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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: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (722) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
(330ml bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Apr 17 2015) Pours murky dark brown with a small fine off white head. Brown sugar, toffee, yeasty, grape juice, prunes, some dark berries and spices. Touch of banana ester. Palate is initially very sweet caramel, grape juice, banana, a little spice. Finish is drier but not truly dry. Spicy yeast persists in the aftertaste. Medium body with fairly soft carb. Nice enough quad without anything that really makes it jump head and shoulders above the rest. Didn’t really get any bourbon barrel quality from it. Still a very solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (369) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2015
33 cl Bottle Pours a dark brown colour with a thin beige head that does not last Aroma is sweet soft fruit particularly pear and dry coffee smell Taste is sweetish fruit with licquorice notes and a bitter finish nice beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olliejobbins (1281) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear, dark caramel/beige/brown. Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak and dark sweet sticky fruit - figs and prunes. Taste is near perfect. Smooth, sweet, alcohol is well hidden. Balanced between dark fruits and caramel/molasses.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rubin77 (32) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2015
Foam: pale brown foamy head which doesn’t last too long. Colour: dark, ruby or mahogany. Aroma: blueberry, raisin, malts, sweet. Taste: Vintage 2013, lots of dark fruits, hints of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry, very smooth mouthfeel, dark sugar, pronounced cherry, sweet vinous notes, medium to low carbonation, plums, dates, hits of vanilla and oak notes. Complex, rich malty finish and very well balanced brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (369) - Montesarchio, ITALY - MAY 3, 2015
Vintage 2010. Perfect ossidation, aroma of blueberry, raisin,coffe and cocoa bean. Dark brown with thiny white head. Flavour of licorice,blueberry, strawberry, nut and long final with red fruits and cocoa. Wonderful quad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senap (427) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
En riktigt trevlig öl att sippa på framför brasan en kulen dag. Fantastiskt grumlig och rödbrun, lite som blodpuddingssmet. Fyllig och något söt - god!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - APR 19, 2015
Dark beige weak head. Dark brown colour. Aroma is malty, fruity with figs, prunes, light dark chocolate and licorice notes. Flavor is malty, fruity with prunes, dark cherries, bananas, milk chocolate and light spicy tones, ending in long fruity finish. Medium to full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (774) - GREECE - APR 17, 2015
330ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Dark copper brown color with beige head. Malty aroma, burnt sugar - caramel, wineous, dark fruits. Sweet and bitter taste, wineous. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
huineman (252) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 17, 2015
Cloudy dark brown, with red shades. Dark heavy head. Aromas surprisingly soft and low, but nonetheless varied: blackberry, strawberry jam, tomato sauce, liquorice, soya sauce. Sweetish, powerful, low on CO2. Light ending, without bitterness. Long-lasting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbonde (132) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2015
33cl bottle@home in Trappist glass@approx 8 degrees. Vintage 2013. Pours dark brown with small beige head which quickly resides. Good aroma of malt, prunes and dark fruit. Deep wintery taste - again dark fruit and a distinct sweetness. Notes of tobacco and liquorice complements the sweetness in a nicely balanced finish, which just lingers on and on. The alcohol is a little too present and it is a tad sweet for my taste, but certainly a first rate Belgian brew.


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