St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 293
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 123
Gots: 68 | FT: 6
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

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Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany colour. Spectacular hue on this beer that is simply appetising. Moderate sized but quite short lasted tan head.

Fruity dark cherry aroma with complex alcohol and ester aromas. Interesting brown sugar notes. Great.

Really interesting and complex toffee and brown sugar flavour. Cherry. Almost citrus notes. Milk chocolate. More burnt toffee. Amazing.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Syrupy and smooth.

A delightful Quad. Lots of amazing malt character and a fantastic cherry fruit note. Sublime.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into St. Bernardus chalice. Very little chunky white head that dissipates quickly. Nice ruby-brown when held to the light.

Smell is strong of chocolate with much less yeast than I was expecting. Very inviting.

Taste, on the other hand, is extremely yeasty. Burnt fruits and a dry chocolatey finish.

Feel is a bit dryer than I would like and somewhat thin, but very drinkable. I really like this beer, although it was not quite as rich as I was expecting.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle drank from my Darkness tulip...The initial pour of the beer is a very light tan but as it settles a very dark brown with purple highlights displays, gorgeous. A surprising very light tan head rises about five full fingers with really good retention, and fantastic lacing...The aroma is nice, has the normal quad notes of dark fruits, molasses and candied sugar, but his is the sweeter side of most trappist quads, and WAY WAY sweeter than Pannepot. No initial alcohol burn on a new beer that is come from a Pannepot either...The taste carries over the sweetness, and I'm replaying my notes above but this is a SUPER sweet quad, just hanging on the cliff by a fingernail from being too sweet. Tons of prunes on the front with light candied sugar, with a bit of hops on the back. The finish is slightly alcoholic and a little boring...The feel is on the lighter side but decent enough...Super easy to drink because of the sweetness.

Another great beer by De Struise, greatly different from Pannepot and some ways superior. Probably could age well but is fine to drink now. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head and lace.
Aroma is mostly comprised of dark fruits with raisins and figs coming to the forefront along with some sugary sweetness.
Smooth, medium bodied, the beer has a sugary sweetness to it that is a little stronger than found in Quads (no complaint from me). The raisins/figs/dark fruit tastes are there as well and it's a well-balanced and easy drinking beer that hides the ABV.
Maybe a tad too sweet or simplistic for some people but it hit the spot for me.

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to jedwards for sharing this - I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Poured a hazy plum with an off-white skim of a head that dissipates into some bubbles around the edges. Nose reveals bubblegum, dark fruit and a little booze. Taste follows nose - not as sweet as suggested by the aromas, but the booze definitely carries over to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Definitely a solid Quad - not overly sweet and well-balanced. Well worth your time if you get the chance to give it a try. Considering the 10.50% abv, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who is the best trader east of the Mississippi? Beerisheaven. If necessary, I can send anyone the proofs, formulas, & supporting documentation for this statement. I offer up this beer as one more exhibit in the ongoing amazement. Popped open on a lovely evening, 36 degrees & driving rain. Can't wait to hop in the car tomorrow morning once this freezes!

Pours a dull, leaden color of pitch-red; must be held up to the light to discern the throbbing heart within it, in dim light it's the color of raw mud. Nose is sweet quad-level malts, a dark fruit salad, candi sugar, vague but persistent level of spicing. Wow.

St. Amatus 12 melted in my mouth on the first sip. Hard sugar cubes are cut with fruit that I imagine differently after every sip. Red apples, plums, licorice, cherries all play peek-a-boo among the sweet malts. There's almost a red wine aspect to this quad, like fine Sonoma grapes flitting through the malt & hops. At the end, a burst of spicy yeast slices through the whole pleasing mess, spiked with a dose of young alcohol.

Warming, complex, & as easy to put down as Welch's White Grape juice (a personal fave, I'd give that one an A+ no hesitation). What's not to like? I'd put this one up in my pantheon of favorite quads of all time (Westy 12, Weyerbacher Quad, The Sixth Glass). On the border of a masterpiece.

