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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2013
750ml bottle pours out a dark brown with ruby highlights topped with a sand head. Nose is sweet pitfruit candy spice and some belg yeast notes. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweetness some spice and thick rich.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (2831) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
Sampled at the RBNG-14 Grand Tasting courtesy of Inbreak. Clear ruby mahogany colored body with a white rim. Spicy rock sugar with raisins on the nose. Sweet and salty flavor. Full bodied. Alco warm.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Plum-skin pour with hints of scarlet, crimson, and garnet at its edges. The nice fluffy eggshell head diminished to a wisp and ring relatively quickly. Chocolate covered raisins, Belgian yeast, candied dates, fig, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of vanilla. Nose is sweet and shows tons of dark fruit accompanied by alcohol. Flavor is quite complex, despite its age. Warming. Can’t wait for this after AleSmith’s barrel treatments! These guys simply don’t miss! They, once again, demonstrated why they are my favorite brewery!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2796) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
From a shared 75cl bottle at RBNG-14. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Sweet , caramelly and fruity aroma with mild malty notes and noticeable alcohol. Smooth, but too sweet for me. (2014-02-15 - Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur brune foncée et claire. Nez de levures fruités (figues, moyen de prunes, notes de raisins, de mûres et de cerises noires) et légèrement épicées (clou de girofle, traces de poivre), de sucre brun, léger de pain grillé avec des notes de chocolat noir, de malt rôti, de caramel, de mélasse, d’alcool et de houblon herbeux. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture riche, légèrement crémeuse et aux faibles notes sirupeuses. Goût de levures fruitées (prunes, figues, notes de raisins, traces de mûres et de bananes) et légèrement épicées (léger clou de girofle, notes de poivre) avec des notes de chocolat noir lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de sucre brun, léger de pain et de malt rôti aux notes terreuses avec des notes de mélasse sucrée et de caramel terreux. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant jusqu’en finale où s’y ajoute une légère amertume de houblon herbeux et des traces de toffee. Post-goût long, léger-moyen amer d’alcool doux avec des notes rôties et de chocolat noir ainsi qu’avec un goût de levures fruitées (pelures de prunes, notes de raisins) aux notes épicées.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man! Pour is clear brown with a slight red tint and small cream head; decent lacing. Sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, red licorice, and bread in the aroma. Taste is sweet, spicy, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, light clove, molasses, and maple with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Pretty nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
750mL bottle picked up from the brewery a while back, also at Olive Tree Market in OB for $12.99. Clear deep burgundy brown and has a lovely two finger beige tan head, creamy and lasts a few minutes, does rouse when swirled. Plums and molasses, dark candi sugar and caramel, dried out by some toasty malt and graham cracker. Just a little spicy phenolics. Flavor follows suit with a little added banana midway through, and the phenolics getting a a little spicier with the addition of alcohol, which wasn’t too apparent, but went well with this beer. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3, slightly earthy finish. Full body with low creamy carbonation. Very tasty--it’s such a nice thing to get a good quad--and, this is cheaper than Rochefort 10 oz per oz for a good quad.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2690) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, biscuit, pear, apple, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light chocolate, biscuit, candi sugar, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt and fruit/spicy yeast ester flavors; with an amazing malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2642) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
9 mar 2013, tap at AleSmith. Light ruby, clear, occasional bubbles. Nose is big sweet malt, raisins, some slight toasted malt. Med/thin body and slightly fizzy. Warm cherries, stale apple pie, granola malt. Awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle. A dark brown color wit ha nice foamy tan head. A malty nose with dark fruits, bready malts, caramel, raisins, and prunes. A nice rich mildly spicy flavor, warming alcohol and a great finish.


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