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

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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4716) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle (vintage 2011) from SB Majorna cons 2011-09-11 Göteborg AR: coddey and roasted malt - simple as that AP: hazy brown, high fizzy big bubbly creme caramel colored head F: vinos, white sugary, plums, rassins, dadels, warming, medium high bitterness, medium carbonation would have gain on some more storaged but not that much...

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4775) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2013 2010 Vintage bottle@‘t Antwaerps Bierhuiske: very dark brown with a beige head, taste & smell is creamy thick malts, lots of nuts, dark fruits, chocolate, tobacco, slight toffee & caramel, boozy aftertaste, thick & creamy malt-based body, a little rough around the edges but this pretty damn impressive //// tried again on draft, so soft & fruity, more like current Struise style, incredible stuff 4.5 -> 4.8

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
Tap, in brugge. The taste is so good, definitely better then westy 12 in my opinion. The taste is very similar to westy but you dont get a strong alcohol taste up front and it is very smooth, it has a good finish, filled with a long lasting date and raisin after taste. Really good stuff

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle from Beer Planet, Brussels; vintage 2010
Cloudy dark brown color, with generous head, not very persistent. The aroma shows roasted malts and dust. Good body strength, round mouthfeel; dark malts flavor, but also a too strong flavor of liquorice; quite sweet, but the sweetness is correctly balanced by the roasted malts; warming alcohol in the final. Not my favorite one, mainly because of the dust and the liquorice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandman (2274) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2011
Tap at Struise corner, Brugge Dark brown body, light brown head. Aroma is very intense with dark fruits, sugar, lots of almond and vanilla with some wooden bourbon notes. Flavour is really nicely balanced and brings out the almond and bourbon with the nice quadruple heavy background. Oily and smooth finish. Excellent brew!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
Bottled. Dark brown colour with huge head. The aroma is rich, yet undeveloped. The beer was bottled pretty recently so it’s still too young to be scrutinized I suppose. Bit lactic and one-dimensional in aroma. Higher alcohols, there are sugars up front, followed by suggestions of dark berries along with almond paste. Very light on the phenols. Flavourwise, we have heavy sweet malt, un-ripe berries and sweet malt. Chocolate lurks underneath, as does lactic acid. Suggestions of caramel, but just vaguely so. Light on the phenols here as well. It feels like this unclear mish-mash of flavours will develop in a few years time. Medium-big body. This is definitely a beer that needs a few years to develop. It’s a keeper - and it will be a top beer in a few years time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2193) - SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, deep orange, with a thick beige head. Spicy aromas, moderately roasted, cocoa powder, dark cherries, yeast, raw sugar, cinnamon, ashes. Medium sweet, medium bodied, medium bitterness, slightly acidic, balanced CO2. Complex, spicy taste, moderately roasted, raw sugars, dry chocolate, licorice, yeast. Starts out quite sweet, but dries out almost instantly, and thins out on the palate. (2011-09-02)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRock72 (605) - - SEP 2, 2011
On tap at the Struise bottle shop in Brugge. Dark black with little tan head. Huge aromas of dark fruits and yeast. Hints of chocolate malts and dark fruits in the flavour. Very smooth finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
Bouteille de 33 cl, édition 2010. Arômes de pruneaux mûrs, de raisins secs et de chocolat. Robe brune foncée et relativement limpide, peu de mousse et effervescence assez faible (surtout pour le style). En bouche, cette bière montre une très belle complexité maltée (chocolat, pruneaux, caramel brûlé). Relativement ronde en bouche et moins atténuée que les trappistes originales. Longue finale alcoolisée et légèrement sucrée. Pas tout à fait authentique pour une Abt, mais très intéressante.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3315) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Traded bottle from a stateside hookup. Pours just like you would expect with an off-white head that melts fairly quickly. Big aroma that starts sweet but then has a coffee and boozey finish. Also that classic quad scent lingering in the background. The flavor is hard to nail down. Very dry. Finishes with a little heat. Nice and an interesting quad.


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