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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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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 20
Gots: 46 | FT: 9
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:
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(Beer added by: Enish266 on 01-04-2013)
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -27.2%

12-14-2013 19:25:04 | More by Rhettroactive
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billab914

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27.2%

12-14-2013 19:17:40 | More by billab914
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mjw1200

Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.2%

11-08-2013 16:20:30 | More by mjw1200
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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aliveguy17

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-21-2013 22:20:02 | More by aliveguy17
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

03-24-2013 01:55:31 | More by brez8791
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kennethkearns

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

03-24-2013 22:49:33 | More by kennethkearns
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skunk242

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-11-2013 03:35:29 | More by skunk242
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-14-2013 19:02:47 | More by IrishColonial
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Trilogy31

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-08-2013 00:01:23 | More by Trilogy31
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-12-2014 05:58:59 | More by akttr
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-20-2014 19:42:33 | More by wiltznucs
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-14-2013 19:08:26 | More by siege06nd
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15%

08-19-2014 19:47:29 | More by rab53
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Samuel906

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

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

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

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

04-21-2013 03:03:54 | More by kojevergas
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TangTKE402

New York

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
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HalfFull

California

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
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9%

01-27-2013 19:54:59 | More by jsanford
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SD0430


3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Piddmeista

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-20-2013 05:48:14 | More by Piddmeista
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-20-2013 05:07:20 | More by SocalKicks
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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-18-2013 05:44:17 | More by duff247
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-17-2013 00:33:29 | More by JoeMans
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9%

02-18-2013 19:08:37 | More by DIPAFAN
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Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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