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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

256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 116
Gots: 60 | FT: 5
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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 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!

beerdrifter, Dec 06, 2010
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.

drtth, Apr 10, 2011
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!

yapi, Oct 08, 2010
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.

garbercury, Dec 26, 2010
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.

jlindros, Mar 27, 2011
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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.

ktrillionaire, Jul 01, 2011
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
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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.

kojevergas, Jun 27, 2011
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.

davey101, Oct 09, 2012
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!

Zimbo, Sep 13, 2011
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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.

spdyfire83, Jan 27, 2012
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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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Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

doopiedoopiedoo, Feb 11, 2012
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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.