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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style DoppelbockAlesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by notchucknorris on 10-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 111
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
10% ABV, "Drink this meal in a glass now or cellar it for years to come." Serve in a goblet at 50-55°, Bottled on 09/16/13

A - AleSmith's 2013 Decadence pours an absolutely gorgeous mahogany-laced amber with a tall light khaki head. Steady retention keeps the pile of foam afloat while a clean glass nabs all the lace it can.

S - Decidedly bready, Decadence's robust aroma smells like a freshly baked loaf of bread with dark fruits throughout. Notes of milk chocolate covered raisin and sticky sweet caramel are pungent and welcome as this lager broods with a robust heartiness.

T - Heavy malt sweetness lays wonderfully on the tongue, coating it with Munich bready characteristics, toast crust, gooey caramel, and toffee shavings with a hint of chocolate covered raisins on the finish.

M - Full bodied heft makes it's way across the tongue and down the throat with sublime smoothness; almost creamy in texture. Doppelbocks are already strong but AleSmith steps it up a few notches, cranking out 10% alcohol in a beer that doesn't display anywhere near that much for a completely perfect, stomach-filling beer, just as the Bavarian monks had intended!

O - AleSmith briefly recaptures how the Bavarian monks who established the doppelbock style coined it "liquid bread" and go on to describe the beer as meal in a glass. A malt-lover's dream come true, the 2013 edition of Decadence certainly is a meal in a glass, brimming with balanced malt sweetness that underscores the rich bready profile the massive amount of malt brings to the table. The clean lager finish and complete absence of alcohol make this an easy-drinking beer for how hefty it is and one that I'm convinced would win over any German doppelbock purist!

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Photo of champ103
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. Not completely opaque, but close. A well formed two finger beige head rises with excellent retention. Plenty of lace.
S: A big, warm toasted malt aroma. Baked bread, and toffee. Dark fruity aromas like raisins and plums. I can plant my nose in the glass all day.
T: Again, big toasted, and bready malts. Certainly sweet malts like toffee, but not nearly as cloying as some American versions can be. Which is really nice. Dark fruits linger with some raisins and plums. Love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Not overly heavy or viscous, which again can be a downfall for some American versions. Ultra smooth. Like silk. This is incredibly inviting drink. A great sipper.

A wonderful version of the style. I love the malt character. Everything is so well rounded and incorporated. Really well done and highly recommended.

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Photo of philbe311
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two fingers worth of late to develop perfectly uniform audibly fizzy khaki colored fluffy frothy goodness.... Good retention gives way to a perfectly even blanket of slightly delicate lacing with a very thin collar... The color is a slightly murky medium brown... A limited bit of sluggish carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass... The aroma is down right heavenly... An unbridled malt bomb... Rich dark breads... Caramel... More rich dark breads... More caramel... Dark fruits... Some faint chocolate notes... The nose is a wonderful indication of what's to come on the palate... The only difference is a slight hint of booziness... Hides the 10% ABV rather well... This is an outstanding world class brew that if you can still find a bottle of is worth every penny you would pay for it... If you can't tell, I absolutely love this beer... I'm a huge fan boy for Alesmith, but this is one of, if not, their best... The best beer I've had in ages...

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Photo of pkalix
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hmm, smells like a lager...
looks like a dopplebock...
creamy little head with some soapiness on the sides. doesn't smell too decadent or outstanding or remarkable in any way. just kind of like a typical commercial dos equis or something.
tastes like a dopplebock, kind of... tastes a bit like a lager. and yes, the doppels are a type of a top-fermented lager, right? pretty easy going down although there is some alcohol presence. some of the sweet caramel-y malts that you normally get in the commercial german brews and just a tad of bitter in the middle.
overall, yeah, it's a decent dopple... taste is a bit similar to an Optimator, when it's said and done and drunk... a little higher powered Optimator, of course... but I think this is a quality brew and when factoring in the 10%, it's a great product.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Had 1 month old bottle.
Nose: Spicy Munich malt, hint of cola.
Pours a dark tea colored amber under a 1" light tan tinted head that slowly dissipates. some light lace, legs
Malty palate with light sweetness that dries by the finish. Hint of cardamom to cola.
Very creamy smooth medium to full body and medium carbonation.
Liquid bread.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 09/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very toasty malt driven aroma with good hints of caramel and chocolate. Toasted malts with upfront hints of biscuit, toasted bread, toffee, caramel, nuts, yeast, and grains along with hints of chocolate and coffee roast. Fruit hints of apple and banana. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, prune, dates, grapes, and plum. Subtle hints of earthy hops linger in the background. A pretty solid lager aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Roasted notes of chocolate and coffee. Fruity notes of banana and apple. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, figs, dates, grapes, prune, and plum. Light notes of earthy hops. A pretty good Doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly sticky. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Doppelbock. Good toasty and nutty malt flavors with a touch of dark fruit.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright, deep mahogany with a thin tan head and no lace.

