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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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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Enish266 on 01-04-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

monitorpop, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of TangTKE402
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.

TangTKE402, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

retry4z, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

kennethkearns, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

brez8791, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Samuel906
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.

Samuel906, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

shehateme, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

AOShabaz, Mar 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

zoober911, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Hessian257, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

brotherloco, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Mar 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

heavenlyStash, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

KidsDoc, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Beer365, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

EricTheRed, Mar 08, 2013
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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.

Impfan, Mar 02, 2013
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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.

rdickey, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

wattershed, Mar 01, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

pmarlowe, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

KiMiRaiK, Mar 01, 2013
Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.