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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style DoppelbockAlesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
89
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Sammy, Jan 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottled on 9/16/13.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice sugary and fruity aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

zestar, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Texasfan549, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Jun 19, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

oberon, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

SocalKicks, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

orangesol, Feb 18, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -5%
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

barleywinefiend, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

drewone, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

afsdan, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

rab53, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

billab914, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

GraduatedCashew, Nov 04, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +18%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

atrocity, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

KAF, Jun 24, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +13%
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.

champ103, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

tectactoe, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

msubulldog25, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ste5venla, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JohnK17, Apr 29, 2014
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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.