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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 291
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 122
Gots: 68 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010

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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 291
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head and lace.
Aroma is mostly comprised of dark fruits with raisins and figs coming to the forefront along with some sugary sweetness.
Smooth, medium bodied, the beer has a sugary sweetness to it that is a little stronger than found in Quads (no complaint from me). The raisins/figs/dark fruit tastes are there as well and it's a well-balanced and easy drinking beer that hides the ABV.
Maybe a tad too sweet or simplistic for some people but it hit the spot for me. (501 characters)

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

Small bottle (11.7oz?) poured into cervoise. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a muddy purple-brown with off white to tan head. Very little retention and minor lacing.

S - Dark fruits, pepper, slight wood and ash, cherries.

T - Pretty standard quad, lots of plums, currants, raisins. Some oak and vanilla. Belgian yeast breadiness. Cherries a bit, just like the nose.

M - Medium, full, slight biting. Decently smooth though

O - A good quad. Wasn't overly outstanding but solid. (472 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

2013 vintage.
Dark brown, half finger beige head lasting quite a while.
Not a strong smell, some plum, berry, a bit of booze, cocoa powder, caramel, faint toasted malt, some oak, faint light coffee.
In contrast, the taste actually screams. Big boozy sweet berries up front with a bit of raisin and juicy plum, quite zingy, keeping the malts from getting too dense. Still there's some caramel and toffee, a kind of marshmallow sweetness. Sweet cake dough, topped with a bit of dark chocolate, splashed with a bit of rum, with yeasts bringing forth lots of nice spices, dusty cinnamon, faint nutmeg, some clove, but also some prickly pepper and ginger. Barrel, toasted oak chips and alcoholic dryness in the finish.
Spices and alcohol (Bourbon whiskey, but not that clear) in the aftertaste. Not really smooth, way too light, with a medium prickly fizz. Booze keeps this one on a sipping beer level tho.
Maybe having Cuvee Delphine and other De Struise heavies before this one counts too, but still, i'm a bit disappointed. A good quad, but not amongst the best. Aging might help. (1,078 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 deebo
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (934 characters)

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

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. I love glass-beer consistency. 2010 bottle, I think. I hate deciphering De Struise bottle codes.

Appearance - Deep brown. Reddish with suspended chunks. Collar of an off-white head.

Smell - Fruits all over. Bright, really. Surprising and even a little bit acidic in the fruit department. Like cherries and strawberries. Nice dark malt aroma behind it, though.

Taste - Just like the aroma, it's all about the fruit. Cherry and strawberry again. Caramel in the middle, but it all has a fruity character to it. Slight touch of a cola character. Touches on a deep malt flavor, but immediately the cherry comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated. Very fruity which gives it some acidity. It tends towards creamy in the middle before veering right back to dry.

Overall - It's good, but way too fruity. I miss the earthy complexity of Pannepot in this one. (915 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 oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with hardly any head at all. There is a thin ring of off white head around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with dark fruit, mild cherry notes, caramel and some faint chocolate notes.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel and dark fruit with some vanilla notes. Mild bourbon shows up, but it is very smooth. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Sweet and very complex. All the flavors blend quite well and I would definitely have another. (639 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for this one. Shared with Amyliz4 and Azurelimits.

Poured a dark brown with subtle mahogany hints. A slightly darkened white head with a decent amount of lacing. Large amount of dark fruit alongside some candied sugar and a bit of caramel. Initial sip brings a slightly-dry beer with some sweetness and dominated mostly by dark fruits. Body is medium. A good beer in its own right, but nowhere near the best of this style. (443 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010, into St. Bernardus goblet. Pours dark caramel-brown hazy body topped by moderate creamy head that sets down to a stable veil. Swirling coats the glass with a delicate, short-lived lacework quickly broken into tiny patches sliding down the walls.
The initial fruity aroma of figs and raisins is quickly blown away by clean spicy alcohol - which is quite disturbing and adds negatively to the overall impression; red wine and unrefined sugar. The flavor is malty, with fruity tartness , red wine, spicy yeast and alcohol. The low carbonated body is creamy with smooth transitions between the nicely mellowed flavors.
A nice tribute to trappist quads but the evident alcohol presence sets a gap between the genuine trappists and Struise's attempt of mimicking the monk's work. However, the beer is still young and the remaining bottles might significantly improve with aging. (888 characters)

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

A: cloudy chocolate syrup brown, thin tan head, not really any lacing.

