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St. Amatus 12 | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,290
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
331
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
78
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 331 |  Reviews: 143
Reviews by titosupertramp:
Photo of titosupertramp
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, murky brown color. Thick tanish head that recedes to a film that's raised around the edges. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, fig, yeasty, dark fruits, a little alcohol. Nice rich smell.

T: Taste follows the nose with everything mentioned above. Apple, raisin show up towards the end. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish. Even the alcohol shows up in the nose and taste, there's no burn at all.

D: Very high for a 12%ABV beer. Goes down easily and a pleasure to drink. Wished I had another.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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

Photo of grover37
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of drmeto
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a rich dark clear chestnut brown with a ½” light tan head that soon recedes but leaves a thin partial layer of foam over the surface. Sipping leaves some patches of lacing that separate from the ring of foam and slide easily back down into the glass.

Smell: When the bottle is opened a rich malty smell spreads into the room. The aroma is filled with dark fruits like raisins and plums all supported nicely by a dark caramel character. Even though this is the 2010 vintage I’m only picking up a trace of alcohol.

Taste: The nose predicts the flavors quite well. There are raisins and plums and lots of brown sugar and dark caramel. While there’s some detectable alcohol sweetness there’s no heat or burn.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full bodied and smooth with some soft, almost undetectable carbonation. The finish is medium to long and begins with the sweetness from the malt that slowly fades into a touch of alcohol and then fades away leaving dryness that has just a hint of bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this one quite drinkable (sippable) and would have no problems with having another. My overall impression is of a well made beer that would respond beautifully to a few years of bottle aging.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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)

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog. It's things like these that make me happy to live in SEPA, the mecca.

St. Amatus 12 goes in the glass pretty dark with a mix of dark browns and reds, look is a bit murky, but this is a quad here. I've seen dirtier. Nothing in terms of head, cap, lace, nothing. Smell is about the dark fruits and less about the spices. Nice aroma of plum and the like and maybe a bit of licorice. No alcohol in the nose. Bready as well with yeast apparent. This is a nice change of pace from the Pannepot, more fruity and bready and not as much spices used IMO. Some clove makes an apperance with warming, the flavors work well together. The feel off the tap almost killed it though. This was basically dead and it needs a boost badly. Glad to have tried this though, a good beer that stands on it's own too feet. I wonder if this is the same base beer as Pannepot, with less spice.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 GJ40
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of andpit
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jerriko
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Dzu
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bruno74200
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who is the best trader east of the Mississippi? Beerisheaven. If necessary, I can send anyone the proofs, formulas, & supporting documentation for this statement. I offer up this beer as one more exhibit in the ongoing amazement. Popped open on a lovely evening, 36 degrees & driving rain. Can't wait to hop in the car tomorrow morning once this freezes!

Pours a dull, leaden color of pitch-red; must be held up to the light to discern the throbbing heart within it, in dim light it's the color of raw mud. Nose is sweet quad-level malts, a dark fruit salad, candi sugar, vague but persistent level of spicing. Wow.

St. Amatus 12 melted in my mouth on the first sip. Hard sugar cubes are cut with fruit that I imagine differently after every sip. Red apples, plums, licorice, cherries all play peek-a-boo among the sweet malts. There's almost a red wine aspect to this quad, like fine Sonoma grapes flitting through the malt & hops. At the end, a burst of spicy yeast slices through the whole pleasing mess, spiked with a dose of young alcohol.

Warming, complex, & as easy to put down as Welch's White Grape juice (a personal fave, I'd give that one an A+ no hesitation). What's not to like? I'd put this one up in my pantheon of favorite quads of all time (Westy 12, Weyerbacher Quad, The Sixth Glass). On the border of a masterpiece.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dasenebler
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, 2010 Vintage.

Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a decent tan head. Retention is good, though the lacing is not great.

The nose is fantastic, with lots of sticky, dark fruit, sweet butter biscuits and a vinous alcohol character.

The flavor is rich and deep. Sweet at first, but with a surprisingly dry, warming finish. Tons of dark caramel, toffee and rich bready malts (some dark toast, near roasted malt flavors, though not quite). The yeast provides a bit of bright twang amongst all the heavy dark fruit flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter and leathery, actually. All things considered, the alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel isn't as full as I expected, but I can't dock it that many points.

Overall, this is a delicious Quad. Well done, Struise.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of YvesB
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a deep ruby hint around the edges. A vigorous pour produces a creamy brown head that fades leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of over ripe plums, dried figs, candi sugar, nutmeg?

First sip and wow, this is a tasty beer. Huge roasted malts, caramel flavors, bourbon, dried fruit. A brief sour note. The body is thick and velvety. Carbonation is light. A second sip shows more of the barrel aging, you can really taste it, some brown sugar, a molasses flavor is very present. Kind of a sweet beer but not sugary sweet. Flavor makes you lick your lips. More bourbon shows up in the finish. The aftertaste is molasses like and lingers. I imagine this to be a perfect desert beer after a big heavy meal. For 10.5 abv the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/24/2013 - Brewniversity

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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