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El Diablo Deluxe - Bullfrog Brewery

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El Diablo DeluxeEl Diablo Deluxe

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BA SCORE
84
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: treyrab on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by berpwillie:
Photo of berpwillie
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle#2681467
pours a very cloudy copper color with large white fizzy head that sticks around for a while. good lacing and average carbonation. strong wild yeast smell with fruity citrus hints. taste is a bit more tame then the smell, but still pretty sour and tart. light body with average flavor duration that finishes sour and tart. a bit more dry than i usually like in a wild ale but still very delicious.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Bottle 90 of 467.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a ton of leathery brett with some orange citrus. The flavor is brett with some citrus and assorted spices. The beer is extremely dry. Overall, the flavor is not sour and not funky, it is just straight brettanomyces. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Capone's. A real funk experience, with some foaming. A fresh smell, A big soapy head on cloudy dark yellow body. Tartness really comes through at the end of the bottle, I liked the bitterness at that point. Funky aroma and taste, some leather belt.Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by schen9303. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Duchess oversized wine glass.

A: After a brief struggle with the cork, a pleasant hiss erupts and the beer rushes towards the top. Pour yields a massive 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear, golden orange that reveals copious amounts of carbonation. Lacing is thick and frothy with great stick. An amazing looking beer all-around.

S: Flower petals, orange peel, coriander, and other spices. Yeasty in parts but not an overwhelmingly fragrant nose. Funky in parts with hints of oak and woodiness.

T: What's surprising here is that there's no hint of tartness or sour at all. Instead, there's a huge funk, earth, and dirt presence upfront. Yeasty bitterness and flower petal in the back from the middle onward. Orange peel freshness provides some nice overtones throughout. Finish is lip smackingly dry woodiness with no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated but not overly so. Smooth and robust in the mouth without being too much. Finish is dry with no aftertaste.

D: This beer really grew on me through the whole experience and I see it as having a good amount of potential to develop into something fantastic. As is though, probably not well characterized as a sour though the orange is minutely present. Great looking beer with a fantastic feel though and the complexity is definitely there. Just not the intense experience I was expecting.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared thanks to chswimmer.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a huge billowy lasting white head.

The aroma is similar to a saison - sweet malt, pepper, spice, citrus, brett, and other Belgian yeast.

The flavor is also very saison-like, with pale malt, Belgian yeast, brett, black pepper, orange peel, and mild hops. Rather spicy.

Dry on the palate with medium body and fairly high carbonation.

A decent American wild overall, although I might call it a saison myself. Good for Bullfrog.

Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one awhile back as a part of a get well package after my accident! Shared this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Bottle #114 of 467! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, sour, horseblanket, fruit, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, earth, earth funk, horseblanket, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I went into this one really expecting quite a bit, however I was a good bit let down. The funk aspect going on here really dominated every aspect of this beer. Usually this is a good thing, but there really wasn’t too much else going on to help balance this out. Also it was a little bit weak as well. Worth trying and glad that I did, but definitely not the highlight of the tasting.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

came home after a long day and popped the corked on this one. served chilled and poured into a dfh snifter, this one was consumed on 08/17/2010.

really nice pour here with a deeply clouded over light golden amber that held its own throughout the session. huge head of white foam came up and over the top foaming out over the glass. never really did settle an kept a ton of lace on it throughout the session.

aroma is totally brett with light notes of lemon and hints of light grain. warming brings out pears, hints of light funk and sour apples. very big malt bill here as the fink is almost drowned out by it, but not even close. nice light balance with hints of yeast and fruity notes abounded in the taste. nice sour an funk that reward the palate after a light burst of citrus and a nice dry finish.

overall a really nice ale. not the best from bullfrog, but really nicely done and quite drinkable.

Photo of largadeer
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wahoo, another rare Bullfrog beer. Thanks, Craig.

El Diablo Deluxe pours a hazy pale amber, and resides opaque in the glass. A solid half-inch of head forms and retains well.

Musty aroma, brettanomyces funk and fruit is dominant. The malt foundation is dry and crackery, and the yeast lends notes of pineapple and peach.

