Decadence | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by NeroFiddled on 07-06-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by cheers2beers:
Photo of cheers2beers
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved this in the Double Trouble BIF around Nov. 06. Served into a tall wiezen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a dark shady orange/ light brown hue. I had to agressively coax the head to get the roughly one inch and bright white head that I got. A few columns of beading can be found within the glass as well.

Smell: MMMmmm...Strong aromas of mixed fruits, nuttiness, mellow hops, a sweet blend of malt bill and an alcohol potency that seems to take of these characters and spin them around to create this aromatic therapy.

Taste: Wow, the taste is crazy as well! Strong, almost overwelming , sweet fruity honey-glazed malts hit you followed by a strong unmistakeable 13% abv. Lots of Christmasy spices in here as well. If this used to have hops in it, its hard to tell.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied lowto medium amounts of carbonation. Sticky, long abrassive alcohol fumes linger within the tongue region. This beer also leaves a sticky film left inside my mouth.

Drinkability: I would have liked to taste this one fresh, perhaps it was much more balanced than it seems today but nonetheless it still tastes great, to date. The sweetness would become very cloying for sure if had the opportunity to have more.


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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that's been lurking in my cellar. Got a 22oz bomber as a trade extra recently so I figured I'd open this one to see how it is doing.

Pours into my glass a deep ruby red with minimal khaki head on top, but I figured as much due to the abv. Quite a few particles in suspension here but it's not uncommon after aging this long. Aromas start with sweet, fruity malts bathed in a deep floral honey that really shines through. Spiciness abounds with hard candy and ginger undertones. A bit medicinal even. Ripe plums and fruit cake. Interesting.

First sip brings big sweet maltiness quickly smacked down by huge spice flavors and caramel. Cardamom becomes evident in the flavor even though I didn't initially realize it before looking at the description on Weyerbacher's website. Lots of dark fruit flavors and floral honey mix in with plum coming to mind most. Flows down with a medicinal, candy like finish. Alcohol heats up the throat as well.

Mouthfeel is dense and slick with a syrupy quality to it. Mellow carbonation. This brew is not messing around and with the abv it's a sipper. Overall, I found this one big but tasty at the same time...a bit too sweet for me so I'll probably need someone to help share the bomber. I always enjoy a new Weyerbacher brew and this is a good sipper. Thanks to mikey711 for the bomber.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. It's a russet brown in the glass with a foamy head that skated to the edge in a bit. The Decadence isn't as heavy as various descriptions would lead one to believe. It's a serious beer though; toward a barleywine in flavor and aroma, very malty and with an alcohol tang in the finish. I know I'm loaded but it doesn't seem like 13% (maybe 12.3%).

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Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours a glowing reddish golden honey color, minor white head, and just a tad of fine lacing. alcohol and ripe fruit on the nose. This a stunningly strong and smooth brew. Lots of honey, figs, rum,oaky vanilla, major league comlexity, alcohol obviously present but will subdued and in the background. Quite warming, world class sipper. I imagine this also would age very well, I just dont have that kind of patience.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a real dark copper color w/ a full finger and a half of off white head...sticks around for a bit and has some lace.
Aroma is very nice...boatload of sweet malt and a few spices thrown it. As w/ any 13%, the alcohol is detected w/ a lingering nose.
Taste is more of the honey than I was expecting from the nose...cloves and allspice w/ some citrus hops as well.
Alcohol is more of a warming factor at this point...not affecting the drinkability. Then again, I can seriously feel the 10oz. I have already enjoyed...I'll take this as a good thing...I'm home.
Mouthfeel is where this one shines...medium bodied and the carbonation is where I prefer it to be...attractive bitter finish too.
I will need to pick another up and see how it ages...
A real nice beer w/ an excellent message/dedication by Dan & Crew to all of their fans...proud to be one of them.

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Photo of kpantz
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: I've had this one several times - just haven't had a chance to review it until now. After having this now, I do believe I liked this much more about a year ago. Still interesting and a good sipper, especially after it warms up.

Appearance: Cloudy copper/mahogany pour into my snifter with essentially no head.

Smell: Floral and spicy with a distinct whiff of pepper. Minor sweetness present as well, but it takes a back seat.

