St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 291
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 122
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

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Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

This beer was the deciding factor in me choosing to go to Nellie's this night. Hopefully it holds up. It pours a dark sienna-garnet topped by a half-finger of dirty tan foam (I blame the pour for the small head, though, frankly). The nos comprises fig, light raisin, light roasted malts, very light cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some dark red grapes (very close to the flavor of some rich red wines), light tobacco, light walnut, and light mandarin orange syrup. The caramel comes in a bit more toasted, and the roast is slightly more pronounced. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation nd a smooth, sorta grainy feel. Overall, this was indeed an enjoyable quad. It's decently complex, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good times. (863 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 33 cl bottle
Vintage 2010
Best before B 09 15
Served in a goblet
Thanks to Douglasjamjak for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a deep, dark, chestnut brown with a one-plus finger tall head of bubbly, beige colored froth. Even with a careful pour, large chunks of yeast particles flowed into the liquid. The head faded to a resilient ring.

The aroma was interesting yet more subtle than I anticipated. Coffee and roast notes were immediately noticeable. A hint of dark chocolate. Slightly smoky. As the beer warmed, some brown sugar sweetness came out as well. A bit yeasty and phenolic.

The flavor profile was quite different from the nose. Signature quad notes of plums, raisins and prunes came through up front. Semi-sweet with some dark Belgian candi sugar. As the beer moved along my palate, it became increasingly boozy. The alcohol heat was practically all I could pick up on the back end and in the finish. A touch of hops were detectible. With time, the beer turned more oaky and dry.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was medium bodied and contained an ultra-fine, moderate effervescence that gave the liquid a remarkably smooth and supple creaminess.

I definitely would have enjoyed this beer far more had it not been so boozy on the back end. Perhaps some additional aging could help smooth out its rough edges. (1,402 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a 0.33l bottle I picked up at the Struise shop in Brugge (for €4.60) while there in late September. Enjoyed yesterday at home with the family...

Poured into a small tulip glass, it was a dense, opaque brown color. Head was a simple ring of wispy bubbles near the edge of the glass, leaving a touch of lace. Nose was malty rich, with a nice mix of caramel and dark fruit. It had a solid, medium body, with a decent, smooth feel on the tongue.

Light sweetness was the first to arrive, with a good base of malts and caramel present. Dark fruit flavors all hit the palate, with some raisin and fig-like notes appearing. The finish was on the dry side, and lent a fair amount of bitterness to proceedings. Decent, but lacks complexity and is not quite worth the price, imo. Prosit!!

4.1 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep murky brown with a large but still uneven tan head that sinks and leaves only faint lacins.

S: Tart! Dark dried fruits, sweet syrupy malt. Some yeast.

T: Dark dried fruits, sweet overload. Some malt and some yeast but not much else.

M: Full syrupy body and very low carbonation. Aftertaste lingers with sweetness.

O: A great beer, but not a great Quad. Reviewing the beer in this style kills it - a Quad is so very complex and this isn't in comparison with the greater ones. Still a fantastic beer, though. (526 characters)

Photo of monitorpop
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark caramel, with a one finger creamy off white head.

S: Sweet malts, candied figs, malts.

T:  Caramel and lightly toasted malts. A bit of sweet cherry, fig and bread.

M:  medium carbonation fades into a slight alcohol burn.

O: One of the better quads that I've had. Complex, with a nice level of sweetness and subtle alcohol. (341 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown, has some haziness, a tan frothy head, leaves no lacing, but some curtains.

A slightly sour fruit smell, yeast and boiled meat.

Tasting of sweet fruits, raisins, dried apricots, sour and bitter oranges, dry grass and some moss.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, thick and oily, a slight dry round finish. A huge body.

A good solid strong Belgian, very good with hard cheese. (413 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with pilllowy khaki head.
S - Oak, figs, candi sugar, yeast.
T - Nice and sweet with a nice Belgian spice that Struise is excellent at.
M - Creamy carbonation with a nice finish.
O - A solid quad that I only wish was more available and/or cheaper. (264 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap into an oversized wine glass at Zwanze Day 2011 in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Murky copper brown with a head that quickly dissipates into a collar of foam around the edges of the glass that sticks around for the duration of the session.

Big toffee and caramel sweetness with fruit-like notes of fig and raisin on the nose with lesser spice than what I'm used to in a Struise quad. Cloves, cinnamon and allspice all present with some nice dessert bread yeastyness.

Again, toffee and caramel sweetness with stone and pit fruit sweetness as well. A lighter spice flavor than what I'm used to in a Struise quad, with cinnamon, clove, and allspice there. Bread like yeastyness on the finish with a touch of drying.

Medium-thin on the palate with a touch of stickyness on the lips. Low carbonation.

A much sweeter quad with highlights of toffee, raisin and figs with a nice spicy compliment. A pretty good beer from Struise that I'd love to try in a bottle. (968 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 zwanse day. On tap

A-carmel and dark body with a little bit of head.

S-nice Belgian candy sugar. Very inviting.

T- follows the nose. Nice sweet sugar that mellows well with the body

M-medium body and smooth

O- very mice beer I wasn't expecting (253 characters)

Photo of Crittervision
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Struise glass at Kulminator on 13 August 2011. 

