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


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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Noudsch (69) - NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2011
Dark amber color. Low carbonation. Sweat fruity aroma. Creamy texture. Bitter sweet taste. Nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2727) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Deep muddy-red-brown body. Frothy khaki head. A healthy amount of lace patches left behind. S: Dark fruits: raisins, figs, cherries, plums. Oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Somewhat muted. Dose of booze. T: Better definition of flavors as raisins, figs, and plums pop from a deep caramel base. Again, some booze creeping through. M: Perhaps a tad undercarbonated given the weight of this beer. All of the malty/boozey goodness leads to a dense experience on the tongue. O: Very good, and a bit different then the mainstay quads (St. B/Rochefort/Westy/Pannepot). I think some age might smooth some of the rough edges here and turn this into a truly sublime beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgiskOlklub (894) - Viby J, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Small creamy head and a hazy thick and creamy black body. Nice sweet aroma of brown sugar, alcohol, tobacco, roasted malt. The taste is heavy sweet and lightly bitter. Long warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
33cl bottle drank from my Darkness tulip...The initial pour of the beer is a very light tan but as it settles a very dark brown with purple highlights displays, gorgeous. A surprising very light tan head rises about five full fingers with really good retention, and fantastic lacing...The aroma is nice, has the normal quad notes of dark fruits, molasses and candied sugar, but his is the sweeter side of most trappist quads, and WAY WAY sweeter than Pannepot. No initial alcohol burn on a new beer that is come from a Pannepot either...The taste carries over the sweetness, and I’m replaying my notes above but this is a SUPER sweet quad, just hanging on the cliff by a fingernail from being too sweet. Tons of prunes on the front with light candied sugar, with a bit of hops on the back. The finish is slightly alcoholic and a little boring...The feel is on the lighter side but decent enough...Super easy to drink because of the sweetness. Another great beer by De Struise, greatly different from Pannepot and some ways superior. Probably could age well but is fine to drink now. Worth tracking down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (2593) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
Bottled. Pours hazy, deep mahogany brown with a medium beige head. Nose of caramel, toasted malt and nuts. Sweet flavour of toasted malt, dark fruits, caramel and licourice notes. Medium to full bodied. Average carbonation. Oily texture. Ends up with alcohol and a little malt bitterness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3020) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle. Clear brown pour, slight ruby tint with straw colored foam. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, cocoa powder, cherries. Taste is quite particular, lots of brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla good quad flavors with a slight wild twist, the yeast tastes very much like westvleteren 12. Palate is very well done, heavily bodied, smooth, silky carbonation with a nice warming alcohol presence. Quite reminiscent of westvleteren according to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
note666 (1129) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2011
2011 - 03 - 15 330ml bottle. dark brown colour. almost no head. sweet taste. licorice in aroma. nice warming taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Picked up this bottle when I was in Belgium. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, light funk. Sweet flavor with dark fruit. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4397) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle: Small light brown to tan foamy head on top of a deep dark brown colored beer. Smell spices, dark fruits, yeast, toasted malts, nuts, hint of liquorice. Taste is a very nice mix of liquorice, spices, cooky dough, herbs, toasted malts, dark fruits, raisin. Turns a bit fast to a grassy aftertaste. Aftertaste is warmth (alcohol) mixed with grass and light bittersweet. Medium carbo, medium body and soft tingly mouthfeel. Watery texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy light beige head. Aroma is of candied nuts, caramel and molasses, a bit of a light fruitiness and a touch of a funky character. Flavor starts with a strong sweet character, lots of dark overripe fruits, a strong nuttiness, some candy notes, caramel, some toastiness, a bit funky again, with a soft lightly boozy finish. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Good quad.

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