Taste: Sweet at the outset - a bit of caramel and honey, sweeter than the nose would indicate. Clove, cinnamon, pepper, herbals and alcohol follow and both linger, intertwining pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Very low on the carbonation...almost flat. Will need to open the bomber I have in the basement (bought at a different location) to see if it's pervasive. Heavy, sticky and a little syrupy. Pretty nice, actually. Would prefer a little more fizz, however.

Drinkability: Well, it's complex, so I'll give it points for being interesting. At 13% ABV, it's not a session beer - that's for sure. Drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep auburn copper color with a crystal clear body. The carbonation is a slow big bubble flow that keeps the thin off-white head around a bit after the pour.

S- This beer has a warm alcohol nose mixed with cinnamon and ginger heat and a hint of slightly toasted malt.

T- This beer has a young hot bite with a cinnamon, ginger spice blend. The spices are well balanced but the stick out a bit over the slightly toasted malt. The finish has a bitter note that combines with a carbonic bite. There is a slight sweetness in the malt flavor that is a little thick at times.

M- This has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight fizz texture and some good alcohol warmth.

D- I think this beer is very young and a few years could do it some good. The alcohol is hot and there is a sweetness that makes it a little light cough syrup in the taste. The spices are well blended but a bit strong. Lots of great potential just opened a little to early.

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Photo of pwoods
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing during the super bowl.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with little head. No retention or lacing.

S: Lots of spices. Chocolate and mint, smells like a Ande's candy. Some malts sweetness.

T/M: More of the spices and chocolate and mint. Some sweetness but not too much. Blends well together. Still some alcohol flavor but nicely mellowed, no real heat. Body is medium full with mild carbonation.

D: For 13%, this is damn drinkable.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark amber with a small head that melts to nothing very quickly.
Aroma is first strong alcohol then dark candied fruits and lots of honey.
Taste is sweet prunes, raisins, candied fruit, oranges, honey, and then heavy strong alcohol. Keep looking and you will find Cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, pepper, and other spices hidden in there.
Alcohol taste and smell could mellow over time but seriously, this is a wonderfully sweet and powerful beer as it is now...TODAY.
Aftertaste is sweet with a very pleasant alcohol burn spreading throughout the throat...chest...and belly.
Nice...decadent....warming and comforting.
Nice beer to curl around and find sweet dreams and gently sleep at the end of the evening.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of asabreed
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well hello there, Decadence, I'm glad you're joining me at my table. I'd also like to say, due to my recent undying love for their bigger beers aged in oak barrels, that I bought 3 on general principle: 2 to lay down, and 1 to drink, which is sitting in a pint glass near me as I speak. Pour from a 12 oz. bottle, purchased for $3.80 at River City Cellars in Richmond.

Appearance: Obviously with a beer this strong, the appearance isn't going to be astounding as far as head and lacing. But the color is an dark amber / orange hue, and it's quite nice. And still I see some ever-so-slight lacing bobbing like lazy fish on the out edge of the rim.

Smell: Holy Good God this is complex. Cloves. Cinnamon. Honey. Pumpkin Pie (and pumpkin meat). Pepper. Nutmeg. Raisins. Vanilla. Gingerbread. Tons of malt. Some slight yeast. The faintest of hops. Beautifully complex and fragrant. A brew for the holidays surely. Get in there while it's warming and from the beginning, because it's a treat for the senses.

Taste: For as young as this guy is, and for the complexity and the high ABV, the taste is very nice. Immediate honey and sugar hit the tongue. While the spices and things like cinnamon, nutmeg, and gingerbread come on strongly. Then a slight hop presence somehow lingers at the end and even through the aftertaste to keep its place on the tongue. You know how barley wines can somehow -- if very green -- start malty and then swarm into extreme hop bitterness? Well, this is almost the opposite, though much more welcoming than those green barley wines (many of which are hanging out in the cool darkness of my basement in Pennsylvania right now). Very nice, very original, and very complex.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation could be up a bit more I first thought, but toward the beginning of the swallow and through the end it makes itself known. Not only that, but much more carbonation and you'd lose the chewy feel and thickness of the body all over the tongue.

Drinkability: For special occasions, though this I imagine won't last long. I may purchase a case if I can find one, as this will be able to lie down for a long time (and I can't wait to see what happens when that long time ceases).

Bravo, Weyerbacher, on 10 years, and your fabulous beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher's Decadence is like a clown-car packed full of bozos speeding down a winding country road at night... it's fun, it's scary, it's dangerous, and you never know what turn is just down the road or which way it'll go next!

