St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 119
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of CaptainPiret
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of dfclav
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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. 

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of route66pubs
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of titosupertramp
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of basica
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of radioscooter
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Struise. A good quad, sweetish. Some vegatable notes unfortunetely. A bit of sage on the finish, candi on the aftertaste.A little chocolate malt, a tad of cherry fruit. Above average mouthfeel. Medium brown colour, lace.Alcohol is hidden.ANother fine Struise creation.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .33ml 2010 Vintage Bottle into a heavy chalice glass. Pours a hazy amber with a nice medium thin off white head that left lacing throughout my drinking session. Aroma of toasted malt, Belgian yeast notes, light roasted malt, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits spicy Belgian yeast character, toffee and nuts. Alcohol well hidden. Medium to full body, slightly foamy carbonation, warming palate. It is a nice complex beer and has tremendous aging potential. I look forward to cellaring my extras for a couple more years and do another review then.

Photo of dasenebler
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, 2010 Vintage.

Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a decent tan head. Retention is good, though the lacing is not great.

The nose is fantastic, with lots of sticky, dark fruit, sweet butter biscuits and a vinous alcohol character.

The flavor is rich and deep. Sweet at first, but with a surprisingly dry, warming finish. Tons of dark caramel, toffee and rich bready malts (some dark toast, near roasted malt flavors, though not quite). The yeast provides a bit of bright twang amongst all the heavy dark fruit flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter and leathery, actually. All things considered, the alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel isn't as full as I expected, but I can't dock it that many points.

Overall, this is a delicious Quad. Well done, Struise.

Photo of zhanson88
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: St. Amatus pours a very hazy mahogany color with 2 fingers of khaki colored. Retention is great, and lacing is abundant and clings all over the inside of the glass.

Smell: I get the requisite dark fruits, as well as a hint of chocolate up front. Underneath that I get a bit of yeast character, some oakiness, and spices -- namely clove and cinnamon.

Taste: Dark fruits and a touch of bitter chocolate form the base of this beer. There's some very nice oak character in there as well, as well as a good dose of cinnamon and clove. Not much in the way of alcohol at all despite the ABV. Hugely complex and a treat to drink.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a lot of incredibly fine carbonation, This makes it feel extremely pillowy in the mouth, kind of like drinking a cloud. Ridiculous. Drinkability is very high as well due to the sheer complexity. This is a fantastic quad. I wish I had access to it all the time.

Photo of domtronzero
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby brown with a big, long lasting, fluffy, whitish head with tons of lacing throughout.

S - Bready malts with a rich fruity character - dried fruits, prunes. Light licorice aroma and noticeable alcohol.

F/M - Rich melanoidins, dark fruits, malty fullness. Lite bitterness and a little bit of alcohol help this beer to finish pretty dry. Medium full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Lingering dark fruit notes.

D - Good, full flavored, easy drinking and quite complex.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany pour with a large, loose, tan head. Rich, deep dark fruit aroma with mellow hints of cocoa, cinnamon, tobacco, alcohol, cloves, brown sugar, vanilla, and banana. Loads of boozy dark fruit upfront in the flavor with lots of brandy and spice. The middle exhibits some sweet brown sugar and molasses with a peppery phenol finish and lots of deep, dark Belgian esters. Sticky, medium body with moderate carbonation.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Brabander. Thank you Thijs.

Body is reddish brown with a substantial tan head that dissipates to a fine ring leaving some lacing on the glass.

Strong and interesting aromas of dark cherry fruit, chocolate, coffee, and wet hay. Very complex nose.

Tastes follow the nose, with all the above elements. What I like is that this beer is just sweet enough without going overboard. All the elements are very well balanced. The finish is somewhat dry and there is also a hint of licorice and cola.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit prickly, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a great quadrupel and I am drinking this too fast. The alcohol is very well hidden.

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

A: Deep muddy-red-brown body. Frothy khaki head. A healthy amount of lace patches left behind.

S: Dark fruits: raisins, figs, cherries, plums. Oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Somewhat muted. Dose of booze.

T: Better definition of flavors as raisins, figs, and plums pop from a deep caramel base. Again, some booze creeping through.

M: Perhaps a tad undercarbonated given the weight of this beer. All of the malty/boozey goodness leads to a dense experience on the tongue.

