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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 109
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a rocky tan head that settles into a thin layer with no lacing. Smells of oranges, leather, and a nice biscuit aroma. Taste is caramel and a nice malt. The finish is slightly dry and with a very subtle hops. This is a very delicate taste, dark but gentle. Like I like my women. The mouthfeel is slick and just a tad chewy. It makes you pay attention whether you want to or not. Like I like my women :) This is a fantastic beer. It has a lot going on and is delicious without being so challenging that you can't introduce it to newbies. This is a keeper, for sure. Not what I would expect from a quadrupel, a bit darker, but a nice deviation from the style. And we all like to be devious every once in a while, don't we? ;)

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:10:10 | More by roblowther
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goodstrongbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-10-2012 07:03:14 | More by goodstrongbeer
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messrock

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-03-2012 10:50:43 | More by messrock
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from the brewery via the webshop. 2011 vintage. Lot # 382923071102, didn't note the bottling date.

Mahogany with a mocha head, good retention and lacing. Nose has a helluva lot of metal, ferrous from top to bottom. Some dark fruits, molasses, chocolate and a bit of rum are peripheral. Taste has the metal again up front, dark fruits, slight chocolate, even a hint of roast way into the finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel, metal notes persist behind a medium high carbonation. Way too much metal going on here - perhaps an issue with the batch/shipping/transport? I was completely let down by this beer, and this was probably exacerbated by the huge expectations I had. Drainpoured, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:20:12 | More by liamt07
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pschul4

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rempo!!
A- Pours a dark brown with 1/4" head that leaves nice lacing. Sits almost black in the glass

S- Right out of the fridge it smells quite boozy with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. I'm gonna let this sit for a 20ish minutes

Now we're talking! The booze really subsides and more chocolate becomes apparent, still just hints of dark fruits in the background

T- Those dark fruits that were missing in the nose, remember them? They come through STRONG in the flavor and I love it. Tons of raisons and plums in the taste. Chocolate is more of an afterthought but adds a nice touch to whats going on. Booze makes your chest warm but not much on top of that

M- Beautifully smooth, carbonation keeps everything clean

O- This could stand up next to some of the other big quads, might not be quite there but isn't far behind by any means

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 04:28:01 | More by pschul4
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davey101

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010, B-09-15. 330 ml bottle into a goblet. Thanks a ton Rempo!

A - Dark brown body bordering on red. Small light khaki head that dissipates into a super thin line of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Weak lacing and retention. Doesn't look too inspiring for a quad.

S - Ripe dark fruits, dark chocolate, spices, roasted malts, and candi sugar. Excellent aroma. The chocolate is super rich and just compliments the quad notes.

T - Brown sugar, caramelized dates and prunes, spices and Belgian yeast, light chocolate on the finish. A tad metallic and coppery with some lingering cherry notes. Tasty and unique for a quad.

M - Medium bodied and slightly silky. Carbonation is low and spot on. Alcohol provided a touch of much needed warmth.

O - It's a shame this beer is in the shadows of the greatness that is Pannepot and its variants. This beer is really unique and delicious and the chocolate notes are just phenomenal. I wish this was beer was more accessible.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 03:01:52 | More by davey101
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. I love glass-beer consistency. 2010 bottle, I think. I hate deciphering De Struise bottle codes.

Appearance - Deep brown. Reddish with suspended chunks. Collar of an off-white head.

Smell - Fruits all over. Bright, really. Surprising and even a little bit acidic in the fruit department. Like cherries and strawberries. Nice dark malt aroma behind it, though.

Taste - Just like the aroma, it's all about the fruit. Cherry and strawberry again. Caramel in the middle, but it all has a fruity character to it. Slight touch of a cola character. Touches on a deep malt flavor, but immediately the cherry comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated. Very fruity which gives it some acidity. It tends towards creamy in the middle before veering right back to dry.

