St. Amatus 12 | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by alcstradamus on 06-05-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
299
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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129
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 299
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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle -- 2010 vintage -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark, rich cola brown color. This is one of the darker Quads I’ve yet come across. A little over one finger of smooth beige head on this pour, nicely creamy and composed of very fine bubbles. Graceful arches of lacing compliment the whole thing.

The first wave of aroma comes across as coffee, actually. I didn’t expect that. Like a flavored coffee that’s been sitting out for too long; not “stale” but approaching it. It’s musty. These malt aromas could come across as syrupy-sweet, but the yeasty mustiness tempers that capability. This is such a refined aroma: dates, figs, brown sugar, all cushioned by the dense fog of old house smell. It may seem uncomplex at first, because there aren’t a lot of individual components to pick out. It is a mistake to think that this is a simple beer, though. Everything is so well-integrated. A brewing achievement.

How do I even describe this beer? Like the aroma, it is at all times a smooth, cohesive experience. Malt sweetness plus cinnamon plus coffee plus figs plus dates plus basement mustiness plus candied plum plus brown sugar plus roasted malts plus tobacco leaf plus clove plus… but you don’t really taste all of those things individually. You taste them all at once, as a single, refined, extraordinary flavor. I may have never had a beer that tastes this cohesive. And the balance? It’s off the charts. You never notice the 10.5% ABV; this is the most dangerously drinkable Quad I’ve ever had.

Few Quads feel as good in the mouth as this one. It’s got a medium-full body, not too heavy but certainly creamy. The carbonation is set to Barry White levels of Smooove. This is a pretty luxurious beer, but also one that doesn’t leave you taking tiny sips. I found myself wanting to take big, greedy gulps of this beer.

Sometimes I find myself at a loss of words to describe beers that are indicative of truly great craftsmanship. This is one of those times. I can describe a complex, artistic, expriamental beer all day long. But a beer like Saint Amatus 12 – classic, self-assured – leaves me unable to convey its greatness. If this ever appears on the Struise webshop again then I am going to buy a case of this. You know, I’ve never had the privilege of trying a Westvleteren 12. But this beer tastes pretty much how I’ve always imagined Westy 12 to taste. It’s that well-made, that classic, that damn good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a very rich rendition of the style, Sint Amatus 12 has a lot of those magical qualities of Rochefort 10, but with a sturdy malty-toast character that adds to, and detracts from the elegance and refinement of the classic strong dark Belian ales.

St. Amatus 12 pours a rusty brown color with chesnut and purpleish low lights. A dense froathy, liquidy head blankets the beer and slowly reduces to a starry lace about the edges. Medium/dense haze further adds to the rustic appearance.

Winey vinous aroams hit first with a rise of fruity grapes, berries, and cherries. Nutty, buttery toast and chocolate malt notes round out the fruits and cidery character while a musty, woodsy note rounds out the scent.

Succulent flavors of sweet malts hit first with a blend of chocolate, walnuts, toffee, peanut britle and medium toast and cotton candy. Vinous notes of tart grapes, berries, plumbs, dates, and figs blend into the estery aspects of yeast and balance against dried woods of oak or sandalwood for a fruity/woody complex. Low in hops, the beer takes on mild earthy/woodsy/herbal tone from subtle hop additions.

A weighted creaminess sets the tone for a dense and full texture. Robust maltiness extends past the mid palate and deep into the finish, where the maltiness waivers and the alchols create dryness very very late. Semi-dry in finish, the beer has a warming mouthfeel and malty/fruity aftertaste.

Delicious and savory, this desert-like beer exhibits berries, chocolates, and wine character from start to finish. There's a few inconsistencies and intangibles that prevent it from world-class status.

Thanks Afictionado!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of deebo
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of RobertH50
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of weonfire
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of brians52
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark brown an dred color. No carbonation visible. Nice beige head that quickly dissolves.

S - Nice pallet of smells, complex. Wine aroma, yeast, oak wood, sweetness and some booze.

T - Complex and brilliant, cream, bit sweet caramel, hops an vanilla. It gets better every time you take a gulp. Is there some coffee in there? A hint of spices like coriander and cardamom.

M - Sweet and creamy, very nice The carbonation is soft to medium. The finish is bitter and boozy.

O - Drink it without distraction and you will enjoy even better. To my opinion this is one of the best beers from the Struise Brewers. World-class!

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Photo of mattfancett
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Struise. A good quad, sweetish. Some vegatable notes unfortunetely. A bit of sage on the finish, candi on the aftertaste.A little chocolate malt, a tad of cherry fruit. Above average mouthfeel. Medium brown colour, lace.Alcohol is hidden.ANother fine Struise creation.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ajaxivan
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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