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El Diablo Deluxe - Bullfrog Brewery

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El Diablo DeluxeEl Diablo Deluxe

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
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.
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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 87
Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.44/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is hazy bright golden orange. Pours a finger of white head with good retention and good lace.

Aroma: Very floraly and herbal. Floral hops. Some spice and brett shine through. Funky brett. Belgian yeast shows.

Taste: Complete brett bomb. It is harsh and over the top brett. Floral/herbal hop profile. Ends very weedy. Terrible. Not to much to say about the taste.

Mouthfeel: Dry and funky. Over the top funk. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a terrible beer. I cannot drink a lot of it. I am very shocked by how bretty this beer has gotten and has taken over so much of the flavor profile. I am not impressed.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a hazy orange color with a thick white head to it. Pretty nice looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of earthy Brett to it. I get some notes of orange citrus and zesty lemon to it as well as a little clove like spice. It has a touch of funk to it as well. Very solid aroma overall.

In the taste I get some zesty citrus mixing with the earthy Brett. Towards the finish I get a little more musty, funky and slightly sour flavors coming out. Very easy drinking and flavorful overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall it was a very solid beer. The Brett played a big role in the flavor profile, but it worked well for it. Overall a very easy drinking, refreshing and flavorful beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, numbered 418/467. Cork is removed easily, with a strong pop and immediately foams out of the bottle and is caught by my snifter.

Beer pours a clear golden orange color with strong carbonation supporting a massive frothy white head with long lasting retention and impressive Belgian style lacing. Aroma is strong blend of citrus, florals, funk and very dry. Yeast, orange, citrus rind, coriander, mild barn and funk from the brett. Right now this beer is lacking any real tart or sour character, which wasn't really expected and isn't a problem for this IMO. Front of the palate is covered in earthy, dirty barnyard funk and brett. Middle of the palate onward provides and sweeter and slightly bitter yeasty and floral notes. Finish ends with sweet citric (orange) flavors. Body is medium thick and softly carbonated, with a pleasantly dry finish that is balanced between citric and earthy flavors again. Overall, a very smooth, balanced and complex wild, without being remotely sour or tart, just plenty of brett funk. Like someone else mentioned, sort of reminds me of a funky imperial wit, but more wild than wit. Not the "best" Bullfrog wild or most interesting, but tasting very nice fresh and should age nicely.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to Andy for sharing this.

Pours a bright almost neon orange with a huge bubbly off white head. Beautiful.

Smells very bretty, slightly tart, hints of orange and cardboard.

Taste is some brett but less than the nose, moderate amount of orange, touch of cardboard again, this is decent but far from great. Seems slightly oxidized.

Body is a little thin and a little undercarbed, not terrible but not good.

Decent beer, certainly drinkable, but pretty so-so. Was probably better fresh. Appearance is amazing though.


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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed with JLindros at his Birthday whale tasting last month. Reviewed from notes. 2009? vintage, #'d /467

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear golden hue with a one finger head that faded to leave a light blanket and good side lacing. Pretty solid considering the age.

S - Fair amount of wild brett funk, light fruits, fair amount of mustyness. A sign of things to come.

T - Ah, not really what I was expecting. LOTS of musty cellar notes, and nice funk. Very light fruit notes as well and faint spices.

M - Mouthfeel is sold, nice and sharper carbonation here.

O - Overall not sure what I was expecting with this one. Taste really did not do it for me, which was unfortunate. Still, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdiddy for sharing. 750ml bottle, #86 of 467. Pours an orange-gold with a hazy clarity and a half inch frothy, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus, coriander, a hint of vinegar, a trace of rind and grapefruit see extract - a very clean character. Taste follows nose with the lemon rind being a bit more amplified; bitter, but not overpowering. Overall, the taste reminds me a bit of a Belgian IPA with the addition of a little funk. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation and a slight astringency that stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, I'm not really sure how to evaluate this brew - my immediate impression, without knowing the style, was that it was a slightly funky Belgian IPA, so I was rather surprised to see it classified as an American Wild. That said, I found it interesting although not particularly exceptional.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops out hard, slow gusher, have glasses ready. Pour is transparent light golden orange with tons of fluffy white head. The nose has a ton of hop and fruity brett aromas, Very citrusy and perfumy with a light floral presence. The flavor is great, very dry and bright citrus fruits, perfumy and lightly floral hop. Peppery spice underneath with more grapefruit and citrus in the finish. The body is medium, extremely dry finish and subtle but assertive carbonation. Flavors are very bright, well balanced and integrated with a heavy hop/brett taste.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  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.

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El Diablo Deluxe from Bullfrog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.