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St. Amatus 12 - De Struise Brouwers

St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%


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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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barczar

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium brown with copper highlights and a half inch khaki head that dissipates into a layer of film.

Dark candi sugar, figs, and a underlying vinous note form the initial aroma. Sweet, goal notes add complexity.

There's a vinous character underlying the flavor profile, which is eventually overtaken by deeply caramelized, sweet malt, becoming toasty, nutty and dry at the finish. Prune and plum surface late.

Full-bodied, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth, it lingers on the palate without becoming cloying due to the wine-like underpinnings.

Very interesting juxtaposition of flavors for a quad. Not cloying, and the toasted malt character is intriguing. A little hot. I'd love to seer some age on this to let the esters come out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 22:01:18 | More by barczar
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n2185

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:44:31 | More by deebo
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weonfire

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 02:13:17 | More by weonfire
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:22:09 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to furthurgone for this one as a part of the Birthday BIF! 2010 Vintage! Enjoyed this one during rivalry Saturday while watching my Yellow Jackets play the Dawgs! Due to the slaughter taking place, I upped the ABV for this one! Served from bottle into an Orval goblet. Poured brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, toasted malt, bread, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, fruit, and very subtle sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, fruit, sweet alcohol, caramel, sugar, and subtle earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the components of a really solid Quad were present in this one which was quite nice. A nice balance of sweetness and booziness made this one surprisingly easy to drink despite the higher ABV. The aroma was very inviting and rather pleasant as well. Definitely a must try for any Quad fan out there who has not done so already.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 21:26:55 | More by thagr81us
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ccrida

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 22:25:17 | More by ccrida
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roblowther

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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? ;)

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:10:10 | More by roblowther
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from the brewery via the webshop. 2011 vintage. Lot # 382923071102, didn't note the bottling date.

Mahogany with a mocha head, good retention and lacing. Nose has a helluva lot of metal, ferrous from top to bottom. Some dark fruits, molasses, chocolate and a bit of rum are peripheral. Taste has the metal again up front, dark fruits, slight chocolate, even a hint of roast way into the finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel, metal notes persist behind a medium high carbonation. Way too much metal going on here - perhaps an issue with the batch/shipping/transport? I was completely let down by this beer, and this was probably exacerbated by the huge expectations I had. Drainpoured, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:20:12 | More by liamt07
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pschul4

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 04:28:01 | More by pschul4
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davey101

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 03:01:52 | More by davey101
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:47:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours an amber to brown color forming a medium and bubbled yellow to beige head. Medium retention with a thin layer that lasts forever. Some few lacings are left in the glass

S: Peculiar Quad. Smells dark chocolate and roasted malts. Fruity too, mainly plums and raisins. Notes of brown bread and alcohol in the very end

T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, brown bread, Belgian yeasts. Finished by a stingy bitterness

M: Medium body. Quite smooth and watery to such ABV. Medium to low carbonation. Upfront is mild sweet. Aftertaste is dry and bitter

O: Excellent drinkability. Great beer. De Struise quality. Highly recommended from a big fan of Belgian Quads!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 19:50:58 | More by eduardolinhalis
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safaricook

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shop: De Bierkoning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Glass: Leute Bokbier glass (oversized wine glass without stem)
Name on Label: Sint Amatus 12 Vintage 2011
Image on Label: Style of the image is like a (orthodox) Christian icon. I guess that the two angeles at the top are holding a painting of Sint Amatus the patron of Oostvleteren, where the beer origins from. The 3 men standing below are probably the brewers or some other modern men as they were glasses, but otherwise looking middle age. Fun.
ABV: 10.5%
Ingredients according to label: malt selection, hops, irish moss! and yeast
Expiry date: 29AUG2016
LOT: 382923071102

Pours a beautiful 3 fingers high beige head with fine to medium bubbles that reduces to a nice layer after a few minutes and leaves little lacing. Pitch black body with quite some fine carbonation visible

smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, metallic, booze

first of all it is surprisingly low on sweetness for a quadrupel though you get some roasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden but warms you. Bitterness is dominant it goes along with little metallic taste. I taste sourness that reminds of plums.

There is quite some carbonation which tingles and makes it a refreshing drink rather than the red wine feeling you get from other quadrupel. It would be rather heavy on the tongue without the carbonation as it has an almost oily texture.

I like the beer, but it is not my number one quadrupel. I guess I miss the sweetness to balance the bitterness or is it not complex enough and I would appreciate to taste more what the nose promises. However it is an interesting take on the genre and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 19:20:03 | More by safaricook
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dgilks

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 11:05:00 | More by dgilks
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 20:16:19 | More by Ruds
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Cuso

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn 2/20/2012

Color pours a reddish brown almost plum color.

Smell sugar, dark fruit

Tatse starts off sweet plum rasin then some tart fruit high abv is hidden well.

Mouth feel: Very smoth easy to drink

I really enjoyed this beer not to sweet not to tart pretty much a perfect quad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 19:48:16 | More by Cuso
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 11:31:04 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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cosmicevan

New York

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

monsterous thanks goes to Rempo for being the coolest BA on the planet. he popped me this as an extra for uplands that he was proxying for me. what a dude! just ordered a few more of these, so why not try my only bottle in hand now? enjoyed in a La Trappe chalice.

a - poured a deep brown that settled almost plum in color. head was naturally creamy with some bubbling. this one is clearly authentic.

s - grapes dipped in chocolate. the candied belgian yeast is perfect. really smells wonderful. thick and rich.

t - exactly as expected. perfection for the style. strong grapes. wonderful balance. abv is invisible. so excited to have a few more of these on the way. lovin it. what a beer!

m - creamy and perfect. when it comes to belgian quads, i don't think anyone does it better than de struise. tasting this beer, you feel the history and it stands the test of time. beer can be amazing and this proves it. feels amazing...feels perfect.

o - overall, THIS IS a quad. you like quads? try this one...and as many pannepots as you can get ahold of. truly impressive for the style. de struise continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:09:05 | More by cosmicevan
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 18:14:19 | More by spdyfire83
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haz77

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque dark brown, with an attractive three fingers of light tan head. This recedes to a rocky cap over the course of a minute and a half. Nothing to complain about here.

S - Molasses, loads of dried dark fruit, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pear, brioche. Nice balance and depth.

T - The start is spiced dark fruits, before the bitterness of dark chocolate pushes through in the middle. Bready notes begin to then build and the finish is all brioche and some medicinal phenols. Aftertaste is bready/caramel as well as having some hop balance with leafiness and tobacco. It lingers and is about as good an aftertaste as I can recall.

M - Full bodied, but appears much less so due to quite lively carbonation. The velvety creaminess I've enjoyed so much in their other quads is lost until almost the end of the drink due to this.

D - Some really interesting elements here that don't quite hit the heights of their other quads. Even though this is the case, they've set the bar so high that this is still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:29:23 | More by haz77
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BMoldy

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:09:09 | More by BMoldy
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Bier Tempel in Bruges. 2010 vintage. Poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a thin layer of tan head that fizzles down to a wisp.

S- Very powerful aroma, lots of dark fruits and a big dose of spice. Dark caramel malt in the background.

T- Very very sweet up front, big slam of fruit and caramel malt. Very boozy with very powerful spice. Decent amount of phenol cough syrup flavor.

M- Well carbonated, full bodied, has a thick, syrupy feel.

O- An extremely aggressive quad, the flavors all work, but the sweetness is verging on overpowering, definitely a sipper, it's a good beer but I definitely prefer Pannepot.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 21:12:48 | More by WillCarrera
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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