St. Amatus 12
De Struise Brouwers

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #18
Ranked #1,935
4.22 | pDev: 9.24%
De Struise Brouwers
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country and style, zero reviews below read (yet!)...

L- Very little foam so I raised the pour to encourage some. It did that 'silent pour' thing, ie zero splashing... but also effectively zero head either. I know it's a Quad so maybe the ABV% is simply too high to support bubble retention (surface-tension etc).
It's not a thing of beauty with almost zero head though. It resembles a slightly red coke as much as a beer, some haze and some sediment left a bottle.
S- Mild for me! Hard to define anything much. I briefly think I might have a barrel note, brandy? but so fleeting I can't confirm it.
T- Boof! Pungent for such a mild smell. I do think this is barrel-aged, it has a wine-like note so I'm thinking cognac/brandy? It has notable acidity too which is the 'wine-like' aspect. There are occasional flights into the depths of it's Taste, thoughts of deep/pungent British Xmas pudding, a heavy brush of alcohol across the palate. It's clearly pretty high ABV% and yet a surprise is that it isn't over-rich. Again the winey/acidic note reins that in.
F- Clearly a big proposition here and something niche and 'special'; but there is zero CO2 in the mouth too. This is a major negative to the overall enjoyment (IMHO!).
O- Certainly different, and it's quite a beast of a statement. Everything here for me is 75% in the taste, 25% in the feel; the looks are not great and the smell is aloof at best. Conclusion: Interesting to try, and I'll very happily finish it, but there 's just not enough here for me to buy it again.
ps. I will read other reviews after posting this, but I'm half-wondering if I might have a dud bottle and others report 'wonderful foam head on this' etc. We'll see! Hard to rate as it's a seriously Chalk versus Cheese one for me....

Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! --> Unpasteurised and bottle-condtnd. Use your mob-camera to zoom in close to the detail on the lable - hehe!. Ok... 'Aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for 2 years, Vintage 2018'.... Oh and ABV%? ... 10.5
330ml bottle £5.95 'BB: 01/10/2020 + 5YRS' Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
p.s I drank this straight from the fridge but if I were to be given a bottle of this for a second go I'd bring it out of the fridge 1/2hr pre-opening. It needs help opening up and having it's flavour spectrum more visible. Overall pretty disappointing.

Feb 24, 2021
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janubio from Spain

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Echarle Huevos Cervecería Artesanl, served at home in a trappist glass. brown.amber colour, small head with no retention, no lacing. Aroma of bourbon, prunes, cholocate, dates, vanilla, brown sugar.
Medium body, oily texture, flat carbonation. Fruity boozy finish.
Taste of bourbon, chocolate, prunes, dates, brown sugar, vanilla.
Very nice, though I miss some carbonation.

Feb 24, 2021
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely dark ale with notes of raisins, deeds, caramel, fresh yeast and dark chocolate. Smooth and complex. Very well balanced ale with a well rounded body.

Aug 13, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Zombier. En copa Grimbergen. Viendo Los 100 1x07-08. La mejor struise que he probado. Llena de deliciosas frutas oscuras y alcohol bien oculto. Solo se echa en falta mas cuerpo y mejor aspecto (no genera casi nada de espuma)

Nov 19, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-pours a hazy, dark ruby with a small to medium,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-follows the nose + nutty,spicy,roasted chestnuts
-medium to high carbonation
-full body
The Bourbon unfluence is negligable and it's not nearly as yeast-heavy as most other Quads.
A great ,fruity Quad.

Oct 25, 2018
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mmapes from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013 reviewed in 2018. Pours brown, turns to deep ruby. Head dissipates quickly.

Smells fruity, sweet, strong. Leather? Fig or dark fruit.

Taste is very sweet and a little bitter right up front turning to cherry, and ending on chocolate. Bright. Fruity. Long sweet finish.

Fizzy/acidic at first even though head is gone. Thick. Slow. Covers the palate. Remains bright and alive.

Jun 28, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

St Amatus, a bourbon barrel aged quadruple. Batch #05 Vintage 2013. Enjoyed in March 2018.

It seems to have evolved in something completely different to what is described in other reviews for this beer.

It pours a very dark brown body with a thin white head.
Aromas of figs, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, blackberry tartness. Nice balance

Pungeant tartness/sourness all along the session, vinous as hell but with a distinctive quadruple character. Dates and figs are still there. Also some light toffee, cherry. Nice cereal presence. I saw in other reviews than some gets characteristics near from those of a Rochefort 10. I get that. It reminds me of this monster plus the tartness.
The carbonation is nice and amazing for a 5 year old barrel aged beer.

