AleSmith Decadence 2009 Dunkel Weizenbock - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
Two reviews in one day? Wow. Thanks, Carlos!
Gushing over my counter, this beer is a mildly hazy blackish dark brown with reddish brown highlights. There's a thin, light brown head with pretty good retention and minimal lacing. The nose is great. It delivers all I'd want from a dunkel weizenbock. Banana bread esters, whole wheat bread, some chocolate, a little clove, this is a beautiful blend. A touch of cola is also present. Alcohol is shockingly well hidden.
The palate is initially way too fizzy, but once the carbonation settles down, this improves quite a bit. A nice, moderately sweet banana bread character along with some clove, yeast, whole wheat and dark caramel is present. The sweetness is moderate, probably a little overdone, but it works here. The mid-palate has a mild spicy phenolic character to go with a mild chocolate character. Sweet on the finish with caramel-drizzled banana bread, this beer nails the essence of the fruity banana bread character that weizenbocks are supposed to have. Medium in body and a little to carbonated early on, this really does shine once it warms up, quietens down and has had time to open up. Excellent.
02-18-2013 09:25:50 | More by DefenCorps
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
750 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Pours a cola brown color with a huge off white head that slowly fades. Smell is quite sweet with grapes and plums. Some malts as well. Taste is sweet and smooth. Very good tasting beer. Lots of fruits including raisins and plums with a malty finish. No alcohol is noticed. Great tasting beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and still great carbonation. Overall this is truly a great beer.
10-06-2012 23:38:27 | More by abrand
3.98/5 rDev 0%
Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.
Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, brown sugar, yeast, spice, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit flavors and a spice finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that is tasty and easy to drink.
07-31-2012 03:26:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.23/5 rDev +6.3%
Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark red-orange amber. Nice thick white head and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma is a strong blend of light fruit, banana, caramel and some phenolic components. A medium bodied creamy ale. Tastes great with dark and light fruit, caramel, light spicing and only a hint of wheat. Very nicely made. A somewhat astringent finish takes away from an otherwise superb bock.
03-28-2012 02:53:43 | More by LiquidAmber
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Bottle courtesy of BeerWorld in a trade about a year ago.
Pours a semi-translucent brown in color with plenty of ruby red highlights and an average sized soapy khaki colored head that dissipates surprisingly fast.
The aromas begin quite muted but open up dramatically as it warms. A great deal of caramel candied maltiness with lesser amounts of toffee, light milk chocolate and an underlying dark fruitiness highlighted by ripe figs. There is an underlying banana bread yeastiness which is extremely mild and well integrated at this point.
The tastes follow the nose but with a bunch more dark fruitiness. Plenty of dark caramelized malts coupled with light sweet milk chocolate and light candy toffee. Really a ton of raisin fruitiness and caramel candy flavors, but it def not too sweet or anywhere near cloying despite my flavor descriptors. What keep it in balance is the nice lager weizen yeast. It adds a nice dryness and mild spice/clove balance which is awesome.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is initially sweet and yet dry and clean thanks to the weizen yeast characteristics. Really a great balance which is always a plus in my book.
Overall this is the second best Weizenbock I have ever had. It is more malty than the traditional Aventinus example (which is top class for me), but this is a really nice American take on a style which is traditionally too yeasty and not a huge favorite of mine, but this was super. Still drinkable with zero alcohol which is always impressive for a lager of this ABV. Def recommended and absolutely well worth seeking out for fans of AleSmith or fans of the style.
03-03-2012 02:12:57 | More by claspada
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
Opened this for no good goddamn reason at all.
Alesmith Decadence 09. Malty, dark fruit!!!! There's a real strong sweetness that lingers on the finish. It's like sucking on a hard candy. Highly carbed and creamy. This could of easily been port barrel aged. It's so fruity with such a nice mild sweetness that it's more like a BSDA or Quad. A little heat still, this could age well for years to come.
10-10-2011 23:25:39 | More by ZX6Chris
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks for opening this gusher, Mike. Served into a snifter.
A: A gusher of a bottle exploded upon opening but made for a great looking beer in the glass. This beer poured a murky dark brown with a huge off-white head that faded into a great thick fuzzy film that left decent lacing.
S: I get dominant notes of sweet fruits including sweet berries and grape jelly.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of sweet grapes and raisins, spicy sweet fruits, dark fruits, plums, prunes and a bit of vanilla and chocolate. The finish is heavy and contains a bit of ripe banana.
M: Medium-full body, very frothy carbonation that bubbles up on my palate, and a tingly, airy mouthfeel.
O: Enjoyable flavors but the over carbonation took away from the mouthfeel and drinkability. Definitely worth a try though. Thanks again Mike.
08-29-2011 20:32:35 | More by scottfrie
AleSmith Decadence 2009 Dunkel Weizenbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
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