AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.1/5 rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Thanks to xhuskr for the trade! Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
A nice spritzy action, but an incredibly golden honey crystal clear with spritzy fast racing bubbles of carbonation. Head tries to form but can't. Uh oh this looks dead on arrival for a Belgian. No lacing but some wet spider legs that break. I am sensing failure. There is no head, collar, or lacing with this beer at all. What did form was very soapy disappearing instantly. An aggressive pour makes things better even giving some stickiness for the disappearing head. Ok NOW we have some staying power and stickiness.
Aroma is abundant candi yeast, floral notes and apple. Green pear a little as well. Floral hints also. Dry white wine grape sense. Extremely varied and impressive, but a big punch of gas.
Taste brings all that and more. Fruit bouquet and sugars in the palate with green apples, pears, white wine dry crispness of pinot grigio and hints of lemon. Texture is ruined by excessive carbonation. Feels more like wine than beer, but a fantastic mix of both with Belgian charm.
Overall I think this did not travel well from California, I am thinking bottle shock but could be wrong. It is really too bad but judging from other appearance reviews of this it looks like something went wrong. Too bad there is a tremendous beer behind this just wanting to escape. I will have to have this sometime again. Luckily even in this state there is very much to enjoy. It looks like this all had to do with the pour somewhat but you never know. A fantastic beer is hiding here.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2011 20:43:36 | More by smakawhat
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4.26/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Rich deep golden color with fantastic clarity. A quarter inch thick white head rests on top with a bit of Brussels lacing. Fantastic aroma of coriander, pears, pale malt, and Belgian Strong Ale yeast greets my nose. The mouth is moderately carbonated and fairly dry. I get pale malt and Belgian Strong Ale yeast on the front of the palate and then an appropriate burst of coriander in the follow through. It's so easy to do overkill on the aroma and flavor of coriander, but they nailed it on this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 06:30:44 | More by Franziskaner
AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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