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El Rojo Diablo - Bullfrog Brewery

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 28.17%
Wants: 25
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CoolJosh on 05-01-2009)
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3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to hand it to the people at Bullfrog, they make some great stuff. I drove at to Bullfrog today with fellow Ba's treyrab and Ashherb17. As we were walking to the restaurant, we coincidently ran into fellow Ba's Deuane and his wife Carolyn aka SierraGS. The five of us enjoyed an incredible meal and a few rounds of some of the finest beer that can be found in Central PA. Of the beers tasted at the brewery, this beer easily took the cake.

Split amongst the five of us. El Rojo poured a very shiny golden copper that was fairly hazy. The beer, itself, was very still with little to no visible carbonation. This was expected as it was aged in cabernet barrels. Floating atop the body, rested a thin layer of white head.

As I dipped my nose into the glass, I came across a plethora of sweet red grapes that gave way to a semi grassy scent. I also picked out small touches of vanilla, and light components of raspberry as well though I feel I had to search a little bit too hard for the latter. Oak scents rose out of the glass nicely, in addition to some incredibly smooth lemon funk. Of the four beers that I have had from Bullfrog, I have noticed a consistency in their remarkable wild yeast strain.

The smell preluded the matching taste. Again, tons of sweet grapes and a nice dry oak flavor. Everything that was noted in the scent gave way to a remarkably similar taste. Incredibly fresh, crisp, and clean. Bravo Bullfrog!!

Edit: This beer has aged horribly. Just popped open a 2 and half month bottle. The smell was of overly tart lemon, mixed with cough syrup. Taste is a mirror image with way too much going on. Really messy.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:42:25 | More by CoolJosh
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3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy amber color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly disappears without leaving much in the way of lacing.

Vinous and funky aroma with hints of earthy oak, cream and dark fruit. There's a subtle vanilla presence with hints of cherry, grape and other dark berries.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slight lactic, creamy texture. Slightly tart but not overly funky or puckering with a strong barrel presence and lots of vinous dark fruit. Hints of toasted oak with a prominent vanilla character followed by subtle funk and lots of sweetness from the fruit notes. I'm picking up raspberry, grape, cherry and other berries. I was expecting more funk/sourness but it's pretty tame. More sweet/vinous than anything without any harsh acetic quality.

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11-05-2011 01:18:06 | More by corby112
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3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks once again go to Deuane for this one. I had one of these about a year ago and didn't care for it very much. This must have been one of the "good" bottles.

A - Pours reddish brown with a stark white one finger tall head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of earthy funk, vinous red wine, lightly toasted caramel malt, dulled tart fruit, and some dry oak tannins. You can really tell this was in a Cabernet Sauvignon barrel.

T - Starts off with a big dose of vinous red wine from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels slowly giving way to a mix of brett funk, apples, caramel malt, dulled earthy hops, and lots of dry oak tannins. It is very dry but the light tartness helps to ease it a bit. The finish is pretty dry with a touch of tartness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart, feel with plenty of dry oak tannins lingering through the finish.

O - Not too bad. I have had better from Bullfrog but this was far from terrible. If you go into it without any expectations it isn't too bad but if you do, then you might be let down big time.

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08-03-2011 23:25:51 | More by orangesol
Photo of rye726


4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a 750ml bottle of El Rojo Diablo. Served at cellar temp in a snifter. Always enjoy the barrel aged sours from Bullfrog.

Pours a hazy brown with a silky tan head. Nose has tart fruits, earthy funk, oak, red wine, caramel malts and some subtle floral hops. Taste is a nice balance of sour yeast, cherries, plums, wooden wien barrels and again a subtle bitter hop presence. Medium body drinks well. Finish a bit thin. Nice refreshing sour, lively.

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2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received on request from johnmichealsen a while back (thx!), poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip. El Rojo Diablo is a chill hazed ruddy bronze with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very phenolic and vinous, potpourri, but not in a good way.

Taste is pretty strongly dominated by the cabernet sauvignon, and not funky or sour at all (in spite of their labels proclamation to do wild beers). This is basically a strong ale age aged in wet wine barrels. Which I suppose is fine (conceptually, if not in execution), but not what I expected or would have had John drop over $25 on for. This brewery is pretty much swinging 0-fer IMHO. I first had their biere de garde in Pittsburgh in like spring of '07 and thought it was fine for a then unheard of brewery, but nothing special. I then had a taste of magic beans a year or two later when they were first blowing up and thought it was fine, but in was in the minority of that tasting (where my cohorts seemed to know more about bullfrog's hype), and only appreciated it as an experimental saison. The 3 bottles I had John seek out for me (at no insignificant cost or effort, which I appreciated greatly), have all been pretty weak.

Mouthfeel is tannic, a bit oily, medium-heavy bodied. It's funny how I find the score of this category drastically influenced by the others, que sara.

Drinkability is kind of slow. This beer has a real richness from the wine barrels. In spite of whatever intentions they may have had from the barrels funking it out, that never happened. The price makes it's laughable, it seems like they could have taken a bunch of 2-row sugar, feremented it quickly with a chico ale yeast and aged in on oak chips soaked in two buck chuck.
Not Impressed sums it up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of nickd717


3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared by bring on BA.

Pours medium amber with a small off-white head.

Aroma is bretty funk, slightly sweet malt, and fruity/grape skin notes.

Flavor is a little weird - pale malt, nail polish, red wine, brett, and faded hops. Not sure where this one is going.

Mildly tart on the palate with medium body.

Overall, this is an average American wild ale at best. A reason why I don't put much effort into seeking out Bullfrog's absurdly rare beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 17:27:22 | More by nickd717
Photo of largadeer


1.75/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks a bunch, Barry. This was a treat.

It's a murky rustwater color, nicely carbonated and topped by a finger of white foam that quickly disappears.

Huge wine barrel aroma, very vinous, oaky, rubbery. I pick up a bit of solvent beneath the onslaught of barrel, and a hint of faded hops.

Astringent and rubbery on the palate, oaky, overly vinous, quite tannic with harsh plasticy phenols. Bubbly mouthfeel, nicely carbonated but again, this is quite astringent and difficult to drink. I've had this a few times now and it has yet to impress me, mediocre at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 06:12:44 | More by largadeer
Photo of sholland119


4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the cellar to get in the Bullfrog spirit before our visit tomorrow. Thanks to Deuane for this one too.

A-Crystal clear honey amber with lots of frothy off white head but no real lacing.

S-Some definite musty funk, some vinous characteristics, very nice.

T-Oakiness rules the day along with some red wine tannins. Not terribly funky, though the mustiness from the nose really impacts the flavor, adding some nice depth. This is vastly improved from the first bottle I had almost a year ago.

M-Medium bodied, very dry, a bit astringent.

D-I was not sure how this was going to work out since I did not care for the last bottle I had, but time has been very kind.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:02:48 | More by sholland119
Photo of womencantsail


3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: The nose has a lactic tartness to it which goes along nicely with the fruitiness in the background. The funk is mild, but there's a nice earthy component to the beer along with some good oak aromas.

T: The flavor was not quite as intriguing as I had hoped. The beer is very earthy and tannic with plenty of oak character. The fruit has seemed to drop off a bit and the tartness is not as pronounced as I would have thought.

M: The body is medium with plenty of carbonation and a very dry finish with perhaps a bit of alcohol warmth (not sure where that came from).

D: Another "interesting" beer from Bullfrog that didn't quite hit the mark. Yet another "I'm glad to have tried it" beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 17:30:37 | More by womencantsail
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El Rojo Diablo from Bullfrog Brewery
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