St. Amatus 12 | De Struise Brouwers

St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12
BA SCORE
4.2/5
314 Ratings
St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by alcstradamus on 06-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,469
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
314
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
78
Trade:
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Reviews by jampics2:
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a nice tasting glass. I brought one of these to the first Cleveland Beer Advocate Tasting at Buckeye Brewing and liked it so much I openend another bottle for myself the next day.

The beer is beautiful in the glass. It's a dark caramel brown with some amber and a touch of gold around the edges. The head is beautiful and fluffy, over two fingers, and it leaves excellent lace behind. Just a beautiful looking beer!

The smells of Amatus are subdued at first. But as the beer warms, the scents start to explode out of the glass. There are notes of caramel and rich toffee and huge bursts of dark fruit. Some molasses and bread crust are also present, as is a note of spices not unlike those that typify the holdays - clove and a touch of woody cinnamon. Some booze is noted, but it's eventually buried in the great scents.

This is a near perfect tasting beer! The mastery of the balance is unparalleled. It's like a quilt of flavor, expertly woven where each square helps come together to tell a story. Raisins and plums dance with figs on one panel. The next has bready malt with some toffee and caramel notes that aren't too sweet but add balance. The beer is like liquid bread, I can imagine people living off of this years ago. There are more squares on our quilt representating some fruity and mildly spicy esters from the yeast. Brown sugar, clove, and earthiness linger. This is a quilt that can keep anyone warm on a cold night, as it packs a silent punch of barely noticeable alcohol in the finish.

The body is medium in weight with excellent carbonation that does not distract, but, instead, goes perfectly with the levels of flavors. Some slight booze, dark fruit and spices linger. An excellent Quad that drinks like an 8%. Is it as good as Westy 12? No, but it is just as well formulated. It just lacks a touch of the complexity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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 -4.8%

Photo of deebo
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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 stephenlee
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of weonfire
3.61/5  rDev -14%
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 -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -22.6%

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ajaxivan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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