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


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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (2679) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2012
A very dark brown beer with a medium and beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisin, earthy sourness, some caramell, berries and dry herbs. Taste is intensive, dark fruits, plums, raisin, no alcohol, but it strenght can be feeled, strong herbs in the aftertaste. Full bodied, smooth and pleasant to drink. Good, strong, dark fruity and intensive beer, but the final touch is missing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Vintage 2010 poured from a 33cl bottle (Apr ’12) into a tulip to a rich plummy looking mid brown colour with a small off white head that soon dissipated to a few small bubbles. The aroma is sweet malt, sugar, spices, dates and a little biscuity. Not the most striking or ’come and drink me’ aroma I’ve noted on a quad! Sweet on the palate, sweet malts, dark over-ripened fruits bombard the taste buds, perhaps dried prunes, dates, figs and sultanas with some background spice. Sweet caramel/toffee and a little tobacco and wood. Mouthfeel is of a medium to fullish (but not overly full) bodied beer and the carbonation is noticeable but low. Spot on! Overall a great quad, extremely well balanced and the 10%+ alcohol is well disguised. It even passed the girlfriend test where she stated ’it’s OK !’ as opposed to the usual ’urghh’ when she samples one of my beers! I will most definately re-visit this one!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10448) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown with a light brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, candy sugar, light yeast, sweet dried fruit. Flavor is malts, sugar, yeast, dried fruit, oak, booze. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. 180712

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3543) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Consumed alongside Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005. The beer appears a dark brown shade (darker than the Pannepot) with a fleeting, light tan head. A minimal amount of lacing is left behind. The aroma is wonderful, and obviously of an authentic Belgian quad. I detect yeast, bread, subtle dark fruits, and slight alcohol. The taste is great, and surprisingly smooth, especially given that this beer is newly released, thus quite young. The finish contains a slight warming note with only a faint trace of alcohol. The 10.5% abv is hidden quite well. What a delicious beer. This is practically as smooth as the 2005 Pannepot. I am amazed that this beer drinks this well already. A true masterpiece. De Struise Brouwers proves yet again that it is one of the finest breweries around. Urbain is making some of the finest Belgian Belgian beer in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5388) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle (330 ml). Dark brown with a small brown head, no lacing. Aroma of spices, malt, caramel, dark fruits and slight bourbon. Taste of dark fruits, malt, caramel, slight bourbon and spices. Warming alcohol. Medium body. Less complex than Pannepot, this one is still a very good strong belgian beer. Bourbon isn’t overwhelming and find the right place in this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2012
(Bottle 18/07-2012) Low beige head, unclear dark brown color, smooth taste. Vintage 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 Bottle @ Delirium Brussels. Deep brown appearance with a nice, dark brown head. Deep fruity, cherry, cranberry, chocolate, fairly sweet aroma. Tangy, cherry icee, candy sugar, a bit spicy, caramel, chocolate flavor. Easy to drink. Nothing crazy complex but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tulle (369) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2012
brown, black, hazy, minimal head, nuts, roasty, leather, cough drop, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenH (1053) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2012
brown, clear, tan foam, soy sauce, roasty, coffee, nuts, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (8011) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle from Etre Gourmet webshop. Vintage 2011. Pours pitch black with a huge rocky off-white head. Aroma of barrel, earthy hops and dark malts. Taste is smooth liquorice, dark berries, moderate sweet lingering aftertaste, a very good one.

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