St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers
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3.45/5 rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
An interesting and lightly spiced take on a quad, somewhat conventional for this house, but appreciated. Vintage 2012 acquired at the brewery a week ago, served at cellar temp. Poured not as dark as expected, a lighter roast coffee, cloudy looking, but no sediment. Pouring vertically and directly into a tulip glass produced just a finger of milk-chocolate-colored head that settled quickly into an ivory ring. Coffee smells, woody esters, licorice, cherry, vanilla, interesting things in the nose but not in great volumes. Malt forwa--whoosh, peppery anise and some other aromatic spice rushes in grabs hold of things. There's some vegetal hop bitters, drying things out a bit further. Back in search of the malt, I find caramel, vanilla, some red fruit, enough there for complexity, but it is rinsed quickly. On the palate, it's a sticky, with a bit of alcohol warmth, but surprisingly little body.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 20:59:33 | More by ManforallSaisons
3.06/5 rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
From: Belgian Beer Shop dot com
Date: Vintage 2011
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Struise's Saint Amatus is a strong, concentrated quadrupel that is not afraid to show its alcohol strength or the amount of candi sugar that went into raising the ethanol to its peak level. Not smooth at all, despite barrel aging. While not necessarily bad, this was too obvious in its ethanol presentation and the cough syrup and cloying sweetness were too much for me, despite an otherwise fairly pleasant mix of brown sugar and dried fruits that appear on the front of the tongue. Not one I'd seek out or purchase again.
Pours a 2cm tall mass of foam, light tan in color, made up of small-sized bubbles that present a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is above average, the foam lasting about 1.5 minutes in a gradual decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the duration of the experience. Lacing is very good, with large clusters of scattered dots and large-sized blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown amber color, nearly black, with light bringing out very dark red-brown hues around the periphery of the beer. Carbonation visible as it crawls along the sides of the glass, appearing fairly numerous and active.
Aroma of supersweet candi sugar to the point of being cloying, intense dried fruit (dates and raisins, mostly), syrupy dark cherries, ethanol, and oxidized iron. Not bad, but a bit sharp and ethanol-obvious: the barrel aging and subsequent bottle aging has not toned that character down much.
Overall flavors are of a mix of concentrated sweetness, dried dates and raisins, burnt caramel, cough syrup, and obvious ethanol harshness; not smooth at all, despite barrel and bottle aging. Front of palate is of dark brown sugar, burnt caramel, dried dates and raisins, fairly subdued ethanol: probably the best flavor point the beer has to offer. Mid-palate of fairly harsh ethanol mixed with burnt caramel, dark brown sugar, dried dates and raisins, and a somewhat cloying candi sugar sweetness mixed with light cough syrup. Back of palate is of fairly intense and harsh ethanol with candi sugar sweetness, somewhat like cough syrup, and burnt caramel. Aftertaste of candi sugar sweetness, burnt caramel, subdued cough syrup, and ethanol.
Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a quite foamy (4/5) and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. Ethanol is easily felt in the nostrils, on the palate, and on the back of the throat: way too hot. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2013 04:24:43 | More by falloutsnow
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
APPEARANCE : Deep dark brown, can't see much of anything through this brew. The head doesn't rise quite high and does fall back down to nothing quite quickly, but while it's there, its colour is a very charming mocha.
SMELL : First nose is molasses and malts with hint of butterscotch and maraschino cherries. Second nose brings out more butterscotch and refines the molasses into a crisp toffee aroma. Maraschino cherries are still there. Third nose blends some of these elements together - toffee, butterscotch and those maraschino cherries become one and the same and everything balances out quite nicely. A bit boozy, but on the warm comfortable side.
TASTE : Complex, layered, deep. Some burnt aromas pop up that weren't there on the nose, and then you have the toffee and maraschino cherries right up in your nose, like having the candies themselves stuffed up your nostrils. Surprisingly intense but also surprisingly pleasing. It's powerful but it doesn't become cloying, it stays nicely crisp and well defined - I think we have the wise addition of hops to thanks for this. This could easily have been overkill. It walks a fine line and does a mighty fine job of it too.
MOUTHFEEL : Round but well funnelled. It takes its (very ample) place, but stays there and that's how we like it. Carbonation is spot on.