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Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

monsterous thanks goes to Rempo for being the coolest BA on the planet. he popped me this as an extra for uplands that he was proxying for me. what a dude! just ordered a few more of these, so why not try my only bottle in hand now? enjoyed in a La Trappe chalice.

a - poured a deep brown that settled almost plum in color. head was naturally creamy with some bubbling. this one is clearly authentic.

s - grapes dipped in chocolate. the candied belgian yeast is perfect. really smells wonderful. thick and rich.

t - exactly as expected. perfection for the style. strong grapes. wonderful balance. abv is invisible. so excited to have a few more of these on the way. lovin it. what a beer!

m - creamy and perfect. when it comes to belgian quads, i don't think anyone does it better than de struise. tasting this beer, you feel the history and it stands the test of time. beer can be amazing and this proves it. feels amazing...feels perfect.

o - overall, THIS IS a quad. you like quads? try this one...and as many pannepots as you can get ahold of. truly impressive for the style. de struise continues to impress.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle of the 2010 vintage, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque dark red body with a finger of frothy reddish-tan head. Ok retention and spotty lace. Not particularly memorable-looking.

S: A little sour - interesting. Big, sweet, and vinous. Chocolate, raisins, nuttiness, and tannic wine. Crazy, weird, and constantly improving as it warms. Not what I was expecting, but terrific.

T: Candied raisins, dark chocolate, port, coffee cake, clove, and more traditional quad-like dark fruit. As it warms, it just gets more and more amazing.

M: Thick and sticky. Moderate carbonation. A bit more life wouldn't have hurt, but it's nice.

O: I've never had a beer that improved more as it warmed up. The first few sips were a little harsh with sourness and booze, but all that goes away entirely by the time it gains a few degrees. It really becomes a tremendous quad - one that I would love to have again and again.


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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a 0.33l bottle I picked up at the Struise shop in Brugge (for €4.60) while there in late September. Enjoyed yesterday at home with the family...

Poured into a small tulip glass, it was a dense, opaque brown color. Head was a simple ring of wispy bubbles near the edge of the glass, leaving a touch of lace. Nose was malty rich, with a nice mix of caramel and dark fruit. It had a solid, medium body, with a decent, smooth feel on the tongue.

Light sweetness was the first to arrive, with a good base of malts and caramel present. Dark fruit flavors all hit the palate, with some raisin and fig-like notes appearing. The finish was on the dry side, and lent a fair amount of bitterness to proceedings. Decent, but lacks complexity and is not quite worth the price, imo. Prosit!!

4.1 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of kwjd
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from the Struise Yeast Store. Pours a murky brown colour with hints of amber. A finger or so of off-white head. Nice enough head retention, little lacing. Smells of dark fruit and chocolate, with some mild yeasty aroma and maybe a hint of oak. Flavour has a slight sweetness to it. Medium bodied for a quad. I enjoy this one.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy Erik picked this one up at Geers in Gent. Thanks man!

From a bottle into a chalice.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, tan head with excellent retention. Dark burnt umber in color, relatively opaque for the style, with medium carbonation evident. The head slowly fades to a good wisp. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold and beautiful nose on this one. Caramel malt and lots of dark fruits, such as raisins and plumbs. A plethora of spicy notes, with clove and coriander for sure, as well as plenty of spicy yeast and alcohol notes. Some dark bread, sweet candy sugar, and alcohol in there as well. A lot going on, and bold enough to make a statement. What dreams are made of.

TASTE: Not much initially, but then some sweet caramel malt, candy sugar, and brown sugar as well. Lots of dark fruits again, like raisins and plumbs, with some spicy clove and coriander after the swallow. No booze in here at all, surprisingly. A balanced aftertaste of sweet caramel malt and spicy yeast notes is mild but lingers nicely on the palate. A little mute initially, but nice at the swallow and beyond.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Full on the palate, and plenty creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth, not alcohol bite at all, and finishes slightly dry. Very smooth and full for the a quad.

