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

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RATINGS: 645   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saint Amatus, also called St. Aim, 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.

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2012
(2011) pours dark with pillowy tanned head. aroma is dark fruits, raisins, oak, molasses and brown sugar. taste is earthy, sweet, chocolate, dark fruits and sour cherries. there is strong bourbon oaking from the barrels, and lively carbonation and alcohol warmth. another great beer by struise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (17057) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle from H.J. Hansen. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are rich dried fruits, caramel, heavy malt, candy sugar, alcohol notes, nuts and hops. Nice and complex and quite warming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1621) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2012
Had this in the Rose Red Cafe, Brugges in April 2012. 33cl bottle. Dark mahogany in colour with a large creamy buff head. Sweet smell of damsons and candy floss in the long intensity. Thick syrupy mouthfeel and good lacing. Complex dark malts give a moist fruit loaf base with strong notes of candied fruits, molasses, figs, plums, raisins and sweet cherries. Treacle toffee and overipe bananas come through in sweet malty waves. Slight earthy notes present in the brief hoppy aftertaste but this is overwhelmed by the malt onslaught. Finish has a slightly warming alchoholic rum and raisin note along with jellied fruits full in the mouth. Hint of vanilla oak running through the complexity. A superb Trappist ale in style and highly recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3485) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle from Struise Webshop. Pours chestnut brown with a small, dense off white head. Nose is a little tboozy making hard to pick out particular notes. There is, however, lots of plum and raisins. Very plummy in the taste with heavy roasted malts and a biscuity finish kind of like shortbread. Solid but no wow factor

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
Stunningly beautiful raisin and plum aroma. This is a very difficult beer to rate, because I am so overwhelmed by how good it is, I cannot come up with words to describe it. Such beautiful sweet malts, and the finish is beyond stunning

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2012
From Beer Mania, Brux, B. Bottled, 290412. Brown with beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, yeast and alcohol. Flavour with caramel, nuts, roasted malt and spirits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatPhil (14478) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 330ml bottle (Tuulensuu, Tampere) 2010 vintage
Stunningly beautiful raisin and plum aroma. This is a very difficult beer to rate, because I am so overwhelmed by how good it is, I cannot come up with words to describe it. Such beautiful sweet malts, and the finish is beyond stunning. Its only flaw is that it is a little too sweet, but it fits the strength well. Nutty, hazelnut, finish. I want to give this 6 out of 5 because of the finish.
Revisit: 2013 bottle at Koht. Tallinn
Dried nicely, still has some treacle aspects. Lighter in the mouth but still full. Covers the alcohol nicely. Probably a 3.8.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5090) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2012
Bottle. Black with a small head. Some maltiness with a gentle sweetness. Quite placid condsidering its strength.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2012
Bottle 33 cl from erzbierschof.ch. Dark grenat beer, thick beige foam. Aromas of malt, alcohol, fruity esters, chocolate, well-rounded. The taste is liquor-like, chocolate, ample and rich texture, notes of plum, brown sugar and alcohol. A candy become beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2012
Dark brown-red colored with vanishing head. Raisinny aroma with thin licorice, yeast and thin alcohol, sweet one. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more licoricy with raisins still, aftertaste is bit hopped with licorice lasting.


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