S: cocoa and chocolate syrup, dark roasted malt--stoutish--concord grape juice, grape popsicle even.

T: dark cherries, Jolly Ranchers (green apple or cherry?), chocolate syrup, charred meat, it manages to be very sweet and savory at the same time. Alcohol is strong and warming towards the end, but the finish is astringent, like burnt toast, and sticks around far too long.

M: medium to full bodied, nicely balanced carbonation, sweet syrupy finish.

O: nothing wrong with it, a perfectly good beer, but nothing great about it either, somewhat run-of-the-mill for this style. (650 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 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 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 domtronzero
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby brown with a big, long lasting, fluffy, whitish head with tons of lacing throughout.

S - Bready malts with a rich fruity character - dried fruits, prunes. Light licorice aroma and noticeable alcohol.

F/M - Rich melanoidins, dark fruits, malty fullness. Lite bitterness and a little bit of alcohol help this beer to finish pretty dry. Medium full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Lingering dark fruit notes.

D - Good, full flavored, easy drinking and quite complex. (484 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ebenezer's 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A- Crimson red body into a goblet from the taps. Small off-white head builds up to a finger high and has decent retention and foamy texture. Fizzy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Big dark fruits and some nice dark burnt/roast candi sugar. Raisin, fig, plums, brown sugar and Belgian yeast spice come to mind. Alcohol is non-existent here.

T- Spiciness opens up more here compared to the aroma for me, that classic Trappist yeast spice. Big dark fruits, roasty candi sugar tobacco, fig, brown sugar, nutty malts and some toastiness. Vinous in a way.

MF- Fairly dry but pretty thick and oily with a good alcohol heat which adds to the flavors and big feel of the beer nicely. Spicy bitterness and lower end carbonation.

Quite fruity overall with a nice Trappist yeast spice. Good malt complexity in there as well. (850 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to owen49 for this little extra. I am always happy to try anything from Struise.

Vintage 2010.
The label is appropriately Gothic/stained glass imagery though it does appear a little faded - almost like it were printed from someone's home computer. There was a super thick layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Despite a careful pour I still managed to drop a few gobs of chunky yeast sediment into my Duvel tulip. The beer is a very dark walnut color. I was provided with a short sandy colored head. A small ring of foam persists long after the pour, but I didn't really get much in the way of lace.

Smells dry and powdery. Light notes of nutmeg and brown sugar. A little toasted malt and dried dates. The alcohol is also fairly potent on the nose.

Very sweet flavor that is up front. Almost like a Flanders with near cola-like flavors. Let's have this one warm up a bit and I will come back and see if it improves...

... many minutes pass...

Ok back. Let's see here... The alcohol is really warm on this one. I wouldn't say hot, it doesn't burn nor is it unpleasant. But it warms all the way down the throat, and ultimately this beer has become a sipper. Toffee and black raisin have come out of the woodwork. There's a slight sourness on the finish like red cherries.

Quite dry, and again, a little boozy, but that's alright.

Overall I'm not as impressed as I wanted to be. Nevertheless, this is certainly a solid beer. Let 'er warm up good and long and she'll do you well. (1,496 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)

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass. Woodford reserve barrels.

A very deep ruby brown red, with a mix of orange and chestnut hues. No collar or perhaps a faint tan. Fast rising carbonation in the middle but very faint to notice.

Realy nice deep red berried fruit nose, much like dark cherries. Soft oak warmth and mild raisins. Chewy. Great fruit round component to this.

Palate seems to let down. Light bodied for a barrel aged brew, with splinter sensing oak chips in the palate. Light char, and dark raisin Belgian qualities but missing much malt depth or hints from classic barrel greatness.

