Its been a while since we’ve had a Struise beer in our packs, so high time we rectify that. And the wait has been well and truly worth it with this beauty.
The beer owes its name to a Benedictine Monk (of course) by the name of St Aimé, who defended the less-fortunate from the ruling tyrants. Belgium only has one parish to patron St Amatus, and it happens to be in Oostvleteren. Also home of the Struise ‘schoolhouse’ brewery.
And interestingly, the artwork is by Carlo Grootaert, who is one of the owners of Struise. Anyone who has visited Struise will know Carlo as the genial host, plying you with tasty samples from their 30-tap tasting room system.
But back to the beer.
It’s a beautiful dark Belgian quadrupel, which has been aged for 3 years in Woodforde Reserve Bourbon barrels.
Rich and smooth, there is chocolate and dark stone fruit, caramel malt and caramelised sugars, a little nuttiness, then finding a little bitterness and more dark chocolate. The barrel aging gives an additional sweetness and lots of length to the aftertaste, with just a hint of sweet boozy liqueur.