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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 33 cl bottle into a tulip. Vintage 2010.

Appearance: Fairly transparent cherry dark brown color with a thick sea foam tan cap. Nice retention and some spots of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: Sweet and actually a little tart. A bit of molasses and caramel, but mostly brown sugar sweetness. Some lightly roasted malt. Sweet and tart cherry go along with some fig and raisin to add fruit and depth.

Taste: Quite sweet up front, but the sweetness doesn't linger. Brown sugar is the main flavor, with a touch of molasses and some caramel from the malt. Nice dark fruits - figs and raisins mostly, and some cherry as well. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of all spice are a delicate addition. A touch of tart cherry toward the end. There is a light alcohol flavor throughout, but I am only slightly aware of it, and it does not detract from the flavor at all.

Mouthfeel: This is full bodied, but a bit lighter than I remember for most quads. The carbonation is light, preferring to stay out of the way, but it is a bit soft. Although there are sweet flavors, it does not have much residual stickiness.

Overall: Wow. This is complex, intriguing, maybe even confusing. Each person drinking this was almost perplexed by the flavor. That is a winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:39:35 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle -- 2010 vintage -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark, rich cola brown color. This is one of the darker Quads I’ve yet come across. A little over one finger of smooth beige head on this pour, nicely creamy and composed of very fine bubbles. Graceful arches of lacing compliment the whole thing.

The first wave of aroma comes across as coffee, actually. I didn’t expect that. Like a flavored coffee that’s been sitting out for too long; not “stale” but approaching it. It’s musty. These malt aromas could come across as syrupy-sweet, but the yeasty mustiness tempers that capability. This is such a refined aroma: dates, figs, brown sugar, all cushioned by the dense fog of old house smell. It may seem uncomplex at first, because there aren’t a lot of individual components to pick out. It is a mistake to think that this is a simple beer, though. Everything is so well-integrated. A brewing achievement.

How do I even describe this beer? Like the aroma, it is at all times a smooth, cohesive experience. Malt sweetness plus cinnamon plus coffee plus figs plus dates plus basement mustiness plus candied plum plus brown sugar plus roasted malts plus tobacco leaf plus clove plus… but you don’t really taste all of those things individually. You taste them all at once, as a single, refined, extraordinary flavor. I may have never had a beer that tastes this cohesive. And the balance? It’s off the charts. You never notice the 10.5% ABV; this is the most dangerously drinkable Quad I’ve ever had.

Few Quads feel as good in the mouth as this one. It’s got a medium-full body, not too heavy but certainly creamy. The carbonation is set to Barry White levels of Smooove. This is a pretty luxurious beer, but also one that doesn’t leave you taking tiny sips. I found myself wanting to take big, greedy gulps of this beer.

Sometimes I find myself at a loss of words to describe beers that are indicative of truly great craftsmanship. This is one of those times. I can describe a complex, artistic, expriamental beer all day long. But a beer like Saint Amatus 12 – classic, self-assured – leaves me unable to convey its greatness. If this ever appears on the Struise webshop again then I am going to buy a case of this. You know, I’ve never had the privilege of trying a Westvleteren 12. But this beer tastes pretty much how I’ve always imagined Westy 12 to taste. It’s that well-made, that classic, that damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 19:14:24 | More by Reaper16
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a dark-brown color with a medium head.
Smell: Sweet caramel, malts, Belgium yeast, dark fruits, nuts, light spices
Taste: Malts, dark fruits, and spices. The sweetness and spices are perfectly balanced. Dry spicy finish
Mouthfeel: a bit thin body for the style, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice beer, but I prefer the pannepot.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 14:42:09 | More by rvdoorn
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 13:55:08 | More by ktrillionaire
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ottovon

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review #100! shared with whiterascal.

A: pours out a dark cola brown, with a light brown head. it faded to leave a coating over the beer.

S: dark fruits, prunes, plums. i get a hint of smoke. there is some alcohol as well. there is a bit of sweetness to the aroma, and some roasted malts, and a bit of dark chocolate and belgian yeast.