Overall - It's good, but way too fruity. I miss the earthy complexity of Pannepot in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:47:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-18-2012 23:46:00 | More by t0rin0
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours an amber to brown color forming a medium and bubbled yellow to beige head. Medium retention with a thin layer that lasts forever. Some few lacings are left in the glass

S: Peculiar Quad. Smells dark chocolate and roasted malts. Fruity too, mainly plums and raisins. Notes of brown bread and alcohol in the very end

T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, brown bread, Belgian yeasts. Finished by a stingy bitterness

M: Medium body. Quite smooth and watery to such ABV. Medium to low carbonation. Upfront is mild sweet. Aftertaste is dry and bitter

O: Excellent drinkability. Great beer. De Struise quality. Highly recommended from a big fan of Belgian Quads!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 19:50:58 | More by eduardolinhalis
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safaricook

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shop: De Bierkoning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Glass: Leute Bokbier glass (oversized wine glass without stem)
Name on Label: Sint Amatus 12 Vintage 2011
Image on Label: Style of the image is like a (orthodox) Christian icon. I guess that the two angeles at the top are holding a painting of Sint Amatus the patron of Oostvleteren, where the beer origins from. The 3 men standing below are probably the brewers or some other modern men as they were glasses, but otherwise looking middle age. Fun.
ABV: 10.5%
Ingredients according to label: malt selection, hops, irish moss! and yeast
Expiry date: 29AUG2016
LOT: 382923071102

Pours a beautiful 3 fingers high beige head with fine to medium bubbles that reduces to a nice layer after a few minutes and leaves little lacing. Pitch black body with quite some fine carbonation visible

smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, metallic, booze

first of all it is surprisingly low on sweetness for a quadrupel though you get some roasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden but warms you. Bitterness is dominant it goes along with little metallic taste. I taste sourness that reminds of plums.

There is quite some carbonation which tingles and makes it a refreshing drink rather than the red wine feeling you get from other quadrupel. It would be rather heavy on the tongue without the carbonation as it has an almost oily texture.

I like the beer, but it is not my number one quadrupel. I guess I miss the sweetness to balance the bitterness or is it not complex enough and I would appreciate to taste more what the nose promises. However it is an interesting take on the genre and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 19:20:03 | More by safaricook
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WynnO

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.2%

09-08-2012 05:35:11 | More by WynnO
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dgilks

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 11:05:00 | More by dgilks
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WilstonOreo

Germany

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-18-2012 09:18:09 | More by WilstonOreo
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Heretic42

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-02-2012 20:24:25 | More by Heretic42
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-01-2012 07:01:34 | More by FreshHawk
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metalgdog

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-17-2012 19:58:43 | More by metalgdog
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-06-2012 04:28:16 | More by doucmehu
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madcal

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-28-2012 12:42:52 | More by madcal
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian snifter to a rich plummy looking mid brown colour with a small off white head that soon dissipated to a few small bubbles.

The aroma is sweet malt, sugar, spices, dates and a little biscuity. Not the most striking or 'come and drink me' aroma I've noted on a quad!

Sweet on the palate, sweet malts, dark over-ripened fruits bombard the taste buds, perhaps dried prunes, dates, figs and sultanas with some background spice. Sweet caramel/toffee and a little tobacco and wood.

Reviewing as I drink and the beer is really growing on me and have already notched up the ratings a little!

Mouthfeel is of a medium to fullish (but not overly full) bodied beer and the carbonation is noticeable but low. Spot on!

Overall a great quad, extremely well balanced and the 10%+ alcohol is well disguised. It even passed the girlfriend test where she stated 'it's OK !' as opposed to the usual 'urghh' when she samples one of my beers!

I will most definately re-visit this one!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 20:16:19 | More by Ruds
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-08-2012 17:11:10 | More by Agold
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-07-2012 19:49:42 | More by samEBC
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-30-2012 22:13:14 | More by Riggsy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-25-2012 17:33:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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JAYBLACK

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-20-2012 22:11:13 | More by JAYBLACK
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Cuso

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.