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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

244 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 109
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 06-05-2010)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

My buddy Erik picked this one up at Geers in Gent. Thanks man!

From a bottle into a chalice.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, tan head with excellent retention. Dark burnt umber in color, relatively opaque for the style, with medium carbonation evident. The head slowly fades to a good wisp. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold and beautiful nose on this one. Caramel malt and lots of dark fruits, such as raisins and plumbs. A plethora of spicy notes, with clove and coriander for sure, as well as plenty of spicy yeast and alcohol notes. Some dark bread, sweet candy sugar, and alcohol in there as well. A lot going on, and bold enough to make a statement. What dreams are made of.

TASTE: Not much initially, but then some sweet caramel malt, candy sugar, and brown sugar as well. Lots of dark fruits again, like raisins and plumbs, with some spicy clove and coriander after the swallow. No booze in here at all, surprisingly. A balanced aftertaste of sweet caramel malt and spicy yeast notes is mild but lingers nicely on the palate. A little mute initially, but nice at the swallow and beyond.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Full on the palate, and plenty creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth, not alcohol bite at all, and finishes slightly dry. Very smooth and full for the a quad.

OVERALL: A world-class brew. This could be a 4% beer, given how well hidden the alcohol was. I've had my share of quads, and this is the most drinkable interpretation of the style by far. The alcohol lends itself to the flavor profile and doesn't make a boozy appearance at all. Though the flavor profile was wonderful, it wasn't quite as bold as the nose had indicated, which put it down a notch from a perfect score. That said, I can certainly see why many have dubbed this better than the Westvleteren 12. I'm still on the fence personally, and will need a side-by-side pretty soon. Regardless, this is another fantastic brew form a world class brewery. Thanks guys.

10-27-2010 13:14:37 | More by Jeffo
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

330ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage

Appearance: St. Amatus appears a very dark brown (almost black) in the glass, with a back light revealing beautiful deep red edges. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, beige coloured head that displays fantastic retention and coats the glass in thick rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells absolutely delicious. The initial nose offers toasted grains, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits (figs, plums, cherries and raisins), a nutty note and even a hint of coffee (actually reminiscent of a coffee/chocolate cake). As the beer begins to warm, a vinous character is noted, alongside spicy Belgian yeast, an earthy note, a hint of caramel and a little alcohol.

Taste: I have had a bottle of St. Amatus before (in 2010 I think) and I remember being quite disappointed with the flavour. This is certainly not the case with this bottle, as the flavour is just as good as the nose promised.
Flavour notes include: Figs, raisins, plums, cherries, a lightly tart vinous character, toffee, some chocolate, brown candy sugar, an earthy quality and spicy Belgian yeast. Unlike the nose, there is absolutely no trace of the 10,5% in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (maybe a tad over) and slightly chewy, with a medium-high level of wonderfully smooth carbonation.

Overall: I can't for the life of me remember what I didn't like about St. Amatus the last time I had it, as this bottle is fantastic and actually one of the best quads that I have had. I will certainly be buying more bottles in the future.

03-12-2013 16:01:54 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-31-2013 19:33:22 | More by Texasfan549
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-04-2013 00:07:01 | More by rolltide8425
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-28-2011 02:25:42 | More by JAHMUR
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-24-2014 18:46:38 | More by CwrwAmByth
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dwagner003

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-14-2013 01:56:18 | More by dwagner003
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messrock

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-03-2012 10:50:43 | More by messrock
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daleyke

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-18-2011 14:57:42 | More by daleyke
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-27-2013 22:18:44 | More by WOLFGANG
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-05-2014 20:11:08 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-24-2013 01:38:58 | More by Sparky44
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-10-2013 15:11:43 | More by Daniellobo
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n2185

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

2011 bottle

A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front with dark fruits and sweet breads following. There are also notes of sweet, fermented fruits and some light wine-like aromas.

T: Belgian spices and candy sugar here as well with sweet bread, dark fruits like prunes, and buttery, fermented fruits. There is a slight alcohol presence toward the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable considering the abv.

O: A great quad overall. One of the best examples of the style with a lot of depth and nuance while being incredibly drinkable.

05-19-2013 05:32:49 | More by n2185
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basica

Singapore

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Dark ruby-brown pour from a 2010 vintage bottle into my De Struise tulip yielding a two-finger thick, creamy and foamy beige head that burgeons gradually to a thickness of three-fingers and forming with a pretty rounded top retaining very well; it finally settles to a half-finger thick layer of foam lacing the glass as it settles (5)

S - The nose starts off with some alcoholic phenols and yeast, followed by bready yeast, caramel and dark fruits with suggestions of raisins and plums (4.5)

T - Upfront on the palate are moderate caramel sweetness and phenols blended with loads of dark fruits including raisins and plums; bready malts fill the middle, followed by notes of spices and yeasts; the finish was bready, fruity, slightly tart and slightly bitter (4.5)

M - Medium bodied thickness with an apt amount of carbonation for the style, a creamy smooth texture and a dry finish along with a light warming (4)

D - Good flavors, feel and drinkability. Phenols were slightly high though it does tone down as the beer warms; mouthfeel was slightly on the side of thin and the dryness was a tad surprising for me. I believe that a little age on this one will make it a top class brew (4.5)

Admittedly after the 3 vintage Pannepots it would be a challenge for the young St Amatus to match up but I am definitely going to cellar one for a few years and see how it performs. Very good beer nevertheless I'd rank it below the 3 Pannepots and above the La Trappes in my Quadrupel marathon; remaining beers for the Quadrupel marathon are the 2007 St Bernardus Abt 12, 2007 Rochefort 10, 2010 Westvleteren 12 and 2007 Westvleteren 12

02-13-2011 03:01:09 | More by basica
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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

09-29-2010 19:17:34 | More by beerpirates
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

10-24-2011 01:04:43 | More by monitorpop
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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

09-17-2011 19:02:02 | More by brew3crew
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

09-17-2010 03:33:58 | More by drabmuh
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impending

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

A 2010 33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy dull deep reddish brown, minor coffee colored head. Fine bubbled lacing.

Classic quad aroma, not too sweet, a hint of the alcohol but nothing atypical, excellent.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. This is a big quad. The dark fruits are not far forward while the alcohol is although neither boozy nor warm. Relatively low in sweetness for a quad. The long lingering finish is equal parts minor bitter and minor dry. The bitter end could be burnt coffee, toffee or chocolate, take your pick or perhaps it's burnt irish moss :) This brew would definitely improve with a year of age.

cheers
jd

10-30-2010 23:04:44 | More by impending
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Consumed alongside Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005.

The beer appears a dark brown shade (darker than the Pannepot) with a fleeting, light tan head. A minimal amount of lacing is left behind. The aroma is wonderful, and obviously of an authentic Belgian quad. I detect yeast, bread, subtle dark fruits, and slight alcohol. The taste is great, and surprisingly smooth, especially given that this beer is newly released, thus quite young. The finish contains a slight warming note with only a faint trace of alcohol. The 10.5% abv is hidden quite well. What a delicious beer. This is practically as smooth as the 2005 Pannepot. I am amazed that this beer drinks this well already. A true masterpiece. De Struise Brouwers proves yet again that it is one of the finest breweries around. Urbain is making some of the finest Belgian Belgian beer in the world.

09-17-2010 02:28:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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dfclav

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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. 

04-27-2011 10:14:06 | More by dfclav
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

10-09-2010 03:05:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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roblowther

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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? ;)

11-14-2012 02:10:10 | More by roblowther
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

06-17-2010 13:42:54 | More by weissbierdrinker
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.