T: starts off with some sweetness and finishes a touch bitter, with hints of chocolate. i get dark fruits, and belgian yeast. there is some roasted malt as well, but the flavor is mostly fruit. there is a hint of smoke and molasses.

M: this has a medium body with a low-medium amount of carb. can feel the bubbles run over your tongue.

O: this a a good beer, that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:18:04 | More by ottovon
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kojevergas

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap into stemware in Ghent, Belgium. Thanks to me friend Tim for the share.

A: Silky smooth cream head of one finger, tan colour, lovely cream, and great thickness. Good retention for the ABV. Solid dark black colour.

Sm: Alcohol, cream, vanilla, heavy caramel, and maybe toffee. A mild to moderate strength scent.

T: Exquisite cream, vanilla, restrained lovely caramel, and other indistinct more subtle hops. Complex and brilliant. The alcohol is certainly present but doesn't make itself too obvious. I love it. A hoppy, refined, sophisticated beer to be sipped in one's living room properly without distraction. Very carefully done. Simply amazing.

Mf: Silky and smooth but without compromising its thickness, which is needed as a foundation for the abundance of flavour. Not too wet or dry, but the perfect balance between. Not a unique mouthfeel, but an expressive suitable one. Bravo.

Dr: High ABV hardly shows. Very drinkable - err... sippable - for the ABV, but you'd want to slow down to fully appreciate the flavours and complexity. I quite fancy it. Give her a go, lads. I hope the price isn't too high, because I'd quite like to buy it for the future. Another fantastic beer from Struise.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 21:40:41 | More by kojevergas
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:05:36 | More by drummermattie02
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harrymel

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 15:30:30 | More by harrymel
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Spider889

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to owen49 for this little extra. I am always happy to try anything from Struise.

Vintage 2010.
The label is appropriately Gothic/stained glass imagery though it does appear a little faded - almost like it were printed from someone's home computer. There was a super thick layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Despite a careful pour I still managed to drop a few gobs of chunky yeast sediment into my Duvel tulip. The beer is a very dark walnut color. I was provided with a short sandy colored head. A small ring of foam persists long after the pour, but I didn't really get much in the way of lace.

Smells dry and powdery. Light notes of nutmeg and brown sugar. A little toasted malt and dried dates. The alcohol is also fairly potent on the nose.

Very sweet flavor that is up front. Almost like a Flanders with near cola-like flavors. Let's have this one warm up a bit and I will come back and see if it improves...

... many minutes pass...

Ok back. Let's see here... The alcohol is really warm on this one. I wouldn't say hot, it doesn't burn nor is it unpleasant. But it warms all the way down the throat, and ultimately this beer has become a sipper. Toffee and black raisin have come out of the woodwork. There's a slight sourness on the finish like red cherries.

Quite dry, and again, a little boozy, but that's alright.

Overall I'm not as impressed as I wanted to be. Nevertheless, this is certainly a solid beer. Let 'er warm up good and long and she'll do you well.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 06:01:44 | More by Spider889
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:21:28 | More by woosterbill
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of top 10 quad tasting with callmemickey and sideshowe.

A - Pours a dark clear ruby with little head.

S - Dirty musty yeast along with some molasses and vanilla. Good, but pales in aroma compared to others.

T - Rich sweetness then a balanced bitterness. However, there's a weird solid yeast taste on the finish.

M - Medium body with sharp carbonation.

O - In a vaccuum, this is a great beer, but with this lineup it ranked #7 of 10. Still solid, but not super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 14:21:13 | More by ChrisPro
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle (11.7oz?) poured into cervoise. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a muddy purple-brown with off white to tan head. Very little retention and minor lacing.

S - Dark fruits, pepper, slight wood and ash, cherries.

T - Pretty standard quad, lots of plums, currants, raisins. Some oak and vanilla. Belgian yeast breadiness. Cherries a bit, just like the nose.

