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AleSmith Decadence 2010



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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The 2010 and 2005 versions have the same recipe.

In 2010 we return to the style that was chosen for the very first AleSmith Decadence®, an English-style Old Ale. Abundant malty flavors and the perfect balance of English hops define this classic style. Four specialty yeast strains and the use of tradition brewing sugars create a rich and tasty flavor profile. AleSmith Decadence® pleases and tantalizes the palate in a way that has become the hallmark of AleSmith’s premium ales.

English Style Old Ale

In 1995, a momentous happening occurred in San Diego:AleSmith was forged. In the ten years since then, we have had the pleasure of enjoying the fruits of our labor and we have been fortunate to develop a faithful following of friends. We are commemorating this decade with a very special brew: Decadence Anniversary Ale. We deeply appreciate your support and we hope you join us in our "Decadent" decennial celebration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
2Row (11) - USA - DEC 5, 2005
An alchohol-braced sweetness greets the palate on tasting. Masculine but tender, formidable, but understanding. Definitely worth a taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 5, 2005
The aroma was fruity/citrusy. The appearance was that of a cloudy apple cider. The flavor was apple-ish with hints of malts. The palate started out sweet, but finished bitter. This was a good, almost great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Bottle... A&K’s4thAHBT... Hazy, orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. The aroma delivers chocolate dipped pine cones floating atop a sea of rich toffee. The flavor is a medley of juniper berries, booze and pistacios. Very well balanced. Medium sweet, but also medium bitter from the alcohol and hops. Full-bodied and ultra creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes bitter-sweet, boozy, dry and grassy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2005
750ml bottle: It looks like this was being sampled at both DC and Copenhagen holiday gatherings, which is pretty crazy. Slightly hazy ruby/amber body, tiny particles visable floating around, with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet fruits, alcohol, sugar. Taste is a little too sweet with notes of raisin, grapes, light carrot, caramel, and some alcohol heat. Medium bodied, watery, and just seems a bit under-attenuated. Unimpressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Loads of sweetness in the nose, lots of prunes and some alcohol. Dark amber body with a small tan head. Loads of sweet prunes in the flavor, lots of alcohol heat which becomes too much and makes it hot in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29484) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol and lots of fruit, leaning towards the over ripe end of life. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, prunes, over ripe fruits, wood, and alcohol, that prickles the tongue. The end is dry and woody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21086) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and wood. Flavour of dried fruits, vanilla, caramel and wood. Light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 Botted: Amber coloured. Clear. Dense light brown head. Sweetness, caramel, sticky alcohol and light fruit. Flavours is hoppy, sweet and malty. Is very smooth and wellmade. Hoppy and herbal end with notes of alcohol. Rerate: Bottled. Tasted as blind # 11 @ yesprs. Dark orange/amber coloured. Fluffy light brown head. Sweetness, herbs, liqourice, caramel and light flowers in the aroma. Flavour of sweetness, light liqourice, ripe fruits herbs and spice. Medim to full bodied. Light alcohol in the otherwise sweet and dry end. 8-4-8-4-16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2005
(750ml bottle) Lightly hazed copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, caramel, some alcohol, light candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some pine, light alcohol. Watery medium body. Falls short somehow, perhaps aging will improve it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 2, 2005
There is a rich malty aroma with hints of the alcohol coming through. The appearance is a nice copperish brown with a rich creamy head. There is a strong malty taste at the start but then the appearance of dark fruit comes through. The body is cloying and the finish on the palate is satisfying.

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