, as the flavour is just as good as the nose promised.
Flavour notes include: Figs, raisins, plums, cherries, a lightly tart vinous character, toffee, some chocolate, brown candy sugar, an earthy quality and spicy Belgian yeast. Unlike the nose, there is absolutely no trace of the 10,5% in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (maybe a tad over) and slightly chewy, with a medium-high level of wonderfully smooth carbonation.

Overall: I can't for the life of me remember what I didn't like about St. Amatus the last time I had it, as this bottle is fantastic and actually one of the best quads that I have had. I will certainly be buying more bottles in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 16:01:54 | More by Thehuntmaster
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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.