On tap at Monk's in Philadelphia, it's delivered in a goblet with a hazy crimson-orange body beneath a short and creamy yellowish head that drops readily to an average collar. Halfway through the glass it becomes brighter (as in clarity and shade) because more light is allowed to pass through the top (with the head completely gone and less liquid in the glass), and it glows a devilishly fire-red.

The nose is enticing with notes of orange and coriander over a delicately sweet malt.

In the mouth, it's full bodied and dextrinously smooth with a mild, very fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation.

In the flavor, big spice jumps out at you right from the get-go, yet it still remains subdued enough that you can enjoy it. It's not cloying and it never builds on the palate. Each sip, at least at the outset, brings a new surprise, be it a newly noticed spice, part of its fruitiness, or some malt. There are notes of coriander, nutmeg, ginger, anise, cardamom (cola), oranges, apples, cherries, lemon zest, fruit syrup, candy sugar, toffee, caramel, a light dust of cocoa, and some leafy and grassy hops. There's more maltiness to it just as it crosses the middle of the palate, but after that the spices kick in on the tongue (but never get out of hand! Amazing!). The bitterness is kept in check, and it's nicely balanced. The alcohol is surprisingly well-cloaked at the outset (covered by its spice), but it does become more apparent as it warms.

I was initially somewhat confused about this beer (I guess I was expecting something else), and I didn't really find it overly exciting. But in subsequent glasses where I've given it more attention and let it warm a bit, I've really grown to love it! It's definitely creative, and the spicing is wonderful. Maybe it's a guilty pleasure, maybe not.... but it's definitely unique. It's definitely worth trying if you like spiced beers; and it would make a beautiful complimentary beer at the Thanksgiving dinner table! Kudos!!!

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Photo of dirtylou
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz single, received in the No BS Bif beta from BeerBeing

appearance: poured into a chalice...clear amber body with a light beige head and very little retention...decent frothy lacing

smell: huge spiced nose...lots of honey, big boozy brandy aroma, a bit medicinal, loads of cinnamon, ginger

taste: interesting but not my cup of teat at all really...its really medicinal to me (read: dayquil), strong cinnamon, very boozy with a lingering aftertaste, strong honey, lots of ginger-spice. I'll find a way to put this down, but its not going to be easy for me

mouthfeel: smooth medium-full body, very coating, strong boozy-cinnamon (read: aftershock)

drinkability: tough for me

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Photo of beerluvr
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass with large dark ivory head. Clear medium dark amber colored liquid with a restrained carbonation. Sweet and heavy malt nose, spices and cookie dough noted. The taste is very complex: alcohol, more spice, lots of hop bitterness, and honey. The finish is very long and warming thanks to the high alcohol content. I'd like to find another bottle or two for extended cellaring.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmwilson76
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stubbie1
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber with a hint of orange, fast retreating tan head left so fast, I almost missed it. No lacing either.

Ar. Sweet, spices, fruit, maybe a twinge of vanilla and of course alcohol are present. The sweetness reminds me of honey.

T: A very sweet start that is side swiped mid way by the alcohol. Tones of spice come in and again the ever present alcohol.

M/D Sticky and smooth in the mouth. Not overly carbonated. Drinkability is fair. This is a bit ruff now. I’m hoping it will age better.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like the color of a rusty nail, with a thin circlet of lace.

Smell: Quite vinious, clover honey, spices (rosemary predominantly), an alcohol finish that, all mixed in together, smelled like a bad perm. Weird, but I liked it.

Taste: Rich and spicy, it reminded me of Fantome Strange Ghost with that "let's empty out the spice rack and see what happens" attitude. Aftertaste is malty sweet. Interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am drinking a 22 oz bottle poured into the Chimay goblet. The ale is chilled but warming.

Appearance: The ale is deep orange-red in color, looking like a quad. It poured with little head and there is no residual lace to be seen.

Smell: The ale has a strong spiced aroma. The foremost spice is cardamum, I think. The smell is very similar to Unibroue Edition 2004.

Taste: The spice presence is formidble in the taste as well as in the smell. The only drawback is that those spices are overpowered by the high abv of 13%. The alcohol is so strong as to distract from the flavor of the ale.

Mouthfeel: The spices and character of the ale sit nicely on the palate, the only drawback again being the abv.

