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:
#1,470
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
314
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
78
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage, picked up at the Borough Market in London about a month ago. Poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, Sint Amatus 12 is dark with tan head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is macerated prunes, a little brown sugar and some spicy, clean ethanol.

Taste is cured cherries, raisins, and rather heavy on the iron / blood. The spiciness of the alcohol is pretty robust as well. It's clean, but whoa, big beer, sharp elbows. As it opens up (and surely influenced by the spicy Aging Room M356 cigar I fired up about 1/3rd of the way in), the classic grape juice notes I like in a good quad comes through, which I find to be favorable.

Mouthfeel is on the viscous side, and not the most digestible Belgian.

Drinkability is okay, it's an interesting beer, but for the masterful portfolio that de struiss has, this one is a little disappointing.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of top 10 quad tasting with callmemickey and sideshowe.

A - Pours a dark clear ruby with little head.

S - Dirty musty yeast along with some molasses and vanilla. Good, but pales in aroma compared to others.

T - Rich sweetness then a balanced bitterness. However, there's a weird solid yeast taste on the finish.

M - Medium body with sharp carbonation.

O - In a vaccuum, this is a great beer, but with this lineup it ranked #7 of 10. Still solid, but not super drinkable.

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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 Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer at Capone's Black Friday event. This poured out as a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a sweetness to it with some dark fruit aromas and some hints of vanilla. The taste of the beer wasn't as balanced as La Trappe or Westy but still not too bad. There were hints of fruits and caramel, it's not overly sweet and had a light bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel was pretty good, there was a softness to the beer with a light creamy feel as well. Smooth and medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass. Woodford reserve barrels.

A very deep ruby brown red, with a mix of orange and chestnut hues. No collar or perhaps a faint tan. Fast rising carbonation in the middle but very faint to notice.

Realy nice deep red berried fruit nose, much like dark cherries. Soft oak warmth and mild raisins. Chewy. Great fruit round component to this.

Palate seems to let down. Light bodied for a barrel aged brew, with splinter sensing oak chips in the palate. Light char, and dark raisin Belgian qualities but missing much malt depth or hints from classic barrel greatness.

Overall not really feeling the greatness and was expecting way more out of this for barrel aging.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Highbury09
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010, Best by: 09/2015
Brussels Trip

A: Pours a hazelnut/graham ale with superb clarity. Orange hues with passing light on the borders. Single finger of tan foam falls to a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Sweet, nougat, vanilla, bing cherry, almonds and amaretto. A bit of alcohol. Some nice notes of wood and maybe some cinnamon.

T: Caramel, a bit oxidized (in the right way), nougat, raw almonds, milky chocolate, cherries and oaky. Toasty and really nice.

M: Full and lively. Dry finish is surprising and uninvited.

O: Good beer. Tastes a hint oxidized and maybe a little too sweet. Overall a good beer that I would like to age, but unfortunately, the beer is possibly oxidized at several monthes and I'm not sure how this would turn out in a couple years.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ebenezer's 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A- Crimson red body into a goblet from the taps. Small off-white head builds up to a finger high and has decent retention and foamy texture. Fizzy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Big dark fruits and some nice dark burnt/roast candi sugar. Raisin, fig, plums, brown sugar and Belgian yeast spice come to mind. Alcohol is non-existent here.

T- Spiciness opens up more here compared to the aroma for me, that classic Trappist yeast spice. Big dark fruits, roasty candi sugar tobacco, fig, brown sugar, nutty malts and some toastiness. Vinous in a way.

MF- Fairly dry but pretty thick and oily with a good alcohol heat which adds to the flavors and big feel of the beer nicely. Spicy bitterness and lower end carbonation.

Quite fruity overall with a nice Trappist yeast spice. Good malt complexity in there as well.

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Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to owen49 for this little extra. I am always happy to try anything from Struise.

Vintage 2010.
The label is appropriately Gothic/stained glass imagery though it does appear a little faded - almost like it were printed from someone's home computer. There was a super thick layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Despite a careful pour I still managed to drop a few gobs of chunky yeast sediment into my Duvel tulip. The beer is a very dark walnut color. I was provided with a short sandy colored head. A small ring of foam persists long after the pour, but I didn't really get much in the way of lace.

Smells dry and powdery. Light notes of nutmeg and brown sugar. A little toasted malt and dried dates. The alcohol is also fairly potent on the nose.

Very sweet flavor that is up front. Almost like a Flanders with near cola-like flavors. Let's have this one warm up a bit and I will come back and see if it improves...

... many minutes pass...

