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AleSmith Decadence 2012



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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Yum. Deep, cooked caramel and raisin aroma. Rich flavors, very strong. Iím enjoying it with Stilton and marcona almonds. Fuck, Iím turning into Charles Finkel. Great beer, wait ítill itís gone to eat the stinkiní cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of spotty lacing left behind. Slightly spicy, vinous dark fruit aroma with a subtle pepper presence along with grape, raisin, fig and plum. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but itís kept in check. Smells a bit overly spicy with sweet malt and dark fruit. Medium bodied with a slight medicinal presence thatís stronger than the nose suggests. Somewhat chalky with a touch of spicy pepper but the flavor is dominated by Belgian candy sugar, sweet malt and vinous dark fruit notes, notably plum, raisin and fig. Goes down way to easy for 12%. Very subtle warmth and little to no heat/booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (15335) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Draught at the new tasting room in San Diego. Clear amber beer with a nice lasting offwhite/beige head. Malty caramel aroma, wine gum, caramel, figs, raisins, some grapes, some yeast. Malty fruity flavor, grapes, caramel, raisins, grapes, banana notes, warming alcohol, some spices. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is dense overripe fruit, toffee, plums, brown sugar, apples, dark bread and light banana. Tastes fairly sweet. Light booziness. Loads of dark fruit and toffee. Some caramel, bread, fruit cake and black cherry. Mouthfeel and aftertaste throw it off a little. Drying finish. A tad medicinal. Close to being a really good quad. I may have liked this more when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Figured it was about time to crack this one open. The pour is deep brown with a moderate-sized tan head. The aroma shows an assorted mix of fruit: cherries, plums, raisins, and dates. Toffee is prominent in the scent as well. The flavors are rich and malty but not really overly fruity or nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Itís nice. A toasty chocolaty finish counters what fruity sweetness and Belgian yeasty notes this does have nicely. This tastes like a Belgian Strong/Stout hybrid. An interesting take for sure on the style, but not all that surprising from AleSmith. I bet age has done this some good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (4729) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
75cl bottle shared at the CBC Clernwl tasting, london, thanks to Paul. It pours a dark copper color with small beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of vanilla raisins bourbon wood dates. Taste is sweet and lightly boozy with bourbon figs vanilla chocolate and molasses. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, very tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cobaink2 (226) - seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Nose of cinnamon ,cloves and fig and slight faint of chocolate. The Belgian yeast works but is not overly present. Itís a nice beer epecially aged for three years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlandersNed (369) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2015
24.5 oz bottle. Floater-laden dark reddish brown color. Rich raisin, fig & malt notes. Like oxidized Track #8 w/out the chili & bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (5070) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle shared@CBC Clerkenwell, London (03/06/2015) - pours hazy amber copper colour with a beige head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits, Belgian yeast, some spices, medium body, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is candy sugar, dark fruit, wood, vanilla. Thin mouth, similar flavors to nose, nice booze finish, really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (6519) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle shared at craft beer co clerko. Thanks to Paul for this one. Deep reddy copper coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is sticky sweet unrefined sugars. Honey. Cinnamon Flavour is composed of woody vanilla, unrefined sugars. Sticky. Belgian. Yeast. Palrte is sticky sweet, woody varnish. Lowish carbonation.

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