The taste hints at melon and honey up front, followed by a big musty brett character, pineapple, husky grain, herbal and grassy hop bitterness. Medium to light body, somewhat astringent mouthfeel. Quite bitter in the finish, herbal in character and very sticky and lingering. Not a bad little brett beer, it's reminiscent of Orval but lacking the finesse and balance of that beer.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Josh for supplying this at the 2nd go-round of Pittsburgh beer tastings. Heard this was a lot like a bretted saison, which is one of my favorite styles. Poured into a tulip.

The color is a dirty orange amber, lots of haze even though this came out of the cooler at 55F after sitting still for a while. The head is full, fluffy, and marshmallow white. As it shrinks, and I as drink, thick bands of lace are deposited all over the back wall of my glass. As it sits, it turns into a cobweb-like lace.

The aroma is estery with notes of stone fruit - mainly peaches and apricot. There is a lot of sweaty barnyard funk in the nose as well. I don't get enough of the clove and spicy notes that I like to see in saisons. The flavor, though, brings these on as well. Clove, corriander, and some orange peel along with the peach and apricot esters from the nose. The bretty funk is dominant about halfway through the flavor and all the way through the finish. It seems a bit harsh.

The finish is extremely dry due to the brett. Appropriately carbonated for a Belgian style, as evidenced from the big cap of foam. Enjoyable, and it has a lot of potential, but right now, the funk is just a bit too edgy for the rest of the beer. Maybe age will bring it around some. I will sit on my bottle for a little while.

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the bottle share during the bottle release at Jackie O's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a layer of white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Herbal and light with a mild, tart citrus and a slight sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Strong, sweet malt with a light herbal and fruity flavor. There is some tartness and it is quite crisp overall. I'm really enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice saison that I would definitely have again. As a wild ale, it could have been a bit more sour.

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip. Bottle 214/467.

Cork exploded out of this and just about put a hole through the ceiling, heads up. Dark browned orange body, 3-4 fingers of offwhite head. Great retention and lacing. Nose has coirander and orange peel at the forefront, light funk, oak and fruity malt notes. Nose is fairly pronounced. Taste is again coriander, orange/citrus peel initially, but a chalky drying yeast character that lasts well into the finish. High carbonation which overpowered the beer, chalky and bitterness doesn't fo well for the finish.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Mucho thanks for supplying this one, Ed --

A: Hazy tangerine. A careful pour yields a 1.25 finger head with minimal lacing.

S: Heavy amounts of clove and brett gone wild. As it warms, an aged Swiss cheese funk becomes predominant.

T: Slightly funky up front, yet the stars of the fore-palate are deep earth, cardamom and spice. It's a hearty wild ale - a generous amount of grain creates the backbone which runs from the start to mid, at which point the brett takes hold and doesn't let go.

M: Pretty fizzy. The overall feel is nicely done, as the hefty amount of flavor here is well balanced by the bubbly carbonation.

O: Bullfrog's El Diablo Deluxe is a fine example of a balanced American Wild Ale. The bottle sampled was certainly funked up, and yet it was something I felt didn't need an introduction. Well done - I look forward to encountering more of Bullfrog's suds.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to MasterSki popped open for a nice improptu tasting. #200/467

Pours a cloudy haze of a dark banana yellow with a fluffy pillow of a head.

Aroma was dirty dirty dirty funk. Lots of grass and hay on the nose and a hint of cat urine. I got a little lemon and spice, along with some gym sock. Actually a relatively pleasant mix, but not something I'm dying to take a whiff of again.

The taste had a mild tartness and really, as Alex put it, was like an Imperial Orval. A little biscuit and lemon, a slight dry grassy finish.

Medium bodied and I actually thought this was well carbonated, especially considering I had a pour after the bottle had been open a while. Still had some good pops on the tongue that brought out flavor and a really clean finish.

Overall, this was a solid and drinkable brew. For an American brewer, I think it's a good venture into developing something a little different but it was still pretty drinkable, especially on a hot evening.

Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was shared by thagr81us at the Charlotte Tasting 2012. Thanks Calton!

This one pours a light bodied polished told in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. The nose is light. All I can pick up are light brett and hibiscus. The flavors are consist of a lot of brett, lavendar, hibiscus, and and funk. It is subtly sour. This beer drinks like a Belgian pale with loads of brett with floral components. It's ok. This beer could've peaked a couple years ago but we'd never know. It's impossible to tell how agressive this was or what it used to be. I'm glad I could try it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice copper-orange color with a bit of a white head that settles down nicely, leaving behind a pretty good deal of lacing. The nose is pretty intense, with strong notes of pepper, citrus zest, spice, coriander, and a bit of funk. The taste brings a pretty good amount of earthy Brett character as well as some nice spicing and orange peel. Feel is pretty dry with good carbonation. Drinks quite well. I am continually impressed with nearly everything Bullfrog does.

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared at my Birthday whale tasting. I shared this one, thanks to JAXSON for sending me this one. Few years old by now.

Pours a light fizzy big airy head, bit of lacing, clear golden orange nectar color

Nose nice wild Brett funk, golden Belgian malts, light stone fruit, applely, some horsehair funk.

Taste brings a weird funk, not really what i was expecting, straw, dank cellar dusty box like tast, light golden Belgian malts, light fruity pear like flavor as well, hint spices like coriander.

Mouth is lighter bodied, effervescent carb.

Overall not bad, not as funky as I expected, but decent.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes.

Pours a straw-colored golden color-- kind of deeper in color, almost like wet straw. Nice white head that skipped town pretty quick but left some hard-clinging spots of lace.

Smell is some sweet maltiness with a dry nature to it. An Orval-like funkiness is a huge part of the smell... and flavor profile. The taste has a sweetness up front that turns into a funkiness with a hint of tartness. Not vinegar or lactic or sour, per say... but almost like a chalky tartness. That might not sound that good-- but I don't mean it in a real bad way. It reminds me of some sort of candy-- almost like sweet tarts?
Towards the finish I get some little peppery/spice note. Very nice and easy to drink.

My only complaint with this beer would be that there seems to be some sort of chalkiness that I can taste and feel. It is kind of odd, but this is a very young beer-- I imagine this beer will do great things with some age!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Cantral PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Bottle #323/467. Finally getting to try something from the once-vaunted Bullfrog Brewery. It pours a cloudy sunset golden straw topped by a healthy bit of very-light-cream-white foam. The nose comprises honeydew, pineapple core, farmhouse funk, and honey. The taste holds notes of cobwebs, musty grass, clove, light black pepper, dust, grapefruit rind, and coriander. The funk isn't really there, certainly not to the extent expected from the smell; instead, the spices seem to all be vying for power in some sort of flavor melee, all while the still-dying King Funk looks on from behind his slowly-closing eyes. Suffice it to say, things did not sit very well on my tongue at all. The body straddles the line between heavy light and light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, I can only assume this beer is a shadow of its former self, as I was never able to be acquainted with said former self. All I know is that it's not drinking very well right now.

Photo of womencantsail
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the late, great, jerz for sharing this one at our Sour Fest Eve tasting.

A: The pour is a very highly carbonated clear golden color with a massive white head that sticks around for quite some time.

S: Lots of different fruit notes in the nose: apples, pears, lemon peel, and oranges. The spices come through quite nicely as well, as does a bit of dry Brett and some earthy funk.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor does not live up to expectations. Just some miscellaneous spices, including nutmeg, coriander, and citrus zest. Lots of yeastiness with sweet apple and a hint of tartness at points.

M: The body is medium, I suppose, but the carbonation is far too aggressive to really enjoy what flavors are in this beer.

D: This one is just too foamy and it really detracts from the enjoyment. The flavor is not amazing to begin with, so this detraction does not help much.

Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by jlindros at a recent tasting. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours very clear in the glass with a pale golden color. A finger of foamy white head lingers briefly and falls to leave a small collar.

