St. Amatus 12 | De Struise Brouwers

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St. Amatus 12St. Amatus 12

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De Struise Brouwers
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Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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 spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bluebetty for hooking this up. Sampled from a De Dolle stemmed tulip.

Deep murky treacle, with a finger or so of reasonably dense mocha head. Falls to a slight ring.

Stewed dark fruits, muscovado, almond and hazelnut, and plenty of woody yeast character. Has an enticing musty sweetness to it.

Sour cherries, boozy plums, muscatels, licquorice, figs and mollasses. Very nice and not particularly sweet for a quad.

Fairly lively carbonation on the tongue, but overall quite smooth, even and kind across the palate, with amazingly no booze heat.

Not the most amazing quad, more intriguing than complex, but well integrated and not cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. pour at Lord Hobo, served in a tulip and enjoyed right after a glass of Pannepeut.

De Struise does a masterful job making gorgeous high-ABV beers, and this is no exception. There's a two-finger tan head that lasts and lasts. An appropriately deep purple body with ruby highlights. By the time I got to the bottom of my glass, I could see my fingers through the beer.

Loads of cherries in the nose. Actually, it's a little more like cherry syrup, the remnants of a snow cone, with a slight medicinal quality. Though that might sound a little repulsive, it's actually quite appetizing. Some indeterminate dark fruits, too.

Cherry syrup (cough drops? cough medicine?) plays a big role in the taste. This actually reminds me a little bit of the most recent vintage of Blushing Monk, though the dark fruit flavors of this beer add a layer of complexity. Very little alcohol in the taste.

A little overcarbonated, though not enough to ruin the beer. The body is thick and syrupy, and the beer would be aided by a little less carbonation.

I really enjoyed the cherry flavors in this beer, and will be hunting down a bottle soon. St. Amatus has a very pleasing melange of flavors, and it's a satisfying take on the style.

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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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to furthurgone for this one as a part of the Birthday BIF! 2010 Vintage! Enjoyed this one during rivalry Saturday while watching my Yellow Jackets play the Dawgs! Due to the slaughter taking place, I upped the ABV for this one! Served from bottle into an Orval goblet. Poured brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, toasted malt, bread, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, fruit, and very subtle sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, fruit, sweet alcohol, caramel, sugar, and subtle earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the components of a really solid Quad were present in this one which was quite nice. A nice balance of sweetness and booziness made this one surprisingly easy to drink despite the higher ABV. The aroma was very inviting and rather pleasant as well. Definitely a must try for any Quad fan out there who has not done so already.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving spots behind.

S- Your classic quad aroma with plenty of Belgian candi sugar, roasty malt and a bit of glass. Alcohol pokes it's head out lending a bit of oaky character.

T- Tastes even more glassy than it smells but it's smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Some more candi sugar but it's not that sweet overall. The toastiness is there too but it's subdued as well.

M- Soft and slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very straightforward quad that's good but has me wanting more flavor. Nothing overly exciting about this one. Hides the alcohol well though.

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

Poured from a .33ml 2010 Vintage Bottle into a heavy chalice glass. Pours a hazy amber with a nice medium thin off white head that left lacing throughout my drinking session. Aroma of toasted malt, Belgian yeast notes, light roasted malt, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits spicy Belgian yeast character, toffee and nuts. Alcohol well hidden. Medium to full body, slightly foamy carbonation, warming palate. It is a nice complex beer and has tremendous aging potential. I look forward to cellaring my extras for a couple more years and do another review then.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to jedwards for sharing this - I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Poured a hazy plum with an off-white skim of a head that dissipates into some bubbles around the edges. Nose reveals bubblegum, dark fruit and a little booze. Taste follows nose - not as sweet as suggested by the aromas, but the booze definitely carries over to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Definitely a solid Quad - not overly sweet and well-balanced. Well worth your time if you get the chance to give it a try. Considering the 10.50% abv, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 OakedCanuck
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle (11.7oz?) poured into cervoise. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a muddy purple-brown with off white to tan head. Very little retention and minor lacing.

S - Dark fruits, pepper, slight wood and ash, cherries.

T - Pretty standard quad, lots of plums, currants, raisins. Some oak and vanilla. Belgian yeast breadiness. Cherries a bit, just like the nose.

