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

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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Taster at RateBeer awards dinner. Flavors hint at strawberry and raspberry with sweet malt. There was some woodiness in there. Aroma was really faint of the same. This beer was excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hiomo (74) - Castellalto, ITALY - FEB 11, 2012
Birra marrone scura con schiuma biancastra. L’aroma è di caramello, frutti scuri tra cui in particolare prugne e fichi. Il sapore è dolce con la giusta quantità di amaro per dargli un equilibrio perfetto. Il volume in bocca è fresco e cremoso. Il finale è caratterizzato da un finale terroso e legnoso.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1001) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Deep cola brown. Coarse, cream-colored head with highlights of warm cinnamon. Aroma is moderate spice, some grainy, healthy bread. Flavor is lightly boozy, very spicy, somewhat dry grain contribution. Good, but not my favorite (I prefer Belgians with more apple and baker’s yeast qualities). Medium-to-medium-light bodied. A good experience. On tap @ Les Caves, Corvallis, OR, USA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1813) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
33cl bottle. Vintage 2011. The color id deep brown to black with small coffee like head. Nose : Roasted malts, wood rasin, coffee and some cheese notes. Sip : Medium density, quite oily with almost no carbonation. Nose aromas comes to life. It has also some raisins and cherry like ester aromas. Sweetness is quickly covered by complex biteness of roasted malts mixed delicatly with hops. It’s creamy and fluffy after couple of sips and really easy to drink. The alcohol is somehow hidden. Texture and roasted malts taste reminds me the one from other products like Black albert and pannepot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Shared with Holy (thanks). Brown pour, just traveled so cloudier than it should be. Aroma is brown sugary with a touch of bourbon. Smooth and dry initial flavor turns into a distinctive bourbon, that lingers nicely on the tongue. I like it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Pours deep and dark brown, almost black with a decent sized off white head. Nose is heavy and pungent. Scent of super ripe,dark fruits. Prunes, plums, figs with some bready yeast aromas. Taste is sweet, with just the right amount of bitter to give it perfect balance. Mouthfeel is creamy and fresh. Aftertaste lingers forever. These guys knocked it out of the park with this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7105) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Draft @ Holy Grale during Zwanze Day 2011. Pours a murky chocolate brown with a small beige head. The aroma had ample sweet caramel, Belgian candi sugar, dark fruits and yeast. The flavor has more sweet caramel/toffee character, dark fruits, candi sugar and a slight hint of chocolate. Barrel influences were more mild. Maybe this could benefit from a little more body, but pretty good overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - FEB 2, 2012
#1222 bottle; nose is very heavy sweet bubblegum, sweet alcohol, red apple zest, some fat banana, grapes, cedar, later weak almond, feel is medium, carb is mediumheavy, taste is dry apple, velvet alcohol, hazel, umami, sweet sherry, sponge cake, bitter tomato

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6141) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Re-rate from bottle. Dark sugar and wood aroma. Great balance between dark sugar, caramel, dry wooden and leathery notes, dark chocolate and herbal and aromatic hops. Light citric, dry wooden aftertaste. Dry on the palate, medium chewy body. Really happy I tried this beer again with abottle that had time to develop - The one I had before was very young and sickly sweet. This one has developed into a beauty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle. yo Kschep. Pours deep ruby with a silky smooth small light beige head. Aroma: slight roasted notes, very malty, banana, belgian yeast, some cloves, dried fruits, fatty fruits, raisins, prunes, fattyness, figs, fruity sweet, malty sweet, almost molasses like, Taste: Mouthfeel is full, and quite smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation, someiron and mineral notes, banana is very present, sweet malty, dried fruits galore,plums, prunes, figs, fatty, slight oily texture, slight earthy notes,


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