S - Bready, toffee, sweet, caramel, rum soaked raisins and dark fruit.

T - Toasted bread, caramel, grape nuts, fig, plum, nutty, rum soaked raisins, some candied sweetness and alcohol in the finish.

M - Slightly slick and sticky with low carbonation.

D - Very nice dopplebock. Seems subtle with just the right flavors to make it interesting. Make sure to let it warm up. The dark fruits are tasty.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/16/13

Appearance: Amber red color. Half a finger of head on an aggressive pour with some random lacing left behind. A decent amount of active average carbonation for the style.

Smell: Amber malts, toffee, oak, and molasses on the nose. Mossy hops join the oak and really open up on the body. Bready malts and medium bodied fruits light up on the back end with slight boozy accents really bring an american edge.

Taste: Toffee and molasses sweetness blasts on the palate. Oak and mossy hops are welcome additions on the body. Dark fruits and some lingering malt sweetness mesh well on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Gets a little sugary and boozy but is kept in check for the most part. Carbonation fits.

Overall: Really solid offering from Ale Smith on a style that is rarely done by American breweries. I originally balked at the pricetag, but got it at 50% off so it was a no doubter then. Still drinking awesome, give it a go.

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Photo of Etan
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful glassy reddish black with a moderate beige head.

S: Smells of sticky maple and toffee, plum flesh, cream, nutmeg, brown bread.

T: Taste brings dry caramelized grain, fig, molasses, lightly astringent roasted grain, mild hop bitterness, raisin, a hint of banana-y esters.and booze on the end.

M: Surprisingly light-bodied with low carbonation.

O: A nice doppelbock that hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one!

Poured a dark amber color with a glint of copper in the light. Compact head of foam, a fingers width or so, leaving behind spotty lacing here and there.

Aroma is subdued, light malty with a clean German lager yeast.

Honeyed malt, smooth and lightly toasty, not overly sweet and boozy like so many Doppelbocks. This one is exceedingly smooth and clean, with plenty of malt complexity. Really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing the special beer guys!

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Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottled on 9-18-13, consumed on 11-13-14. I have no reference point for what this is like versus fresh, so keep that in mind.

Poured into a large goblet revealed a dark, cloudy, golden brown color, with an inch of tan foam with quickly fell away. The aroma was ripe with brown sugar, caramel, dark raisins, figs and toffee. The flavor offered much of the same, with a well hidden alcohol content which I did not notice at all. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, with a mildly sweet, perhaps a bit syrupy finish, making this definitely a dessert beer.

Overall I would have to say that most of this is par for the course and while very good for the style, not any kind of revelation. Perhaps the nicest part is that you won't notice the 10% abv after a bit of age on the bottle, so you can enjoy the flavors unmolested by anything unpleasant.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poura a clear, deep mahogany color with a thin tan head. Good lace down the glass.

S: Kind of a mild smell, but I get some fruity esters and some light dark bread notes. Banana, caramel and some roasted malt.

T: Very smooth malty flavor with a hint of nuttiness. Some toasted rye bread, light grape nuts and faint concord grape and banana. Mouthfeel is slick and a touch light. Doesn't show the ABV at all. Very nice.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam a little surprised that Alesmith went with a lager this year...good for them.Pours into a half liter stein a deep garnet color with a billowing light beig head atop that slowly settles into a frothy mass.Sweet doughy aromas with a tinge of iron and toast,flavors of dark fruit and alcohol but with a lager drying effect if you know what I mean,alot of raisin and alcohol in the finish.It's na American style with it's brash booziness but man there is alot of flavor packed in here.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1.5 years old. Picked up in Palm Desert. Both the aroma and taste are quite fruity with semi-rich taste. The fruits are kinda' non-distinct and the high alcohol level is not apparent. Smaller head and somewhat cloudy amber body (towards reds and golds). Nice feel with a bigger than moderate feel, fairly soft, lower carbonation and a bit of slickness.
Just a touch of age on this with some oxidation, more to the better than not.

