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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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764 Ratings

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 94
Gots: 126 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 750ml into Tulip, had a cloudy yellowish, tiny head that disappears very fast. Scent of coriander, apple tarts. Yeasty and notes of floral. Taste was amazing that had caramel and alcohol in your face and bright apples and peaches in the back. Massive carbonation and the yeast are very alive!

04-10-2009 07:02:10 | More by SidVicious619
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours medium gold, with a frothy white head. Excellent retention, thick lacing, and pretty effervescent bubbles.

S: Subtle floral aromas, coriander in good balance, mild citrus aromas, and pale malt.

T: Sweetish malt and some fruity esters, which impart brightness and structure. Mouthwatering. Crisp yet somehow a little flabby. Coriander on the back end supports the flavors nicely and adds some complexity.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. A little crispness.

T: Tasty, well executed example of the style. Goes down remarkably easily for the ABV: I would've guessed like 7%.

10-21-2012 00:32:40 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%

loud sizzle on this puppy, the head vaporizes in a flash, bright and golden glowing, lots of disorganized carbonation is running clumsily around the glass, a thin layer of foam sticks around due to the furious pace of carbonation, decent enough looking

dry and musty with very light hints of tropical fruit, kind of reminds me of chardonnay or something of that ilk, nothing over whelming and nothing off putting

taste etc...
alot of belgian style ales go a little much into the spice flavor for me, not here, really super smooth, and where o where are you hiding the ABV? I feel it but damn it is no where in the flavor, you get just a hint of the coriander in the finish which balances nicely with a slight bitterness and ever so slight candy sugar tone, in a way this is a very subdued beer... but I really like it for that. in terms of mouth feel it drinks super smooth, the carbonation is subtle (and from looks you might have been expecting a mess in that department)

I don't often drink belgian style ales... but when I do...
but then again I am about the least interesting man...
this stuff is super solid, it drinks ultra slick and watch out for that ABV. a damn well rounded beer.

01-20-2014 05:00:45 | More by Ego
Photo of Franchise


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a dirty blonde leaving a very thin white lace. The aroma is honey, cloves, super sweet "natural honey candy" is what comes to mind. The taste mirrors the nose, very sweet, the alcohal is faint well hidden masking the 11% but warming. As this beer warms a bit candied orange, peach, and caramel all come to mind. The finish is smooth and lite, one that you need to sip and enjoy slowly.

06-22-2006 18:56:11 | More by Franchise
Photo of rarbring


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A clouded light brass colored brew, with a white head that leaves some lacing, medium curtains.

Funky stable aromas, salt and mineral, alka-seltzer, yeast, peaches, pomegranates, grape-fruit and lime.

Starting sweet and fruity, peaches, orange marmalade, then salty licorice candy, bitter peel.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, oily and sticky, a smooth dryness.

A good, but demanding one. Hard strong cheese recommended.

09-25-2012 18:55:20 | More by rarbring
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle was purchased, waxed and stored in 7/2009. Review is from notes taken on 1/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip. BTW -- this is not a bomber that should be sat down with by yourself.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp golden/coppery color; starts with a huge 3 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention; body is perfectly clear and shows strong and fast carbonation; head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves a thick web of lacing at first which eventually dwindles to some sticky spots and swaths.

Smell: Can something be delicate and robust all at the same time? I don't know for sure, but this comes pretty close -- sweet subtle candi sugars and a slight sweet and slightly tart fruitiness with an acidic bite (a bit like apple and/or green grapes -- I'm kind of reminded of a dessert wine); a certain cereal graininess; nice Belgian spiciness that is really warm and reminiscent of the coriander it is brewed with.

Taste: Nice Belgian spiciness and coriander that has a bit of an herbal or floral aspect to it; slightly tart, more sweet and fruity flavors as mentioned in the nose (again, I'm reminded of a dessert wine) and some nice tastes of Belgian yeast; at first the alcohol flavors are very faint and well blended, but as it continues to warm they start to linger more heavily on the palate and breath (1/2 way into my second glass is when I realize that opening this by myself was a mistake...); the aftertaste is very sweet and it becomes a tad cloying and heavy with alcohol, but I feel that this is more my fault because this one should have been shared.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is strong and lively but resists being sharp in the oily and heavier body; a moderately thick and semi-dry cottony dry stickiness is left all over the mouth; alcoholic vapor lingers; gums and belly are left quite warm.

Drinkability: Really quite a well-crafted beer, as is everything AleSmith seems to do. However, due to the heavier ABV and it's continued presence as I plow my way through the bottle, it becomes tougher to finish. Crack this one with friends on a special occasion, or simply make a special occasion by cracking this one with friends -- either way, the operative notion is to share it with friends.

