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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3923) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep and dark ruby red amber with a medium sized beige/light brown head. Aroma of candied malts, cloves, dark fruit, molasses and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewtopiaofPJ (37) - Miller Place, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Dark and yeasty with sweet malts and spices brown sugar molasses and raisins. Drank bottle hid a bottle for next year. Delicious beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle from Sprout’s: 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 don’t.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3447) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
750mL bottle purchased at Nugget in Davis (Covell). The aroma on this is rather rich and complex. Vinous characteristics, sweet brown sugar, pitted fruits and raisins all come together nicely. Light chocolate and light anise are also there. Mostly transparent dark garnet colored body with a small, beige head. Starts a bit sweet with some caramel flavoring. Becomes rather fruity with raisins and perhaps some leathery notes in the middle. Nice toastiness with a slight roastiness is also present. Belgian yeast esters come through after this, which impart a bit of a dry, banana, and dusty flavoring. Finishes is long and roasted. Ethanol is subdued. This is appropriately named.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
750 bottle. Pours hazy dark chestnutty ruby with off-tan head. Nose is a complex mix of dark ripe fruit including cherry, fig, spicy clovey notes, molasses, funky yeasty hints. Tastes complex, rich, with a lot of ripe fig and cherry notes, some funky yeasty malt, and finishing spice. This one is top notch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
750mL bottle, purchased at BeerCraft in Rohnert Park. Pours a dark cola-brown color; topped by a creamy, light-tan head that’s nicely formed before departing. Aromatics show clove, caramel, cola, and dried dark fruits; some assertive alcohol present in there as well, but it tends to quickly retreat to the background; there’s an almond/Amaretto-like note present as well, adding an auxiliary sweetness that approaches vanilla. Medium levels of carbonation, a moderate acidity, and fine-bubbled texture that’s endearing and focused; this tastes a lot closer to the top-tier Belgian quads than most American attempts. Layers of caramel, dates, raisins, and brown sugar at the core, offering much more than the typical cola crutch of many U.S. quads; additional notes follow with Amaretto, ripe red fruitiness, and some herbal/spicy bitterness that goes nicely here; overall a delicious, engaging quad that’s a pleasure to drink. So much more on point than most, with a lasting balanced finish that ends toasty and with some lingering notes of almond skins and dried dark fruit.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (870) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (999) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 14, 2013
deep chestnut brown, surprisingly clear when backlit. Thick, creamy, luscious tan head. Aroma is a sweet maple bread with a hefty vegetal and slight metallic note. This mildly unpleasant attribute is also found in the flavor, albeit less prominently. The flavor is very special, super smooth (so is the body) lightly sweet, a mix of maple and caramel (not really any molasses as advertised thankfully). There’s a moderate finish of bread crust (! one of my favorite flavors in a dark Belgian) and light light grassy hops. Light-medium body, but the low carbonation, silky-smooth mouthfeel makes it slightly heavier. Very nice; I’m not a huge fan of that aroma, but it certainly distinguishes itself from most american quads (which are invariably spicier). I haven’t had it in a while, but I think Achel quad is closest among the standard Belgians to this brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Very dark brown-to-black color with a thin velvety and lacy head. Rich smoky, woody, cocoa aroma with lots of malty brown sugar sweetness. Flavors were huge: brown sugar, toasty malts, cocoa, dried dates and plums, and bubblegum. Rich silky smooth palate, very full-bodied and with a slick sticky finish. I love the Grand Cru, this brings it up just a notch. World class.


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