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AleSmith Decadence 2009



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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
AleSmith Decadence is a dark Weizenbock featuring malted wheat and a unique German yeast. A complex blend of rich, dark fruit flavors and a yeast derived spiciness create a deliciously balanced beer. Dark ruby hues and smooth full-bodied mouthfeel are highlighted in this classic Bavarian style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Big rusty brown pour. Aroma zings with lots of banana, wheat and spices. Flavor is somewhat relaxed, not over the top. I imagine many will find this beer uninspired because it hasn’t sat in a barrel or run through the intestines of a Lemur. But, it’s true to style and very enjoyable to imbibe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
750 ml bottle Dark brown pour with reddish highlights and an offwhite, tightly bubbled head, this beer starts off creamy on the palate with some sweet maltiness and finishes smoothly with dome notes of dark cherry in the flavor. It’s a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
750mL bottle. Murky dark brown and orange, medium sized light brown head. Heavy banana and clove aroma, with some bubblegum and dark alefruit. Doughy, spicy, raisinbread malt flavors. Fruity ester component with spicy phenolic tinges. Heavy dark alefruit with high sweetness. Caramel and residual spiciness in the finish with a lingering bready sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavy, slick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle shared by Shyamallama. Stylistically beautiful. May be the top of the style very soon and that would be okay with me, Nose is intense nanner, smooth German grain, sweet malt. Color is a glossy black. Flavor is that sweet German bock twang, smooth yeast, light roast, faint chocolate. This doesn’t taste like it is from the US which is among the highest praise. I do wish it were bigger so it tasted like an anniversary offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle: a pour not attended to with the utmost attention left gigantic glacier like tan head completely overshadowing the shallow pool of deep dark, slightly muddy burgundy. Soon, the head, dense as can be..sat very pillowy and full. The nose is certainly chunky with banana, extremely vivid yeast laden banana. The nose is robust, in your face, and elegantly showcases the yeast and wheat with upmost style. The first pour had carbonation that seemed to lose its balance and become somewhat flabby as soon as it hit the tongue. This continued for the rest of glass until repour, when carbonation started to feel perfect....The flavors behind are quite nice...wheaty banana bread, caramel, and almond come to mind. There is adequate and complimenting hop balance to keep things in place, but flavors are certainly showcasing the German yeast and wheat just like they should be. Alcohol flavors do not surface, but a warmth certainly does. Really, when you think stylistically, it’s dead on weizenbock...there isn’t anything that pops out as being utterly unique or mindblowing, but its absolutely to style with a nice high ABV and huge, clean presentation of the yeast and wheat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (982) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Growler fill from brewery. Decadence had not been available for growlers the past few years, so I was happy to get one this time around. Pours a fairly dark brown with some red in there and a thin layer of tan foam composed of extraordinarily small bubbles. Aroma of chocolate covered bananas along with lighter tones of spice and roasted grain. Flavor is also full of chocolate and bananas but the sweetness is subdued nicely. At the Alesmith tasting room, Jessica explained how they used a lower temperature with the new hefeweiss yeast to discourage some of the banana esters. The banana still comes through rather strongly here but I like it. It will have to get a bottle of this as well to see how how it ages and if the banana is as strong. But overall, another impressive effort from Alesmith and nice to see them trying their hand at some new styles. (211, 10)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Served from a 750 mL bottle from OTM The appearance is a deep dark ruby edged brown. The head on this guy is monstrously foamy with a light tan color. The nose is full of wheat, grains, malts, dried fruit.. Flavors are plenty in this brew. I pick up a lot of dried candy fruits, pumpernickel bread, plum, grape jelly, a nice roasted malt bouquet. The mouth is full, oily and sticky. Not a style I have much history with but a flavorful beer with a lot going on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dark red brown color with a medium khaki head that has fair retention. The aroma is distinct with murky fruits; apricots, mangoes, apples, sweet burnt barley and roasted chestnuts. The taste is similar to the aroma, lots of complex fruits with roasted grains. The palate is full and smooth. The finish is long and dry with lingering roasted grains and cocoa. Overall: This is one very tasty wiezenbock that should age superbly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4887) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Location: On tap at the Brewery, 1/8/10
Dunkel Weizen Bock

Aroma: It has some spice, orange, brown sugar, banana, chocolate, and bread
Appearance: Poured a dark brown color
Flavor: Taste is complex mix of some nice malty flavors
Palate: Drinks nicely, no ABV burn, long finish
Overall Impression: What wonderful luck that I showed up at Alesmith and they were putting out the keg of Decadence 2009. This stuff was really solid, but I bet the bottles, with a little time in a cellar, would be even better. I couldn’t help but think, when I was drinking it from the tap sampling, that it felt a little young. Consider that a mild criticism though, because it is darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2700) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Purchased a week ago at the brewery, $11, I believe. Clark deep Ruby White a fairly well-retained brown head. Nose has loads of yeasty banana and spicy clove up front, with some figs, toasted hazelnuts, and mild chocolate in the back. Something lightly salted is in there, as well. Flavor follows suit With plenty of the banana, though the spice is toned back a little, and some lemon and dusty malts come forward. There is also some umami. Dark fruits seemed a little more restrained as well. The finish is semi-dry with bitterness at a 2-3. Moderate to high carbonation with a medium-full body. Pretty good weizenbock. 6th rating, 1st from a bottle.

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