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Photo of Ri0
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/2013. Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy with heavy malts, burnt caramel, and dark bread. Flavor is very malty and not in a sweet way; very little hops if any remain. A big dark bread taste with some burnt caramel. I wonder how many malts were used in this? Medium feel with lighter carbonation. Enjoyable brew after 3 years.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottled on 9/16/13.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice sugary and fruity aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a transparent deep cherry, brownish color with good carbonation eventhough there was no air or pop to the bottle when it opened. Odd. Anyhow, a dirty white head sits atop, the head retention was pretty good but the lacing was still ok.

S: Nice roasted notes, sugary sweet, like a blend of caramel covered coffee cake and banana bread

T: At first it was a little tame on flavor but as it warmed up it peaed. Initial sweetness upfront with caramel, roasty notes with some nice overrpe banana and bready notes. A good bit of residual sweetness and heat as well.

M: Pretty full and sticky at times, really coats the mouth and clings to the palate but not overly cloying or syrupy.

O: Initially I was not a fan but as I progressed through the beer it grew on me. At room temp it opened up quite well

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Photo of Vixie
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice red color with a large creamy tan head. Pour this one snlowly, as the head stays around for a bit.

Smells very malty, with hints of caramel and chocolate.

Starts out on the sweet side, caramel, toffee, and chocolate come to mind. There are hints of coffee as well, leaving a slightly bitter finish that doesn't linger too long.

The feel seemed just a bit thin to me, but does have a nice smoothness to it.

I am not real familiar with this style, but I liked this beer. Has a nice flavor profile to it, there's a lot going on here, although it does tend towards the sweet side. One word of caution, the alcohol is very well hidden, not sure I have ever had a beer of this strength that hid it so well. I have become a fan of Alesmith beers, as every one i have had was good, and this continues that feeling.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal-clear, copper-red body topped with a decent, one-finger thick head. Nice doppelbock aroma; malt and molasses, fermented raisins and figs; a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Warm malt flavors; toasted grain; sweet and boozy. Medium-heavy body.

A good example of the doppelbock style. It doesn't set any new precedences in its approach, but it does hit the spot when a dopplebock is what you're in the mood for. It does an excellent job of taming the 10.0% AVV and allows the malt character to shine through.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber with a minimal head that quickly fades. Odor is minimal with a slight malty odor. Taste is very sweet with notes of grape. Boozyness is pretty well concealed with the sugars. Possible dates or plums. Almost tastes more like a quad. I happen to like that style, but I could see someone being bummed with it billed as a "lager". Pours a bit thicker down the throat, again probably because of the sugars. I was happy to have it, but I can't say I will be rushing to buy another bottle, but still, well played.

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark chestnut brown color with dark apricot edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy aroma with chocolate, banana and faint malty sweetness. Pepper and clove followed by caramel, chocolate covered banana and toffee. There's a touch of vinous fruit in there as well.

Medium body with slight creamy texture and a nice balance of earthy spice and chocolate and caramel malt sweetness. Hints of clove and ground pepper with faint piney hop bitterness countered by caramel malt, toffee and chocolate. Bready yeast presence with some banana and bubblegum with a spicy dry finish. Decently balanced and very easy to drink. Subtle alcohol heat in the finish but overall the 10% ABV is very well masked. Not overly complex but this is another enjoyable beer from AleSmith.

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Photo of Tinfang
2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not to be drunk too cold, otherwise the overwhelming impression will be "Alcohol!"and not much else.

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint. Not much head, some retention.

No aroma, consistent with not much flavor.

Flavor of dark roast malt, little hops, overall watered down by the increased alcohol even when allowed to warm.

I like this style, and this is reasonably true to it, but I prefer the full flavor of a traditional doppelbock, e.g. Ayinger or Weihenstepaner.

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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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