Overall this is a great experience. I'm not sure that the tartness is wanted but it's still great.

Mar 19, 2018
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emincems from Turkey

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem from respectable Struise. It pours deep brown color with minimum sized tan head. Weak retention. Smell is dominated by molasses and candied sugar. Plum, licorice and earthy yeast are in background. Strong taste is fairly sweet, but it finishes semi-dry. Tastes strongly of caramel, dark fruits and licorice. Heavy and velvety on the palate, full bodied. Strongly warming and flawless finish. I excepted more complexity, but it's still classy brew.

Dec 31, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

A: Pours black with a very small and very fizzy brown head. Head disappears nearly immediately leaving a still-looking beer. No head retention or lacing whatsoever.

S: Sugary sweet. Lots of dark fruits, grapes figs and raisins I'd say. Maybe even cherries? Get some earthiness and spices when swirled.

T: Oh yeah. Big sugary sweet flavors right from the get-go. Huge fruitiness, great cherries, grapes and raisins. Maybe fig? It's pretty light if so. A bit less sweet once the fruitiness wears off, in comes the really crusty bread for the malt. A little earthiness and some spices in the finish (hard for me to place). The fruitiness returns briefly to add some much needed sweetness at this time. Tiny hint of dark chocolate in there. Nice spiced and fruity aftertaste.

M: Heavy, sweet and sugary.

O: One hell of a quad. Great flavors, great balance, great everything. One of the best, IMO.

Dec 26, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, Etre Gourmet, 2013 Vintage - Pours clear ruby with a small tanned head which quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Sweet candied sugar, fruits - red berries, woody alcohol notes, Taste - Sweet burnt sugar, fruit middle - raisins, marzipan, woody alcohol finish but not punishing. Very nice sweet forward quad.

Sep 30, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured from fridge temp into large St. Bernardus glass. Pours dark brown with little head. Nose is full of prunes, dates, and sweet candy. Really nice and tempting. Taste is interesting, but I immediately wondered if the age has spoiled this a bit. Really tart and bitter immediately, leaving a very strong citrus peel coating in the mouth. Otherwise quite fruity and a bit sour, with grapes, raspberries, and lemon making up most of the flavor. Getting some barnyard funk. Mouthfeel is medium and dry.

Sep 17, 2017
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spoony from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (2011 vintage) to a chalice.

A-The beer is dark for the style; it is almost opaque and reminds me of cola. This bottle has a few years on it and 10.5% ABV, so I'm not surprised that the head is a little short. It goes from a thick cap of tan foam to a thin, patchy film in no time. Mostly still in the glass.

S-The aroma is a classic quad mixture of dried fruits like prune and raisin, along with notes of leather, tobacco, wet wood, chicory, and some cocoa powder. It tends toward sweet, but I am not sniffing much alcohol compared to other examples of the style. Very little hops.

T-The taste is a little sweeter than the smell with fewer of the earthy, leather and tobacco notes. Instead, I taste lots of the aforementioned prune and raisin, as well as some cherry, sugar, and a bit of pepper on the finish. Hints of cocoa powder remain too.

M-This beer seems to have held up pretty well for the age. It is a touch on the flat side, but with a little bit of very creamy carbonation left in it. Medium to full body.

O-It has been a while since I have had a De Struise beer, but these guys know what they are doing. This beer may be a little on the sweet side and it lacks the complexity of the best examples of the style, but I would easily drink more.

Apr 07, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage

All the great quad flavors with n ice oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Plums, raisins, and other dried fruits. Molasses and toffee. Caramel and brown sugar. Bananas and fruits. Very malty. Warming. Smooth.

Medium to full bodied.

Great quad. Complex and flavorful.

Jan 06, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into chalice.
Vintage 2013
L: Dark brown with a weak foam head. Lots of suspension.
S: Whisky, prune, nut, caramel.
T: Sweet dark fruits, grapes, plums and honey.
F: Medium body and soft carbonation,
O: Awesome quad with complex taste.

Dec 17, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

2.89/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

St amatus '12 vintage, consumed nov '16

Pours a hazelnut colored beer with a beige, foamy head, which vanishes immediately.

Smells of rock sugar, molasses and melted toffee, amped up by even more sugar.

