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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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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 20
Gots: 48 | FT: 8
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Enish266 on 01-04-2013)
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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

corby112, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of damienblack
4/5  rDev -2.9%

damienblack, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -2.9%

fredmugs, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of EliotTruelove
4/5  rDev -2.9%

EliotTruelove, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of cofeeguru
5/5  rDev +21.4%

cofeeguru, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

srhoadsy, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of jasewaaang
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jasewaaang, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Reggae4203
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Reggae4203, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -9%

thegerm87, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of camartin27
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

camartin27, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -2.9%

funkel81, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of SGToliver
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -2.9%

strongaf, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Piddmeista
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Piddmeista, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -9%

SocalKicks, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a chalice. Pours a deep reddish mahogany w/ a 2-finger khaki head that settles to a thin film. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is big sweet dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toffee, spices.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Toffee, vanilla, prunes and raisins, dark brown sugar. 12% ABV expertly hidden. Nice lingering spicy heat in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium bodied, a little sticky with a semi-dry finish.

Overall an outstanding quad that hits all the right notes. Well done AleSmith.

draheim, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of SShelly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SShelly, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of MarioM
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Poured into Ommegang Stemmed glass

A: Very clear mahogany amber red with a nice tan head made from small to creamy bubbles that lingers with little to no lacing.

S: Dark fruits but mostly brown sugars and slight molasses character.

T: Figs, light chocolate, big dark fruitiness and almost no alcohol character.

M: High carbonation, warm from the high abv but incredibly smooth and dangerously drinkable.

O: A tasty drinkable quad that packs a punch but not as dark and fruity as I was expecting. A great beer, definitely worth the price.

MarioM, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ZEB89, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

e30todamax, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red/amber. Small off white head. Thin collar with no wisps.

Smell - Fruity. Dark fruits. Caramel. A little buttery.

Taste - Dark fruits. Still a little buttery. Yeasty. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with some booze. Low carbonation.

Overall - Disappointing. I usually like this series.

Alieniloquium, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

lupercmda, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -9%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.