1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

Not Rated.
St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

238 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 238
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 109
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 176-200 | 201-225 | 226-250  | next › last »
Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 123 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:33:58 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:28:50 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of ShadesOfGray
ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 02:45:59 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of FSUGrad2k10
FSUGrad2k10

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:59:37 | More by FSUGrad2k10
Photo of BobZ
BobZ

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +13%
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!

---

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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:43:55 | More by BobZ
Photo of DeutschesBier
DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 15:02:26 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 06:30:11 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Jwale73
Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 23:53:30 | More by Jwale73
Photo of eric5bellies
eric5bellies

Australia

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

Drank at the Molenhof Bar Oestvleteren.

A - Pours a dark mahogany almost ebony colour with an off white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of spice and yeasty aromas with slight molassis.

T - Really nicely balanced flavours of dark fruit, raisins, coffee and toffee.

M - Medium to full bodied with lwow carbonation

D - Another great offering from De Struise

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 18:27:20 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Brabander
Brabander

Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer when i was with UncleJimbo in Oostvleteren, a few weeks ago. We visisted Urbain who showed us around. See for the film on my profile.

Poured in the Struise glass Urbain gave me the beer looks stunning. Black as oil and only with a lot of backlight you can see the liquid turn to very very darkbrown/black.

The head is very nice lightbrown which makes the appearance exceptional.

The smell is like a lot of Struise beers, very good with some hints of spices and oak.

The taste is good and with a very good mouthfeel and a good drinkability this is a beer you should have to taste when you are a qaud lover.

I drank this wonderfull beer last night for the 5th time and it stays one of my favourites!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 11:32:54 | More by Brabander
Photo of weissbierdrinker
weissbierdrinker

Belgium

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

Pours a dark brown color with a deep ruby hint around the edges. A vigorous pour produces a creamy brown head that fades leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of over ripe plums, dried figs, candi sugar, nutmeg?

First sip and wow, this is a tasty beer. Huge roasted malts, caramel flavors, bourbon, dried fruit. A brief sour note. The body is thick and velvety. Carbonation is light. A second sip shows more of the barrel aging, you can really taste it, some brown sugar, a molasses flavor is very present. Kind of a sweet beer but not sugary sweet. Flavor makes you lick your lips. More bourbon shows up in the finish. The aftertaste is molasses like and lingers. I imagine this to be a perfect desert beer after a big heavy meal. For 10.5 abv the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 13:42:54 | More by weissbierdrinker
Photo of crnipeter
crnipeter

Slovenia

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

Vintage 2010, into St. Bernardus goblet. Pours dark caramel-brown hazy body topped by moderate creamy head that sets down to a stable veil. Swirling coats the glass with a delicate, short-lived lacework quickly broken into tiny patches sliding down the walls.
The initial fruity aroma of figs and raisins is quickly blown away by clean spicy alcohol - which is quite disturbing and adds negatively to the overall impression; red wine and unrefined sugar. The flavor is malty, with fruity tartness , red wine, spicy yeast and alcohol. The low carbonated body is creamy with smooth transitions between the nicely mellowed flavors.
A nice tribute to trappist quads but the evident alcohol presence sets a gap between the genuine trappists and Struise's attempt of mimicking the monk's work. However, the beer is still young and the remaining bottles might significantly improve with aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:35:30 | More by crnipeter
Photo of alcstradamus
alcstradamus

Washington

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

Pours brown with a half finger of head and no lacing.

The aroma is an extremely appealing punch of raisins and some spiciness. The alcohol is definitely noticeable yet welcome. This is just such a nice dark fruit smell, I can't barely take my nose out of the glass. There is some tropical hoppiness, clove, and acetone but in very small doses.

The flavor isn't quite as solid as the nose upon first sip, but still tastes good. The dark fruitiness isn't as sharp as I was expecting...rather, it sits in the background providing some complexity underneath a musty/waxy/rye bread mix. Alcohol is barely noticeable. As warming ensues, it gets progressively more balanced and flavorful. The cold did this one no good. Extremely tasty, I was craving another bottle the next day.

The body is medium and carbonation is appropriate for the style. Seemed light at first, but after sitting out for a bit it got heavier.

This one drinks very nicely for the ABV. I wouldn't say that I am blown away by this, but it still is a very good quad that improves consistently with each degree that it warms. This is also very young and I hate to judge this style based on a fresh bottle, but that is all I have right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 04:44:29 | More by alcstradamus
« first ‹ prev | 176-200 | 201-225 | 226-250  | next › last »
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.