Ok back. Let's see here... The alcohol is really warm on this one. I wouldn't say hot, it doesn't burn nor is it unpleasant. But it warms all the way down the throat, and ultimately this beer has become a sipper. Toffee and black raisin have come out of the woodwork. There's a slight sourness on the finish like red cherries.

Quite dry, and again, a little boozy, but that's alright.

Overall I'm not as impressed as I wanted to be. Nevertheless, this is certainly a solid beer. Let 'er warm up good and long and she'll do you well.

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Photo of Crittervision
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Struise glass at Kulminator on 13 August 2011. 

Deep brown with burgundy highlights. Thin boné, regenerative. 

Tart cherry melded with caramel, and bitter cocoa in the nostrils. 

Taste is a touch dry in the form of cinnamon or cardamom, many sweet accents in the form of semi-sweet chocolate, pruney pipe tobacco, with bright-but-soft citrus on the sides of the tongue. 

Carbonation is a little high and bites a little on the back of the throat. Otherwise nice. 

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Photo of domtronzero
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby brown with a big, long lasting, fluffy, whitish head with tons of lacing throughout.

S - Bready malts with a rich fruity character - dried fruits, prunes. Light licorice aroma and noticeable alcohol.

F/M - Rich melanoidins, dark fruits, malty fullness. Lite bitterness and a little bit of alcohol help this beer to finish pretty dry. Medium full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Lingering dark fruit notes.

D - Good, full flavored, easy drinking and quite complex.

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Photo of Damian
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 33 cl bottle
Vintage 2010
Best before B 09 15
Served in a goblet
Thanks to Douglasjamjak for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a deep, dark, chestnut brown with a one-plus finger tall head of bubbly, beige colored froth. Even with a careful pour, large chunks of yeast particles flowed into the liquid. The head faded to a resilient ring.

The aroma was interesting yet more subtle than I anticipated. Coffee and roast notes were immediately noticeable. A hint of dark chocolate. Slightly smoky. As the beer warmed, some brown sugar sweetness came out as well. A bit yeasty and phenolic.

The flavor profile was quite different from the nose. Signature quad notes of plums, raisins and prunes came through up front. Semi-sweet with some dark Belgian candi sugar. As the beer moved along my palate, it became increasingly boozy. The alcohol heat was practically all I could pick up on the back end and in the finish. A touch of hops were detectible. With time, the beer turned more oaky and dry.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was medium bodied and contained an ultra-fine, moderate effervescence that gave the liquid a remarkably smooth and supple creaminess.

I definitely would have enjoyed this beer far more had it not been so boozy on the back end. Perhaps some additional aging could help smooth out its rough edges.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy chocolate syrup brown, thin tan head, not really any lacing.

S: cocoa and chocolate syrup, dark roasted malt--stoutish--concord grape juice, grape popsicle even.

T: dark cherries, Jolly Ranchers (green apple or cherry?), chocolate syrup, charred meat, it manages to be very sweet and savory at the same time. Alcohol is strong and warming towards the end, but the finish is astringent, like burnt toast, and sticks around far too long.

M: medium to full bodied, nicely balanced carbonation, sweet syrupy finish.

O: nothing wrong with it, a perfectly good beer, but nothing great about it either, somewhat run-of-the-mill for this style.

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Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown, has some haziness, a tan frothy head, leaves no lacing, but some curtains.

A slightly sour fruit smell, yeast and boiled meat.

Tasting of sweet fruits, raisins, dried apricots, sour and bitter oranges, dry grass and some moss.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, thick and oily, a slight dry round finish. A huge body.

A good solid strong Belgian, very good with hard cheese.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Best before 2019-09.

A: Hazy brown. Poured 1 fingers high of head.
S: Vinegar. Toffee.
T: Pear. Plum. Toffee. Moderate sourness. Slightly sweet. Low bitterness.
M: Medium low body. High carbonation.
O: Sour refreshing and balanced.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with hardly any head at all. There is a thin ring of off white head around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with dark fruit, mild cherry notes, caramel and some faint chocolate notes.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel and dark fruit with some vanilla notes. Mild bourbon shows up, but it is very smooth. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Sweet and very complex. All the flavors blend quite well and I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for this one. Shared with Amyliz4 and Azurelimits.

Poured a dark brown with subtle mahogany hints. A slightly darkened white head with a decent amount of lacing. Large amount of dark fruit alongside some candied sugar and a bit of caramel. Initial sip brings a slightly-dry beer with some sweetness and dominated mostly by dark fruits. Body is medium. A good beer in its own right, but nowhere near the best of this style.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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