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


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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3701) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Great take on the quad and the oak aging is a nice touch to what can often be overly sweet and malty beers. Tried this with Dave and Jess at the Struise tasting room in Bruges in 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dutchtuga (146) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2012
Perfect Quadrupel. This beer has one of the finest balance of all the beers i know. Struise Brouwers must be the most interesting brewery of Europe at the moment. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLuvver (81) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle from Beautiful Beers. A remarkable beer really. Pours dark brown with coke-like fizz after which there is light lacing left. Scent of bready, dark malts and fruitcake. Taste of sweet dark malts, overripe blackberries and a very soft mouthfeel. Alcohol masked very well but feels warming. Smooth, complex and strong. Absolutely gorgeous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10914) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 19, 2012
from Erzbierschof.ch - cloudy dark brown beer under a long lasting beige foam; roasted malty aroma with notes of nougat, chocolate and herbs; full-bodied and pretty thick with a subtle but fair carbonation; very sweet and with some late bitterness, very tasty and with a long chocolatey, roasted malty and nutty finish showing warming alcohol notes - beautiful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2012
33 cl bottle. Thanks to SaintMatty for this one! Cloudy, deep brown liquid (I may have poured in the yeast...) with medium off-white/light tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, port, wood, nuts, raw sugar and some light Belgian yeast esters. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter and has notes of bready/biscuity malt, dark fruit and caramel. Quite complex, really like it. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Maybe a bit high carbonation. Enjoyed this one, really drinkable and well made quad with very well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/19/2011. Poured from an 33 cl bottle into a tulip. Vintage 2010. St. Amatus 12 has a fairly transparent cherry dark brown color with a thick sea foam tan cap. Nice retention and some spots of lace sticking to the glass. The aroma is sweet and actually a little tart. A bit of molasses and caramel, but mostly brown sugar sweetness. Some lightly roasted malt. Sweet and tart cherry go along with some fig and raisin to add fruit and depth. The taste is quite sweet up front, but the sweetness doesn’t linger. Brown sugar is the main flavor, with a touch of molasses and some caramel from the malt. Nice dark fruits - figs and raisins mostly, and some cherry as well. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of all spice are a delicate addition. A touch of tart cherry toward the end. There is a light alcohol flavor throughout, but I am only slightly aware of it, and it does not detract from the flavor at all. This is full bodied, but a bit lighter than I remember for most quads. The carbonation is light, preferring to stay out of the way, but it is a bit soft. Although there are sweet flavors, it does not have much residual stickiness. Wow. This is complex, intriguing, maybe even confusing. Each person drinking this was almost perplexed by the flavor. That is a winner in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2012
Rich dark brown colour with golden bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, black treacle, bit floral, sweet malt and sugar. Taste is full on sweetness initially. Then caramel and malt. Slight bitterness in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma dried fruits, brown sugar, malt, caramel and yeast. Flavor is sweet and malty with some dried red fruits, caramel, yeast, alcohol and licorice. Medium to full body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a big caramel head with orange highlights. The nose is of christmas pudding, rum, raisins, spices, cherries. The taste is balanced sweetness with a lovely malty base. Some mulled wine flavors, more christmas spices, some pepper and dark fruits. Nice caramel flavors on the finish. The body’s full, the beer’s sticky, oily. A bit boozy. The carbonation nice and subtle. Overall, a really accomplished beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Deep brownish maroon pour thin off white head light lacing ..... aroma is light and of dark fruits (plums), little caramel malts and somewhat sugary ..... taste is of dark fruits (plums), lightly roasted, caramel malts, sugary with a spicy kick to it .... smooth and creamy mouthfeel ... finishes smooth and pretty abrupt ... the abv is hidden well .... solid and tasty just a little too sweet

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