Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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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
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-17-2013 00:30:18 | More by DrJay
4.78/5 rDev +16%
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.
03-02-2013 21:55:13 | More by Impfan
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
District of Columbia
4.29/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-01-2013 06:02:05 | More by pmarlowe
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
A - Cola brown, light tan head leaves quick, small spotty lace.
S - Toasty malt, sweet, boozy, some dark cooked fruit aspect.
T - Lush fruity center, malty, boozy, fair amount of bitter to prevent cloy.
M - Heavier bodied, viscous, good carbonation, good balance.
D - Nice offering. Very big on flavor and abv, however. Bought a grumbler (32oz growler) and that will be more than enough for one night.
02-28-2013 04:22:11 | More by srandycarter
Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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