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

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

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 20
Gots: 46 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Enish266 on 01-04-2013)
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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Dope, Apr 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

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.

ehammond1, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2.9%

mdaschaf, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

whatname, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hessian257, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of kennethkearns
3.5/5  rDev -15%

kennethkearns, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

HalfFull, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bunuelian, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of skunk242
3.5/5  rDev -15%

skunk242, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -9%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Beeranator
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Beeranator, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of runner72
4/5  rDev -2.9%

runner72, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of SD0430
3.75/5  rDev -9%

SD0430, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of 1FatJ
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

1FatJ, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

DavoleBomb, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JackNip, Friday at 05:31 PM
Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Zorro, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Timmy13T
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Timmy13T, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

calcnerd, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of rdickey
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

rdickey, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2013
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Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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