Drinkability: In small doses, it is drinkable. And certainly don't try to get behind the wheel after having it.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber. Poured a dirty orange-ish copper with a bit of a light tan head. Smelled immediately like a jar of honey overdosed with pie spices, mainly nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. I became immediately wary and with good cause. Taste was nearly identical to its smell. All honey and pie spice–and too much of each. Thick and syrupy. Seriously cloying. It was tough for me to get through just a glass. Luckily, I was sharing the bottle with a friend. Weyerbacher's offerings are hit or miss and this one missed full-on. Yuck.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.45/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong malt with something very sweet and a mix of spices that probably include some cinnamon. Taste is incredibly sweet with what seems like a jar of honey that has been dropped in here, cinnamon and finally some hops that try to emerge from this strange concoction. Body is as full as it can get and alcohol is definitely detectable. I read lots of comments on how this beer should be cellar and even after a couple of months, this is still very hot and not that enjoyable and makes me wonder how many months/years will it take to tone it down.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz received as an extra in trade with an overly generous DIM.. Shared with my brother... mine from my New Belgium tulip.

13%... not expecting alot of head.. mine is clear dark orangey amber.. Steven got the yeast.

Aroma is huge cardamom and maybe touches of sweet orange peel... Steven says it smells like rummy apple cider... big notes of spicy alcohol.

Flavor is better than the aroma.. big spicy with sweet cider notes.. cardamom and to a lesser degree cinnamon... some orangey notes.. not of the citrus hop variety.. more of an orange spicy.. definitely reminds me of a HUGE winter warmer. Thick and sweet.. a ton of alcohol in the finish.. very warming...

Mouthfeel is very viscous but the alcohol makes for a slippery roll off your tongue finish... very little carbonation ... very very warming... at this point, the Decadence is a dedicated sipper not for the faint of heart... reminiscent of Captain Morgans

Gotta wrap this one up.. not much else to say.. I am not sure that cellaring has done this one much good. I had a Decadence a couple years ago and I remember liking it alot more.. but.. this one just seems to have waaay to much alcohol.

Big props to DIM.. Dan great beer.. just not 3 years after brewing... Thanks again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown, nearly black with a large tan head of about two inches in height that took forever to settle down and left behind tons of side glass lace that really just thickened up as you went and coated the whole glass.

The aroma was rich with chocolate and roasted malts. Big notes here of cocoa and molasses, hints of smoked malts and a touch of earthy hops. The flavor was more of the same. There was an initial shock wave of chocolate and roasted malts, some light smoked notes that started to come through as well. Almost a hint of bourbon as it warmed and the mid palate took over. This warmed into a light burnt caramel like flavor that soon rolled over into a long, sweet finish that left the lasting flavor of vanilla and coffee on the tongue. The carbonation was just about right on this one, rich, subtle, and never dull or slick.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting brew from the folks at Weyerbacher to celebrate their tenth anniversary (congratulations, by the way).

Decadence pours a nice looking deep amber colour with a somewhat chunky tan head that leaves surprisingly little residue on the glass.

The aroma is a plethora of honey, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, as well as some wood and dirty earth. It is complex and well done overall, and sort of reminded me of a cross between a fall pumpkin seasonal and a hearty winter ale.

The flavour is a nice mixture of the aromas mentioned above, however, alcohol flavour and warmth dominates a bit too much and often masks these great spicy and sweet flavours with a medicinal flavour and a burning mouthfeel that, while not ruining the beer, certainly drag it down a notch.

If the alcohol levels in this brew were lowered it'd move from being a solidly good brew to a world class, uber-tasty one. It was, for me, the one and only complaint, if you will, about this brew.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber that I had been saving for a couple months for a worthy occasion--finished a big project at work, time to break out the big beer. Pours a dark reddish amber, quite bright and clear when held up to the light, the scantest of heads upon the initial pour, and some thin spotty lacing. I've been drinking a lot of pumpkin beers recently, especially smuttynose, and this smells a lot like that--cinammon, nutmeg, allspice,--but there's some other spices in there too that I can't put my finger on. Taste is an extremely sweet honeylike malt upfront, giving way to vanilla, orange, and plum overlaid with the same spices from the nose, and a finish which definitely tastes of alcohol, although with the spicey and honey aftertaste its a very good finish despite this. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very nice. I really liked this beer--and the name is quite fitting. Decadently spiced and decadently sweet, these two components meld together into a suprisingly drinkable high ABV brew. Another great big beer from Weyerbacher.

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Decadence from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 135 ratings