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Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple AleAlesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale

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BA SCORE
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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%


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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Enish266 on 01-04-2013)
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HalfFull

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped 750 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass. Pours a deep brown with crimson highlights and an inch of tan foam. Quite clear and with decent retention and light lace.

Aroma of caramel, bit of chocolate and some hints of barleywine like ethanol notes when initially opened and rather cold. Garners a bit more complexity with some warming but still a bit one sided for the style. Bit of rummy fruit and spice come forth with warming and convey to the taste as well. Dark cherry is prominent on the finish and accompanied by a lingering chocolate spice, even without any notable chocolate malt notes prior to the finish.

Feel is a bit viscous and oily with lots of caramel and not so much with chocolate and roast. ABV is hidden behind the sweetness fairly well as might be expected given the feel. Overall nice but not my fav. Still improving with warming however, think I'll check back after the other half of the bottle tomorrow. This beer really seems to peak at about 60 degrees F. so plan accordingly. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:51:02 | More by HalfFull
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, biscuit, pear, apple, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light chocolate, biscuit, candi sugar, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt and fruit/spicy yeast ester flavors; with an amazing malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:05:12 | More by superspak
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at AleSmith. March, 2013.

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy, vinous dark fruit aroma with a subtle pepper presence along with grape, raisin, fig and plum. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but it's kept in check.  Smells a bit overly spicy with sweet malt and dark fruit.

Medium bodied with a slight medicinal presence that's stronger than the nose suggests.  Somewhat chalky with a touch of spicy pepper but the flavor is dominated by Belgian candy sugar, sweet malt and vinous dark fruit notes, notably plum, raisin and fig.  Goes down way to easy for 12%.  Very subtle warmth and little to no heat/booze.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 00:02:35 | More by corby112
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a snifter.

Pours a deep rich sable color with half an inch light tan head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas are somewhat subdued; caramelized sugars, dried fruits with a hint of grape must.

The flavors definitely outshine the aromas. Strong flavors of molasses, dried fruit and black cherries. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet but crisp finish. Mild, lingering aftertaste and warming sensation .

Another winner from Alesmith. Very impressed with this beer, would make an excellent Winter Warmer. I wish I had another one to cellar for another year or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:47:33 | More by srhoadsy
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a rich and beautiful mahogany color with some midl amber hues and a gorgeous slightly translucent ruby/garnet color. There is a nice dense and creamy off-white ecru colored head that is sticky and has some great retention. As it recedes it leaves some mild sticky lacing along the sides of the glass and the head goes down to a nice thin mat.

Aroma is delicious. Mild notes of molasses. Some good caramel notes mixed in with ripened dark fruit such as raisins. Some nice clove notes and some banana as well.

The flavor is also delicious. Well crafted. There is a delicious sweet ripe banana note that is present as well with some stronger more prevalent molasses notes coming along the middle of the brew. Great notes of banana and some slightly fruity and mild chalky yeast notes. Fresh baked bread notes are perceived along the middle of the brew. There is some mild boozy heat but its not too intense and works well with the bready notes. As the brew warms there are some nice hints of semi-sweet cocoa notes and some slight bitter roast in the finish mixed in with the sweetness. The body is nice and full. Silky, velvety and smooth with a lower bit of carbonation and smaller bubbles that still clean the palette after every sip.

Overall, always impressed by AleSmith. this brew has an awesome body and mouthfeel that works perfectly with the layered and well blended flavors. This is a very good example of the style that seems to stick to traditional norms but shines. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:07:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
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draheim

Washington

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a chalice. Pours a deep reddish mahogany w/ a 2-finger khaki head that settles to a thin film. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is big sweet dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toffee, spices.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Toffee, vanilla, prunes and raisins, dark brown sugar. 12% ABV expertly hidden. Nice lingering spicy heat in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium bodied, a little sticky with a semi-dry finish.

Overall an outstanding quad that hits all the right notes. Well done AleSmith.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:28:36 | More by draheim
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MarioM

California

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Poured into Ommegang Stemmed glass

A: Very clear mahogany amber red with a nice tan head made from small to creamy bubbles that lingers with little to no lacing.

S: Dark fruits but mostly brown sugars and slight molasses character.

T: Figs, light chocolate, big dark fruitiness and almost no alcohol character.

M: High carbonation, warm from the high abv but incredibly smooth and dangerously drinkable.

