St. Amatus 12 | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

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

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Ratings:
312
Reviews:
134
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
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129
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to finally open this one up, i decided to make it a long night and go for this as a nightcap while watching my nat geo marathon. serve chilled in a tulip, this one was consumed on 10/01/2010.

what a wonderful pour as the thick brownish colored liquid comes pouring out of the glass and rings the inside of my tulip with loads of light tan lacing and a firm head of two fingers.

aroma is everything you would want in a quad. rich malty backbone, hints of prunes, figs, earthy tones and light caramel sweetness that is balanced nicely against a tight profile of light spices. really well done. very nice full feel with near perfect carbonation is exactly what i was looking for. the flavor opens up with loads of dark fruits and brown sugar colliding with light spices and a smooth, even flavor that hides the alcohol and smooths the palate. really just a tremendously good offering here.

overall as solid as a quad as i have had in recent memory, simply sublime!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some hints of red and purple and a creamy off-white head.

S: The nose is full of dark stone fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, and really dense and hearty bread. An excellent spice note to the beer, enhancing the bread qualities, as does the yeatiness.

T: The bread dominates the flavor, with a mild sweetness of plums and figs, and maybe some dark cherries complimenting it. An almost hunger satisfying flavor, I must say.

M: The body is full with a great level of rolling, creamy carbonation that you seem to only find in quads.

D: Quite a good beer from De Struise and I think this one would be great to enjoy on a cold evening. As it was, not exactly perfect on a 90 afternoon, but still tasty.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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 Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Consumed alongside Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005.

The beer appears a dark brown shade (darker than the Pannepot) with a fleeting, light tan head. A minimal amount of lacing is left behind. The aroma is wonderful, and obviously of an authentic Belgian quad. I detect yeast, bread, subtle dark fruits, and slight alcohol. The taste is great, and surprisingly smooth, especially given that this beer is newly released, thus quite young. The finish contains a slight warming note with only a faint trace of alcohol. The 10.5% abv is hidden quite well. What a delicious beer. This is practically as smooth as the 2005 Pannepot. I am amazed that this beer drinks this well already. A true masterpiece. De Struise Brouwers proves yet again that it is one of the finest breweries around. Urbain is making some of the finest Belgian Belgian beer in the world.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark amberish brown with fairly decent clarity when held to the light. A finger of creamy yellowish tanned head appears. A spotty amount of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is like dark skinned fruits and cherry pits. There is an indication of dark candy sugar before turning lightly herbal and spiced. There is a light tingle from the alcohol in the nose along with some mellow caramel-like sweetness.

The taste is toasty caramel malt with some herbal bitterness and a bold sense of the alcohol which imparts a spiciness to this brew. The flavor of caramel mixes with a slightly fruity taste reminescent of pear or apple skins. This is quite a sweet brew but it holds up against the bold presence of the alcohol.

Medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable despite it's bold presence of alcohol. Once this brew warms up it has a lasting Belgian style yeast spiciness that was initially muted but adds a nice depth to this brews character.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of AlexFields
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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 dvmin98
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this from the Struise webshop. This is Lot A, best before April, 2015. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a few fingers of dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lacing. The body is a hazed dark brown color. Struise products seem to be uniformly excellent in appearance.

S - Big raisin, dark fruits, oaky vanilla, light bourbon, candi sugar, spicy esters, and a faint whiff of booze that's appropriate for a quadrupel.

T - Extremely smooth, with less overt alcohol than the nose. Lots of candi sugar, raisins, burnt and caramelized sugars, and only a faint hint of spice.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, light warmth. It's pretty much what I'd expect from the style.

D - This is a really easy-drinking quad that is definitely on par in terms of quality as the Trappist quads (albeit distinct in other ways). The significantly reduced spice and anise character makes this a little easier to drink than Pannepot, for me anyway. I wish I had ordered more bottles.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with the other Matt tonight. 2010 vintage poured into my DFH signature glass.

Beer is dark brown with a nice head that doesn't have a lot of staying power, leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass, carbonation moderate, slight haze at the corners.

Aroma is quite sweet, with moderate esters and some breadiness, not a lot though. Its a very nice clean but complex Belgian strong ale aroma, no heat.

I wonder how well this beer would age. Its sweet but not hot, finishes cleanly, a great great beer, truly. Its medium to light in body, the carbonation on the palate is low, mild stone fruits, mild bread, mild yeast. Very nice balance overall. The alcohol is well hidden behind a mask of great malt. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of liamt07
2.79/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from the brewery via the webshop. 2011 vintage. Lot # 382923071102, didn't note the bottling date.

Mahogany with a mocha head, good retention and lacing. Nose has a helluva lot of metal, ferrous from top to bottom. Some dark fruits, molasses, chocolate and a bit of rum are peripheral. Taste has the metal again up front, dark fruits, slight chocolate, even a hint of roast way into the finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel, metal notes persist behind a medium high carbonation. Way too much metal going on here - perhaps an issue with the batch/shipping/transport? I was completely let down by this beer, and this was probably exacerbated by the huge expectations I had. Drainpoured, unfortunately.

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Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Het Oude Schooltje; July 2010
The beer pours with an amber tinged, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, burnt amber hued beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, red / ruby / brown hue. This has a nice candi-sugar influenced nose to it, with notes of dark fruit (prune and raisin being definitely noticeable) and there is an earthy spice character to it as well as some sweet spice (like Christmas) aromas here. I can pick out notes of clove, ginger, and a hint of pepper, but there is quite a bit going on here.

The beer tastes quite sweet as it hits the palate, but much of this comes from the base fruitiness and the sweet accentuating spiciness that is found in this beer. The finish is dry with a spicy note as well as a touch of astringency. The fruit flavors found here remind me of bright plums, tart-sweet raisins and even some fig notes add to the complexity. Flavors of rum, or perhaps more properly characterized as brandy flavors are brought out by the sweetness, the fruit character and the alcohol. This is really quite nicely balanced between the fruit character, the alcohol, the earthy spiciness and the candi sugar flavors. This has the proper character needed of being light and quaffable for its strength; it is still most definitely a sipping beer, but it is not overly heavy or cloying. The sipping also allows one to fully experience the complexity and myriad of balanced flavors.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 bigred89
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep murky brown with a large but still uneven tan head that sinks and leaves only faint lacins.

S: Tart! Dark dried fruits, sweet syrupy malt. Some yeast.

T: Dark dried fruits, sweet overload. Some malt and some yeast but not much else.

M: Full syrupy body and very low carbonation. Aftertaste lingers with sweetness.

O: A great beer, but not a great Quad. Reviewing the beer in this style kills it - a Quad is so very complex and this isn't in comparison with the greater ones. Still a fantastic beer, though.

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St. Amatus 12 from De Struise Brouwers
4.18 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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