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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
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
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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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
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

djrn2, Nov 14, 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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

acurtis, Jan 01, 2013
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 womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ygtbsm94, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

spycow, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 25, 2011
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean9689 for sharing this endlessly hyped Bullfrog offering. Bottle number #200/467. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - After the usual battle to get the cork out of any Bullfrog brew, we were greeted by a slow gusher. Don't leave this "frog" unattended. The pour results in a big off-white, orange-tinged foam that has solid retention and leaves attractive sheets of lacework that eventually settles to a thick cap. The body is a hazy orange color with minimal transparency.

S - The funk is pretty heavy here, yielding plenty of pineapple, and hay. The pineapple flavor mingles well with the adjunct orange peel. There is some fairly obvious spice character both from the yeast and actual spices, but thankfully the coriander mentioned on the bottle isn't overpowering. It's slightly medicinal.

T - Taste is very Orval-like. Pale malt, lightly toasted grains, with some funky, fruity brett, and light spicy esters. The finish is lightly sour.

M - Body is medium-light, and slightly gritty. There's adequate carbonation, but this could stand to be a little more lively. Finish is surprisingly sticky - guess I shouldn't be surprised that this isn't very dry or tannic, seeing as it's not barrel-aged (Brett is added at bottling).

D - Two (incomplete) pours was sufficient. This is a fairly middling offering - it's certainly refreshing, but it's not worthy trading the farm to try. I'd rather buy some Orval or Fantôme if I want funky Belgians.

I know that "American Wild Ale" is a catch-all genre these days, but this isn't really wild enough to ride with the big boys. It's more of a funked up Saison or Belgian Pale, and if it were marketed as such I'd probably bump it into A- territory...maybe. I can see this improving over the next year or so as the yeast does its thing.

MasterSki, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Chris.

Beer poured from bottle 47 / 467 into a snifter. Beer is orange with a HUGE head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Head is made up of small and medium white bubbles. Beer is heavily carbonated. Looks pretty good for a sour.

The aroma is overall a little mild, good brett funk character, Brett b I believe with a mild citrus character to it...that makes me think this is Brett c, maybe its both.

This beer is medium to light in body. Its quite bright on the palate leading with a nice lactic flavor and followed closely by a mild harsher acetic or citric acid quality. I would define this beer as a brett bomb. Its quite drinkable. There isn't much in the way of woodsy flavors but overall its a nice wild / sour.

drabmuh, Aug 11, 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
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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mendvicdog, Nov 12, 2013
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
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 4/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting thanks to Edgar, thanks man!

a - Pours a murky golden color with a hint of orange, 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruit, brett, yeast, and spices.

t - Tastes very heavily of spices. Also tastes of brett, citrus, and floral or earhty malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice beer. I was expecting it to be sour, but it really wasn't at all. Would like to try again sometime.

mdfb79, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to FooFaa for sharing at our tasting.

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with hints of dark banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Large splotches of lacing left behind.

Dry earthy aroma with lots of Brett effervescence, earthy hops, crisp light fruit and a slight vegetal character. Hints of bready yeast along with apple, pear and banana notes.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with lots of dry bretty effervescence, crisp light fruit, earthy hops and bread/yeast. Slightly tart but not puckering or acidic. More dry than anything else. There's also a dry, earthy hop presence which is unusual for the style along with hints of bread, banana, apple and pear. Slightly spicy with zesty, peppery notes and a bone dry finish. A bit too one dimnsional with slightly overwhelming dryness but thankfully there is some earthy bitter hop and estery Belgian yeast flavor.

corby112, Jan 24, 2011
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El Diablo Deluxe from Bullfrog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.