O: A tasty drinkable quad that packs a punch but not as dark and fruity as I was expecting. A great beer, definitely worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 03:49:05 | More by MarioM
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red/amber. Small off white head. Thin collar with no wisps.

Smell - Fruity. Dark fruits. Caramel. A little buttery.

Taste - Dark fruits. Still a little buttery. Yeasty. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with some booze. Low carbonation.

Overall - Disappointing. I usually like this series.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:46:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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impending

California

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a copper black mahogany, dense frothy light mocha color head recedes slowly leaving much webs that remain the distance.
as if cavern formations

Aroma is deep traditional quad with extra caramel, nearly a caramel bomb to its betterment.
rich & delicious

The flavor too is a caramel explosion, dark fruits covered in a caramel chocolate toffee nugget. Nearly zero bitter. Aftertaste till tomorrow. A full medium bodied slightly cloying, to its betterment, oily mouthfeel.
absolutely delicious
arguably the best american belgian quad
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 01:25:13 | More by impending
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mdfb79

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this about 1-2 months ago from Nugganooch and finally cracking it open; thanks Dane! 750ML bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, two inches of light tan head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of raisins, cherries, dark fruits, toasted malts, sugar, yeast, plums, light bananas, bready malts, and light caramel malts. Really nice nose with lots of cherries and dark fruits; sweet, but not overly sweet.

t - Tastes of raisins, dark fruits, toasted malts, sugar, molasses, yeast, bready malts, spice, and light bananas. Not as much cherry and caramel. Still quite good though I like the nose a little bit better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and quite easy to drink. Does not taste like 12% ABV at all...very dangerous.

o - Overall I thought this was a great quad. Nose and mouthfeel are awesome; lots of sweet dark fruits and very easy to drink. No problem taking down a 750ML bottle by myself, would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 23:13:32 | More by mdfb79
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany with a translucent clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch, tan-colored head that sizzles and pops as it gradually collapses. Head dissipates into a band around the shoulders and thick swaths of lacing coat the walls of the glass as the brew recedes. Nose expresses vinous notes and a suggestion of candied fruit, as well as a trace of something herbal and a hint of malt; however, it's all very faint. Taste is much bolder, revealing milk chocolate, more vinous notes, some ethanol and a faint yeast presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and a silky/oily texture. There's also some residual heat at the finish that lingers at the back of the throat. Overall, this is a very good Quad. The pricepoint is a little high considering the value of St. Bernardus, but there is a great deal of character here. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to try this beer, but I'm not sure I would recommend this beer for extended cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 23:49:52 | More by Jwale73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really an outstanding American quad. this gem pours a lighter sort of indian brown color with that low red glow and a good bit of haze. the head is big bubbles, looks like oatmeal in color and texture, and has pretty good retention. I smell dried cherries, bourbon, cigar smoke, toffee, and burning but not yet black toast. the complexity in both the aroma and flavor is impressive. interestingly the first thing I taste is the yeast, which is quintessentially Belgian, strong and active, dominating all the candy sugar that must have been added to this. some light dried fruit notes before the vanilla and char take over, really nice flavor journey from start to finish on this. I like the feel a lot for a quad, not all huge and syrupy but well carbonated and a little lighter than the standard in terms of body. it allows the flavors to shine and not get heavy. the alcohol too is rather well disguised, but this will sneak up on you, definitely a bottle to share. I would drink a lot more quads if they had the mouthfeel of this one. thanks to claystation for making this one possible, he is new to BA, but certainly not new to beer. many thanks for this exceptional brew that is a difficult score here in Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 19:41:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep brown color to it with some amber shining through. It has a nice dark beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (raisins, prunes, plums), caramel and bready Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet dark fruit, alot of raisins and prunes, some plum, maybe cherries, sweet caramel, some spiciness (pepper and cloves) and breadiness from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 16:55:49 | More by SebD
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kojevergas

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired for $13.99 at a local SoCal beer store. Really excited; I love Alesmith. 12% ABV confirmed. Decadence 2012 Anniversary Ale. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz black glass bottle with foiled-over standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip (sorry, Alesmith, I don't have a goblet here) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. No best before or bottled on date, but the label does note that it will age nicely.

"Serve in a goblet at 50-55 degrees." Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and very good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a luxurious dark ruby. Very rich and refined. Semitransparent. Somewhat translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing for a quad, but I have seen better. I'm extremely excited to try it.