Deep brown with burgundy highlights. Thin boné, regenerative. 

Tart cherry melded with caramel, and bitter cocoa in the nostrils. 

Taste is a touch dry in the form of cinnamon or cardamom, many sweet accents in the form of semi-sweet chocolate, pruney pipe tobacco, with bright-but-soft citrus on the sides of the tongue. 

Carbonation is a little high and bites a little on the back of the throat. Otherwise nice.  (491 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just looking at that sexy incredibly dark smooth brown bordering on black colour with super red ruby jewel highlights you know you have a total babe in front of you. Thin head but it is constant throughout.

Very slight medicinal taste, sappy with a very pleasant just sugary sweetness and dryness and some soft leafy earthiness too. Medium to full bodied with a degree of mealiness on the tongue. Sharp but gentle carbonation which softens the longer it stays in the glass.

So so much going on there and so obviously well put together. a fair amount of power too but it is restrained in the delivery with its super sophistication.
Strong, beautiful and complete. Wow.

Many thanks for this bottle Thijs. And for the one I still have! (736 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. pour at Lord Hobo, served in a tulip and enjoyed right after a glass of Pannepeut.

De Struise does a masterful job making gorgeous high-ABV beers, and this is no exception. There's a two-finger tan head that lasts and lasts. An appropriately deep purple body with ruby highlights. By the time I got to the bottom of my glass, I could see my fingers through the beer.

Loads of cherries in the nose. Actually, it's a little more like cherry syrup, the remnants of a snow cone, with a slight medicinal quality. Though that might sound a little repulsive, it's actually quite appetizing. Some indeterminate dark fruits, too.

Cherry syrup (cough drops? cough medicine?) plays a big role in the taste. This actually reminds me a little bit of the most recent vintage of Blushing Monk, though the dark fruit flavors of this beer add a layer of complexity. Very little alcohol in the taste.

A little overcarbonated, though not enough to ruin the beer. The body is thick and syrupy, and the beer would be aided by a little less carbonation.

I really enjoyed the cherry flavors in this beer, and will be hunting down a bottle soon. St. Amatus has a very pleasing melange of flavors, and it's a satisfying take on the style. (1,227 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark murky brown great head and lacing
smelled of fruit, berries, plums chocolate, caramel and nuts
Taste dark fruits, nice malty base, vanilla, bit of tang and nut in there but only to make it complex and delicious a bit of woody dryness at the end as well.
Palate is Just as the Struise always do it. . .Perfect!
Overall a fantastic Quad, Fresh compared to the other big boys (fresh) it is one of if not my favourite. (428 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark brown an dred color. No carbonation visible. Nice beige head that quickly dissolves.

S - Nice pallet of smells, complex. Wine aroma, yeast, oak wood, sweetness and some booze.

T - Complex and brilliant, cream, bit sweet caramel, hops an vanilla. It gets better every time you take a gulp. Is there some coffee in there? A hint of spices like coriander and cardamom.

M - Sweet and creamy, very nice The carbonation is soft to medium. The finish is bitter and boozy.

O - Drink it without distraction and you will enjoy even better. To my opinion this is one of the best beers from the Struise Brewers. World-class! (631 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bluebetty for hooking this up. Sampled from a De Dolle stemmed tulip.

Deep murky treacle, with a finger or so of reasonably dense mocha head. Falls to a slight ring.

Stewed dark fruits, muscovado, almond and hazelnut, and plenty of woody yeast character. Has an enticing musty sweetness to it.

Sour cherries, boozy plums, muscatels, licquorice, figs and mollasses. Very nice and not particularly sweet for a quad.

Fairly lively carbonation on the tongue, but overall quite smooth, even and kind across the palate, with amazingly no booze heat.

Not the most amazing quad, more intriguing than complex, but well integrated and not cloyingly sweet. (660 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Douglasjamjak a while back. Lot B 09 15. Vintage: 2010

A: Reddish brown pour with an impressive light brown head. Very thick, the head laces in chunks down the sides of my De Struise Goblet.

S: The smell on this is extremely interesting. Booze, Belgian Yeast, Candi Sugar, Plums, Dark Fruits, Brown Sugar. Definitely complex.

T: You get the dryness up front I've come to expect from quads. Brown Sugar, Molasses. Followed by Booze and Dark Fruits. Raisins and Plums to me. The fruits stick around on the backend and blend nicely with lingering booze to finish the beer off well.

MF: Warming alcohol feeling as you drink. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O: I was excited to get this beer, excited when I first poured/smelled it, and the taste came through. Very happy with this offering. Solid all around. (848 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for sharing this gem.

Pours a hazy brown with a bit of off white foam and a little lacing.

Smell is unusual - brown sugar/molassas/caramel, alcohol, fermented dark fruit, and a hint of tartness - maybe sour cherry? It's on odd combination that almosts comes across as solventy, but is still quite pleasant.

Taste is subtle - not as overpowering as most quads. Some sweetness, but not figgy. Just incredibly smooth. You can feel the alcohol but it's not boozy. There are some spice notes - nutmeg, clove? A very complex and delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium/heavy with lovely creamy carbonation.

Overall - not like anything I've had before. A really tasty beer. Wish I had more. (718 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (2,472 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  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. (350 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of drummermattie02
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (777 characters)

St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.