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Decadence 2015 Belgian-Style Amber | AleSmith Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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65 Ratings
Decadence 2015 Belgian-Style AmberDecadence 2015 Belgian-Style Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the spirit of traditional Belgian brewing we've departed from style-constraints to bring you a fresh take on the popular European style, the Belgian Amber. This big, complex, amber-hued ale was brewed with a substantial amount of Belgian and European malts that complement the spiciness imparted by Belgian abbey yeast. The result is a perfect balance between rich, toasty maltiness, Belgian Candi sugar and the light, floral profile of European hops. Enjoy this hearty Belgian-inspired brew now or age at a cool temperature to increase its complexities.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
65
pDev:
7.27%
 
 
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1
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Photo of ummswimmin
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of khoff5
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 1 pint 9.4 fl oz foiled bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy amber colour with a one finger off white head with an orange tinge that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Malty, candi sugar, caramel, brown sugar and toffee, with a hint of clove, banana and apple juice.

Taste: Toasted, lightly sweet, caramel with hints of clove, banana, alcohol and apple juice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Deep amber, sienna pour with thin head.

S - Bready malts, juicy citrus.

T - Orange scented caramels, creamy malt, candy sugar.

F - Creamy with thinning alcohol at the back. Alcohols are well hidden.

Flavorful and complex, incredibly creamy, if you can find it...get it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @Josholson666 in NBS BIF #4
2015 vintage at 42 degrees, allowed to warm to 50 degrees, and served in the closest thing I have to a chalice, opens with a slight hiss
Aroma – sweet, toffee
Head large (Maximum six cm, semi-aggressive pour), light tan, dense froth, diminishing to a three mm ring and layer
Lacing - none
Body – amber, muddy with tons of suspended bubbles
Flavor – sweet but not cloying, toffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

A very drinkable brew, lightly sweet, and no trace of the alcohol in smell or taste and no alcohol after burn. Without reading the bottle, I’d never have guessed that it was 10 % ABV. It loses some points for lack of lacing, but overall quite good.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the list of the "1001 Beers To Taste", Decadence anniversary ale probably cannot be found in Illinois. I did find it in the Bay Area and brought it home to share.

Since this Big Beer won't come around again soon, if ever, I'll keep my comments short; hoping they can tweak the recipe and brew a better rendition regularly. The malts and hops are well-balanced. What Alesmith -- and most American crafters -- are more likely to have trouble with is getting and keeping a recognizably distinct yeast strain for their Belgians. Recognizing this happens more through intuition than analysis or description... for brewer and taster. Fortunately, the consistently distinct Belgian yeast is learnable through practice.

So Alesmith, practice those Belgians enough so we can buy it in Chicago !

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3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $13.99.

Beer poured amber with a decent white head that is barely hanging on.

Nose is fruity esters, very nice.

Taste is pears and apples on toast. No alcohol presence at all. Nice mellow fruit after taste.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a delicious beer that I suspect has had time to age at warehouse/room temperature. The maturation has been beneficial. Pick this up if you are a fan of the style, you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wer34truh
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml
Gold Foil/Capped

Been Awhile!

Poured into a chalice a slightly cloudy golden amberish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some banana/clove notes, slightly spicy. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, very nice touch of banana/clove, slight spice. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Hope to see all other new releases here in GJ.

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3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed. Complex and yummy. Yeast floating throughout, taste explodes upon the palette. ABV is hidden so well it's a bit scary. I try a new beer likely once a week. This is my favorite choice so far in 2016. Happy Aniversary AleSmith!

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Decadence 2015 Belgian-Style Amber from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 65 ratings