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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

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Photo of beerpirates
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head.leaving some Nice lacing behind .

S : it smells very sweet , dark fruit , honey , caramel , à little bit liquor

T : wow , this is very intresting , Tons of flavor , Flavors of roasted malts, hops, caramels, some dark plums and raisins, spices and liquorice, and some brown sugars , very sweet ,very Nice

D : Good carbonation, smooth and a bit creamy. Some hints of oak wood in the end. Very complex and nice balance of great flavors. The is really nice, so enjoyable to drink and packed with great flavors. Love it, well done struise (631 characters)

Photo of monitorpop
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark caramel, with a one finger creamy off white head.

S: Sweet malts, candied figs, malts.

T:  Caramel and lightly toasted malts. A bit of sweet cherry, fig and bread.

M:  medium carbonation fades into a slight alcohol burn.

O: One of the better quads that I've had. Complex, with a nice level of sweetness and subtle alcohol. (341 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 zwanse day. On tap

A-carmel and dark body with a little bit of head.

S-nice Belgian candy sugar. Very inviting.

T- follows the nose. Nice sweet sugar that mellows well with the body

M-medium body and smooth

O- very mice beer I wasn't expecting (253 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with the other Matt tonight. 2010 vintage poured into my DFH signature glass.

Beer is dark brown with a nice head that doesn't have a lot of staying power, leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass, carbonation moderate, slight haze at the corners.

Aroma is quite sweet, with moderate esters and some breadiness, not a lot though. Its a very nice clean but complex Belgian strong ale aroma, no heat.

I wonder how well this beer would age. Its sweet but not hot, finishes cleanly, a great great beer, truly. Its medium to light in body, the carbonation on the palate is low, mild stone fruits, mild bread, mild yeast. Very nice balance overall. The alcohol is well hidden behind a mask of great malt. I really enjoyed it. (740 characters)

Photo of CaptainPiret
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep, dark brown with a tannish head, not too thick (but that was a result of the pour ... usually it's a bountiful head). The head lasted till the very end

Smells of figs, raisins, malt and even a slight hint of pepper — just so much going on. Same with the taste. Very complex; I get candi sugar, more dark fruits, some yeast and a little bit of chocolate.

The beer is smooth and velvety in the mouth — almost creamy.

This is such a fine beer. I've enjoyed it many times before, but while having one with lunch today, I finally got around to leaving a review. It's pretty drinkable for having a high alcohol content, partly because it's not as sweet as other Belgian quads. (684 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who is the best trader east of the Mississippi? Beerisheaven. If necessary, I can send anyone the proofs, formulas, & supporting documentation for this statement. I offer up this beer as one more exhibit in the ongoing amazement. Popped open on a lovely evening, 36 degrees & driving rain. Can't wait to hop in the car tomorrow morning once this freezes!

Pours a dull, leaden color of pitch-red; must be held up to the light to discern the throbbing heart within it, in dim light it's the color of raw mud. Nose is sweet quad-level malts, a dark fruit salad, candi sugar, vague but persistent level of spicing. Wow.

St. Amatus 12 melted in my mouth on the first sip. Hard sugar cubes are cut with fruit that I imagine differently after every sip. Red apples, plums, licorice, cherries all play peek-a-boo among the sweet malts. There's almost a red wine aspect to this quad, like fine Sonoma grapes flitting through the malt & hops. At the end, a burst of spicy yeast slices through the whole pleasing mess, spiked with a dose of young alcohol.

Warming, complex, & as easy to put down as Welch's White Grape juice (a personal fave, I'd give that one an A+ no hesitation). What's not to like? I'd put this one up in my pantheon of favorite quads of all time (Westy 12, Weyerbacher Quad, The Sixth Glass). On the border of a masterpiece. (1,339 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a nice tasting glass. I brought one of these to the first Cleveland Beer Advocate Tasting at Buckeye Brewing and liked it so much I openend another bottle for myself the next day.

The beer is beautiful in the glass. It's a dark caramel brown with some amber and a touch of gold around the edges. The head is beautiful and fluffy, over two fingers, and it leaves excellent lace behind. Just a beautiful looking beer!

The smells of Amatus are subdued at first. But as the beer warms, the scents start to explode out of the glass. There are notes of caramel and rich toffee and huge bursts of dark fruit. Some molasses and bread crust are also present, as is a note of spices not unlike those that typify the holdays - clove and a touch of woody cinnamon. Some booze is noted, but it's eventually buried in the great scents.

This is a near perfect tasting beer! The mastery of the balance is unparalleled. It's like a quilt of flavor, expertly woven where each square helps come together to tell a story. Raisins and plums dance with figs on one panel. The next has bready malt with some toffee and caramel notes that aren't too sweet but add balance. The beer is like liquid bread, I can imagine people living off of this years ago. There are more squares on our quilt representating some fruity and mildly spicy esters from the yeast. Brown sugar, clove, and earthiness linger. This is a quilt that can keep anyone warm on a cold night, as it packs a silent punch of barely noticeable alcohol in the finish.