S - Quite funky on the nose, sharp and a bit biting, rather fruity. Interesting ginger ale like aroma in there too. Overall - spicy, funky and tart.

T - Funky up front with nice barnyard aspects. A bit hoppy with a generous citrusy aspect as well - mostly oranges mixed in with the brett induced funkiness. Spicy with coriander and cloves showing thru.

M - Thinnish body, definitely lighter than medium with a mid level carbonation that is tingly/fizzy on the tongue.

O - Quite good wild ale. Very enjoyable. Nice spicy and noticeably hoppy character against the barnyard funk. Definitely would have this one again.

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this one along. It has been awhile since I have had one and the first time to review.

A-Hazy, chunky, cloudy golden yellow with a medium white head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves decent lace behind.

S-Amazingly fruity up front with hints of quince, pear and Granny Smith apple lying on top of a bit of oak astringency and light biscuit malt sweetness.

T-Where did the fruit go? Sharply sour with spicy herbal notes, oak bitterness and then a touch of fruity sweetness. A subtle smack of musty yeast in the background adding to the complexity.

M-Medium-light bodied, extremely dry and astringent with a sharp, long longeing herbal bitterness. Sourness is present but not dominating.

D-A prime example of a wild in the fact you never know what they will develop into. Amazingly fruity nose with an equally amazing dry, tart palate profile. Good for sure but becomes a bit tedious in the end.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Craig.

Mild hazy orange with a massive white head, this does look good. Nice lacing too. The nose is a great expression of Brett (C?), with plenty of pineapple and tropical fruit. However, there is some simple sugar and mild spice. Solid. Palate opens sweet with a mild spice character and moderate brett. Plenty of pineapple. Drying and bretty on finish, I found the finish to be mildly harsh, and a touch too sweet. Decent stuff.

Photo of scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 99 of 467 poured into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks goes to StormKing47 for this one.

A: The first pour was a clear dark golden but the next one clouded up into a hazy apricot color. The head was crazy frothy, billowing, and bright white, and it slowly faded into a fuzzy film leaving a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant scents of bubblegum yeast and tons of fruit. I smell banana, peach, and sweet tangerine with a few notes of lemon and straw.
T: This tastes more like a tripel than a wild. Since I assume El Diablo is the base beer and it’s a BSPA, I suppose I’m not too far off. It’s definitely not as fruity as the nose suggested, although there is a little bit more funky straw or hay. The finish is almost saison-esque with a herbal hop bitterness. Strange. There is no tartness and only a little bit of sour.
M: Once the ample bubbly carbonation died down I could really feel the medium body. Unfortunately it’s got a slick greasy feel to it. Not the greatest.
O: This one started off with potential based on the look and smell, but there is just something off about the taste and mouthfeel. This is too much like a tripel and not enough like a wild.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Captain Red Beard for this one.

A - Pours an opaque light orange color with a foamy and creamy looking white head. No carbonation. Looks really murky.

S - Barnyard funk, sour, straw, white grapes, apples, light colored fruit.

T - Light funk, white grapes, a little floral, jasmine (?), light spicy, brett, bready, slightly earthy, wet blanket, lingering spicy clove, land bitter lemon bitterness.

M - Light medium to heavy light body, leaves a coating of spicy tang lemon bitterness in the mouth.

O - This beer is underrated. Totally magnificent after aging for a few years.

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 281 of 417.

A. The cork took much effort to remove, and when it finally popped, the bottle threatened to overflow. I got the glass in place in time, but it was close. More head than beer initially. Hazy orange body.

S. Mostly brett, but I like that for what this beer is. I do get a bit of spices, but they are non-descript under all that brett. I was afraid the spice in this would be overwhelming, but that is clearly not the case.

T&M. Full body. Very creamy and well balanced, with an obvious brett component at the forefront. Is it overly bretty? Maybe, but is a DIPA overly hoppy? The carbonation and mild spices and saison backbone give a great platform for this brett forward beer to shine.

D. One bottle, split two ways, is not nearly enough. If this was a readily available beer, I would probably buy it by the case.

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El Diablo Deluxe from Bullfrog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.