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

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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:
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(Beer added by: Enish266 on 01-04-2013)
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Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

srandycarter, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of aliveguy17
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

aliveguy17, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev -9%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of djaeon
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

djaeon, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DangerDawg, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Nightrain87, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of skunk242
3.5/5  rDev -15%

skunk242, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Joshpu
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Joshpu, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Trilogy31, Feb 08, 2013
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 barleywinefiend
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

barleywinefiend, Feb 02, 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 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 jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -9%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

drewone, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

tbeq00, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of hpthebull
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

hpthebull, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Enish266
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Enish266, Jan 04, 2013
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Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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