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El Diablo Deluxe - Bullfrog Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: treyrab on 07-02-2010)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by d0ggnate:
Photo of d0ggnate
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy golden color to my glass, with a tight-laced single finger head. The nose is sweet and funky. You can pick up the spiced charachteristics here, too. At taste, the beer is very saison-like, with a spiced/floral quality and a definate hoppy presence. Very drinkable and I really enjoyed this one.

d0ggnate, Jul 27, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mora2000, Aug 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

CaptinRedBeard, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

acurtis, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  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.

Sammy, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 05, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Desaparecido, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

largadeer, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.6/5  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.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mendvicdog, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

liamt07, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Rhettroactive, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
3.6/5  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.

ChrisPro, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

aasher, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ygtbsm94, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

jlindros, Mar 04, 2013
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El Diablo Deluxe from Bullfrog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.