Overall not really feeling the greatness and was expecting way more out of this for barrel aging. (709 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer at Capone's Black Friday event. This poured out as a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a sweetness to it with some dark fruit aromas and some hints of vanilla. The taste of the beer wasn't as balanced as La Trappe or Westy but still not too bad. There were hints of fruits and caramel, it's not overly sweet and had a light bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel was pretty good, there was a softness to the beer with a light creamy feel as well. Smooth and medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good. (569 characters)

Photo of weonfire
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago, IL in a 10oz tulip.

A - Deep mahogany, light brown pencil head dissipates quickly

S - Minor aged fruit, plum, hint of rum, carmel

T - initial: sweet toffee, grain, biscuity. Finish: more aged fruit, minor sugar alcohol.

M - Moderately frothy, medium body, thin, not impressive

O - Honestly i was very disappointed with this. Aged fruit was minor at best, medium body - one of the thinnest belgians I've ever tasted. Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels?? If this is true there is no recollection of this. none. And I was really looking forward to this. High point was the booze was hidden pretty well. Lastly, at $10 for a 10 oz pour - I do not recommend this to anyone. I felt robbed. (729 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of top 10 quad tasting with callmemickey and sideshowe.

A - Pours a dark clear ruby with little head.

S - Dirty musty yeast along with some molasses and vanilla. Good, but pales in aroma compared to others.

T - Rich sweetness then a balanced bitterness. However, there's a weird solid yeast taste on the finish.

M - Medium body with sharp carbonation.

O - In a vaccuum, this is a great beer, but with this lineup it ranked #7 of 10. Still solid, but not super drinkable. (496 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage, picked up at the Borough Market in London about a month ago. Poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, Sint Amatus 12 is dark with tan head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is macerated prunes, a little brown sugar and some spicy, clean ethanol.

Taste is cured cherries, raisins, and rather heavy on the iron / blood. The spiciness of the alcohol is pretty robust as well. It's clean, but whoa, big beer, sharp elbows. As it opens up (and surely influenced by the spicy Aging Room M356 cigar I fired up about 1/3rd of the way in), the classic grape juice notes I like in a good quad comes through, which I find to be favorable.

Mouthfeel is on the viscous side, and not the most digestible Belgian.

Drinkability is okay, it's an interesting beer, but for the masterful portfolio that de struiss has, this one is a little disappointing. (860 characters)

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting and lightly spiced take on a quad, somewhat conventional for this house, but appreciated. Vintage 2012 acquired at the brewery a week ago, served at cellar temp. Poured not as dark as expected, a lighter roast coffee, cloudy looking, but no sediment. Pouring vertically and directly into a tulip glass produced just a finger of milk-chocolate-colored head that settled quickly into an ivory ring. Coffee smells, woody esters, licorice, cherry, vanilla, interesting things in the nose but not in great volumes. Malt forwa--whoosh, peppery anise and some other aromatic spice rushes in grabs hold of things. There's some vegetal hop bitters, drying things out a bit further. Back in search of the malt, I find caramel, vanilla, some red fruit, enough there for complexity, but it is rinsed quickly. On the palate, it's a sticky, with a bit of alcohol warmth, but surprisingly little body. (901 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog. It's things like these that make me happy to live in SEPA, the mecca.

St. Amatus 12 goes in the glass pretty dark with a mix of dark browns and reds, look is a bit murky, but this is a quad here. I've seen dirtier. Nothing in terms of head, cap, lace, nothing. Smell is about the dark fruits and less about the spices. Nice aroma of plum and the like and maybe a bit of licorice. No alcohol in the nose. Bready as well with yeast apparent. This is a nice change of pace from the Pannepot, more fruity and bready and not as much spices used IMO. Some clove makes an apperance with warming, the flavors work well together. The feel off the tap almost killed it though. This was basically dead and it needs a boost badly. Glad to have tried this though, a good beer that stands on it's own too feet. I wonder if this is the same base beer as Pannepot, with less spice. (886 characters)

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