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Ølfabrikken Dekadence 2005

Formerly brewed at Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet - Harboe)
Style: Fruit Beer
Roskilde, Denmark
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Near Ølfabrikken is a field with 1000 raspberry plants carrying a late sort of small and very flavorful raspberries. Once a year we pick the raspberries and throw them into a single brew. Due to The harvest 2005 was characterized by more rain and colder weather than usual, which meant than the berries was more tart than usual and even more complex in flavor. We decided that the base beer should be complex and sweet to match the berries. The resulting beer made from seven different malts, three different sugars, five different hops and a Belgian ale yeast provides a huge body and complexity matching the raspberries. Ølfabrikken Dekadence 2005 is of course unpasteurized, unfiltered and bottle conditioned like all of our beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dyrkeren (3) - Ringe, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2008 does not count
En fantastisk øl med en meget kraftig smag af bær. Alkoholen overvælder aldrig den delikate aroma, hvilket er imponerende hvis man tager procenten i betragtning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5963) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2008
Draught. Cloudy, dark red body with a dense off-white head. Lots of fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet malty, brown sugar and lots of raspberry with some alcohol. Interesting, different, harmonic and well balanced. Surprisingly well hidden alcohol. A bit like a cross-over between a strong Belgium ale, a barley wine and a sweet fruit Lambic?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
The pour reveals a cloudy ruby color wuth a thin offwhite head. Nice aroma of perfumey raspberries with mild earthy notes. The flavor has lots of strwberries with earthy and sweet notes, there’s also mild alcohol, it’s sweet and dry in the end. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. To brew a great 13% ABV fruit beer is a solid achievement, kudos to Ølfabrikken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
The nose of this beer is nothing but intoxicating fresh red raspberries. Murky orangish brown beer with a short lived beige head. The flavors are of course dominated by the fresh raspberry, with a sweet/tart raspberry/currant/sour cherry fruitiness. The claimed 13% is noticable but not intrusive until you try to stand up. This is a great use of natural fruit flavors in a very nice beer. Many thanks to Secret Santa for sending this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2007
500. Thanks, The_Wolf! Great stuff. Pours rubied brown and crystal clear from the neck, but quite black and nearly opaque in a grainy way once it’s all in the glass. Thick, dense, moussy tan head. Artillery barrage of raspberry for a nose. Big body on the high side of medium, with soft and spritzy but still tinglingly fizzy carb on the attack. The mid-palate carries acres of raspberries, as you might expect--tart, tannic, sweet, acetic, jammy, and husky, all by turns as it moves along. Long tannic finish. Hides the alcohol really well. Until you stand up, anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3   Light Brown(1)->Dark(5) : 1   Ruby : 4   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 3
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 4   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Esters : 3   Banana : 3   Phenols : XX   Leather : XX   Perfume : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Toast : 3   Caramel : 3   Toffee : XX   Maple : XX   Molasses : 2   Nuts : XX   Candy : 3   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Fruits : 5   Chocolate : XX   Coffee : XX   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : 4   Blackberries : 2   Dates : 3   Cherries : 4   Plums : XX   Figs : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Spicy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : XX   Cloves : XX   Smoke : XX   Pepper : 1   Ginger : XX   Peach/Pear/Apricot : XX   Candi Sugar : XX   Anise : XX   Vinous : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : 2   Bitterness : 1   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : 3   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: More reasons to like Ølfabrikken. Who else tries something like that? A massive, extremely fruity, grapey, cardamom-like, thyme-like, beefy fruit beer. Very very strong on berries, particularly raspberries. Slushy almost. And as a bonus, it’s very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Many thanks to yesper for this bottle. Solid malty nose with sweet fruit undercurrent. Murky brown color. Cherry, grape and faint raspberry in the body. Smooth finish. Not what I was expecting, but excellent nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2007
[Bottle, big thanks to Brewfiend for sharing this retired gem] Pours reddish-brown with a light tan head. Aroma is mainly raspberry and malt with a little chocolate--very nice. Taste is pretty sweet with raspberry, honey and brown sugar. Finish is chocolate and raspberry. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2007
(bottle thanks for sharing Brewfiend) Pours a murky brown with a light tan head. Aroma is predominately raspberry, but there is also some cherry and slight chocolate lurking in the background. The taste was oddly enough more cherry than raspberry with a nice dose of chocolate in there too. Nice sweet finish with just a hit of tart raspberry, quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits mini tasting, thanks goes to brewfiend for sharing this gem. Pours a hazy reddish brown brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves no head but a film top. Aroma of tart raspberries, tart cherries a touch of yeast and chocolate. Taste is full bodied, plenty of alcohol, noo carbonation with flavors of tart berries, light chocolate, dry caramel malt and a touch of sour yeast. Finish is smooth, semi-dry with a tart berry aftertaste. The alcohol may be slightly over the top but still an excellent beverage.

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