Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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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
4.11/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Poured into my Sound Brewing goblet a nice purplish color with good carbonation yielding a frothy tan cap which resedes leaving behind some moderate lacing
S: The nose is greeted with big plums, purple grapes, some raisins and a big sweet sugary element. A whiff of spice also noted
T: Big plum, raisin,dark cherries, purple grape presence upfront which sordove transits ino a light spice sweetness with dark fruits still int he background. I pick up a little husk, light booze sting with a warming presence. The finish is sweet, a tad spicey, sticky.
M: Robust bodied, medium carbonation, a filling mouthfeel from loads of flavor.The palate detects some fading chocolate as it rolls across and sits on the tongue.
O: Good representation of the style
02-02-2013 13:19:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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
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
4.23/5 rDev +2.7%
On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.
Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and a distinct banana-like fruity aroma. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.
01-21-2013 20:07:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.23/5 rDev +2.7%
On tap at Alesmith. Reviewed from a couple tasters.
A - deep copper with minimal lacing.
S - sweet raisins. Nose is present and not overpowering. Hints of malt and toffee.
T - ripe cherry and dates. Bready notes and brown sugar dominate the middle palate. Alcohol is well-hidden and only comes through at the very end. Esters and cloves hide nicely in the background. Finishes clean and immensely quaffable for 12% abv.
M - light to medium carbonation. A little on the thin side but still coats the mouth and lingers for a few seconds.
O - A tasty brew and definitely one of the better American quads I've sampled.
01-04-2013 00:45:25 | More by Enish266
Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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