OVERALL : Beautiful. I've had quite a few quad/belgian dark strong ales and this bad boy is up there with the best of them : easily comparable to St. Bernardus 12, Rochefort 12, Carolus Van de Keizer Blauw, etc. A serious quad for serious beer lovers. This is stuff that you'll want to age and appreciate at a very slow pace.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2013 00:40:37 | More by FrostBlast
United Kingdom (England)
4.24/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Purchased from the UTOBEER in Borough Market, London. The ingredients include Irish Moss, apart from the other usual suspects. Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 29/08/2016, served lightly chilled in Hapkin’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: deeply dark brown in colour, coming with a thin khaki foamy head settling fast to a rim to last, on top of rather moderate carbonation.
S: quite rich on the nose – Demerara sugar, dates, dark chocolates, brown malts, overripe fruit esters and extra dosage of oxidised fruits’ lightly funky notes as well as old oak barrels; given a good swirl, the aroma element condensate to render a super creamy and dense aroma, with lots of perfumy esters, raisins-like dried berries, and date jam to prevail.
T: very soothing on the palate, the sweetness level comes a bit high in the beginning but decreases over time, ensued by toasted nuts, burned dark sugar, jammy dark stone-fruits, sweetened dates, spice esters, estery notes as of Chinese red-bean (or, Azuki bean) paste, and somewhat chewy and flat-textured bitterness to linger. The attenuation felt at the finish is quite decent, quite in contrast to the foretaste; maybe due to the whisky barrel-ageing process a wee touch of dry-ish mouthfeel is imparted, while a nice dosage of acidity with exotic saltiness also lingers in the long finish, leaving a (surprisingly) wee bit of alc. warmth going down the throat.
M&O: smooth, softly-carbonated, full-bodied but ever so easy to drink, this whisky barrel-aged robust Belgian dark ale is truly enjoyable. Somehow, given a bit of “breathing” after opening, the dark ale seems to be more mellow all in all. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2013 21:51:16 | More by wl0307
3.69/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass. Woodford reserve barrels.
A very deep ruby brown red, with a mix of orange and chestnut hues. No collar or perhaps a faint tan. Fast rising carbonation in the middle but very faint to notice.
Realy nice deep red berried fruit nose, much like dark cherries. Soft oak warmth and mild raisins. Chewy. Great fruit round component to this.
Palate seems to let down. Light bodied for a barrel aged brew, with splinter sensing oak chips in the palate. Light char, and dark raisin Belgian qualities but missing much malt depth or hints from classic barrel greatness.
Overall not really feeling the greatness and was expecting way more out of this for barrel aging.
Serving type: on-tap
09-27-2013 22:18:20 | More by smakawhat
3.76/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Ebenezer's 2013. Reviewed from notes.
A- Crimson red body into a goblet from the taps. Small off-white head builds up to a finger high and has decent retention and foamy texture. Fizzy ring leaves spotty lace.
S- Big dark fruits and some nice dark burnt/roast candi sugar. Raisin, fig, plums, brown sugar and Belgian yeast spice come to mind. Alcohol is non-existent here.
T- Spiciness opens up more here compared to the aroma for me, that classic Trappist yeast spice. Big dark fruits, roasty candi sugar tobacco, fig, brown sugar, nutty malts and some toastiness. Vinous in a way.
MF- Fairly dry but pretty thick and oily with a good alcohol heat which adds to the flavors and big feel of the beer nicely. Spicy bitterness and lower end carbonation.
Quite fruity overall with a nice Trappist yeast spice. Good malt complexity in there as well.
Serving type: on-tap
08-27-2013 23:52:08 | More by cbutova
4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter.
A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving spots behind.
S- Your classic quad aroma with plenty of Belgian candi sugar, roasty malt and a bit of glass. Alcohol pokes it's head out lending a bit of oaky character.
T- Tastes even more glassy than it smells but it's smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Some more candi sugar but it's not that sweet overall. The toastiness is there too but it's subdued as well.
M- Soft and slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.
O- A very straightforward quad that's good but has me wanting more flavor. Nothing overly exciting about this one. Hides the alcohol well though.
Serving type: on-tap
08-14-2013 23:35:27 | More by Immortale25
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
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