M - Medium, full, slight biting. Decently smooth though

O - A good quad. Wasn't overly outstanding but solid.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

2013 vintage.
Dark brown, half finger beige head lasting quite a while.
Not a strong smell, some plum, berry, a bit of booze, cocoa powder, caramel, faint toasted malt, some oak, faint light coffee.
In contrast, the taste actually screams. Big boozy sweet berries up front with a bit of raisin and juicy plum, quite zingy, keeping the malts from getting too dense. Still there's some caramel and toffee, a kind of marshmallow sweetness. Sweet cake dough, topped with a bit of dark chocolate, splashed with a bit of rum, with yeasts bringing forth lots of nice spices, dusty cinnamon, faint nutmeg, some clove, but also some prickly pepper and ginger. Barrel, toasted oak chips and alcoholic dryness in the finish.
Spices and alcohol (Bourbon whiskey, but not that clear) in the aftertaste. Not really smooth, way too light, with a medium prickly fizz. Booze keeps this one on a sipping beer level tho.
Maybe having Cuvee Delphine and other De Struise heavies before this one counts too, but still, i'm a bit disappointed. A good quad, but not amongst the best. Aging might help.

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Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Root beer brown color with a generous light beige head that slowly faded. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Raisins, toffee & brown sugar. Nice aroma.

Taste: Raisins, toffee, and some mild brown sugar aroma. Not extremely complex but very clean tasting. The alcohol is very subdued in the taste and aroma. Finishes on a semi-dry note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. I only wish it was cheaper and more readily available to me.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap into an oversized wine glass at Zwanze Day 2011 in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Murky copper brown with a head that quickly dissipates into a collar of foam around the edges of the glass that sticks around for the duration of the session.

Big toffee and caramel sweetness with fruit-like notes of fig and raisin on the nose with lesser spice than what I'm used to in a Struise quad. Cloves, cinnamon and allspice all present with some nice dessert bread yeastyness.

Again, toffee and caramel sweetness with stone and pit fruit sweetness as well. A lighter spice flavor than what I'm used to in a Struise quad, with cinnamon, clove, and allspice there. Bread like yeastyness on the finish with a touch of drying.

Medium-thin on the palate with a touch of stickyness on the lips. Low carbonation.

A much sweeter quad with highlights of toffee, raisin and figs with a nice spicy compliment. A pretty good beer from Struise that I'd love to try in a bottle.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.

Pours a murky, pleasant brown, with a rich red hue like tokay. Head is fairly minimal, but actually persists as a fine, still film of yellow-grey. Body has some heft to it, for sure, and when tilted the carbonation has a tough time wending its way to the surface. Minimal lacing, although the body has legs of its own.

Nose is very pleasant. Smooth, plummy richness off the bat, sweet but spicy. When swirled, there's a more pronounced boozy note that comes forward, giving a slight medicinal sharpness and a hint of smoke. Overall, very pleasant stuff.

Taste is also very good. Smooth entry, well balanced between true sweetness and the sharpness from the booze. Slight spicy hints prickle the back, giving soaked sultana and pickled ginger notes. Slightly brusque metallic finish completes the picture, leaving a tad too much medicinal character in the aftertaste. It's still very good though.

Feel is a little light, and made to seem a bit thinner by that sharpness.

Overall, a very tasty brew from Struise. It's perhaps not at the very top of their game, but the very top of Stuise's game is world-conquering.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into St. Bernardus chalice. Very little chunky white head that dissipates quickly. Nice ruby-brown when held to the light.

Smell is strong of chocolate with much less yeast than I was expecting. Very inviting.

Taste, on the other hand, is extremely yeasty. Burnt fruits and a dry chocolatey finish.

Feel is a bit dryer than I would like and somewhat thin, but very drinkable. I really like this beer, although it was not quite as rich as I was expecting.

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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 safaricook
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shop: De Bierkoning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Glass: Leute Bokbier glass (oversized wine glass without stem)
Name on Label: Sint Amatus 12 Vintage 2011
Image on Label: Style of the image is like a (orthodox) Christian icon. I guess that the two angeles at the top are holding a painting of Sint Amatus the patron of Oostvleteren, where the beer origins from. The 3 men standing below are probably the brewers or some other modern men as they were glasses, but otherwise looking middle age. Fun.
ABV: 10.5%
Ingredients according to label: malt selection, hops, irish moss! and yeast
Expiry date: 29AUG2016
LOT: 382923071102

Pours a beautiful 3 fingers high beige head with fine to medium bubbles that reduces to a nice layer after a few minutes and leaves little lacing. Pitch black body with quite some fine carbonation visible

smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, metallic, booze

first of all it is surprisingly low on sweetness for a quadrupel though you get some roasted malt. The alcohol is well hidden but warms you. Bitterness is dominant it goes along with little metallic taste. I taste sourness that reminds of plums.

There is quite some carbonation which tingles and makes it a refreshing drink rather than the red wine feeling you get from other quadrupel. It would be rather heavy on the tongue without the carbonation as it has an almost oily texture.

I like the beer, but it is not my number one quadrupel. I guess I miss the sweetness to balance the bitterness or is it not complex enough and I would appreciate to taste more what the nose promises. However it is an interesting take on the genre and worth a try.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle into a De Struise glass

The beer produces a thin tan bubbly head. It's dark brown; reminiscent of a cola. The lacing is almost nonexistent.