The body is medium in weight with excellent carbonation that does not distract, but, instead, goes perfectly with the levels of flavors. Some slight booze, dark fruit and spices linger. An excellent Quad that drinks like an 8%. Is it as good as Westy 12? No, but it is just as well formulated. It just lacks a touch of the complexity. (1,864 characters)

Photo of dfclav
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Trappist glass. 2010 vintage.

A - pours a very very muddy brown with a one finger head that left pretty quickly. Hints of amber fill the bottom of the glass when held up to the light.

S - smells of dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and fig, caramel, and candi sugar. As it warms fruity esters really stand out deliciously.

T - taste is very complex. First flavor of brown sugar hits me followed by tons of dark fruit flavor. The malt profile in this beer really holds the flavors together very well and so many flavors present themselves it's unreal. Not the slightest bit of alcohol taste, but it is a bit hot on the finish which is expected from such a young bottle. Finishes with a clove-like sweet bread flavor with a slight herbal kick from the hops.

M - pillow like smoothness here on a medium to full body. A bit too carbonated for the time being, but will benefit well with age. No real hop twang as the malt base is gigantic, but slight bitterness from the herbal hops.

O - this is a delicious offering from Struise that doesn't hold to the standards of most Belgian quads, but it's so complex and different that you have to enjoy it. This is a must try for anyone.  (1,195 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet candi with nice fruity ester and some dark dry fruit notes as well - very enjoyable overall. Taste is also a complex and satisfying mix between some lightly sweet notes with fruity ester and light dry fruit with a solid malt backbone. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great mix between complexity and drinkability though a bit more carbonation would have improved this beer IMHO. (571 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany colour. Spectacular hue on this beer that is simply appetising. Moderate sized but quite short lasted tan head.

Fruity dark cherry aroma with complex alcohol and ester aromas. Interesting brown sugar notes. Great.

Really interesting and complex toffee and brown sugar flavour. Cherry. Almost citrus notes. Milk chocolate. More burnt toffee. Amazing.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Syrupy and smooth.

A delightful Quad. Lots of amazing malt character and a fantastic cherry fruit note. Sublime. (525 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a rocky tan head that settles into a thin layer with no lacing. Smells of oranges, leather, and a nice biscuit aroma. Taste is caramel and a nice malt. The finish is slightly dry and with a very subtle hops. This is a very delicate taste, dark but gentle. Like I like my women. The mouthfeel is slick and just a tad chewy. It makes you pay attention whether you want to or not. Like I like my women :) This is a fantastic beer. It has a lot going on and is delicious without being so challenging that you can't introduce it to newbies. This is a keeper, for sure. Not what I would expect from a quadrupel, a bit darker, but a nice deviation from the style. And we all like to be devious every once in a while, don't we? ;) (747 characters)

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a deep ruby hint around the edges. A vigorous pour produces a creamy brown head that fades leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of over ripe plums, dried figs, candi sugar, nutmeg?

First sip and wow, this is a tasty beer. Huge roasted malts, caramel flavors, bourbon, dried fruit. A brief sour note. The body is thick and velvety. Carbonation is light. A second sip shows more of the barrel aging, you can really taste it, some brown sugar, a molasses flavor is very present. Kind of a sweet beer but not sugary sweet. Flavor makes you lick your lips. More bourbon shows up in the finish. The aftertaste is molasses like and lingers. I imagine this to be a perfect desert beer after a big heavy meal. For 10.5 abv the alcohol is well hidden. (796 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: St. Amatus pours a very hazy mahogany color with 2 fingers of khaki colored. Retention is great, and lacing is abundant and clings all over the inside of the glass.

Smell: I get the requisite dark fruits, as well as a hint of chocolate up front. Underneath that I get a bit of yeast character, some oakiness, and spices -- namely clove and cinnamon.

Taste: Dark fruits and a touch of bitter chocolate form the base of this beer. There's some very nice oak character in there as well, as well as a good dose of cinnamon and clove. Not much in the way of alcohol at all despite the ABV. Hugely complex and a treat to drink.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a lot of incredibly fine carbonation, This makes it feel extremely pillowy in the mouth, kind of like drinking a cloud. Ridiculous. Drinkability is very high as well due to the sheer complexity. This is a fantastic quad. I wish I had access to it all the time. (941 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, murky brown color. Thick tanish head that recedes to a film that's raised around the edges. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, fig, yeasty, dark fruits, a little alcohol. Nice rich smell.

T: Taste follows the nose with everything mentioned above. Apple, raisin show up towards the end. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish. Even the alcohol shows up in the nose and taste, there's no burn at all.

