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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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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 168
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 17
Gots: 49 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Enish266 on 01-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 168
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (754 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (353 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (556 characters)

Photo of Impfan
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (436 characters)

Photo of rdickey
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,456 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (560 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (757 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Enish266
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (630 characters)

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