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

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RATINGS: 481   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Darkguardian. This beer might have been a little too young. I would like to revisit it after a year or so...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
EvilBuddha (69) - SLOVENIA - NOV 13, 2010
Transcription of an old BA review from 06-15-2010, with scores adjusted to RB scale. Will re-rate. Vintage 2010, into St. Bernardus goblet. Pours dark caramel-brown hazy body topped by moderate creamy head that sets down to a stable veil. Swirling coats the glass with a delicate, short-lived lacework quickly broken into tiny patches sliding down the walls. The initial fruity aroma of figs and raisins is quickly blown away by clean spicy alcohol - which is quite disturbing and adds negatively to the overall impression; red wine and unrefined sugar. The flavor is malty, with fruity tartness , red wine, spicy yeast and alcohol. The low carbonated body is creamy with smooth transitions between the nicely mellowed flavors. A nice tribute to trappist quads but the evident alcohol presence sets a gap between the genuine trappists and Struise’s attempt of mimicking the monk’s work. However, the beer is still young and the remaining bottles might significantly improve with aging.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle… Pours murky and caramel-colored with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose provides the caramel I was expecting, but there’s also some funk and a wonderful, sweet, black cherry fruitiness. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. The flavor offers moderately sweet caramel, moderate acidity and dark bread. Also, some fruity esters amid whispers of sassafras and beef broth. Finishes lightly sweet, mildly tart and reluctantly bitter… rasps out and dries up. Bottle shared by darkguardian!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1554) - FINLAND - NOV 9, 2010
Dark brown and hazy. Sniffing this beer the first thing I notice is that it is definitely a product of Struise. Aroma of roasted malts, bitter coffee, banana and different herbs. Dry, sour, warming and spicy flavour. Aroma and flavour are both a bit cognac-like.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Struise sint Amaris 12. 330cl bottle purchased from de molen... Pours a dark and muddled chocolate brown with a light off-tan head... Aroma of carmalized pear and dark fruits, little toffee and sweet Belgian sugars... Sweet and lively efervescent sugary flavors with a dark fruity essence and well dark sugar which for the majority was consistent with the nose...Carbonation is lively and well, a bit too much so, but flavor was right on for an abt but lacked the mouthfeel and body. 8/4/7/3/13

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2010
2010 Vintage. From the Struise Yeast Shop. The aroma is a little smokey at first. Notes of soot and campfire wood with yeast and good dark fruity scent. Murky dark brown pour that’s topped with a frothy tan head. The flavors fall right in line with a good Quad. Rich malts, dark fruit, licorice, and yeast. About halfway through the bottle I’m not really picking up much of the smoke from the aroma anymore. This is incredibly drinkable. It’s remarkable how easy going 10% can taste but this one accomplishes that. Maybe you could say this isn’t as full in the body as some of the big boys but still, this is awfully good stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rane (876) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with pale brown head. Aroma dried fruits, figs, licorice. Initially floral notes as well and maybe the best aroma I´ve ever experienced, but it goes off a bit in the glass. Taste dried fruit, figs, sweet malts. A very fine quad, close to Westvletern and Rochefort.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2010
(33cl bottle, 2010 vintage) Pours a hazy deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, Belgian yeast, chocolate, plum, herbs, and florals. Flavor of raisins, florals, plum, chocolate, subtle anise, and herbs.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3785) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Murky brown color. Light head. Heavy dark fruit aroma. Woody and edgy notes. Flavor is very sweet dark fruit. Raisins, plums and sweet malt. Very flavorful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - OCT 30, 2010
A very good strong belgian that perhaps hasn’t had time to really meld and develop it’s full flavour. Lots of dark fruit, yeast and alcohol on the nose. Another great struise mouthfeel. Full bodied but just missing that special something that would make it akin to rochefort or a westy. Still would age well and may come in to it’s own in a few years time.


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