1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

Not Rated.
St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

277 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 277
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 119
Gots: 66 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 129 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dgilks
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of WilstonOreo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of metalgdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of doucmehu
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of madcal
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Ruds
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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!!!

Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of samEBC
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riggsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of JAYBLACK
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Cuso
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Axelbay
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Khazadum
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that I've been lucky enough to have tried numerous times and so this time deserves a review.

33cl bottle purchased at Dranken Geers. 2010 Vintage.

Gave it a big hard pour into my Guiness pint glass. Two finger tan head. Brown to ruby red body. Carbonation is visible. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell is big and complex. Loads of sugar, dark fruits like plums that come with a bit of sournes. Belgian yeast is prominent.

Flavors are sweet to start with to only take you on a rollercoaster of flavors. Again the dark fruits, plum and raisins but also loads of spiced character with a tad of nutmeg and cinnamon.

A great medium to full body. Perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish that allow flavors to linger until Christmas.

Without a doubt one of the best quads overall. It has a Struise signature that tendsto make big bers just awesome. Any lover of the style will ahve to add did to their wants or you'll be missing out.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

129th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice

From notes. This was beer #3 that was enjoyed as part of a blind Quad tasting - to warm our palates before the real tasting - in Utrecht (December 2011). Thanks Jeffo and doopiedoopiedoo for the hospitality!

A: Brown. 2 (off-tan) fingernail head on Jeffo's pour - I was being honest.

S: Loads of fig and other dark fruits, cinnamon, all spice, caramel malt, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate.

T: Deep, complex, and fun. Dark fruit, faint chocolate, loads of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, and vanilla. Smooth!

M: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: A very solid beer from a very solid brewery.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of haz77
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque dark brown, with an attractive three fingers of light tan head. This recedes to a rocky cap over the course of a minute and a half. Nothing to complain about here.

S - Molasses, loads of dried dark fruit, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pear, brioche. Nice balance and depth.

T - The start is spiced dark fruits, before the bitterness of dark chocolate pushes through in the middle. Bready notes begin to then build and the finish is all brioche and some medicinal phenols. Aftertaste is bready/caramel as well as having some hop balance with leafiness and tobacco. It lingers and is about as good an aftertaste as I can recall.

M - Full bodied, but appears much less so due to quite lively carbonation. The velvety creaminess I've enjoyed so much in their other quads is lost until almost the end of the drink due to this.

D - Some really interesting elements here that don't quite hit the heights of their other quads. Even though this is the case, they've set the bar so high that this is still a very good beer.

Photo of seeswo
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of stevefinny
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.