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Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.13/5
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182 Ratings
Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple AleAlesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Enish266 on 01-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
38
Ratings:
182
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 38
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red/amber. Small off white head. Thin collar with no wisps.

Smell - Fruity. Dark fruits. Caramel. A little buttery.

Taste - Dark fruits. Still a little buttery. Yeasty. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with some booze. Low carbonation.

Overall - Disappointing. I usually like this series.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Samuel906
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark, a rich dark red. Lots of apple and lemon on the nose with some coriander other herbals and florals. Fantastic taste: cherry, apple, carmel, vanilla, currant, figs, cocoa and vanilla. Very complex, appealing, refreshing flavor. A little too sweet for my preference, but no booze. Great, true to style... One of the better quads I've had.

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3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired for $13.99 at a local SoCal beer store. Really excited; I love Alesmith. 12% ABV confirmed. Decadence 2012 Anniversary Ale. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz black glass bottle with foiled-over standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip (sorry, Alesmith, I don't have a goblet here) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. No best before or bottled on date, but the label does note that it will age nicely.

"Serve in a goblet at 50-55 degrees." Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and very good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a luxurious dark ruby. Very rich and refined. Semitransparent. Somewhat translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing for a quad, but I have seen better. I'm extremely excited to try it.

Sm: Lovely dates and plums. Dark fruit is a highlight here. A bit of grape and fig. Ripe red apple. Caramel malty sweetness. Belgian yeast with accompanying slight spicy notes. Some raisin. Bready malts. Candied fruit. Appealing and inviting. No alcohol is detectable. It's not as natural as some of the best quads I've had, but it's quite nice. A mild strength aroma with interesting subtlety and complexity. I can't wait to try it.

T: Ripe dark plum. Light red apple. Some fig/dates. Plump dark fruit. Caramel malts. Biscuit malt. Pleasant sweetness in the body. I look for cloves and molasses, but do not find these notes. Light raisin/dried grape. A bit of alcohol does come through. All around, it's a rather fruity beer. The balance isn't ideal; Belgian examples of the style feel more cohesive and whole than this does. Hints of anise. Bready malts. Prune. Light sherry syrup. Built well, with complexity and some subtlety. But great beers in the style are far more complex and subtle. Plus they have better balance. This is tasty, but it just can't compete. I will say it's one of the better American attempts at the style that I've had.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness, though it is a bit syrupy. Full body. Well done, but not without its flaws. There's room for improvement here. Sticky.

Dr: A drinkable quad that hides its ABV only decently. I'd try a smaller amount if it had some age on it. This is so clinical and brewed with modern American methods; it just can't match Belgian examples of the style. Overall, it just lacks the intentionality and cohesion demanded by the style. Sure, it's got many great notes, but it doesn't bring them together in a holistic way. It's a solid effort from Alesmith, but I'm not sure they're the best brewery to do Belgian styles. They might be better off sticking to heavy coffee stouts and floral IPAs.

B

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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bomber bottle into a tasting glass. Amber brownish red with an ecru head and s touch of lacing.

S: Bright and acidic nose with granny smith apple, crystal malts, and bruit fruit notes.

T: raisins, belgian malts and bread in the mouth, with a tart, molasses aftertaste and hints of anise.

M: lighter than expected, with a syrup finish and hoochy hotness.

O: Strong and flavorful, but would probably benefit from aging.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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