St. Amatus 12
De Struise Brouwers

St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12
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De Struise Brouwers
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #25
Ranked #3,115
4.2 | pDev: 9.29%
Dec 23, 2022
Jun 05, 2010
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

2.81/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
330ml bottle from House of Trembling Madness, York (£4.70):
2019 Vintage - Dark brown, bordering on mahogany with a thin & patchy lacing on thats bubbly white. It's a sweet nose with prunes, dates & raisin initially, some caramel malts & figs too; quite rich with faint alcohol on a sweet malt & biscuit base. There's more alcohol & bourbon flavours with the taste, its sweet here too with more dates, figs, prunes & other dried dark fruits. It's a little too strong & boozy for me, the balance isn't quite right either & while it's full-bodied, smooth & fairly complex, it's not the easiest on the palate with more bourbon flavours showing than I'd have liked.
Dec 23, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A quad shouldn't be this drinkable but somehow this one is. Really just unbelievable how they were able to pull this off. Would almost certainly make my desert island list of beers. Hard to top this one
Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by RMW66 from Australia

Aug 09, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by arzt from Germany

Jan 04, 2022
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.16/5  rDev -1%
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
Rated: 4 by BdM from Netherlands

Dec 01, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by Antyk from Belgium

Oct 28, 2020
Rated: 3.43 by stephenlee93 from England

Sep 27, 2020
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Reviewed by BelgianHops from Belgium

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Oct 13, 2019
Rated: 4 by mmilyko from Nevada

Mar 22, 2019
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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
Rated: 4.35 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Nov 14, 2018
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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
Rated: 4.23 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2018
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Reviewed by mmapes from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 4.01 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Jun 11, 2018
St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
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