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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 115
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Struise. A good quad, sweetish. Some vegatable notes unfortunetely. A bit of sage on the finish, candi on the aftertaste.A little chocolate malt, a tad of cherry fruit. Above average mouthfeel. Medium brown colour, lace.Alcohol is hidden.ANother fine Struise creation.

Sammy, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.2%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Thorpe429, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

nmann08, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

2011 bottling

Appearance: The mahogany liquid pours out and raises a two inch cap of beige foam; several strands of lace appear as the beer is consumed

Smell: The alcohol in the aroma fuses with berries, dark fruit and caramel tones

Taste: Blackberry and grape flavors, up front, with fig elements building; underneath, the caramel, candi sugar and toasted bread elements add depth; in the mid-palate, the alcohol builds and a spice cake aspect arrives; a dry and oaky aspect emerges in the finish to counteract the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: Layers of complexity; not in the top echelon but a very worthy beer from De Struise

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a very rich rendition of the style, Sint Amatus 12 has a lot of those magical qualities of Rochefort 10, but with a sturdy malty-toast character that adds to, and detracts from the elegance and refinement of the classic strong dark Belian ales.

St. Amatus 12 pours a rusty brown color with chesnut and purpleish low lights. A dense froathy, liquidy head blankets the beer and slowly reduces to a starry lace about the edges. Medium/dense haze further adds to the rustic appearance.

Winey vinous aroams hit first with a rise of fruity grapes, berries, and cherries. Nutty, buttery toast and chocolate malt notes round out the fruits and cidery character while a musty, woodsy note rounds out the scent.

Succulent flavors of sweet malts hit first with a blend of chocolate, walnuts, toffee, peanut britle and medium toast and cotton candy. Vinous notes of tart grapes, berries, plumbs, dates, and figs blend into the estery aspects of yeast and balance against dried woods of oak or sandalwood for a fruity/woody complex. Low in hops, the beer takes on mild earthy/woodsy/herbal tone from subtle hop additions.

A weighted creaminess sets the tone for a dense and full texture. Robust maltiness extends past the mid palate and deep into the finish, where the maltiness waivers and the alchols create dryness very very late. Semi-dry in finish, the beer has a warming mouthfeel and malty/fruity aftertaste.

Delicious and savory, this desert-like beer exhibits berries, chocolates, and wine character from start to finish. There's a few inconsistencies and intangibles that prevent it from world-class status.

Thanks Afictionado!

BEERchitect, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet candi with nice fruity ester and some dark dry fruit notes as well - very enjoyable overall. Taste is also a complex and satisfying mix between some lightly sweet notes with fruity ester and light dry fruit with a solid malt backbone. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great mix between complexity and drinkability though a bit more carbonation would have improved this beer IMHO.

Phyl21ca, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to finally open this one up, i decided to make it a long night and go for this as a nightcap while watching my nat geo marathon. serve chilled in a tulip, this one was consumed on 10/01/2010.

what a wonderful pour as the thick brownish colored liquid comes pouring out of the glass and rings the inside of my tulip with loads of light tan lacing and a firm head of two fingers.

aroma is everything you would want in a quad. rich malty backbone, hints of prunes, figs, earthy tones and light caramel sweetness that is balanced nicely against a tight profile of light spices. really well done. very nice full feel with near perfect carbonation is exactly what i was looking for. the flavor opens up with loads of dark fruits and brown sugar colliding with light spices and a smooth, even flavor that hides the alcohol and smooths the palate. really just a tremendously good offering here.

overall as solid as a quad as i have had in recent memory, simply sublime!

mikesgroove, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kjkinsey, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some hints of red and purple and a creamy off-white head.

S: The nose is full of dark stone fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, and really dense and hearty bread. An excellent spice note to the beer, enhancing the bread qualities, as does the yeatiness.

T: The bread dominates the flavor, with a mild sweetness of plums and figs, and maybe some dark cherries complimenting it. An almost hunger satisfying flavor, I must say.

M: The body is full with a great level of rolling, creamy carbonation that you seem to only find in quads.

D: Quite a good beer from De Struise and I think this one would be great to enjoy on a cold evening. As it was, not exactly perfect on a 90 afternoon, but still tasty.

womencantsail, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -28.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

largadeer, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JAHMUR, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kegatron, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this from the Struise webshop. This is Lot A, best before April, 2015. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a few fingers of dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lacing. The body is a hazed dark brown color. Struise products seem to be uniformly excellent in appearance.

S - Big raisin, dark fruits, oaky vanilla, light bourbon, candi sugar, spicy esters, and a faint whiff of booze that's appropriate for a quadrupel.

T - Extremely smooth, with less overt alcohol than the nose. Lots of candi sugar, raisins, burnt and caramelized sugars, and only a faint hint of spice.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, light warmth. It's pretty much what I'd expect from the style.

D - This is a really easy-drinking quad that is definitely on par in terms of quality as the Trappist quads (albeit distinct in other ways). The significantly reduced spice and anise character makes this a little easier to drink than Pannepot, for me anyway. I wish I had ordered more bottles.

MasterSki, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ShogoKawada and dfclav for this one. Vintage 2010.

Pours a nice fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, a bit of lacing, dark murky pond water color with pretty much no light coming through.

Nose is great! Tons of soft aged malts, lots of darker fruits, raisin, fig, light candi sugar, light caramel, there's a light oaky like aroma with some vanilla as well, hint of brown sugar.

Taste starts with more aged soft malts, with that is a nutty and caramel malt flavors, light candi sugar, some darker fruits with raisin, fig, dark cherry, and some other fruits I can't really label, there's also a light bitterness with an earthy slightly herbal hop flavor, some Belgian yeast strain fruits and spices, light caramelized brown sugar, some cocoa powder and light chocolate. Very complex. Finishes dry with a nice lingering dark and soft malt, as well as dark fruits, light bitterness and herbal hops. The booze is hidden very well, with just the slightest hint of warming booze.

Mouth medium to a bit heavier bodied but not much, soft malts, with decent carbonation.

Overall a great beer, lots of soft aged malt flavors, dark fruits, cocoa, and many other great flavors combined in the complex flavors. The herbal hops add a weird flavor that I'm not a huge fan of, herbal hop addition, but otherwise a nice beer.

jlindros, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with the other Matt tonight. 2010 vintage poured into my DFH signature glass.

Beer is dark brown with a nice head that doesn't have a lot of staying power, leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass, carbonation moderate, slight haze at the corners.

Aroma is quite sweet, with moderate esters and some breadiness, not a lot though. Its a very nice clean but complex Belgian strong ale aroma, no heat.

I wonder how well this beer would age. Its sweet but not hot, finishes cleanly, a great great beer, truly. Its medium to light in body, the carbonation on the palate is low, mild stone fruits, mild bread, mild yeast. Very nice balance overall. The alcohol is well hidden behind a mask of great malt. I really enjoyed it.

drabmuh, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mendvicdog, Feb 17, 2013
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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.