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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing stuck to the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby, cranberry-juice red hue when held up directly to the light. Lots of caramelized banana notes are in the nose, along with spicy clove, some woody pepper notes, perhaps a touch of ginger, and some nostril warming alcohol notes as well. Underneath the up front yeast character is a toasted and caramelized malt character as well as something that seems a touch metallic somehow.

Lots of banana flavors are followed by brandy like notes and a touch of alcohol vapors and spice. The beer is rich, viscous, and chewy, but has a prickly carbonation that is perceived as being much lighter than it actually is due to the body. Lots of caramelized, concentrated, maillard driven sugar sweetness is found in this beer; it is cut through just a bit in the finish by a not really roasted, but slightly astringent character, definitely some spiciness and some tongue numbing turpenes (including clove, and even a hint that leans towards paint thinner without being too strong). After a couple of sips in a row, and dulling the palate to the sweetness, a nutty, toasted maltiness, brown bread character, and chewy molasses cake character becomes a bit more noticeable towards the finish; it almost takes on a savory, almost smokiness at times. Underneath the banana are some notes of raisins and prunes.

Definitely a bit heavy handed with the banana notes, a bit too sweet, and perhaps a touch to phenolic and turpene like in the finish, but still not too bad. This is one that should actually age pretty well, and if the wood character is kept to a reasonable level, the barrel aged version of this is likely to be quite good. Had I know better beforehand, this is a beer I would have held on to for a couple years, as I have a sneaking suspicion that it will get quite a bit better, and will be quite a bit more balanced after some time in the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3742) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arve_Christian (3698) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
At RBNG 2014 Halden. Dark brown color, ok foam. Immediatly malty, dried fruits; high aroma intensity. Full body & high complexity . Some sweetness, very well balanced. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3614) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2014
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ RBNG 2014. This is a lovely glowing amber ruby looking one. It also has a small islandy dark beige head. Smells lovely sweet with all sorts of dried glazed fruits; dates, raisins, sticky toffee caramel pudding and glaze. Yeah, it has a lovely sweet and punchy aroma! Oh, this tastes good as well. I get that dry licorice thingy at first with a ton of dried fruits and berries. There’s a woody touch to it as well here. Feels really thick and sticky in the mouth this and it’s only prickling on the tongue. Would not mind a bottle alone of this one. 15.02.2014

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish brown with a moderate fairly dense tan head. Very pleasant aroma of malt with some caramel sweetness, prunes, and raisins. The flavor is excellent with ample chewy sweet malt, prunes, dates, and raisins. Rich and full bodied. Luxurious on the palate. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3523) - 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!)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3493) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
Nice sized beige head dark ruby red pour medium carbonation with the aromas of dark fruit figs cherries plums port wine rich dark grapes the flavours sweet figs brown sugar raisins plum port wine prunes cherries nice doughy taste spice some clove and cinnamon molasses taste rich quadruple so enjoyable best aftertastes fruity range rich moist malts sweet alcohol port taste lingering goodness high class quadruple by the brewers

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3471) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Deep purple brown with a smooth beige head. Nose is candi, plum, cardamon and bread. Medium to full body with a tang. Taste is fig, burnt sugar, melon and brown bread. Finishes bitter with tobacco and yeast. Aging might soften.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3447) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
750mL bottle purchased at Nugget in Davis (Covell). The aroma on this is rather rich and complex. Vinous characteristics, sweet brown sugar, pitted fruits and raisins all come together nicely. Light chocolate and light anise are also there. Mostly transparent dark garnet colored body with a small, beige head. Starts a bit sweet with some caramel flavoring. Becomes rather fruity with raisins and perhaps some leathery notes in the middle. Nice toastiness with a slight roastiness is also present. Belgian yeast esters come through after this, which impart a bit of a dry, banana, and dusty flavoring. Finishes is long and roasted. Ethanol is subdued. This is appropriately named.


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