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

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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Previously (<2016) at 10.5%

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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4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
33cl bottle into glass. Lille. Appearance: dark brown wih slight ruby tint. Offwhite head which is small. Aroma: raisin, caramel, run, spice, alcohol, Taste: semi sweet. Slightly bitter finish. Very long. Palate: full body, low carbonation, full mouthfeel. Very long finish. Overall. This beer had an incredible aroma. The taste was a little disappointing for me. Palate was he same. Still a fantastic beer.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kapusil (1293) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 24, 2017
0.33l bottle. Very dark brown body with a quickly disappearing thin light brown head. Aroma of cocoa, orange zest, whiskey, wood, raisins and vanilla. The taste of chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, orange zest, plums, raisins and caramel. Super complex and smooth. The alcohol is very well hidden. Amazing beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (6903) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 24, 2017
330ml bottle (2013 vintage, 11%). Dark amber color. Small size, yellowish head, stays. Plums, raisins, sweet, bit of yeast, caramel in aroma. Plums, raisins, signs of alcohol, sweet and caramel in taste. Caramel and raisins in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Alcohol is there, but kind of hidden. Goes down pretty easy. Very solid brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jon3s (36) - - FEB 23, 2017
Color: amber/brown color, hazy Foam: frothy, brownish head Smell: caramel, sweet malt, syrup, cola, wood, vanilla, dried fruits, some herbs.. Taste: rather sweet, honey, syrup, caramel, figs.. Velvet texture and amazingly drinkable. Alco well hidden - warms nicely at the end. Marvelously balanced top quality brew difficult to copy their style. Enjoy with different cheeses.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SeniorZozo (1462) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 20, 2017
Beeroda.hu Beer Tasting Sessions @ Budapest // Its : Sint Amatus - Oostvleteren 12 (2013) - Cask Strength Brutal stuff!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeijoA (50) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2017
33 cl bottle, 2013 vintage, bottled 21/06/2016. Color is very dark brown with a cola-colored head that is gone almost immediately. Aromas of plum, dark fruit, kissel, oak. Taste of vanilla, cough suryp, malt, port wine. Alcohol is well hidden, just very warming in the stomach. Low carbonation, sticky sweet and smooth mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (2060) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2017
33cl bottle at home from Berts Bierhuis Biltstraat, Utrecht. Nose is dark berries, red wine. Body is clear dark brown, head is very small, cream white, frothy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is raisin, red wine, honey, herbs, bourbon, milk chocolate. Medium to heavy sweet, light to medium bitter, medium fruity sour. Finish is long lasting fruity chocolate medium bittersweet, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Quite heavy, strong flavor, well balanced, nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (21) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 17, 2017
Dark brown colour. Virtually no head. Notes of dried fruits. Sweet but deep complex flavours. A real treat.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1310) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2017

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, wood, whiskey, dried fruit, liquorice, chocolate and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque red/dark brown beer with heavy yeast and with no/a slight beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts heavy sweet with malts, caramel, wood, whiskey, dried fruit, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Thanks to that long aging on that bourbon barrel and the rather heavy amount of roasted malts, this almost does not feel like a Belgian beer and even less like a Quad. No matter what style it gets labeled as, this beer is great beyond belief. The aroma could have been stronger and the head could be bigger, though that last one could be forgiven thanks to that aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jyrsa (678) - - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle shared with friends. Light semitranscluent brown. Herbs, alcohol, licorice, anise. Herbs, malt, more licorice. Balanced, smooth, well aged. A very nice abbey style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3370) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, earthy notes, toffee, yeast, raisins, ripe fruits, syrup and nuts. Bitter finish with citrus, toffee, ripe fruits, raisins, syrup and yeast. Exquisite Belgian strong ale.


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