Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA
Clear but very dark ruby and brown with a small dark brown head. This beer doesn't have the creamy persistence and body of a more traditional Belgian quadrupel, but it's still a pretty beer by any degree of measure.
Lots of dark fruit character in the aroma: plum, Belgian-style yeast, brown bread, and generous caramel/bready sweetness. Appropriate, though it doesn't stack up with the bold expressiveness of Belgian's best offerings within the style.
The flavor is similar to the style: Belgian yeast (banana), dark fruits (plums, and sun-dried cherries, and raisins), and sweet fruit cake and bread. Very nice. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.
This is where quads separate themselves from the men from the boys, so to speak, and this is still very American/boy as opposed to Belgian: Trappist/man. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
A great American quad, and I can't wait to sample the eventual barrel-aged version. This is a very, very good beer, but I happen to rate quadrupels very stringently.
02-01-2013 05:21:46 | More by ehammond1
3.08/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
08-06-2013 01:46:19 | More by Alieniloquium
3.75/5 rDev -9%
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.
02-11-2014 03:51:02 | More by HalfFull
4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into a goblet.
4.0 A: Clear deep amber mahogany color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy beige head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.
4.25 S: Doesn't smell at all like a Belgian quad in that there's no earthy tones, but it still smells great. Intense caramel, plum, fig, and vinous grapiness. Raisin, toastiness, dates, candi sugar, tobacco, and brown sugar next. Toffee and booze underneath that. Great complexity with surprising strength. The aromas haven't quite merged into a seemless integrated nose, but it's still exceedingly fulfilling.
4.25 T: Taste is exactly like the nose. Lacking in integration and earthy authenticism, but plenty complex and super potent. Plum, fig, and grape again lead the way. Caramel loses a bit of strength and joins the ranks of raisin, toastiness, dates, and brown sugar. Tobacco, candi sugar, and toffee. Tastes like it's ABV, but it isn't overbearing. Overall, quite enjoyable.
3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which is spritzy but could be more so. Smooth enough. Good here.
4.0 D: Tasty brew that is good all around.
02-02-2013 03:40:13 | More by DavoleBomb
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Deeply brown colored clear ale with a small khaki colored head.
Smell is sweet and spicy with a strong plum aroma. Little bit of banana and pound cake aroma. Vanilla and caramel. Quite a nicely scented beer.
Starts out sweet and fruity with a plum and banana after taste. On the sweet side you can detect the alcohol level a little by how it numbs the tongue but not any actual ethanol flavor. Some pound cake flavor. What stands out here isn't the complexity, it is how well it all works together. Simply a delicious beer.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall and outstanding beer. This is well worth its price of $14 for a 750 ML bottle.
02-05-2013 01:52:04 | More by Zorro
4.59/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
03-02-2013 02:23:01 | More by rdickey
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
05-15-2013 16:55:49 | More by SebD
3.74/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
03-31-2013 03:54:53 | More by TangTKE402
Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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