St. Amatus 12
De Struise Brouwers

St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12
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From:
De Struise Brouwers
 
Belgium
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #24
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,108
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 9.29%
Ratings:
341
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 04, 2022
Added:
Jun 05, 2010
Wants:
  131
Gots:
  79
SCORE
93
Outstanding
St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12
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4.12 by arzt from Germany on Jan 04, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 330ml bottle, 2013 vintage, bottled on 21st June 2016. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark brown colour with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Malty, dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisin, with notes of caramel and bourbon.

Taste: Sweet malt, moderately sweet, dark fruit, prunes, raisin, caramel, toffee, bourbon, boozy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, medium to full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable sipper. I preferred this original, over the cask strength version just a bit more.

Jul 03, 2021
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3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by janubio from Spain

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
 
4 by BdM from Netherlands on Dec 01, 2020
 
4.22 by Antyk from Belgium on Oct 28, 2020
 
3.2 by stephenlee93 from England on Sep 27, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BelgianHops from Belgium

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
 
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Oct 13, 2019
 
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Mar 22, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by josanguapo from Spain

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
 
4.35 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio on Nov 14, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by drmeto from Germany

L:
-pours a hazy, dark ruby with a small to medium,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-plums,dates,figs,fruitcake,raisins,strawberries,syrupy
T:
-follows the nose + nutty,spicy,roasted chestnuts
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-full body
-boozy
O:
The Bourbon unfluence is negligable and it's not nearly as yeast-heavy as most other Quads.
A great ,fruity Quad.

Oct 25, 2018
 
4.23 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Aug 06, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mmapes from Colorado

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
 
4.01 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Jun 11, 2018
 
4.75 by Keith_R from Georgia on Apr 21, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Bruno74200 from France

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
 
4.37 by nerdboy19 from Korea (South) on Jan 19, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by OompaMentor from Georgia

5/24/2013 - Brewniversity

Jan 05, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by emincems from Turkey

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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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Dope from Massachusetts

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
 
4.29 by WormGod from New York on Dec 25, 2017
 
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2017
 
4.08 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 12, 2017
 
4.29 by steverx8 from England on Nov 12, 2017
 
3.67 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Nov 01, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DJ-Hophead from England

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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3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

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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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

St. Amatus 2013 Vintage.
11% ABV.

Jun 19, 2017
 
4.17 by Estria from California on Jun 04, 2017
 
4.25 by yuno from New York on Jun 03, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by spoony from Colorado

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
 
4.77 by Foley67 from Scotland on Apr 06, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

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
 
4.2 by Saviour from Russian Federation on Dec 29, 2016
 
4.99 by MrDell from Switzerland on Dec 29, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dzu from Russian Federation

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
 
4.6 by stephenlee from England on Dec 04, 2016
 
4.34 by JamFuel from Sweden on Dec 03, 2016
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 341 ratings