St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 291
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 122
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 291
Photo of garbercury
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shoutout to generous Doodler who sent this to me for nothing more than being an awesome BA...Opened Xmas night, poured into snifter...

A--Beer pours a ruddy brownish hue, minimal lacing

S--HInts of dark fruit and vanilla

T--Classic Quad flavor, figs,raisin, oak, very nice...

M--A little over carbonated, but still very good.

D--This is a great beer, probably could have used a little more time, but sat on the bottle for 6 months and wanted it for xmas beer. Highly recommended, love to get more. (502 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Jeffo.

Pours a muddy deep brown into a ridel wine glass. White sand creamy fine bubbled head rises to a three finger height.

Smell has figs, dates, light brown sugar, almost like the darkfuits were crystalized with the brown sugar. It also almost has a twang/funk sour undertone to it as well not unpleasant just slightly apparent.

Taste has a lots of the expected darkfruits fig, date, maybe some plum as well, bready, slightly funky yeast notes too. A lingering sugar-cookie dough flavor in between.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, somewhat silky with tingly light carbonation. Slightly syrupy on the lips as well.

The light mouthfeel being what it is along with the alcohol being apparent as well as well balanced and managed by the complex flavors makes this pleasant to drink. I will definitively seek another out in the future, but not right away.

Thanks for this one Jeff. (901 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Dark chocolate colored pour with one finger head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued but very unique and quite hard to explain. Lots of caramel and toffee, but there's an underlying spiciness. Hints of nutmeg and cinnamon with a little bit of rum and coke and a slight metallic tinge that all gets more intense as it warms. The taste is far from subdued. Complex, with lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, with hints of black cherries and a solid sweet, malty backbone. Very smooth, almost creamy with a nice, subtle alcohol warming. It's a sipper, but a very drinkable sipper. Not sure if it was meant to be an interpretation of Westy 12, but it's definitely in that class. Another world class beer from a world class brewery! (857 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,864 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark amberish brown with fairly decent clarity when held to the light. A finger of creamy yellowish tanned head appears. A spotty amount of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is like dark skinned fruits and cherry pits. There is an indication of dark candy sugar before turning lightly herbal and spiced. There is a light tingle from the alcohol in the nose along with some mellow caramel-like sweetness.

The taste is toasty caramel malt with some herbal bitterness and a bold sense of the alcohol which imparts a spiciness to this brew. The flavor of caramel mixes with a slightly fruity taste reminescent of pear or apple skins. This is quite a sweet brew but it holds up against the bold presence of the alcohol.

Medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable despite it's bold presence of alcohol. Once this brew warms up it has a lasting Belgian style yeast spiciness that was initially muted but adds a nice depth to this brews character. (1,062 characters)

Photo of gyllstromk
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We bought this one after a visit to Struise. For those who don't know, Struise is a 20 minute bike ride from St. Sixtus (the Westvleteren brewery). Westvleteren and Oostvleteren (oost = east) are quite close to each other.

If the joke is not obvious, this is the brewers' attempt to make an "eastvleteren 12". They are depicted as holy on the label.

While this is a tasty beer, it is definitely not much like Westvleteren 12, though it seems clear that the brewers were not aiming to clone the beer rather than reinterpret it.

Pours deep dark red. The dominant aromas are of dark fruit and vanilla with notes of roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. The beer does not reveal much Belgian character and rather strives for more "western" flavors of oakiness and roastiness. Look for dates and grapes on the palette. Feel is wet. (836 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of impending
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 2010 33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy dull deep reddish brown, minor coffee colored head. Fine bubbled lacing.

Classic quad aroma, not too sweet, a hint of the alcohol but nothing atypical, excellent.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. This is a big quad. The dark fruits are not far forward while the alcohol is although neither boozy nor warm. Relatively low in sweetness for a quad. The long lingering finish is equal parts minor bitter and minor dry. The bitter end could be burnt coffee, toffee or chocolate, take your pick or perhaps it's burnt irish moss :) This brew would definitely improve with a year of age.

cheers
jd (630 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (2,060 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Het Oude Schooltje; July 2010
The beer pours with an amber tinged, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, burnt amber hued beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, red / ruby / brown hue. This has a nice candi-sugar influenced nose to it, with notes of dark fruit (prune and raisin being definitely noticeable) and there is an earthy spice character to it as well as some sweet spice (like Christmas) aromas here. I can pick out notes of clove, ginger, and a hint of pepper, but there is quite a bit going on here.