01-29-2011 17:19:03 | More by bamadog
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Golden, minimal haziness, even when pouring the bottom. Nice white head, good retention and lacing. Significantly smaller head than Duvel, the style classic.
Nice yeasty aroma, fruity, coriander, clove, and a few additional things I cannot readily identify. Very nice on the nose.
Good body, despite the carbonation being less pronounced than the average belgian, it opens up fruity (citric mostly), evolves spicy, slightly sweeter than the average for the style. Alcohol is very well hidden, not a trace of heat around.
Very well done, and certainly well deserving. A few extra touches and could challenge the best belgian versions.

10-05-2008 02:38:07 | More by brdc
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Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

750ml foiled and capped bottle served at 50 degrees in my Bruery tulip. Poured with a voluminous 3.5 inch white head that sizzled and popped as it slowly collapsed in on itself before settling into a solid quarter inch foamy/bubbly cap. Some light, cloud-like strands of lacing adhered to the walls of the glass during the tasting. Liquid was a beautiful translucent honey-gold. Delicate nose - candi sugar, lemonzest and a hint of corriander or orange peel. Taste consisent with nose, but a definite lemony citrus smack hits you upfront and weaves itself into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium and lively with a kiss of alchol heat at the back of the throat. A really great representation of the style with an exquisite balance. One of my favorites for the style to date and probably my favorite domestic example of a Belgian Strong Pale.

01-24-2010 17:31:52 | More by Jwale73
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Honey-orange color with a moderate, fleeting head and a decent haze even with a few days of rest and a careful pour. Even through a cold, the aromas are hard to miss -- Melon and peach, Amaretto honey -- and a bit of pepper and earth underlie pungent alcohol. Whiffs of Chinese sweet and sour sauce straight from the little plastic pouch. Sweet and spicy.

Carbonation is scant, unfortunately. Big honey melon flavors mingle with alcohol and powdered coriander. Just loaded with flavor ranging from the absurdly phenolic to the intensely sweet. A bit more carbonation would really have helped cut the intensity to a more manageable level. As it is, the sweet, syrupy flavors intensify and plasticize slightly before a peppery and tongue-dulling hop bite. Just an inch short of spectacular.

12-29-2004 03:41:57 | More by marburg
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a hazy and bright orange. With a beautiful frothy white head.

The smell was good but not too good. Spicy yeast ala belgian witbier but much sweeter. Candy sugar also evident on the nose.

The flavor is rich and fruity with spicy notes. Dried apricots, peaches, with coriander and some nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is rich, heavy, and creamy. The alcohol is more and more evident as it warms.

Overall, a great beer for sitting and sipping during those terrible movies that your significant other insists you watch on Valentine's Day. A special thanks to Gusler for this brew!

02-15-2004 23:30:34 | More by Jables
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Somewhat copper golden hue. Solid head at first that dissipates quickly leaving solid lacing in it's wake.

S: Sweet fermented cherry with bready spiciness at the end.

T: Real similar to a spiced rum - Sailor Jerry'esque. Sour cherries with spicy vanilla notes and some sour breadiness as well.

M: Ridiculously smooth medium bodied goodness.

D: Like a fine champagne. All too easy.

I love this stuff. Just had a glass of it from the tap for the first time at the new Pizza Port in OB (5 blocks from my pad - dangerous!) and it far surpassed the bottled version i've had many times in the past. Do yourself a favor and try one of these on tap - just silly!

Side note - I had this today at the new OB Pizza Port restaurant/beer bar location. Not sure why this site doesn't provide a Beer Spy report for this location (or other Pizza Ports). This fine ale is currently available at the OB location for $6.50 a pour (40cl tulip glass).

Real good price and pour!

06-01-2010 01:57:23 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Pours a golden amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. This dissipates quickly to just a ring around the glass, leaving reasonable lacing.

S: Honey, cloves, and spices, with a slight phenolic note.

T: Medium intensity mouth coating sweetness, with yeasty spicy grainy overtones. The yeast comes forward through the finish. The booze is hinted at, but hidden.

M: Medium body, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very very good. Nice balance, and while there are hints that this is as boozy as it is, they are well hidden; dangerously drinkable.

02-21-2014 04:51:11 | More by seand
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

11/09/2010 revisit...

So I figured I would go ahead and add another little update to this as this is a local brewery and has been gaining a huge amount of notoriety. Brews like this sometimes suffer with consistency...

A: looks great! Pretty clear and light copper colored. White head with great retention... medium hazing.

S: Spice forward, coriander, and lavender.

T: Coriander and candied ginger, orange rind and a bitter followthrough... I guess from the hops, a little california. Good stuff. But the bitterness is done in a herbaceous way, flowery. All followed with a mild tartness. Alcohol does show just a little bit in a bit of a flawed way.