M - Medium, full, slight biting. Decently smooth though

O - A good quad. Wasn't overly outstanding but solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 21:07:10 | More by OakedCanuck
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nickhiller

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy chocolate syrup brown, thin tan head, not really any lacing.

S: cocoa and chocolate syrup, dark roasted malt--stoutish--concord grape juice, grape popsicle even.

T: dark cherries, Jolly Ranchers (green apple or cherry?), chocolate syrup, charred meat, it manages to be very sweet and savory at the same time. Alcohol is strong and warming towards the end, but the finish is astringent, like burnt toast, and sticks around far too long.

M: medium to full bodied, nicely balanced carbonation, sweet syrupy finish.

O: nothing wrong with it, a perfectly good beer, but nothing great about it either, somewhat run-of-the-mill for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:05:28 | More by nickhiller
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IKR

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Root beer brown color with a generous light beige head that slowly faded. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Raisins, toffee & brown sugar. Nice aroma.

Taste: Raisins, toffee, and some mild brown sugar aroma. Not extremely complex but very clean tasting. The alcohol is very subdued in the taste and aroma. Finishes on a semi-dry note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. I only wish it was cheaper and more readily available to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:07:11 | More by IKR
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep, dark brown with a tannish head, not too thick (but that was a result of the pour ... usually it's a bountiful head). The head lasted till the very end

Smells of figs, raisins, malt and even a slight hint of pepper — just so much going on. Same with the taste. Very complex; I get candi sugar, more dark fruits, some yeast and a little bit of chocolate.

The beer is smooth and velvety in the mouth — almost creamy.

This is such a fine beer. I've enjoyed it many times before, but while having one with lunch today, I finally got around to leaving a review. It's pretty drinkable for having a high alcohol content, partly because it's not as sweet as other Belgian quads.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 12:00:38 | More by CaptainPiret
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dfclav

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Trappist glass. 2010 vintage.

A - pours a very very muddy brown with a one finger head that left pretty quickly. Hints of amber fill the bottom of the glass when held up to the light.

S - smells of dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and fig, caramel, and candi sugar. As it warms fruity esters really stand out deliciously.

T - taste is very complex. First flavor of brown sugar hits me followed by tons of dark fruit flavor. The malt profile in this beer really holds the flavors together very well and so many flavors present themselves it's unreal. Not the slightest bit of alcohol taste, but it is a bit hot on the finish which is expected from such a young bottle. Finishes with a clove-like sweet bread flavor with a slight herbal kick from the hops.

M - pillow like smoothness here on a medium to full body. A bit too carbonated for the time being, but will benefit well with age. No real hop twang as the malt base is gigantic, but slight bitterness from the herbal hops.

O - this is a delicious offering from Struise that doesn't hold to the standards of most Belgian quads, but it's so complex and different that you have to enjoy it. This is a must try for anyone. 

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 10:14:06 | More by dfclav
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a rich dark clear chestnut brown with a ½” light tan head that soon recedes but leaves a thin partial layer of foam over the surface. Sipping leaves some patches of lacing that separate from the ring of foam and slide easily back down into the glass.

Smell: When the bottle is opened a rich malty smell spreads into the room. The aroma is filled with dark fruits like raisins and plums all supported nicely by a dark caramel character. Even though this is the 2010 vintage I’m only picking up a trace of alcohol.

Taste: The nose predicts the flavors quite well. There are raisins and plums and lots of brown sugar and dark caramel. While there’s some detectable alcohol sweetness there’s no heat or burn.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full bodied and smooth with some soft, almost undetectable carbonation. The finish is medium to long and begins with the sweetness from the malt that slowly fades into a touch of alcohol and then fades away leaving dryness that has just a hint of bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this one quite drinkable (sippable) and would have no problems with having another. My overall impression is of a well made beer that would respond beautifully to a few years of bottle aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:04:40 | More by drtth
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 02:42:16 | More by jlindros
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route66pubs

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Adding a review from notes after the fact.

