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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Alesmith Decadence Anniversary Ale was originally brewed in 2005 to celebrate our first decade in business. Our brewers had such a great time concocting Alesmith Decadence that they decided to make it an annual event, and brew a new style each year to commemorate our anniversary. Alesmith Decadence 2011 is a Maple Smoked Barley wine. Blending elements of two beer styles, smoke beer and barley-wine. Alesmith has created a unique, homebrew-inspired beer. Big and malty, with a huge Bamberg smoked-malt character, Alesmith Decadence 2011 has another very special ingredient: Vermont maple syrup. The smoky malt flavor is perfectly balanced by modest bittering hop additions. A rich, full-bodied beer designed to deliver a memorable drinking experience. Join our anniversary celebration with Alesmith Decadence. You’ll soon discover why Alesmith is known around the world as the place to find legendary craftsmanship.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2012
75cl Bottle @ RBBSG, courtesy of Sebletitje. Brown coloured beer with some light carbonation and a small off white head. Light smokey malty and alcoholic hinted aroma. Full palate. Finish is creamy, light alcoholic malty with a fruity bitter sweet hint. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (14038) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pour from the cask is a dark caramel color, maybe copper, with a thick khaki head. Light smoke on the nose, nice maple syrup, some bready malt and toast, and lots of toffee and caramel. Plenty of dark fruits and a light alcohol note. The flavor is a bit boozer than the nose, but not overly hot. Bready malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and plenty of maple. There’s a light smoke note to it, a touch of wood, and a bit of vanilla. Some dark fruit notes, and an overall complexity that makes this very enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3996) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
750 ml bottle from BevMo Valencia. Nose is lightly smoky, maple sweetness, and a hint of toffee. Clear rusty red with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter, pepperiness, smoky, and some hints of raisins and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
At recent RBBSG thx to sebletitje for sharing !

Smell: malts, cereal, oatmeal, maple syrup
Taste: Smokey, Rye, Boze, Sugar, Anise, Herbs ...

Again this proves that allot of the Hyped beers out there aren’t as good as everybody’s saying ... Always a shame that the very good beers ( but who are easier to get ) always get busted down because of overly hyped stuff like this ... NOT COOL !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6887) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
11/VIII/2012 - 75cl bottle @ RBBSG - (2012-890) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy copper red beer, yellowish aery small head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, bit sugary, little dusty, chocolaty, some ripe and dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit chocolaty, pretty smokey, fruity, sugar, some hops, alcohol. Aftertaste: some smoke, sweet caramel, some hops, bitter ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2012
Reddish amber brown colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, cheese, toast, quite sweet, light overripe fruits. Sweet malty flavour, light bitter, raisins, caramel, molasses, light smoke, quite sweet. Finish bitter hops, light wood, molasses, quite spicy and some smoke.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Courtesy of Sebletitje. Thanks Seb!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (6129) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2012
Thx to Sebletitje // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG 2012 // pomegranate amber with a white head // thick caramel, toffee nose with some hops with a touch of mellow smoke // thick caramel taste with a light roast blended in, toffee, spices, bitterness in the back from hops, spices, molasses tad with a hint of smoke // tad thick, smooth body // not bad at all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17644) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, small white head. Aroma of burnt toast, vanilla, maple. Taste is similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2012
75cl bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3, sharde at RBBSG 2012, cheers Dave and thanks for the bottle. Couleur cuivrée, col beige léger. Arôme malté grillé avec ce léger côté de sirop d’érable et un fini fumé léger3 Palais est agréable, et loin de paraître les 11%, un fumé agréable qui ne prend pas le dessus laissant place à un caractère barley wine dans les tons malté/carmel léger sucré de prendre place. Une certain duceur érable se note et accompagne des pointes fumées. Palais est vivace et légèrement pétillant. Au final, un très bon barley wine qui pour moi reste un peu trop jeune.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11307) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
Sampled at RBBSG. Slightly unclear red color, small off-white head. Smell malts, slightly bacon, slightly smoke, slightly alcohol and slightly sweet. Taste malts, a lot of alcohol, some sweetness, a hint of smoke. Medium body, medium carbo.

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