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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock - AleSmith Brewing Company

Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style DoppelbockAlesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.79%

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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 10-07-2013)
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Photo of champ103


4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. Not completely opaque, but close. A well formed two finger beige head rises with excellent retention. Plenty of lace.
S: A big, warm toasted malt aroma. Baked bread, and toffee. Dark fruity aromas like raisins and plums. I can plant my nose in the glass all day.
T: Again, big toasted, and bready malts. Certainly sweet malts like toffee, but not nearly as cloying as some American versions can be. Which is really nice. Dark fruits linger with some raisins and plums. Love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Not overly heavy or viscous, which again can be a downfall for some American versions. Ultra smooth. Like silk. This is incredibly inviting drink. A great sipper.

A wonderful version of the style. I love the malt character. Everything is so well rounded and incorporated. Really well done and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 22:48:48 | More by champ103
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
10% ABV, "Drink this meal in a glass now or cellar it for years to come." Serve in a goblet at 50-55°, Bottled on 09/16/13

A - AleSmith's 2013 Decadence pours an absolutely gorgeous mahogany-laced amber with a tall light khaki head. Steady retention keeps the pile of foam afloat while a clean glass nabs all the lace it can.

S - Decidedly bready, Decadence's robust aroma smells like a freshly baked loaf of bread with dark fruits throughout. Notes of milk chocolate covered raisin and sticky sweet caramel are pungent and welcome as this lager broods with a robust heartiness.

T - Heavy malt sweetness lays wonderfully on the tongue, coating it with Munich bready characteristics, toast crust, gooey caramel, and toffee shavings with a hint of chocolate covered raisins on the finish.

M - Full bodied heft makes it's way across the tongue and down the throat with sublime smoothness; almost creamy in texture. Doppelbocks are already strong but AleSmith steps it up a few notches, cranking out 10% alcohol in a beer that doesn't display anywhere near that much for a completely perfect, stomach-filling beer, just as the Bavarian monks had intended!

O - AleSmith briefly recaptures how the Bavarian monks who established the doppelbock style coined it "liquid bread" and go on to describe the beer as meal in a glass. A malt-lover's dream come true, the 2013 edition of Decadence certainly is a meal in a glass, brimming with balanced malt sweetness that underscores the rich bready profile the massive amount of malt brings to the table. The clean lager finish and complete absence of alcohol make this an easy-drinking beer for how hefty it is and one that I'm convinced would win over any German doppelbock purist!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:44:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of beergoot


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal-clear, copper-red body topped with a decent, one-finger thick head. Nice doppelbock aroma; malt and molasses, fermented raisins and figs; a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Warm malt flavors; toasted grain; sweet and boozy. Medium-heavy body.

A good example of the doppelbock style. It doesn't set any new precedences in its approach, but it does hit the spot when a dopplebock is what you're in the mood for. It does an excellent job of taming the 10.0% AVV and allows the malt character to shine through.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:22:41 | More by beergoot
Photo of Tinfang


2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not to be drunk too cold, otherwise the overwhelming impression will be "Alcohol!"and not much else.

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint. Not much head, some retention.

No aroma, consistent with not much flavor.

Flavor of dark roast malt, little hops, overall watered down by the increased alcohol even when allowed to warm.

I like this style, and this is reasonably true to it, but I prefer the full flavor of a traditional doppelbock, e.g. Ayinger or Weihenstepaner.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:59:25 | More by Tinfang
Photo of MattyG85


4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very toasty malt driven aroma with good hints of caramel and chocolate. Toasted malts with upfront hints of biscuit, toasted bread, toffee, caramel, nuts, yeast, and grains along with hints of chocolate and coffee roast. Fruit hints of apple and banana. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, prune, dates, grapes, and plum. Subtle hints of earthy hops linger in the background. A pretty solid lager aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Roasted notes of chocolate and coffee. Fruity notes of banana and apple. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, figs, dates, grapes, prune, and plum. Light notes of earthy hops. A pretty good Doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly sticky. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Doppelbock. Good toasty and nutty malt flavors with a touch of dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 07:59:16 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Vixie


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice red color with a large creamy tan head. Pour this one snlowly, as the head stays around for a bit.

Smells very malty, with hints of caramel and chocolate.

Starts out on the sweet side, caramel, toffee, and chocolate come to mind. There are hints of coffee as well, leaving a slightly bitter finish that doesn't linger too long.

