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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4462) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2014
750ml bottle in a wine glass. Pours deep brown/ruby with a beige head. Aroma of rich caramel and toffee and lightly nutty malts, some spicy yeast, light notes of dark fruits, hints of bitterness. Flavor the same with a great blend of everything. Smoother texture. A solid quad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4426) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet and light sugar aromas. Light spice, fruit and sugar flavors.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4398) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Very nice quad, lots of caramel and nougat with Belgian fruitness, great job you whalesmiths

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4389) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2013
Weak fig nose, mild clove. Clear rust, medium tan head with little retention. Sweet plum and fig with blackberry and clove overtones. A bit like cough syrup though. Fig is significantly more dominant on the back of the palate. Rather vinous at times

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle... Poured dark brown with a khaki head. At first a little metallic and blood-like. As it warm dark sugars and plum notes came through. Mild bitterness and alcohol but fruity and sweet with some dryness towards the finish. Hit the spot for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4162) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle @ camping ratebeer. Aroma is big malty caramel, liquorice, sugar. Flavour is quite sweet with huge caramel and malt, light liquorice. Nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4138) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a small tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is rich with notes of caramel, molasses, dried fruits. Flavor is much the same, with perhaps a note of clove, although I might be talking myself into that one based on the description. Medium sweet with a light orange-zesty bitterness. Full bodied. Quite a nice beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4105) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, figs, dates, plums, floral notes, and light molasses. Flavor is heavy dark fruit esters, booze, bready malts, light floral hops, and some faint roast malts; dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3937) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep, rich , clear red brown color with creamy beige head. Aroma of subtle sweet malts, candi, cherries, plums and raisins - nothing short of the best Belgian strong dark ales (St.Bernardus, Rochefort, Westvleteren). Flavor is malty, chewy fruity notes, dried figs and raisins, just a hint of molasses, light belgian yeast spice. Alcohol is felt but not smelled or tasted, just perfectly warming. Quite a surprise, a great one at that.

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!


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