Has almost no carbonation, drinks very thin apart from its sticky sugar sweetness.

Tastes of cane sugar, bakers chocolate, cardamom and pleasantly dry, leafy hops. Turns sweeter, malt defined during the midpalate with a subtle, spicy bite to it. Finishes watery with a just a malty touch.

Very sweet with a nice spice peak, not much going on apart from that.

Nov 04, 2016
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JackieKu from Taiwan

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Best before 2019-09.

A: Hazy brown. Poured 1 fingers high of head.
S: Vinegar. Toffee.
T: Pear. Plum. Toffee. Moderate sourness. Slightly sweet. Low bitterness.
M: Medium low body. High carbonation.
O: Sour refreshing and balanced.

Feb 11, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark body and a splattering of tan head
It Smells like a good port
& the flavour is so complex & complimentary
candied peel, liquorice root & Sherry

This beer is pretty much too good for my feeble command of language

This is the best quad I've had

Mar 17, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Dec 26, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Nov 29, 2014
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dark, hazy pour with almost no foam. Huge strawberry smell with faint traces of alcohol. Somewhat chick and creamy texture, tastes like strawberry and honey with a not-so-subtle alcohol finish.

Nov 16, 2014
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Dark mahogny, hazy beer with a two finger high, beige head.

Nose: Yeast, banana, alcohol, dried fruit, caramel and plums - very pleasent indeed!

Taste: Red berries, plum, malt, spice, oak and raisin.

Mouth: Round, creamy mouthfeel with a small but right carbonation.

Overall: This is a beauty! Well balanced, creamy, full body, "grown up" beer.
If you haven't tried this, now you have a goal in life!

Oct 17, 2014
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ScotB260 from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

First attempt at a review, here go's nothin'...brought from the brewery itself, great place to visit on a Saturday. First impressions: this is very similar to Westvleteren VII, maybe they could be using the same water? Just as with the Westy, the alcohol is very smooth for a quad. Molasses and dates dominate the taste profile. Overall one of my top beers!

Sep 14, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

2011 bottling

Appearance: The mahogany liquid pours out and raises a two inch cap of beige foam; several strands of lace appear as the beer is consumed

Smell: The alcohol in the aroma fuses with berries, dark fruit and caramel tones

Taste: Blackberry and grape flavors, up front, with fig elements building; underneath, the caramel, candi sugar and toasted bread elements add depth; in the mid-palate, the alcohol builds and a spice cake aspect arrives; a dry and oaky aspect emerges in the finish to counteract the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: Layers of complexity; not in the top echelon but a very worthy beer from De Struise

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

Sep 12, 2014
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fank2788 from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle served in a snifter
Pours a deep dark brown with some reddish highlights, starts out with a finger or so of tan bubbles that recede to a ring around the edge in a couple of minutes. The aroma is of flavorful dark bread backed by rich dark fruits with a touch of caramel and toffee as well. The taste has a lot of the same notes as the smell. Upfront I am noticing that this beer is pretty sweet so the toffee and caramel are very noticeable. The bread and biscuit come next and they are quickly followed by a bit of pepper that I guess is from the hops and alcohol that does tend to creep up as the beer warms. Greatly filling but not too heavy low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that finishes relatively clean if not just a tiny bit dry with a touch of sweetness that suggests the fruit. Very pleased to have had the opportunity to try this one, I think I've had better quads but this one is authentic and very nice.

Jun 08, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.

Pours a murky, pleasant brown, with a rich red hue like tokay. Head is fairly minimal, but actually persists as a fine, still film of yellow-grey. Body has some heft to it, for sure, and when tilted the carbonation has a tough time wending its way to the surface. Minimal lacing, although the body has legs of its own.

Nose is very pleasant. Smooth, plummy richness off the bat, sweet but spicy. When swirled, there's a more pronounced boozy note that comes forward, giving a slight medicinal sharpness and a hint of smoke. Overall, very pleasant stuff.

Taste is also very good. Smooth entry, well balanced between true sweetness and the sharpness from the booze. Slight spicy hints prickle the back, giving soaked sultana and pickled ginger notes. Slightly brusque metallic finish completes the picture, leaving a tad too much medicinal character in the aftertaste. It's still very good though.

Feel is a little light, and made to seem a bit thinner by that sharpness.

Overall, a very tasty brew from Struise. It's perhaps not at the very top of their game, but the very top of Stuise's game is world-conquering.

May 16, 2014
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
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