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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Now, seventeen years after we started, weíre proud to present another great addition in this ongoing series. AleSmith Decadenceģ 2012 is a big Belgian-style quadruple ale. A variety of Belgian malts impart notes of bread and ripe fruit with subtle hints of cloves and molasses. Its creamy mouthfeel is balanced by a rich, full-bodied finish. This rare offering is meant to be savored and will age nicely.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
A - Dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, dates, figs, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, and other spices, candi sugar, and some booze. T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, figs, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, a touch of cocoa, vanilla, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Nice balanced Quad. Good complexity and mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Masterfully-sculpted raisins morph into dark chocolate stuffed with date sugar in this most elegant, succulent Quadrupel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the dark brown and its mahogany sheen.
-The aroma and flavor profile are so refined in this one; absolutely glorious definition.
-This may not be as effervescent as the Quads I know and love, but it doesnít detract from the pure pleasure of sipping to be had.
-The finish is pure malt bliss.

Bottles.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"They nailed the description, and the beer. Decadence has always been just shy of elite, especially being from on of my very favorite brewers, but this latest one is my favorite of the 4 years Iíve had. Everything you want in a quad. A melange of toffee, molasses, dark and even a little lighter fruit, belgian spice. Covers up 12% pretty dang well. I love this beer and hope I can find it again."

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught at Alesmith. Pours a clear mahogany color with a khaki head. Aroma is raisin, candied sugar, molasses. Taste is sweet with some alcohol warmth. A little dry and aome prickly carbonation. Really one of the best Quads Iíve had from an American brewer. Superb.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep brown hue with an amber tinge. Off white head that initially had thick bubbles but as it settle changed to fine little bubbles. Aromas of dates, prunes, a little cola, and a hint of clove and banana. Excited for the first sip. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Served around 55 degrees in a chimay glass. Flavors of tobacco, roasted nuts, a touch of cinnamon and hints of anise. Effervescence of the beer tingles the palate and makes the sweetness a little drier on the palate. Already tastes a little aged and not fresh which helps subdue the alcohol. As others have noted, this is one of the best domestic quads out there. The yeast profile is a little different, but uniqueness is always a good thing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2182) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights and a big khaki head that has fair retention. The aroma is rich with complex dark fruits; I get raisins, dates, plums, molasses and cola. The taste is similar to the nose, find the cola-like flavors to be very forward, with mixed fruits filling in the sides and back. Cloves are barely noticeable but for the numbing effect they have on my tongue. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and a bit dry with some lingering sweet fruits. Overall: OK, I know that Iím homering this, but wow is it good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (798) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
Clear dark brown with reddish tinge pour with large fluffy beige head. Aroma of malts, brown sugar, plums and red ripe fruit. Taste of plums, molasses, malts, brown sugar, vanilla and faint red fruit. Medium carbonation and smooth creamy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden. Another amazing beer from one of the best brewers in the world!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2168) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle from Sproutís: Upon pour, a gigantic formation of thick foamy head blew up while a dark brownish mahogany color liquid graced my Trappist glass. Aroma is mild with only minor traces of Belgian yeast and sweet syrupy malts, other than that the smell is very tame. However, the drink makes up for the lack of aroma by delivering a heavy dosage of sweet malts balanced out with a touch of spicy yeast. Alcohol is hidden like a needle in a hay stack while the palate in this quadrupel is probably one of the smoothest I have drank. I really wish I had more to say but I donít.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3869) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Growler from the brewery so I could really slowly savor and enjoy this. Clear cherry brown with a big, very heavy lacing, long lasting beige head. Nose is sweet black raisins, cloves, tons of sweet peanut brittle (minus the peanuts), hints of bubblegum and bready yeast. Flavor is sweet lightly caramelized sweetness, dark fruits, spiciness, and a tiny background of alcohol warmth. Wish I had a bunch of the bottles to age!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yankeepride (10) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Decadence hardly begins to describe this one. Enjoyed in a snifter, courtesy of the owner at One Mile House in NYC. Has a great dark brown, ruby-tinged color to it. Smell has a combo of yeast and bananas, but not strong, more subtle like dried bananas. Described as a quad, my mind had a hard time with the flavor until reading the bottle yielded that "ah-ha!" moment - molasses. Finishes with a slight bit of alcohol burn, but very, very tiny compared to its big 12% ABV. Overall one of the best beers Iíve had.


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