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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10427) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10324) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ RGNG-14
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, toffee, alcohol, dried fruits and floral. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, caramel and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10312) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9483) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Clear lighter brown color. Good thin off-white head, little lace. Bigger body. Lighter, smooth carbonation, kind of crisp. Some cinnamon, dark fruit, some wood. Spicy taste, light bitter, minimal sweet. Mostly spicy and light bitter. Nice cherry, little dates. Very good, complex flavor profile. Little warmth or bite, but that doesn’t bother me at all. Super nice stuff. Would love to enjoy more than a sample of this.. Maybe in the future, with a bit of age

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9169) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9154) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8989) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 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.

Bottles.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a deep brown with a thin to medium sized beige to tan head. Warm and woody, lots of chocolate and fruit. Tart acid and some molasses. Old brown sugar, tons of sweetness and cocoa.


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