Sm: Lovely dates and plums. Dark fruit is a highlight here. A bit of grape and fig. Ripe red apple. Caramel malty sweetness. Belgian yeast with accompanying slight spicy notes. Some raisin. Bready malts. Candied fruit. Appealing and inviting. No alcohol is detectable. It's not as natural as some of the best quads I've had, but it's quite nice. A mild strength aroma with interesting subtlety and complexity. I can't wait to try it.

T: Ripe dark plum. Light red apple. Some fig/dates. Plump dark fruit. Caramel malts. Biscuit malt. Pleasant sweetness in the body. I look for cloves and molasses, but do not find these notes. Light raisin/dried grape. A bit of alcohol does come through. All around, it's a rather fruity beer. The balance isn't ideal; Belgian examples of the style feel more cohesive and whole than this does. Hints of anise. Bready malts. Prune. Light sherry syrup. Built well, with complexity and some subtlety. But great beers in the style are far more complex and subtle. Plus they have better balance. This is tasty, but it just can't compete. I will say it's one of the better American attempts at the style that I've had.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness, though it is a bit syrupy. Full body. Well done, but not without its flaws. There's room for improvement here. Sticky.

Dr: A drinkable quad that hides its ABV only decently. I'd try a smaller amount if it had some age on it. This is so clinical and brewed with modern American methods; it just can't match Belgian examples of the style. Overall, it just lacks the intentionality and cohesion demanded by the style. Sure, it's got many great notes, but it doesn't bring them together in a holistic way. It's a solid effort from Alesmith, but I'm not sure they're the best brewery to do Belgian styles. They might be better off sticking to heavy coffee stouts and floral IPAs.

B

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:03:54 | More by kojevergas
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fiver29 for this extra in another Tolkien-level trade. Big dark 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

Gold foil off, cap popped, pour is a dark ruby read with plenty of carbs. Nose is straight outta Belgium, big yeast notes, bubblegum galore (not the dry kind that used to come in baseball cards, either), big dark fruits. This is what a good quad should be when it's aired out.

Decadence 2012 is a sugared slice of the Olde World dropped into an appropriate piece of glassware. Massive sugar cubes "Hit" up front, along with corn-syrup dipped apples, plums, black seedless grapes, & other droppings from Carmen Miranda's headgear. Middle is all comic-wrapped bubblegum. The curtain drops on sweetened raisins & an ass-slap of booziness that sneaks up on a guy. Glad I'm sharing this big guy with my wife. Ah. You know what I mean. Drinks like a session quad.

I don't think I've had a quad in a while, & now I'm wondering why, because this is lighting up the inside of my mouth. Tasty, complex, sweet, what's not to like? Excellent beer. I can't wait to go to Belgium!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:40:11 | More by maximum12
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can find. Not more than a few months old.

A: A nice dark brown/mahogany pour. Enormous fluffy light brown head. Head fades away very slowly, leaving just spotty lacing behind. Quite decent head retention however.

S: Big sweet and boozy dark fruits. Raisin, fig, prunes and plums. Some caramel and brown sugar.

T: Very sweet and smooth dark fruits. Again with the raisin, fig and plums. Get some nice cocoa mixed in with it too. Caramel sweetness throughout, quite a bit of it. Decent bit of belgian yeast spiciness in the middle mixing with brown sugar and fading into the finish. Stomach warming booziness. Lingering caramel sweetness between sips.

M: Heavy, thick, almost syrupy. Big.

O: This is a really nice american style quad. Surprisingly not a huge amount of belgian yeast character. It's mainly just loaded to the hilt with malty sweetness and dark fruits. Very tasty, just huge (750ml of 12% ABV...whew!). I enjoyed it a lot though, one of the better american style quads out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:05:42 | More by Dope
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, dates, figs, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, and other spices, candi sugar, and some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, figs, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, a touch of cocoa, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice balanced Quad. Good complexity and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:02:57 | More by ngeunit1
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep brown color. There is a foamy tan head on top. The retention settles and leaves just a thin ring around the glass. There isn't much lacing either. The smell of the beer is sweet, bready and slightly fruity. The taste is also sweet, there is a lot of candi sugars in this one. The bready flavors and earthy roasted notes go well together. The mouthfeel is heavy, nicely carbonated, it's rich but finishes dry. Overall this is a very nice Quad. Really quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:30:41 | More by Knapp85
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TangTKE402

New York

3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bomber bottle into a tasting glass. Amber brownish red with an ecru head and s touch of lacing.