OVERALL: A world-class brew. This could be a 4% beer, given how well hidden the alcohol was. I've had my share of quads, and this is the most drinkable interpretation of the style by far. The alcohol lends itself to the flavor profile and doesn't make a boozy appearance at all. Though the flavor profile was wonderful, it wasn't quite as bold as the nose had indicated, which put it down a notch from a perfect score. That said, I can certainly see why many have dubbed this better than the Westvleteren 12. I'm still on the fence personally, and will need a side-by-side pretty soon. Regardless, this is another fantastic brew form a world class brewery. Thanks guys.

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Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of n2185
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark body and a splattering of tan head
It Smells like a good port
& the flavour is so complex & complimentary
candied peel, liquorice root & Sherry

This beer is pretty much too good for my feeble command of language

This is the best quad I've had

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .33ml 2010 Vintage Bottle into a heavy chalice glass. Pours a hazy amber with a nice medium thin off white head that left lacing throughout my drinking session. Aroma of toasted malt, Belgian yeast notes, light roasted malt, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits spicy Belgian yeast character, toffee and nuts. Alcohol well hidden. Medium to full body, slightly foamy carbonation, warming palate. It is a nice complex beer and has tremendous aging potential. I look forward to cellaring my extras for a couple more years and do another review then.

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Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a nice tasting glass. I brought one of these to the first Cleveland Beer Advocate Tasting at Buckeye Brewing and liked it so much I openend another bottle for myself the next day.

The beer is beautiful in the glass. It's a dark caramel brown with some amber and a touch of gold around the edges. The head is beautiful and fluffy, over two fingers, and it leaves excellent lace behind. Just a beautiful looking beer!

The smells of Amatus are subdued at first. But as the beer warms, the scents start to explode out of the glass. There are notes of caramel and rich toffee and huge bursts of dark fruit. Some molasses and bread crust are also present, as is a note of spices not unlike those that typify the holdays - clove and a touch of woody cinnamon. Some booze is noted, but it's eventually buried in the great scents.

This is a near perfect tasting beer! The mastery of the balance is unparalleled. It's like a quilt of flavor, expertly woven where each square helps come together to tell a story. Raisins and plums dance with figs on one panel. The next has bready malt with some toffee and caramel notes that aren't too sweet but add balance. The beer is like liquid bread, I can imagine people living off of this years ago. There are more squares on our quilt representating some fruity and mildly spicy esters from the yeast. Brown sugar, clove, and earthiness linger. This is a quilt that can keep anyone warm on a cold night, as it packs a silent punch of barely noticeable alcohol in the finish.

The body is medium in weight with excellent carbonation that does not distract, but, instead, goes perfectly with the levels of flavors. Some slight booze, dark fruit and spices linger. An excellent Quad that drinks like an 8%. Is it as good as Westy 12? No, but it is just as well formulated. It just lacks a touch of the complexity.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from the backlog. Big thanks to MasterSki for sharing this on his trip to Florida.

A - Quad-y. Ruby-mahogany with fawn microbubble froth.

S - Clean maltiness gives way to faint notes of fig, raisin and black rum (though not aged on rum.) Barrel adds just the slightest nuance.

T - While not as complex as its brethren, Pannepot, it is sublimely balanced and nuanced. The malt retains some semblance of grain flavor in addition to the fig-raisin-prune. There is a healthy dose of the essence of dark rum, and the vaguest sense of mulled spices. There is also a slight savory-salty-mushroomy-saucy element that is very well-integrated, regardless of the strangeness of those descriptors. Oak is fairly apparent, and adds a discernible tannic dryness, especially towards the finish.

M - Silky-smooth.

D - Nice, but I wouldn't seek this out over any version or vintage of Pannepot.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.