Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
AleSmith Brewing Company

Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple AleDecadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
12%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.41%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
183
From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  19
Gots
  47
SCORE
91
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Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple AleDecadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 183 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped 750 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass. Pours a deep brown with crimson highlights and an inch of tan foam. Quite clear and with decent retention and light lace.

Aroma of caramel, bit of chocolate and some hints of barleywine like ethanol notes when initially opened and rather cold. Garners a bit more complexity with some warming but still a bit one sided for the style. Bit of rummy fruit and spice come forth with warming and convey to the taste as well. Dark cherry is prominent on the finish and accompanied by a lingering chocolate spice, even without any notable chocolate malt notes prior to the finish.

Feel is a bit viscous and oily with lots of caramel and not so much with chocolate and roast. ABV is hidden behind the sweetness fairly well as might be expected given the feel. Overall nice but not my fav. Still improving with warming however, think I'll check back after the other half of the bottle tomorrow. This beer really seems to peak at about 60 degrees F. so plan accordingly. Cheers.

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Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 183 ratings