El Diablo Deluxe - Bullfrog Brewery

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El Diablo DeluxeEl Diablo Deluxe

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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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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SummitVA
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick fluffly white head over a murky golden brown body. Smells like lemons and corn, grainy with a hint of earth.

Taste? meh. Pretty much underwhelmed with what feels like a saison with no "wild ale" sour or barnyard funk. Very mellow, very clean. Nothing memorable.

Not a purchase/trade I would make.

Photo of homebrew311
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a bright orange with a slight hazy, 2 finger frothy head

S: earthy tea like notes followed by a very musty smell, followed by a funky spice character. Not sure if this beer just isn't my style or if this has some extracurricular aromas going on, but the one thing I know is that is is not smelling great.

T: peppery up front with some citrus and a huge amount of barnyard funk and, a tiny twinge of tartness on the finish. I'm having trouble with funk in this one.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: This Wild was a bit of a disappointment. The balance is off and the funk overwhelms the beer.

Photo of amphion1065
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. One of many bretty beers Rempo decided to send my way – thanks again Mark.

Holy cork Batman, opening this was an exercise in delayed gratification. After five solid minutes of pulling and prodding, I managed to pop it. Predictably, I had a gusher on my hands, but I lost nary a drop. Good thing, too, because this is a very pretty beer. Murky yellow, golden body, almost like chafed wheat. A pillowy off-white head stuck around for a while (though it did subside from about eight fingers to two). Great, sticky lacing all around my glass.

Big brett notes in the nose, but there's a surprising amount of sweetness, too. The earthy yeast is tempered by a lot of fruit flavor. Lemons, apples and peaches come through strongly.

This is a very, very dry wild ale, with a lot of brett in the taste. The grassy, earthy funk dominates the flavor. There's a tart acidity here as well, though this isn't overwhelmingly sour. If anything, this could stand to be a little more mouth-puckering. Citrus fruits and some indistinguishable spices (for what it's worth, I couldn't really taste coriander) are in the mix as well.

Strangely enough, the carbonation is less than ideal. I half-expected this to drink like soda given how evidently carbonated the bottle was, but this could stand a little more effervescence.

The brett is really allowed to shine in this beer, and though the spices aren't very evident all of the flavors are very clean. My first Bullfrog beer, and hopefully not my last.

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Florida9
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy. Very cloudy. Peachy yellow-orange in color. Forms a foamy off-white head with good retention and a little lacing.

S: Smell is dead on this one, and I don't mean non-existent. Literally smells like grandma's house. Musty, dusty, and old with a little orange and citrus trying to play through the mildew.

T: Much like the smell, the flavor must be past it's prime. Flavor is surprisingly light with notes of citrus, coriander and other culinary spices with a light bitterness. There is a little citric acidity, but it is faint.

M: Light and overcarbonated. Almost feels fuzzy on the tongue.

O: Not an overly interesting beer. Difficult to believe this is a Wild Ale, though maybe it's just not a very good one.

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.

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