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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5574) - Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2013
750 ml bottle to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a semi-opaque brown with fluffy light beige head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; candied dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
oRos (1126) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle from Beercraft. Pours a Ruby color with egg shell head. Aroma is very sweet. Taste has lots of carbonation has lots of dark fruits, raisins, and other figs and tobacco

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man! Pour is clear brown with a slight red tint and small cream head; decent lacing. Sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, red licorice, and bread in the aroma. Taste is sweet, spicy, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, light clove, molasses, and maple with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Pretty nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9252) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle @ Stephen’s house thanks to arminjewell. Pours a fairly clear, maroon appearance with a brown head. Zesty chocolate, some spicy, mild orange, plum, fig, somewhat boozy aroma. Thick dark fruity, spicy yeasty, chocolate, candy sugar, fig, licorice, light leather flavor. A little strong but overall pretty decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, ruby red dark brown pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, raisins, hints of molasses, anise, dark fruits with some fig in there as well, some hints of oak, nice spice with clove, ginger, hints of cinnamon. Taste is a mix of sweet raisin, rum soaked raisin, hints of toffee, caramel, molasses, some anise, touch of raisin, finishing sweet, spicy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Big thanks to Sparky for sharing this. The 750mL bottle pours a nice clear mahogany with a thin tan head of foam. The aroma is inviting with some thick malts, prunes and dates as well as a bit of raisin like dark fruity esters. The taste begins with a nearly creamy mouth feel offering up smooth sweet prunes and brown sugar covered dates and raisins. This is a smooth yummy and rich brew with only the slightest rough around the edges sensation which tells me the room for improvement with age is kind of small. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to age a few. Lovely Quad.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedSox2004 (1291) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Deep mahogany brown with a generous three-finger tan head, solid retention and very nice lace. Rich aromas of caramel, raisin, plum, candy sugar, with hints of tobacco, toast and whiskey. Wonderful dark fruit sweetness, reminiscent of plums, figs and vinuous grapes. Everything on the nose is there as well, with a cornucopia of flavors that blend very well, particularly the tobacco/booze combination. Full body, moderate carbonation, satiny soft and silky smooth mpouthfeel, and a long warm alcohol finish. Superb.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1509) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Draft at Alesmith tasting room. Wood brown in color with a small head. Smells really good. Oaky, malty, vanilla notes. Taste is super smooth... creamy low carbonation level but not flat... the taste really sticks to your taste buds. I love that about alesmith beers... Anyway. Taste is great as well. Rich maltiness, balanced by a nice hoppiness, really oakey, peat, moss and light vanilla. The high alcohol content is hidden well. Overall very enjoyable... Maybe someone will send me a bottle

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
750ml bottle from the brewery: Deep burgandy color with a dense, but fading beige head. Aroma is dark fruit and light molasses. Flavor starts rich raisin and plum followed by hints of clove and molasses with a touch of sherry. Finish has a light dry black cherry tartness. Full body is rich and smooth with moderate carbonation. AweSome Quad!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with some red hues and a very large and creamy tan head. Aroma is dense, clean spices with light clove, slight roast (even smokey at points) and dark malt with bready notes as well as darker fruit notes like plum and fig. Taste is very clean with heavy dark fruit notes, spices, minimal clove, slight bitterness from the alcohol, and darker molasses through the finish. Clean, coating, and smooth mouthfeel. Exceptionally balanced and clean for such a large beer. This is great stuff and certainly worthy of a second bottle for the cellar.


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