D: Very high for a 12%ABV beer. Goes down easily and a pleasure to drink. Wished I had another. (516 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with a half finger of head and no lacing.

The aroma is an extremely appealing punch of raisins and some spiciness. The alcohol is definitely noticeable yet welcome. This is just such a nice dark fruit smell, I can't barely take my nose out of the glass. There is some tropical hoppiness, clove, and acetone but in very small doses.

The flavor isn't quite as solid as the nose upon first sip, but still tastes good. The dark fruitiness isn't as sharp as I was expecting...rather, it sits in the background providing some complexity underneath a musty/waxy/rye bread mix. Alcohol is barely noticeable. As warming ensues, it gets progressively more balanced and flavorful. The cold did this one no good. Extremely tasty, I was craving another bottle the next day.

The body is medium and carbonation is appropriate for the style. Seemed light at first, but after sitting out for a bit it got heavier.

This one drinks very nicely for the ABV. I wouldn't say that I am blown away by this, but it still is a very good quad that improves consistently with each degree that it warms. This is also very young and I hate to judge this style based on a fresh bottle, but that is all I have right now. (1,204 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from jkane101...thanks Jim!! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. Pours a creamy looking carmelized color from the bottle, filling the glass a heavier, maltier darker brown with a very nice looking tannish colored head. The lacing is really unique...very, very fizzy. Tiny bubbles that shimmer in the light, but slide pretty quickly.

Aroma is great, but not super strong. Raisins, figs, belgian yeasts, malts, very faint booze, and a little wood.

Flavor and mouthfeel is wonderful! Very drinkable for a "heavy" quad. Extremely smooth, high carbonation, boozy...and just delicious! Medium body. Toasted malts, lots of over-ripe fruits like raisins and figs...and I'm picking up banana?? Regardless, just a great tasting beer from De Struise! Glad I got to try it! (797 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the Holy Grale

Poured a rich amber. Nice laces from a frothy head. Smells dank and metal. Tastes excellent. Very full body from strong malts and grain. The barrel certainly comes through. Very smooth. This is an excellent quad. Very light for the abv. (255 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rempo!!
A- Pours a dark brown with 1/4" head that leaves nice lacing. Sits almost black in the glass

S- Right out of the fridge it smells quite boozy with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. I'm gonna let this sit for a 20ish minutes

Now we're talking! The booze really subsides and more chocolate becomes apparent, still just hints of dark fruits in the background

T- Those dark fruits that were missing in the nose, remember them? They come through STRONG in the flavor and I love it. Tons of raisons and plums in the taste. Chocolate is more of an afterthought but adds a nice touch to whats going on. Booze makes your chest warm but not much on top of that

M- Beautifully smooth, carbonation keeps everything clean

O- This could stand up next to some of the other big quads, might not be quite there but isn't far behind by any means (849 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep muddy-red-brown body. Frothy khaki head. A healthy amount of lace patches left behind.

S: Dark fruits: raisins, figs, cherries, plums. Oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Somewhat muted. Dose of booze.

T: Better definition of flavors as raisins, figs, and plums pop from a deep caramel base. Again, some booze creeping through.

M: Perhaps a tad undercarbonated given the weight of this beer. All of the malty/boozey goodness leads to a dense experience on the tongue.

D: Very good, and a bit different then the mainstay quads (St. B/Rochefort/Westy/Pannepot). I think some age might smooth some of the rough edges here and turn this into a truly sublime beer. (677 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this from the Struise webshop. This is Lot A, best before April, 2015. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a few fingers of dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lacing. The body is a hazed dark brown color. Struise products seem to be uniformly excellent in appearance.

S - Big raisin, dark fruits, oaky vanilla, light bourbon, candi sugar, spicy esters, and a faint whiff of booze that's appropriate for a quadrupel.

T - Extremely smooth, with less overt alcohol than the nose. Lots of candi sugar, raisins, burnt and caramelized sugars, and only a faint hint of spice.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, light warmth. It's pretty much what I'd expect from the style.

D - This is a really easy-drinking quad that is definitely on par in terms of quality as the Trappist quads (albeit distinct in other ways). The significantly reduced spice and anise character makes this a little easier to drink than Pannepot, for me anyway. I wish I had ordered more bottles. (1,036 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.38/5  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. (718 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark murky brown great head and lacing
smelled of fruit, berries, plums chocolate, caramel and nuts
Taste dark fruits, nice malty base, vanilla, bit of tang and nut in there but only to make it complex and delicious a bit of woody dryness at the end as well.
Palate is Just as the Struise always do it. . .Perfect!
Overall a fantastic Quad, Fresh compared to the other big boys (fresh) it is one of if not my favourite. (428 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (631 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (841 characters)

Photo of BMoldy
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,777 characters)

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