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

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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (868) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a snifter. A: Pours an amber to brown color forming a medium and bubbled yellow to beige head. Medium retention with a thin layer that lasts forever. Some few lacings are left in the glass S: Peculiar Quad. Smells dark chocolate and roasted malts. Fruity too, mainly plums and raisins. Notes of brown bread and alcohol in the very end T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, brown bread, Belgian yeasts. Finished by a stingy bitterness M: Medium body. Quite smooth and watery to such ABV. Medium to low carbonation. Upfront is mild sweet. Aftertaste is dry and bitter O: Excellent drinkability. Great beer. De Struise quality. Highly recommended from a big fan of Belgian Quads! [ BA Review @ 9/18/2012 ]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2857) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is caramel, chocolate, sugary, taste is similar, berries.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2121) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
One of the many ’fake’ abbey beers in Belgium, with the brewers shown on the label in a kind of mediëval miniature. Cleary a tribute to Westvleteren 12, from a brewery conveniently situated in Oostvleteren... Thick and stable, light beige head, dark burgundy colour, misty. Powerful and profound malty aroma, toffee, raisins, dates, overripe pear, banana, port wine, liquorice, pipe tobacco, bourbon, figs. Equally profound maltiness in the mouth, soft and velvety, thick mouthfeel, chocolate, candi and caramel abound along with dark fruitiness and spicy yeastiness, with agreeable warming, port-like alcohol in the finish combined with a slightly toasted bitterishness and floral hops. Very complex and a more than excellent example of the ’massieve ale’ style (here called abt), almost on a par with the biggest representatives of the style - including Westvleteren. World class, if you ask me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sjohnh (200) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Wow - surprising quad. Lovely red brown colour, but the head quickly goes and there is no lacing. Huge red fruit hit in the aroma alongside the malt - I’ve not had a quad that smelt so much of strawberry! Good thick, creamy texture. Flavour is amazing - strawberry, raisin, figs, herbs, cream, and lots more. Great.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (128) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 11, 2014
La Struise non delude neanche stavolta! Una birra davvero spettacolare. Il colore č marrone scurissimo, praticamente impenetrabile, con riflessi mogano. Schiuma fitta, ma non abbondante e non molto persistente, di color marroncino molto chiaro. Al naso si avverte soprattutto del liquore barricato, nonché di frutta sotto spirito. In bocca questi sapori si riconfermano. A farle da padrone č soprattutto il liquore, un liquore invecchiato e secco. Si ha cosě una birra dolce, con note di marzapane, ma con un finale abbastanza secco, che ricorda il whiskey e la grappa (č stata infatti invecchiata in botti di Woodford Reserve). Corpo abbastanza strutturato e carbonizzazione abbastanza bassa. I suoi 10,5 gradi non si sentono assolutamente, e la birra non perde mai di qualitŕ nel corso della bevuta. Non contiene un grande ventaglio di sapori, ma quelli che ha sanno donare grandissime soddisfazioni.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (446) - SERBIA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at Belgrade Beer tasting vol.4 from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour ot dark color with small white head.On the nose grapes and some other fruit.Aroma of dark fruits, grapes, hops, dried fruits, caramel.Taste is sweet, strong alcohol. Rich flavour.Perfect

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2244) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Pours a burnt walnut brown with two fingers of eggshell foam. Lots of complex burnt sugar on the nose, nutty cola, warm soft bourbon, toasted vanilla. The palate follows the nose nicely... major descriptor continues to be soft, round toasted barrel notes, spiced bourbon, slight earthy wet wood undertones. Light brown sugar but not too sweet. Perfect fuzzy carbonation. Delicious !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
murran (206) - - OCT 3, 2014
Pours a dark brown body with a thin head. Fresh and fruity aroma. Rich creamy taste with lots of nice malty tones. Top notch!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - OCT 2, 2014
Cappuccino habja alatt mahagóni színéhez vörösboros, kávés és mazsolás illatok társulnak. Telt jegyei tonnás súllyal nehezednek a nyelvünkre, egy igazi íztemplomot jelenítve meg, melynek klasszisa halandók számára szinte befogadhatatlanul összetett. Selymes kortyait diós likőrösség szegélyezi, barnacukros malátaszirup indul meg magasztos útjára. Utóíze egyenes folytatása az élményeknek, maximálisan összhangban van az egész kompozíció. Kiváló ital, a csend ízei ezek...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle at tasting in Belgrade. Thanks markoijelena. Heavy leathery brown. Good grape and banana malt aroma. Sweet, heavy leather body. Heavy, gorgeous malting. Some wazy banana. Creamy, raisins, prune. Caramel, molasses. Dried red fruit. Great.


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