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

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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7871) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2012
33 cl bottle @ Kangasala Beer Festival. Rated on 26.11.2010
Aroma is slightly sweet with some toffee, berries and plums. Flavour is rather strong on berries typical to Danish ales. Also some toffee, plums and hints of spices. Too much berries here, not nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
33cL bottle, vintage 2011, courtesy of joet. Thanks! Pours a deep brown color; light-tan, very creamy head with nice retention and lacing. Lots of dark fruits and caramel in the aroma; restrained sweetness; complex dried dark fruits. Medium-full body; moderate CO2; very creamy and smooth palate; layers of dried dark fruits, cola and caramel; not quite up to Westy 12, by any means, but a nice attempt: plenty of caramel, and a modest amount of honeyed maltiness. Lasting sweetness: cola, almond, vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Deep brown fairly clear nice lacing nice retention... Uber malty some dark cherry notes, lightly smoky, but with just a touch of grassy hop... Smoke, licorice, dark fruit, malty in a good way... lively full bodied finish lingers... excellent...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3623) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Pours an opaque amber/brown with a thick tan head...nice retention! Aroma has fig and raisin. Flavor follows suit with nice roasty notes...just enough mild hoppiness to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky with a raisin finish but not too sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (3809) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle, deep red-brown with a thin head, nose has tart cherries, a little mustiness, alcohol, body is warming and spicy with hints of kriek and earth, plus treacle and a vegetal bitterness, some burnt caramel, old wood and sultana in the finish plus more sharp bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2012
(2011) pours dark with pillowy tanned head. aroma is dark fruits, raisins, oak, molasses and brown sugar. taste is earthy, sweet, chocolate, dark fruits and sour cherries. there is strong bourbon oaking from the barrels, and lively carbonation and alcohol warmth. another great beer by struise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16048) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle from H.J. Hansen. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are rich dried fruits, caramel, heavy malt, candy sugar, alcohol notes, nuts and hops. Nice and complex and quite warming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1556) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2012
Had this in the Rose Red Cafe, Brugges in April 2012. 33cl bottle. Dark mahogany in colour with a large creamy buff head. Sweet smell of damsons and candy floss in the long intensity. Thick syrupy mouthfeel and good lacing. Complex dark malts give a moist fruit loaf base with strong notes of candied fruits, molasses, figs, plums, raisins and sweet cherries. Treacle toffee and overipe bananas come through in sweet malty waves. Slight earthy notes present in the brief hoppy aftertaste but this is overwhelmed by the malt onslaught. Finish has a slightly warming alchoholic rum and raisin note along with jellied fruits full in the mouth. Hint of vanilla oak running through the complexity. A superb Trappist ale in style and highly recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle from Struise Webshop. Pours chestnut brown with a small, dense off white head. Nose is a little tboozy making hard to pick out particular notes. There is, however, lots of plum and raisins. Very plummy in the taste with heavy roasted malts and a biscuity finish kind of like shortbread. Solid but no wow factor

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
Stunningly beautiful raisin and plum aroma. This is a very difficult beer to rate, because I am so overwhelmed by how good it is, I cannot come up with words to describe it. Such beautiful sweet malts, and the finish is beyond stunning


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