A - Pours a murky brown with a very thick brown / tan head, which subsides nicely to a bubbly layer.

S - Full aroma of chocalatey, roasted grains.

T - Heavy chocolate taste with light cherry at the back which leads toa mild tartness.

M - Smooth and sweet in the mouth this one goes down very easily.

D - Exceptionally easy to enjoy a lot of this. At least until the 10.50% kicks in!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 00:43:42 | More by route66pubs
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 05:04:21 | More by BEERchitect
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, murky brown color. Thick tanish head that recedes to a film that's raised around the edges. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, fig, yeasty, dark fruits, a little alcohol. Nice rich smell.

T: Taste follows the nose with everything mentioned above. Apple, raisin show up towards the end. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish. Even the alcohol shows up in the nose and taste, there's no burn at all.

D: Very high for a 12%ABV beer. Goes down easily and a pleasure to drink. Wished I had another.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:16:53 | More by titosupertramp
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basica

Singapore

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby-brown pour from a 2010 vintage bottle into my De Struise tulip yielding a two-finger thick, creamy and foamy beige head that burgeons gradually to a thickness of three-fingers and forming with a pretty rounded top retaining very well; it finally settles to a half-finger thick layer of foam lacing the glass as it settles (5)

S - The nose starts off with some alcoholic phenols and yeast, followed by bready yeast, caramel and dark fruits with suggestions of raisins and plums (4.5)

T - Upfront on the palate are moderate caramel sweetness and phenols blended with loads of dark fruits including raisins and plums; bready malts fill the middle, followed by notes of spices and yeasts; the finish was bready, fruity, slightly tart and slightly bitter (4.5)

M - Medium bodied thickness with an apt amount of carbonation for the style, a creamy smooth texture and a dry finish along with a light warming (4)

D - Good flavors, feel and drinkability. Phenols were slightly high though it does tone down as the beer warms; mouthfeel was slightly on the side of thin and the dryness was a tad surprising for me. I believe that a little age on this one will make it a top class brew (4.5)

Admittedly after the 3 vintage Pannepots it would be a challenge for the young St Amatus to match up but I am definitely going to cellar one for a few years and see how it performs. Very good beer nevertheless I'd rank it below the 3 Pannepots and above the La Trappes in my Quadrupel marathon; remaining beers for the Quadrupel marathon are the 2007 St Bernardus Abt 12, 2007 Rochefort 10, 2010 Westvleteren 12 and 2007 Westvleteren 12

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:01:09 | More by basica
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GallowsThief

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered from the Struise Webshop and poured out of a 33 cl bottle into my Duvel tulip. Dated 2010.

A - Poured a dark caramel color. Formed about a two inch creamy, tan head that receded fairly quickly to a nice thin layer. Spotty lacing.

S - This is a very subtle smell to start. Raisins and dark fruits are the first to appear. Smells like a nice light bourbon in it as well. Spices roll right around after with perhaps cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - The darker fruits make an appearance right away. Caramel with just a touch of sweetness. A nice breadiness as well. Has just a ton going on in the flavor. Has just a bit of a warming effect at the end.

M - Smooooth. Has a light to medium body. Solid carbonation.

D - I'm not sure where the 10.5 ABV is but it's not real apparent. Expertly hidden. Urbain has another winner here. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:28:15 | More by GallowsThief
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass (I know...)

Funky smell. A little fishy...
am starting to compare all Quads to Rochefort 10 or Westleveteren 12 and frankly - these other "hot" quads fall short. Tastes very similar to Gulden Drak, but a quicker, drier finish. You know - Belgian yeast, candi sugar, yadda yadda. Nothing new here.

Apricot, white rasiins, slight fig...fruity is what I'm getting at here.

This one needs some laying down. Will cellar the other bottle and see what we see in a few years.

For now, not an everyday drinker. Like green bananas. Could be perfect given time. Overly carbonated, not as chewy as it could be.

See me after class.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:55:20 | More by radioscooter
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 21:16:10 | More by kwjd
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.