Feb 1, 2016

AleSmith Decadence 2015

AleSmith Brewing celebrated their first ten years in business with a beer they called Decadence — an subsequently releasing it every year since in a different style. For their twentieth anniversary, the brewery presents something they call a Belgian Amber Ale… which based on my experience tastes simply like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. And a pretty good one at that.

Weighing in at 10% ABV, Decadence is a big beer, leaving a solid amount of warmth glowing in the chest after each swallow. The brew is fairly well balanced between a rich malt backbone, Belgian candi sugar and yeast. It’s also a beer that I think would do quite well with some more age on its belt, allow those flavors to come together even further.

Having missed out on all of the previous anniversary beers that AleSmith has released (they just recently started shipping to Virginia), I’m really looking forward to see what they do for the upcoming years. If this big Belgian-inspired release is any indication, it should be quite the treat.