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AleSmith Decadence 2012

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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Pours dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is banana, figs, and plums with caramel and cookie malt, Belgian yeast spices and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet malt, dark fruits, Belgian yeast spices and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and dark with a ruby-colored body and a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is a malty, fruity intermingling of dark sherry, herbal roots, singed caramel, a hint of vanilla, a splash of dark sherry and a kiss of brandy. Full-bodied and a touch watery with gentle carbonation. The flavor is a malty, boozy mélange of brandy, caramel and dried dark fruits. Not at all cloying. Lengthy, burnt caramel and toasted marshmallow finish. Bottle courtesy of weihenweizen!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Nice beer. Pours a cloudy mahogany color, yellowish cream colored head. Lots of dark dried fruit, toffee, alcohol, maple, honey. Tasty brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color, almost black, with a smaller sized off white head. Dark fruits, molassess, some spices, some brown sugar in the tastes, and caramel. Overall the alcohol content well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8593) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at Brewdown. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of dark bread, dark fruit, toffee and caramel. Full bodied. Touch of booze in finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8535) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle shared @ Camping Ratebeer. Dark red color, average sized off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, caramel, some bitter, dark fruits, a hint of liquorice. A nice bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
> High boost chocolate covered strawberry style Quad

[ Bottle ][ 750mL ][ Jank Bottle Shop Solana Beach ][ $17 ][ Crooked Stave Globe ][ 7.11.14 ]
>> Pours clear sepia core, deep red edges. Massive creamy yellow head. Nose is chocolate covered strawberry, vanilla, slight metallic, white chocolate mousse. Taste is dusty, metallic, papery, milk chocolate, rum soaked strawberry, milk chocolate covered strawberry. Rum cake finish. It’s pretty damn good, just not my style: sweet, red, high boost. Cleans up as it warms, good stuff.

>!< small metallic, paper

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
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 doesn’t detract from the pure pleasure of sipping to be had.
-The finish is pure malt bliss.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
2013-08-16. Nice dark mahogany brown body and tan head. Sweet malty aroma has sugary notes, caramel and dry malt accents. 7+ Flavour is sweet, sugary notes and fruity Belgian character. Smooth average plus bodied palate. Simple but lovely. At Campground Brewdown.


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