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


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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Previously (<2016) at 10.5%

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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Shared bottle with friends. Poured a dark carmel color. Tasted of dark fruits and sugar. The palate seemed to fall apart towards the end of the taste. Solid brew.

GoufCustom (1980) - HONG KONG - JUN 9, 2017

330 ml bottle “2013Vintage” bought at HK Brewcraft in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear deep reddish brown colour with a layer of dirt-like yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet dark malt, with strong dessert wine, red wine, Bourbon, immense caramel, sticky toffee, strong alcohol, strong plums, strong raisins, sugar, spices, barrels, bread, yeast and light grass. Lovely sweetness!

Taste: Strong sweet dark malt, with strong green grapes, moderate Port wine, red wine, Bourbon, strong alcohol, very strong plums, raisins, strong caramel, toffee, floral, strong molasses, strong spices, fair barrels, light biscuits, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass.

Body: Close to full body. Quite thick and slightly oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Very good dark maltyness - well-attenuated - in a very slick background. Full mouthful of green grapes followed closely by intense dark fruits. Bourbon took a back seat as red wine and port wine factors are much stronger and nicer. Good caramel with surprisingly moderate medioum sweetness with further sips. Spicy and lemony to round. Excellent!

Booze: the 11% abv is upfront and strong, must be treated with respect but is mostly nice comfy red wine smoothness instead of harsh liquor at this level. Sweetness and liquorices are moderate due to high attenuation. Blended well with the Bourbon barrels. Great!

Hoppiness: Spices and light grass in nose. Floral, strong spices, lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong for an abrupt, medium astringent sweet-bitter malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Winey spicy and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is so different from other rich dark Struise Ales I’ve had - a strong dark ale base which is lean and mean with hearty dark fruits and caramel characters. The Bourbon barrels landed some unexpected fruity vineyards and red wineyness. Strong comfy booze with just right sweetness. Spicy hops is never far behind. A unorthodox Quad which is nice in its own way. Highly recommended!

ogniskowicz (849) - POLAND - MAY 21, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2017 Mnóstwo suszonych owoców, figi, śliwki, daktyle, świetna praca beczki,ogrom mokrego drewna, waniliny, bourbonu. Pyszny quad.

sjogro (3968) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2017
Bottle at home after insanely nice weather and hanging at the beach this afternoon now still out on the balcony smoking indo sipping on st amatus. I’m just writing that down so I can smile and remember whenever I dig this rating up, if ever. Anyway, it’s brown, it’s dark, it’s boozy. Malty af. Caramel, raisans, chestnut, dates, copper, shellac, alcohol, rinse appelstroop, peat. Big sweet and a light, roasty, nutty bitter undertone. Full Malty Jacket and body. Soft carbonation. Thick and slick. There’s some good, a lot of OK and some not so good in this beer, especially the finish, or the hook before the softened sweet almost chocolatey aftertaste kicks in. There seems to be some kind of metallic or -what I called shellac before- other weird un-beer-y taste in there. What I do like is the dense syruppy fruity sweetness. That brown leaf, chestnut bitter that follows is ok but it transitions quickly into appelstroop with a growing metallicness, almost medicinal bandaid like taste before I finally get to enjoy a velvety soft deep caramel, rye, bready, almost peaty finish. Yet we all live happily ever after. THE END.

gr_pa (675) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAY 12, 2017
Dark amber, no head. Aroma: dry fruits, red fruits, vanilla, cane sugar, malt. Full to medium body, quite a lot of sweetness. Flavour: cane sugar, red fruits, spices. Woody finish.

jookos (6743) - FINLAND - MAY 8, 2017

Browny. Cherry aged nose, old woody, boozy. Some almonds. Med bodied. Smooth. Rich flavoured. Ripe apples. Nice.

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czlowiekmotyka (267) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Raisins and honey with the aroma. No carbonation and Head. Quite sweet but so boozy ... I am not satisfied

PlutonowyMan (751) - POLAND - APR 30, 2017
Barwa bardzo ciemno bordowa, wydaje si?, ?e ma delikatne zm?tnienie. Piana, generalne tworzy si? tylko w czasie nalewania. Zaraz po otwarciu butelki mamy karmel, cukier kandyzowany. Pó?niej pojawiaj? si? sma?one ?liwy i ciemne owoce. Po delikatnym ogrzaniu, czekolada z nadzieniem likierowym i delikatne akcenty winne. W smaku podobnie spalony karmel i ciemny cukier, ciemne, sma?one owoce, likier czekoladowy, wanilia, nuty szlachetnych alkoholi, które wzajemnie si? mieszaj?. Goryczka pestkowa, mo?e nieco "spalona" idealnie wpisuje si? w charakter tego wy?mienitej trunku. Alkohol cho? delikatnie rozgrzewa w prze?yku nie jest wyczuwalny. Tworzy spójn? ca?o?? i ma tutaj charakter likierowego nadzienia pralinek. Nasycenie niskie, pasuje. St. Amatus ma faktur? oleist?, g?sta i pe?n?.

SimonBlok (556) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: reddish brown with low off-white head. Aroma: red fruits, strawberry, caramel, brown sugar, pear. Taste: high sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of red fruits, brown sugar and caramel. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and medium carbonation.

jandorris (674) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 25, 2017
Piany brak, kolor rubinowy, bardzo ciemny. W zapachu głownie ciemne owoce, rodzynki, suszone śliwki, karmel i niestety alko bije po nosie. W smaku te rodzyneczki są bardzo fajne.

CraftyHare (69) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2017
330ml bottles pours dark golden brown with modest tan head. Aromas of caramel malt, stone fruit and yeast. Flavours of brown sugar, roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, balsamic vinegar and dried fruit. Sweet with a good smack of saltiness and some sour plum undertones. Light carbonation, but hides the 11% alc vol well. Not as decidant as some of the other Struise offerings.

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