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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

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 10-07-2013)
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kingmaker, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Sammy, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

MystikCelt, Jan 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

mmulebarn, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

john0721, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

billab914, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jpaulsen, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

beergoot, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Jessenimmo, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

sd123, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

msubulldog25, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Tinfang
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Tinfang, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Wedcat, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

hickmancase, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

MattyG85, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

djaeon, Nov 18, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Vixie, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Beerbuddy21, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

tdmccarthy, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

rab53, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

brewcrew76, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Troville1990, Nov 15, 2013
Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.