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


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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 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,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neur0 (957) - GERMANY - JAN 15, 2012
(Flasche) Es hat eine sehr dunkle, kalte braune Färbung, es scheint eine Trübung zu haben und wenig bräunlichen Schaum. Im Aroma kommt einem zuerst eine leicht säuerliche Note entgegen, die schnell einer starken schokoladigen Note weicht. Der Geschmack ist vollmundig, leicht erdig und schokoladig. Im Abgang ist ein Champagne-Charakter zu schmecken. Es ist sehr prickelnd, aber trotzdem recht schwer. Zusammengefasst; ein Bier, dass gut in eine gemütliche Kellerkneipe/Taverne passen würde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1758) - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6103) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle 33cl. Pours a dark, almost black, colour with a normal size head and carbonation. Dark fruity aroma with some malty notes there. Full rich flavour, can taste the alcohol a bit though, slightly taking down the quality. Goes down very nice and warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemmingwillum (1098) - Nysted, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Rating #680, flaske fra Toft Vin

Der er tale om en mørkebrun øl med gulligt, tåget skær, og et ret holdbart skum, der trækker kniplingsmønster. Duften er ekstremt tung og har endda noter af anis. Derudover nogle overmodne, men ubestemmelige bær og frugter. Egentlig ikke synderligt kompleks, men god nok. Lækker smag af ferskner, solbær, svesker, samt lidt gær, træ og en smule anis. Eftersmag af træ og alkohol. Tyk og fyldig i munden. En rigtig belgier i den tunge ende. 7-4-8-4-15 = 3.8

Re-rating, 17.08.2014; vintage 2011, flaske fra Toft Vin

Den ser fra starten overvældende godt ud. Det er en mørkebrun øl med gulligt, tæt skum der laver kniplingsmønster, og der er tydelige gærrester ved ophældningen. Duften kan anes langt væk fra glasset og indebærer svesker, fersken, træ og solbær. Smag med solbær, svesker, søde kirsebær, overmodne frugter og træ i hobevis. Relativt tydelig alkohol og ret lang bitter eftersmag, men en god sødme der udbalancerer, så den ikke bliver for voldsom. Et let strejf af vanille. Mere kompleks end som så, hvilket jeg ikke har givet udtryk for i min første vurdering af dette bryg. Stadig tyk og fyldig i munden, og med nedtonet mængde af kulsyre. Den er en anelse for alkoholisk til at ramme en 8’er i smag, hvilket også gør, at den lander på 15 i stedet for 16/20 i overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7032) - 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.

   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.

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