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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Now, seventeen years after we started, we’re proud to present another great addition in this ongoing series. AleSmith Decadence® 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown/re, with a tan head. Aroma is fruit, brown sugar, and malt. Flavor is fruit, malt, toffee, alcohol, and spices. Heavy body, sweet start and sweet finish. Another nice Decadence.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing stuck to the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby, cranberry-juice red hue when held up directly to the light. Lots of caramelized banana notes are in the nose, along with spicy clove, some woody pepper notes, perhaps a touch of ginger, and some nostril warming alcohol notes as well. Underneath the up front yeast character is a toasted and caramelized malt character as well as something that seems a touch metallic somehow.

Lots of banana flavors are followed by brandy like notes and a touch of alcohol vapors and spice. The beer is rich, viscous, and chewy, but has a prickly carbonation that is perceived as being much lighter than it actually is due to the body. Lots of caramelized, concentrated, maillard driven sugar sweetness is found in this beer; it is cut through just a bit in the finish by a not really roasted, but slightly astringent character, definitely some spiciness and some tongue numbing turpenes (including clove, and even a hint that leans towards paint thinner without being too strong). After a couple of sips in a row, and dulling the palate to the sweetness, a nutty, toasted maltiness, brown bread character, and chewy molasses cake character becomes a bit more noticeable towards the finish; it almost takes on a savory, almost smokiness at times. Underneath the banana are some notes of raisins and prunes.

Definitely a bit heavy handed with the banana notes, a bit too sweet, and perhaps a touch to phenolic and turpene like in the finish, but still not too bad. This is one that should actually age pretty well, and if the wood character is kept to a reasonable level, the barrel aged version of this is likely to be quite good. Had I know better beforehand, this is a beer I would have held on to for a couple years, as I have a sneaking suspicion that it will get quite a bit better, and will be quite a bit more balanced after some time in the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3159) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
9 mar 2013, tap at AleSmith. Light ruby, clear, occasional bubbles. Nose is big sweet malt, raisins, some slight toasted malt. Med/thin body and slightly fizzy. Warm cherries, stale apple pie, granola malt. Awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours a blushing port-wine red, with a few fingers of pale, corn- yellow head. Lacing is thick with a sheet of fine bubbles. Nose is of over-ripe banana, with very mild notes of spice. Taste starts with lightly ripened banana and light molasses, with highlights of caramel and even some faint shiraz dryness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a little bit of carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a large tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, belgian yeasts, rock candy, booze, and fruit. Flavor is fruit, rock candy, belgian yeasts, a bit of alcohol, fruits, and spices. A bit boozy, but still very drinkable. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1408) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Was glad to finally get to try a version of this series. Pours dark ruby brown with a large-ish tan head. Caramel and dark fruits dominant, with cloves, brown sugar, and I swear a bit of banana behind. Nice, big mouthfeel (wouldn’t expect anything else from AleSmith) -- and enough carbonation to keep it relatively sprightly. This is really quite tasty. Not as complex or refined as some of the better Belgian quads, but this is really a great effort at the style.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caskalefan (157) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Deep ruby pour, pillowy, off-white head that dissipates to a lasting ring, Aroma of chocolate, toffee, plum, rum, raisin, clove and Belgian yeast. It’s a beautiful scent, but it could be just a tad more prominent. Flavor mirrors the aroma, and is extremely elegant and seamless. I think the best compliment I can pay this brew is to say that it reminds me very much of a slightly lighter Westvleteren 12.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
On tap at Alesmith. Pours with a clear bronze hued body with a tan head that lasts. Aromas are of big malt, alcohol, raisins, lightly spicy phenols, grain, plums, rich, light molasses, melanoidins, toffee. Despite all this decadence it still smells relatively dry. Flavors are rich and boozy with plums, brown sugar, molasses and rich esters. Richly malty, and decadent. Boozy, but with a relatively dry finish. Well made.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (892) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Growler. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small white head. Sweet, roasty aroma, of dark fruits, malt, molasses, spices, wood, and a bit of booze. Taste is rich, of sweet boozy dark fruits, malt, grass, wood, cloves, sugar. Lingering sweet booze. Very nice quad.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3944) - 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!


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