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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, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4905) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle sample @ RBNG-14. Deep ruby-hued brown body, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, Norwegian brown cheese, deep malts, cream, chocolate and hints of raisins, plums and prunes. Taste is deep malts, raisins, caramel, red fruits and hints of plums and burnt sugar. Full body, medium carbonation. Very smooth and nice, as mostly from AleSmith. Probably the best beer from the Grand Tasting session at Ratebeer Norway Gathering 2014 IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
Thin tanned head. Almost clear dark ruby colored body. Rich malt nose. Fresh sourish-sweet with dark creamed caramel, tinned dark fruits, bread-crust and some fine herbal tones. Full-bodied. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Big dark caramelly malt base. Plummy fruitiness. Rounded roastiness. Spice and cellar notes. Warming, long gently roasty-sweet ending. Really good stuff. [Shared bottle at Grand Tasting, RBNG2014]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (4734) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (4649) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4536) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (4534) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle, pours black with white head, couple inches in size, with nice lacing. Aromas and flavor of brown sugar, hops, spice, and clove. As it warmed some rye bread and caramel malting is evident. Medium body. Nice yeast profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Reddish brown colour, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cigars, coffee, malts and banana. Sweet malty flavour, chocolate. Sweet finish, caramel, malts, light liquorice. Nice!
(from 75cL bottle @ Camping RateBeers. Thanks for sharing, RateBeer crew!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (4245) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Clear dark amber with a medium persistent beige head and good lacing. Aroma is of raisins, candi sugar, hints of sweetness, molasses, dark fruits, some oxydation notes, spices and some Belgiumness. Taste is moderately sweet with raisins, spices, malt, candi sugar, molasses, dark fruits and just the right amount of alcohol warming in the finish. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel. Spciy finish. Wow! This is a very good Quad. Taste, complex and great balance. Well done AleSmith!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4235) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Paul. Dark reddy brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, toffee, pungent fruits, souring tangerine. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste has bready malt, tangy alcohol, raisin, prune and other dark dried fruits. Definitely a heavy hitter.

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