St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers
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4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-15-2010 16:24:03 | More by Gueuzedude
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
06-27-2011 21:40:41 | More by kojevergas
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Vintage 2010, B-09-15. 330 ml bottle into a goblet. Thanks a ton Rempo!
A - Dark brown body bordering on red. Small light khaki head that dissipates into a super thin line of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Weak lacing and retention. Doesn't look too inspiring for a quad.
S - Ripe dark fruits, dark chocolate, spices, roasted malts, and candi sugar. Excellent aroma. The chocolate is super rich and just compliments the quad notes.
T - Brown sugar, caramelized dates and prunes, spices and Belgian yeast, light chocolate on the finish. A tad metallic and coppery with some lingering cherry notes. Tasty and unique for a quad.
M - Medium bodied and slightly silky. Carbonation is low and spot on. Alcohol provided a touch of much needed warmth.
O - It's a shame this beer is in the shadows of the greatness that is Pannepot and its variants. This beer is really unique and delicious and the chocolate notes are just phenomenal. I wish this was beer was more accessible.
10-09-2012 03:01:52 | More by davey101
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
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!
09-13-2011 21:35:45 | More by Zimbo
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice
From notes. This was beer #3 that was enjoyed as part of a blind Quad tasting - to warm our palates before the real tasting - in Utrecht (December 2011). Thanks Jeffo and doopiedoopiedoo for the hospitality!
A: Brown. 2 (off-tan) fingernail head on Jeffo's pour - I was being honest.
S: Loads of fig and other dark fruits, cinnamon, all spice, caramel malt, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate.
T: Deep, complex, and fun. Dark fruit, faint chocolate, loads of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, and vanilla. Smooth!
M: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.
O: A very solid beer from a very solid brewery.
01-27-2012 18:14:19 | More by spdyfire83
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
A beer that I've been lucky enough to have tried numerous times and so this time deserves a review.
33cl bottle purchased at Dranken Geers. 2010 Vintage.
Gave it a big hard pour into my Guiness pint glass. Two finger tan head. Brown to ruby red body. Carbonation is visible. Beautiful looking beer.
Smell is big and complex. Loads of sugar, dark fruits like plums that come with a bit of sournes. Belgian yeast is prominent.
Flavors are sweet to start with to only take you on a rollercoaster of flavors. Again the dark fruits, plum and raisins but also loads of spiced character with a tad of nutmeg and cinnamon.
A great medium to full body. Perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish that allow flavors to linger until Christmas.
Without a doubt one of the best quads overall. It has a Struise signature that tendsto make big bers just awesome. Any lover of the style will ahve to add did to their wants or you'll be missing out.
02-11-2012 11:31:04 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
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