Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, biscuit, pear, apple, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light chocolate, biscuit, candi sugar, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt and fruit/spicy yeast ester flavors; with an amazing malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 04:05:12 | More by superspak
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draft at AleSmith. March, 2013.
Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly spicy, vinous dark fruit aroma with a subtle pepper presence along with grape, raisin, fig and plum. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but it's kept in check. Smells a bit overly spicy with sweet malt and dark fruit.
Medium bodied with a slight medicinal presence that's stronger than the nose suggests. Somewhat chalky with a touch of spicy pepper but the flavor is dominated by Belgian candy sugar, sweet malt and vinous dark fruit notes, notably plum, raisin and fig. Goes down way to easy for 12%. Very subtle warmth and little to no heat/booze.
Serving type: on-tap
10-08-2013 00:02:35 | More by corby112
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Served chilled into a snifter.
Pours a deep rich sable color with half an inch light tan head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.
Aromas are somewhat subdued; caramelized sugars, dried fruits with a hint of grape must.
The flavors definitely outshine the aromas. Strong flavors of molasses, dried fruit and black cherries. Hints of vanilla and oak.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet but crisp finish. Mild, lingering aftertaste and warming sensation .
Another winner from Alesmith. Very impressed with this beer, would make an excellent Winter Warmer. I wish I had another one to cellar for another year or two.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 22:47:33 | More by srhoadsy
4.04/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Pours a rich and beautiful mahogany color with some midl amber hues and a gorgeous slightly translucent ruby/garnet color. There is a nice dense and creamy off-white ecru colored head that is sticky and has some great retention. As it recedes it leaves some mild sticky lacing along the sides of the glass and the head goes down to a nice thin mat.
Aroma is delicious. Mild notes of molasses. Some good caramel notes mixed in with ripened dark fruit such as raisins. Some nice clove notes and some banana as well.
The flavor is also delicious. Well crafted. There is a delicious sweet ripe banana note that is present as well with some stronger more prevalent molasses notes coming along the middle of the brew. Great notes of banana and some slightly fruity and mild chalky yeast notes. Fresh baked bread notes are perceived along the middle of the brew. There is some mild boozy heat but its not too intense and works well with the bready notes. As the brew warms there are some nice hints of semi-sweet cocoa notes and some slight bitter roast in the finish mixed in with the sweetness. The body is nice and full. Silky, velvety and smooth with a lower bit of carbonation and smaller bubbles that still clean the palette after every sip.
Overall, always impressed by AleSmith. this brew has an awesome body and mouthfeel that works perfectly with the layered and well blended flavors. This is a very good example of the style that seems to stick to traditional norms but shines. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2013 01:07:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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