The beer tastes quite sweet as it hits the palate, but much of this comes from the base fruitiness and the sweet accentuating spiciness that is found in this beer. The finish is dry with a spicy note as well as a touch of astringency. The fruit flavors found here remind me of bright plums, tart-sweet raisins and even some fig notes add to the complexity. Flavors of rum, or perhaps more properly characterized as brandy flavors are brought out by the sweetness, the fruit character and the alcohol. This is really quite nicely balanced between the fruit character, the alcohol, the earthy spiciness and the candi sugar flavors. This has the proper character needed of being light and quaffable for its strength; it is still most definitely a sipping beer, but it is not overly heavy or cloying. The sipping also allows one to fully experience the complexity and myriad of balanced flavors. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of yapi
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could taste this one at the brewery in oostvleteren last wednesday.
Just 2 hours after my first westy 12, so I still had good notice of what a quad is supposed to be.
From the minute this one is poured out, great smells conquer my nose! Great caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit (plums, raisins) and some spice.
Taste is quite convincing! Creamy, complex yet imho more straight forward, stronger than a roch 10 or a westy 12. What was in the nose was also in the taste added with Bourbon barrel & coffee too. ... very well done, great quad, just not that well known, but not too far of a westy 12 or roch 10 at all!!! Wonder what this will do with a bit of age on it. Could become more smooth and would't harm at all, could make it perfect! (740 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (973 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head.leaving some Nice lacing behind .

S : it smells very sweet , dark fruit , honey , caramel , à little bit liquor

T : wow , this is very intresting , Tons of flavor , Flavors of roasted malts, hops, caramels, some dark plums and raisins, spices and liquorice, and some brown sugars , very sweet ,very Nice

D : Good carbonation, smooth and a bit creamy. Some hints of oak wood in the end. Very complex and nice balance of great flavors. The is really nice, so enjoyable to drink and packed with great flavors. Love it, well done struise (631 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Consumed alongside Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005.

The beer appears a dark brown shade (darker than the Pannepot) with a fleeting, light tan head. A minimal amount of lacing is left behind. The aroma is wonderful, and obviously of an authentic Belgian quad. I detect yeast, bread, subtle dark fruits, and slight alcohol. The taste is great, and surprisingly smooth, especially given that this beer is newly released, thus quite young. The finish contains a slight warming note with only a faint trace of alcohol. The 10.5% abv is hidden quite well. What a delicious beer. This is practically as smooth as the 2005 Pannepot. I am amazed that this beer drinks this well already. A true masterpiece. De Struise Brouwers proves yet again that it is one of the finest breweries around. Urbain is making some of the finest Belgian Belgian beer in the world. (889 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from jkane101...thanks Jim!! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. Pours a creamy looking carmelized color from the bottle, filling the glass a heavier, maltier darker brown with a very nice looking tannish colored head. The lacing is really unique...very, very fizzy. Tiny bubbles that shimmer in the light, but slide pretty quickly.

Aroma is great, but not super strong. Raisins, figs, belgian yeasts, malts, very faint booze, and a little wood.

Flavor and mouthfeel is wonderful! Very drinkable for a "heavy" quad. Extremely smooth, high carbonation, boozy...and just delicious! Medium body. Toasted malts, lots of over-ripe fruits like raisins and figs...and I'm picking up banana?? Regardless, just a great tasting beer from De Struise! Glad I got to try it! (797 characters)

Photo of FSUGrad2k10
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to have a bottle at the Kulminator Bar in Antwerp, Belgium. I asked the (nicest) bartender for a beer that couldn't be found in the United States and she recommended Sint Amatus 12 but warned me it cost 7euro. Sint Amatus was worth every penny.

Poured a dark brown into a special Sint Amatus chalice with a little bit of foamy head. Could have dranken 3 or 4 of these easily before I would break my bank and happily stumble out of the bar. I wish I had taken notes on all the tastes but unfortunately didn't between passing the beer around with my family, whom all said it was awesome (even a non beer drinker). If I ever see in stores in the states I would happily pay whatever the cost was. All in all, an amazing beer and by far the best Quad I've had to date. (774 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just opened and comsumed my second St. Amatus, this time with (about) a year of bottle conditioning.

This beer is exceptional, the chocolate comes through stronger than before and the smoothness is silky, this is truly one of the best beers in the world! Take the review below and change mouthfeel to extraordinary!

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Thanks to both Peter & Urbain! 330ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. My most anticipated beer of 2010!

Appearance: Very rich maroon/dark brown with a virtually no head only a thin ring. As with other Struise beers the ring does manage to provide nice lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: Nice dark fruit notes on the nose, maybe some caramel and definitely some spice.

Taste: Wow, congratulations Urbain, this is an exceptional brew, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, all working perfectly in concert. Exceptional beer! And it's so young I can't wait to let this one cellar for a year or two.

Mouth: Again a little "sharp" due to its freshness but still very good on the palate, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Very, very good, excellent beer, a must try for the Belgian Quad/Strong Dark Ale enthusiast (1,129 characters)

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Thijs (Brabander) for providing this!

I liked trying this beer with only 8 reviews, because I had no idea what to expect. The appearance was awesome. It was definitely darker than I imagined it would be. Right away, I got hints of several smells I expected from a Belgian Quad like this one - figs, cherries, caramel, and (maybe) a little chocolate.

I loved the taste of it, although I think it could use some aging. It was good, but I think this beer after a year or two would be perfect. It had more of an alcohol burn than Westvleteren, Bernardus, Rochefort, and some other delicious Belgian beers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I may never drink another, but I am glad I got to try this one! (716 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (643 characters)

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