A sweet smelling drink with notes of sweet caramel and dark fruits.

The first sip the tongue got hit with a big sweet caramel jab.
The dark fruits also join in.

The carbonation is tame and it has a great smooth mouthfeel.

Definitely worthy of a try if you come across it.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. 33cl bottle poured into Chalice. Thanks to Kendall for hooking this up.

A. Poured 1 finger of tan colored head. Moderate lacing. Decent retention. Color is very dark brown.

S. Strong malt smell. Caramel malt, with a hint of roasted. Some spices as well. Not that sweet smelling. Dark fruit smell is there, but not that strong. Has more of an earthy dryer smell than other De Struise quads.

T. Really caramel malt dominated. Almost to the point it feels as if it has move away from a quad some. Not very sweet. Get some sour cherry on the back of the tongue. Just a little too malt focused for me and a little bit of roasted malt flavor that seemed strange.

M. Medium/full bodied. Low carbonation Finishes clean and drinks dry.

O. I for some reason had the highest expectations of this quad from De Struise than all the others. It was actually probably my least favorite. A really good beer don't get me wrong. Holds its own with some of the best in the style, but when compared to Pannepot and Pannepeut it was not as good based on my liking.

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Photo of danieelol
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to [email protected]

Pours a nice black (brown/purple when held up to light) with nice head and lacing.

I swear this smells very similar to Cuvee Delphine- quad blackberries, a very strong vinous quality, oak, slightly sour.

Taste is more blackberry/blueberry, a bit of bitterness opening up into an oak and blackberry/blueberry increasingly amplifying sweetness, a little bit sour.

While this to me remind me a lot of Cuvee Delphine, for a quad it is very nice however for an Imperial Stout it is not really appropriate. As such I've rated this highly, whereas the similar Cuvee Delphine (despite being an ostensibly completely different beer) would get a far lower rating. I'm guessing the barrels are very dominant in these two mentioned beers.

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

We bought this one after a visit to Struise. For those who don't know, Struise is a 20 minute bike ride from St. Sixtus (the Westvleteren brewery). Westvleteren and Oostvleteren (oost = east) are quite close to each other.

If the joke is not obvious, this is the brewers' attempt to make an "eastvleteren 12". They are depicted as holy on the label.

While this is a tasty beer, it is definitely not much like Westvleteren 12, though it seems clear that the brewers were not aiming to clone the beer rather than reinterpret it.

Pours deep dark red. The dominant aromas are of dark fruit and vanilla with notes of roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. The beer does not reveal much Belgian character and rather strives for more "western" flavors of oakiness and roastiness. Look for dates and grapes on the palette. Feel is wet.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a 0.33l bottle I picked up at the Struise shop in Brugge (for €4.60) while there in late September. Enjoyed yesterday at home with the family...

Poured into a small tulip glass, it was a dense, opaque brown color. Head was a simple ring of wispy bubbles near the edge of the glass, leaving a touch of lace. Nose was malty rich, with a nice mix of caramel and dark fruit. It had a solid, medium body, with a decent, smooth feel on the tongue.

Light sweetness was the first to arrive, with a good base of malts and caramel present. Dark fruit flavors all hit the palate, with some raisin and fig-like notes appearing. The finish was on the dry side, and lent a fair amount of bitterness to proceedings. Decent, but lacks complexity and is not quite worth the price, imo. Prosit!!

4.1 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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

review #100! shared with whiterascal.

A: pours out a dark cola brown, with a light brown head. it faded to leave a coating over the beer.

S: dark fruits, prunes, plums. i get a hint of smoke. there is some alcohol as well. there is a bit of sweetness to the aroma, and some roasted malts, and a bit of dark chocolate and belgian yeast.

T: starts off with some sweetness and finishes a touch bitter, with hints of chocolate. i get dark fruits, and belgian yeast. there is some roasted malt as well, but the flavor is mostly fruit. there is a hint of smoke and molasses.

M: this has a medium body with a low-medium amount of carb. can feel the bubbles run over your tongue.

O: this a a good beer, that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

This beer was the deciding factor in me choosing to go to Nellie's this night. Hopefully it holds up. It pours a dark sienna-garnet topped by a half-finger of dirty tan foam (I blame the pour for the small head, though, frankly). The nos comprises fig, light raisin, light roasted malts, very light cocoa, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some dark red grapes (very close to the flavor of some rich red wines), light tobacco, light walnut, and light mandarin orange syrup. The caramel comes in a bit more toasted, and the roast is slightly more pronounced. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation nd a smooth, sorta grainy feel. Overall, this was indeed an enjoyable quad. It's decently complex, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good times.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
4.19 out of 5 based on 300 ratings.
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