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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 119
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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Photo of readbaron
4.4/5  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.

Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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!

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 BMoldy
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage served in a St. Bernardus chalice. The label is in Swedish (don't ask me why) and mentions only water, barley malt, oats, hops and yeast among the ingredients.

A: Super dark, almost black, muddled brown with a large but even light brown head. Retention is acceptable though far from outstanding, while there is almost no lacing. A few swirls after the head has completely settled yield almost no new foam, and the beer remains relatively still, suggesting a very mild carbonation.

S: Lots of cocoa-like roasted malts with a heavy dose of rich, dark fruit to boot. A deep molasses-esque sweetness adds depth and masks a hint of alcohol.

T/M: Follows the aroma to a T. Starts off chocolate-y and roasty before slowly evolving into a more yeasty and complex creature with a strong, almost syrupy sweetness and mild dark fruit (namely plum, or perhaps raisin) notes. The malt backbone is big and solid, though it is kept in check by an almost imperceptible hop presence. Rich, but not too heavy in body, the beer exhibits the characteristic Struise smoothness that comes mainly from a subdued (perhaps a little too much) yet generally adequate carbonation. Otherwise undetectable, the alcohol presents itself as a very mild warmth toward the end, without which the beer would seem incomplete. Ends on an unsurprisingly sweet note.

O: Delicious. If there are spices in here (which, according to the 2010 label I found online, there are) they are much more subdued than the other spiced Struise beers (e.g. Pannepot, Tsjeeses). The final product is a pleasingly complex yet harmonious quad that –to its benefit– retains a certain amount of simplicity. Put otherwise, it tastes like a very "natural" quad, if that makes any sense, and is well worth seeking out.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber/brown color with two fingers of off white head.

S: Raisins, plums, and toffee sweetness. I get some fruity and spicy yeast flavors behind that - pineapple with a bit of peppercorn and nutmeg.

T: Raisins, prunes, and sweet toffee are most upfront in this beer. I get orange bitters behind that to add to the complexity. I also get a bit of dark cherry in the finish. Very little booze - I drank the entire bottle in no time.

M: On the thick side with creamy carbonation.

O: A very nice Quad - complex sweetness, spiciness from the yeast.

Photo of Ruds
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian snifter to a rich plummy looking mid brown colour with a small off white head that soon dissipated to a few small bubbles.

The aroma is sweet malt, sugar, spices, dates and a little biscuity. Not the most striking or 'come and drink me' aroma I've noted on a quad!

Sweet on the palate, sweet malts, dark over-ripened fruits bombard the taste buds, perhaps dried prunes, dates, figs and sultanas with some background spice. Sweet caramel/toffee and a little tobacco and wood.

Reviewing as I drink and the beer is really growing on me and have already notched up the ratings a little!

Mouthfeel is of a medium to fullish (but not overly full) bodied beer and the carbonation is noticeable but low. Spot on!

Overall a great quad, extremely well balanced and the 10%+ alcohol is well disguised. It even passed the girlfriend test where she stated 'it's OK !' as opposed to the usual 'urghh' when she samples one of my beers!

I will most definately re-visit this one!!!

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

Could taste this one at the brewery in oostvleteren last wednesday.
Just 2 hours after my first westy 12, so I still had good notice of what a quad is supposed to be.
From the minute this one is poured out, great smells conquer my nose! Great caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit (plums, raisins) and some spice.
Taste is quite convincing! Creamy, complex yet imho more straight forward, stronger than a roch 10 or a westy 12. What was in the nose was also in the taste added with Bourbon barrel & coffee too. ... very well done, great quad, just not that well known, but not too far of a westy 12 or roch 10 at all!!! Wonder what this will do with a bit of age on it. Could become more smooth and would't harm at all, could make it perfect!

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 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 ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

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.

Photo of kojevergas
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of davey101
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Zimbo
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of spdyfire83
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

129th Review
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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