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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 113
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of gyllstromk
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

gyllstromk, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

jrallen34, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of impending
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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

impending, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of yapi
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

yapi, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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!

mikesgroove, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of beerpirates
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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

beerpirates, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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!

ShadesOfGray, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of FSUGrad2k10
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

FSUGrad2k10, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
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

BobZ, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

DeutschesBier, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Jwale73, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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

eric5bellies, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Brabander
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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!!!

Brabander, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

weissbierdrinker, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of crnipeter
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

crnipeter, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

alcstradamus, Jun 05, 2010
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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.