St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers
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4.16/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy medium brown with copper highlights and a half inch khaki head that dissipates into a layer of film.
Dark candi sugar, figs, and a underlying vinous note form the initial aroma. Sweet, goal notes add complexity.
There's a vinous character underlying the flavor profile, which is eventually overtaken by deeply caramelized, sweet malt, becoming toasty, nutty and dry at the finish. Prune and plum surface late.
Full-bodied, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth, it lingers on the palate without becoming cloying due to the wine-like underpinnings.
Very interesting juxtaposition of flavors for a quad. Not cloying, and the toasted malt character is intriguing. A little hot. I'd love to seer some age on this to let the esters come out.
Serving type: on-tap
06-25-2013 22:01:18 | More by barczar
4.48/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.
S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front with dark fruits and sweet breads following. There are also notes of sweet, fermented fruits and some light wine-like aromas.
T: Belgian spices and candy sugar here as well with sweet bread, dark fruits like prunes, and buttery, fermented fruits. There is a slight alcohol presence toward the finish.
M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable considering the abv.
O: A great quad overall. One of the best examples of the style with a lot of depth and nuance while being incredibly drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2013 05:32:49 | More by n2185
3.94/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked up a couple bottles of this for 4.60 E in December at De Struise shop in Bruges. Vintage 2011; lot 382923071102; BB Aug 29, 2016
Poured into a snifter, this brew looks like a quad, ruddy chocolate brown with a weak tan head, lots of yeast in the bottle. Colder, the aromas of candied raisins and ripe grapes come on strong with some hints of roasted malt too. Yeasty with hints of alcohol. When drinking I'll start with what I think knocks this one a notch below St. Benardus and Westy's quad. It lacks the complex esters and phenols present which help mask the hefty alcohol content. Now I still think this is a solid quad and if an American brewer made one this good, I'd be all over it. The malt bill is solid and the body is nice and heavy yet finishes dry and quickly although its a bit hot. The dark fruits are prominent and delicious. Maybe even too much as some anise comes through which I'd rather not have in a quad.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2013 00:44:31 | More by deebo
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.