The feel seemed just a bit thin to me, but does have a nice smoothness to it.

I am not real familiar with this style, but I liked this beer. Has a nice flavor profile to it, there's a lot going on here, although it does tend towards the sweet side. One word of caution, the alcohol is very well hidden, not sure I have ever had a beer of this strength that hid it so well. I have become a fan of Alesmith beers, as every one i have had was good, and this continues that feeling.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:18:52 | More by Vixie
Photo of brewcrew76


4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright, deep mahogany with a thin tan head and no lace.

S - Bready, toffee, sweet, caramel, rum soaked raisins and dark fruit.

T - Toasted bread, caramel, grape nuts, fig, plum, nutty, rum soaked raisins, some candied sweetness and alcohol in the finish.

M - Slightly slick and sticky with low carbonation.

D - Very nice dopplebock. Seems subtle with just the right flavors to make it interesting. Make sure to let it warm up. The dark fruits are tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 03:27:02 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Etan


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful glassy reddish black with a moderate beige head.

S: Smells of sticky maple and toffee, plum flesh, cream, nutmeg, brown bread.

T: Taste brings dry caramelized grain, fig, molasses, lightly astringent roasted grain, mild hop bitterness, raisin, a hint of banana-y esters.and booze on the end.

M: Surprisingly light-bodied with low carbonation.

O: A nice doppelbock that hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:22:26 | More by Etan
Photo of JeffBrenner


3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber with a minimal head that quickly fades. Odor is minimal with a slight malty odor. Taste is very sweet with notes of grape. Boozyness is pretty well concealed with the sugars. Possible dates or plums. Almost tastes more like a quad. I happen to like that style, but I could see someone being bummed with it billed as a "lager". Pours a bit thicker down the throat, again probably because of the sugars. I was happy to have it, but I can't say I will be rushing to buy another bottle, but still, well played.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:06:41 | More by JeffBrenner
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a transparent deep cherry, brownish color with good carbonation eventhough there was no air or pop to the bottle when it opened. Odd. Anyhow, a dirty white head sits atop, the head retention was pretty good but the lacing was still ok.

S: Nice roasted notes, sugary sweet, like a blend of caramel covered coffee cake and banana bread

T: At first it was a little tame on flavor but as it warmed up it peaed. Initial sweetness upfront with caramel, roasty notes with some nice overrpe banana and bready notes. A good bit of residual sweetness and heat as well.

M: Pretty full and sticky at times, really coats the mouth and clings to the palate but not overly cloying or syrupy.

O: Initially I was not a fan but as I progressed through the beer it grew on me. At room temp it opened up quite well

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 14:07:41 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of pkalix


4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hmm, smells like a lager...
looks like a dopplebock...
creamy little head with some soapiness on the sides. doesn't smell too decadent or outstanding or remarkable in any way. just kind of like a typical commercial dos equis or something.
tastes like a dopplebock, kind of... tastes a bit like a lager. and yes, the doppels are a type of a top-fermented lager, right? pretty easy going down although there is some alcohol presence. some of the sweet caramel-y malts that you normally get in the commercial german brews and just a tad of bitter in the middle.
overall, yeah, it's a decent dopple... taste is a bit similar to an Optimator, when it's said and done and drunk... a little higher powered Optimator, of course... but I think this is a quality brew and when factoring in the 10%, it's a great product.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:51:37 | More by pkalix
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam a little surprised that Alesmith went with a lager this year...good for them.Pours into a half liter stein a deep garnet color with a billowing light beig head atop that slowly settles into a frothy mass.Sweet doughy aromas with a tinge of iron and toast,flavors of dark fruit and alcohol but with a lager drying effect if you know what I mean,alot of raisin and alcohol in the finish.It's na American style with it's brash booziness but man there is alot of flavor packed in here.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:09:00 | More by oberon
Photo of notchucknorris


3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poura a clear, deep mahogany color with a thin tan head. Good lace down the glass.

S: Kind of a mild smell, but I get some fruity esters and some light dark bread notes. Banana, caramel and some roasted malt.

T: Very smooth malty flavor with a hint of nuttiness. Some toasted rye bread, light grape nuts and faint concord grape and banana. Mouthfeel is slick and a touch light. Doesn't show the ABV at all. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 19:52:18 | More by notchucknorris
Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
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