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Struise St. Amatus - Oostvleteren 12

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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saint Amatus, also called St. Aimé, was a Benedictine monk.

He took the defense of the lesser man who was exploited by the Merovingian king Thierry III.

In Belgium, Oostvleteren is the only parish to patron St Amatus as saint.

Struise started brewing at Deca in Vleteren early 2006, we ankered ourselves by starting the development of our own micro brewery in Oostvleteren during 2009. With this adventure being on the rails, we thought the making of Saint Amatus 12 was as evident as can be.

The terrific artwork was brought by our narcissistic artist Carlo Grootaert.

Saint Amatus has aged on Woodford Reserve barrels from Labrot & Graham, Kentucky USA. Some batches were instead aged on Pappy Van Winkle whiskey barrels, both varieties are valid for this entry.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (834) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2016
0.33 l bottle from ’Slijterij Hennie Berendsen’, 2013 vintage, best before September 2019. Gusher! Clear, very dark red with a thin, frothy, almost stable, tan head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of raisins, prunes, caramel, marzipan and hints of booze. Sweet, fruity-malty taste of raisins, prunes, caramel, marzipan and vanilla, followed by a long, warming, slightly bitter and rather alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, creamy to oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. Very tasty, quite complex, pleasant mouthfeel and satisfying. Very good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leghorn99 (193) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 23, 2016
E’ di un bellissimo color marrone scuro, con splendide ed intense sfumature rossastre; la schiuma è ancora in ottima forma, beige, abbastanza fine e cremosa, con una buona persistenza. Anche l’aroma è ancora forte, con una ricca presenza di frutta secca (uvetta, fichi, datteri), prugna sotto spirito, zucchero candito, marzapane, amaretto ed anche qualche lieve nota metallica. E’ una birra che ti fa immediatamente domandare dove sia finito il contenuto alcolico (10.5%) dichiarato in etichetta: corpo più verso il medio che il pieno, pochissime bollicine, è morbida in bocca e si sorseggia con sorprendente facilità. Dopo cinque anni non ci sono praticamente segni di ossidazione, mentre il gusto è spiccatamente dolce e ricco di frutta che richiama l’aroma: datteri, uvetta e prugna. Ci sono anche note di biscotto speziato, fruit cake ed un finale lievemente astringente, con una punta amara di radice.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (404) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2016
Bottiglia del 2013. Nera con riflessi rossi, schiuma beige chiaro che svanisce subito. Non ha un aroma accentuato, i sentori principali sono di dark fruits, caramello, liquirizia. La palato esplode in tutta la sua complessità, dolce ma ben equilibrata, cremosa, alcolica senza però coprire il bouquet di sapori, . Carbonazione bassa. Fantastica e senza eccessi.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6356) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2013 bottle from Rasmus40 , murky golden with thin foam, caramel brown sugar nose, sweet malty florals, light clean bitter background, tobacco, sweet finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9728) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle: Deep, deep amber coloured with a ruby sheen, small, but stable off-white head; wood, wine and wanilla in the caramelly nose; solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied, but soft; port-wine (plus traces of alcohol) and dried fruits in the very solid sweet and bitter finish. A perfect winter-warmer…

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1555) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 17, 2015
330ml bottle (vintage 2008) @Bir&Fud Bottega (Rome). Pours dark brown/mahogany, with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, dried fruits, vanilla, brown sugar. Flavour is rich and complex, very sweet balanced with a decent bitter end. Full body, medium carbonation. A very good quadrupel!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (425) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (3758) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Hazy dark brown with ruby red highlights and a thin head of tan foam. It has a rich plum and currant flavour with earthy and spicy red fruity notes followed by a smooth oak finish. Excellent!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2982) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2015
33cl, 2011 Vintage shared at Thanksgiving 2015. Ruby-shoesole brown pour, still well alive and even fizzy despite its age. Strong, rumtopfed fruit aroma of Schladerer Zwetschge, prune marmelade, cassonade and residual chocolate. Very dry and wood-matured mouthfeel, allowing prune essence more than sweetness to shine. Drinks pretty yeast-refined and consumate, at its estimated peak of 4 years - although I prefer some more mouthfeel from my Struise digestifs.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (4510) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at home, Nivala. Vintage 2013. BBE 9/2019. Colour is brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dry fruits, raisins, some wood, dryness, some alcohol and malts.


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