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

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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
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
50
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 38
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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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Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of impending
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a copper black mahogany, dense frothy light mocha color head recedes slowly leaving much webs that remain the distance.
as if cavern formations

Aroma is deep traditional quad with extra caramel, nearly a caramel bomb to its betterment.
rich & delicious

The flavor too is a caramel explosion, dark fruits covered in a caramel chocolate toffee nugget. Nearly zero bitter. Aftertaste till tomorrow. A full medium bodied slightly cloying, to its betterment, oily mouthfeel.
absolutely delicious
arguably the best american belgian quad
cheers
jd

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Photo of dtivp
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Lucnifter
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jbaakko
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this about 1-2 months ago from Nugganooch and finally cracking it open; thanks Dane! 750ML bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, two inches of light tan head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of raisins, cherries, dark fruits, toasted malts, sugar, yeast, plums, light bananas, bready malts, and light caramel malts. Really nice nose with lots of cherries and dark fruits; sweet, but not overly sweet.

t - Tastes of raisins, dark fruits, toasted malts, sugar, molasses, yeast, bready malts, spice, and light bananas. Not as much cherry and caramel. Still quite good though I like the nose a little bit better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and quite easy to drink. Does not taste like 12% ABV at all...very dangerous.

o - Overall I thought this was a great quad. Nose and mouthfeel are awesome; lots of sweet dark fruits and very easy to drink. No problem taking down a 750ML bottle by myself, would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany with a translucent clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch, tan-colored head that sizzles and pops as it gradually collapses. Head dissipates into a band around the shoulders and thick swaths of lacing coat the walls of the glass as the brew recedes. Nose expresses vinous notes and a suggestion of candied fruit, as well as a trace of something herbal and a hint of malt; however, it's all very faint. Taste is much bolder, revealing milk chocolate, more vinous notes, some ethanol and a faint yeast presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and a silky/oily texture. There's also some residual heat at the finish that lingers at the back of the throat. Overall, this is a very good Quad. The pricepoint is a little high considering the value of St. Bernardus, but there is a great deal of character here. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to try this beer, but I'm not sure I would recommend this beer for extended cellaring.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SebD
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep brown color to it with some amber shining through. It has a nice dark beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (raisins, prunes, plums), caramel and bready Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet dark fruit, alot of raisins and prunes, some plum, maybe cherries, sweet caramel, some spiciness (pepper and cloves) and breadiness from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Alesmith Decadence 2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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