S: Bright and acidic nose with granny smith apple, crystal malts, and bruit fruit notes.

T: raisins, belgian malts and bread in the mouth, with a tart, molasses aftertaste and hints of anise.

M: lighter than expected, with a syrup finish and hoochy hotness.

O: Strong and flavorful, but would probably benefit from aging.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 03:54:53 | More by TangTKE402
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber/brown with almost three fingers of dense off white foam. Great retention, this is a beautiful beer.

S: Lots of dark fruits - prunes mixed with plums lead to a very fruity, sweet smell. A bit peppery as well with just a hint of orange zest and spices.

T: Smooth, sweet prunes are quite strong in this beer with a hint of sherry oxidation. Nutmeg and a hint of clove.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with smooth, creamy, yet still fairly strong carbonation.

O: This is a great American Quad. Wonderful dark fruits in it. I'd like a bit more brightness with more spice and orange peel, but this is miles ahead of most American Quads, which I generally find far inferior to their Belgian counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:27:02 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Samuel906

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark, a rich dark red. Lots of apple and lemon on the nose with some coriander other herbals and florals. Fantastic taste: cherry, apple, carmel, vanilla, currant, figs, cocoa and vanilla. Very complex, appealing, refreshing flavor. A little too sweet for my preference, but no booze. Great, true to style... One of the better quads I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:43:55 | More by Samuel906
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear and dark with a deep reddish brown hue and a thin light brown cap. Looks nice. Aromas of plums, alcohol, sugar, raisins and figs, mild maltiness, faint bread and banana character with a hint of vanilla. Rich flavour with notes of plums and chocolate, raisins and caramel, mild to moderate bitterness, mellow alcohol, and slight spice in the finish. Light banana and more bread crust as it warmed. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation. Decent texture with just a bit of warmth. It all came together quite nicely, making for an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:30:18 | More by DrJay
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Impfan

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep ruby pour, pillowy, off-white head that dissipates to a lasting ring, Aroma of chocolate, toffee, plum, rum, raisin, clove and Belgian yeast. It’s a beautiful scent, but it could be just a tad more prominent. Flavor mirrors the aroma, (with the addition of pepper) and is extremely elegant and seamless. I think the best compliment I can pay this brew is to say that it reminds me very much of a slightly lighter Westvleteren 12.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 21:55:13 | More by Impfan
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Like all AleSmith offerings, the bottle is an understated piece of art in itself. The beer pours a dark but clear mahogany, capped with a medium-sized off-white head. The head collapses pretty quickly under the weight of the ABV, but leaves pretty good lacing.

Smell: A pretty traditional huge quad nose comes up and hits you right in the… nose. Stone fruits dominate, but cloves and Belgian spices join it, along with bananas.

Taste: The taste follows the nose but develops differently. The stone fruits, which seem to evolve into a combination of plums and cherries, continue at the fore, but they are married nicely with the flavors that were previewed in the nose: black pepper, cloves, raisins and bananas. For a 12% ABV the alcohol is actually pretty well disguised, but it’s sort of like the Miami Heat disguising how big LeBron is; there are a lot of big guys on the court, but he’s still huge.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. For a lot of really big beers like this (quads, big tripels), I love the idea of a little more zip to lighten up the massiveness of the taste. In most cases, though, I think that it’s a necessary tradeoff for the brewer, and I think that’s the case here.

Drinkability: This is an exceptional beer, but as with any Belgian it should not be treated as a toy. Even for an experienced reviewer of Belgian beers, this like a double-barreled blast from a twelve gauge. Approach with (enthusiastic) caution.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:23:01 | More by rdickey
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep auburn, superb clarity, with two fingers of dense, whispy, espresso tan head. Excellent retention and a few swaths of lacing.

S: Malty and fruity esters. Plum, dark cherry, blackcurrant, pepper, dark molasses. Rich aroma but mild.

T: Malty, rich, and boozy, raisin, earth, molasses, with a long, malty finish with a tad residual sugar.

M: Creamy, chewy texture. Medium-full body and medium carbonation, which seems a tad high for the style and gives it a little bite.

O: Tasty and well executed. A rich, moderately boozy quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 06:02:05 | More by pmarlowe
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Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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