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 by JoEBoBpr:
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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really an outstanding American quad. this gem pours a lighter sort of indian brown color with that low red glow and a good bit of haze. the head is big bubbles, looks like oatmeal in color and texture, and has pretty good retention. I smell dried cherries, bourbon, cigar smoke, toffee, and burning but not yet black toast. the complexity in both the aroma and flavor is impressive. interestingly the first thing I taste is the yeast, which is quintessentially Belgian, strong and active, dominating all the candy sugar that must have been added to this. some light dried fruit notes before the vanilla and char take over, really nice flavor journey from start to finish on this. I like the feel a lot for a quad, not all huge and syrupy but well carbonated and a little lighter than the standard in terms of body. it allows the flavors to shine and not get heavy. the alcohol too is rather well disguised, but this will sneak up on you, definitely a bottle to share. I would drink a lot more quads if they had the mouthfeel of this one. thanks to claystation for making this one possible, he is new to BA, but certainly not new to beer. many thanks for this exceptional brew that is a difficult score here in Colorado.

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