D: Very good, and a bit different then the mainstay quads (St. B/Rochefort/Westy/Pannepot). I think some age might smooth some of the rough edges here and turn this into a truly sublime beer.

Photo of garbercury
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shoutout to generous Doodler who sent this to me for nothing more than being an awesome BA...Opened Xmas night, poured into snifter...

A--Beer pours a ruddy brownish hue, minimal lacing

S--HInts of dark fruit and vanilla

T--Classic Quad flavor, figs,raisin, oak, very nice...

M--A little over carbonated, but still very good.

D--This is a great beer, probably could have used a little more time, but sat on the bottle for 6 months and wanted it for xmas beer. Highly recommended, love to get more.

Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Jeffo.

Pours a muddy deep brown into a ridel wine glass. White sand creamy fine bubbled head rises to a three finger height.

Smell has figs, dates, light brown sugar, almost like the darkfuits were crystalized with the brown sugar. It also almost has a twang/funk sour undertone to it as well not unpleasant just slightly apparent.

Taste has a lots of the expected darkfruits fig, date, maybe some plum as well, bready, slightly funky yeast notes too. A lingering sugar-cookie dough flavor in between.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, somewhat silky with tingly light carbonation. Slightly syrupy on the lips as well.

The light mouthfeel being what it is along with the alcohol being apparent as well as well balanced and managed by the complex flavors makes this pleasant to drink. I will definitively seek another out in the future, but not right away.

Thanks for this one Jeff.

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

Ordered this from the Struise webshop. This is Lot A, best before April, 2015. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a few fingers of dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lacing. The body is a hazed dark brown color. Struise products seem to be uniformly excellent in appearance.

S - Big raisin, dark fruits, oaky vanilla, light bourbon, candi sugar, spicy esters, and a faint whiff of booze that's appropriate for a quadrupel.

T - Extremely smooth, with less overt alcohol than the nose. Lots of candi sugar, raisins, burnt and caramelized sugars, and only a faint hint of spice.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, light warmth. It's pretty much what I'd expect from the style.

D - This is a really easy-drinking quad that is definitely on par in terms of quality as the Trappist quads (albeit distinct in other ways). The significantly reduced spice and anise character makes this a little easier to drink than Pannepot, for me anyway. I wish I had ordered more bottles.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Dark chocolate colored pour with one finger head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued but very unique and quite hard to explain. Lots of caramel and toffee, but there's an underlying spiciness. Hints of nutmeg and cinnamon with a little bit of rum and coke and a slight metallic tinge that all gets more intense as it warms. The taste is far from subdued. Complex, with lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, with hints of black cherries and a solid sweet, malty backbone. Very smooth, almost creamy with a nice, subtle alcohol warming. It's a sipper, but a very drinkable sipper. Not sure if it was meant to be an interpretation of Westy 12, but it's definitely in that class. Another world class beer from a world class brewery!

Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who is the best trader east of the Mississippi? Beerisheaven. If necessary, I can send anyone the proofs, formulas, & supporting documentation for this statement. I offer up this beer as one more exhibit in the ongoing amazement. Popped open on a lovely evening, 36 degrees & driving rain. Can't wait to hop in the car tomorrow morning once this freezes!

Pours a dull, leaden color of pitch-red; must be held up to the light to discern the throbbing heart within it, in dim light it's the color of raw mud. Nose is sweet quad-level malts, a dark fruit salad, candi sugar, vague but persistent level of spicing. Wow.

St. Amatus 12 melted in my mouth on the first sip. Hard sugar cubes are cut with fruit that I imagine differently after every sip. Red apples, plums, licorice, cherries all play peek-a-boo among the sweet malts. There's almost a red wine aspect to this quad, like fine Sonoma grapes flitting through the malt & hops. At the end, a burst of spicy yeast slices through the whole pleasing mess, spiked with a dose of young alcohol.

Warming, complex, & as easy to put down as Welch's White Grape juice (a personal fave, I'd give that one an A+ no hesitation). What's not to like? I'd put this one up in my pantheon of favorite quads of all time (Westy 12, Weyerbacher Quad, The Sixth Glass). On the border of a masterpiece.

St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.