VsXsV (3868) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
shoulderbroken (3520) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
italianjohn (2843) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - dark brown with pilllowy khaki head.
S - Oak, figs, candi sugar, yeast.
T - Nice and sweet with a nice Belgian spice that Struise is excellent at.
M - Creamy carbonation with a nice finish.
O - A solid quad that I only wish was more available and/or cheaper.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at RateBeer awards dinner. Flavors hint at strawberry and raspberry with sweet malt. There was some woodiness in there. Aroma was really faint of the same. This beer was excellent.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hiomo (74) - Castellalto, ITALY - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birra marrone scura con schiuma biancastra. L’aroma è di caramello, frutti scuri tra cui in particolare prugne e fichi. Il sapore è dolce con la giusta quantità di amaro per dargli un equilibrio perfetto. Il volume in bocca è fresco e cremoso. Il finale è caratterizzato da un finale terroso e legnoso.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep cola brown. Coarse, cream-colored head with highlights of warm cinnamon. Aroma is moderate spice, some grainy, healthy bread. Flavor is lightly boozy, very spicy, somewhat dry grain contribution. Good, but not my favorite (I prefer Belgians with more apple and baker’s yeast qualities). Medium-to-medium-light bodied. A good experience. On tap @ Les Caves, Corvallis, OR, USA.