M: Carbonic tang

D: High given the abv

conclusion? KILLER BEER! Can't believe its still as cheap as it is... wont last for long.

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy copper amber color and has a frothy white head. It has good head retention and nice lacing. Looks nice...

S: Pungent coriander and spice notes are present right off the bat. I get some citrus flavors as well. Also there is a earthy funk present here as well...A grassy funk.

T: This beer is very good, it has a huge flavor and is well balanced. Spicy (definitely coriander as well as other stuff) and herbaceous in a belgian sort of style. There is a warming alcohol presence as well as some fruity esters. Lots of complex things happening here. Finally a mild biscuity sort of sourdough bred quality ties everything together.

M: Very mouthfilling and rich on the tongue. Medium to full body and very mouthcoating.

D: This stuff is Really good But its very strong so I have to take away a little on drinkability. One large bottle is more than enough for me.

08-24-2009 21:37:48 | More by flannelman808
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

2004 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, burnt orange body with a very thin, subsequently short-lived, white head.

Smell: Pleasantly fragrant aroma smelling of alcohol-soaked peaches and apricots, candyish malts, silkweed honey, an underlying spicy coriander character and sweetly-scented honeysuckle.

Taste: Rich honeyed maltiness with a sweet, toothsome taste of confectioners' sugar. Pleasant kick of spices marked by a well-defined coriander taste. Toss in a splash of Kajsijevaca apricot brandy. Additional fruit flavors of peaches and white grapes. An incredibly light bitterness is all that remains of the hops at this point. The finish is warming with a lingering touch of sweet fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation, which, thankfully, brings some appreciated levity to prevent any syrupiness.

Drinkability: As always, an outstanding job by the good people over at AleSmith. In fact, I don't recall ever having a brew from them that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed.

02-17-2009 17:19:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a clear yellow orange with a full white head. Looks to be a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is sweet with a few bread like notes. Malt and yeast,. and a lemony citrus smell.

Starts out with citrus fruit, decent amount of spice as well. The coriander is very much present here. I can also detect the Belgian candy sugar, and it finishes with a hint of floral hops.

Active feel to this one, the carbonation gives it some life going down.

Overall a very nice take on a Belgian style. This is one of the most Belgian tasting beers I have had from a US brewer. It does tend towards the sweet side, but that is a minor complaint. A really nice beer, makes me want to try more from this brewery.

03-09-2013 22:51:27 | More by Vixie
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle thanks to the Mike. Thanks brother!

Poured into a tulip this beer produced a nice orange haze with a 3 finger white head. It smells of citrus and lemon. The taste is pretty complex. At first you get the lemon presence and then it melds into the malt and sugar to form a nice crisp finish. The carbonation is perfect for this type of beer. I could not detect any alcohol while drinking this so be weary when you open one by yourself. I could see this one aging wonderfully if kept in the right conditions. Wonderful beer and highly recommended!

11-01-2009 16:39:46 | More by ROBORB
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Golden honey tone with a suprisingly thin white head leaves specks of lacing quite disappointing appearance. Aroma: Rich complex honey tinged fruit tones tropical fruit like some pineapple and mango type flow. Taste: Very sweet with the alcohol leaving it's mark on the palate very heavy in the plethora of flavor going on here with rich syrupy notes of pear, mango, and pineapple comes a dry finish. The sweetness is this beers primary flavor attribute but also one that cuts back on the drinkability. Mouthfeel: I would say medium bodied ale with a lot of texture from the syrupy fruit a bit cloying due to the sweetness. Drinkability: Very tasty and flavorful however the lack of carbonation takes away from the crispness turning into a strong alcoholic syrup, it's better than that but I am quite disappointed from this offering from Alesmith. The IPA, ESB, and X were fantastic so far just a lot of rich flavors take away from the drinkability here.

01-18-2004 21:51:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- Even with a rigorous pour this beer only manages a little mesh of snow white bubbles as a head. The body is a light brown crystal clear with tiny bubbles gliding through it. There are some small jetsam swirling around like a snow globe in the body.

S- This beer has a light perfumed candy note and hints of apple blossoms. The finish has a green note but it is not really strong enough to call it hops.

T- This beer has a light apple juice note that is followed by a smooth honey and white sugar note. There is a light toast note that comes through when it warms. The finish is a note of fresh ground coriander seed hint with green herbal flavors and an alcohol taste that is light but fusel in nature.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol bite that cleans the finish.

D- This beer is simple but has a great flavor. Even though it has lots of sweet flavors it is not syrupy sweet and the flavors are very subtle. The alcohol does play in the flavor but it is really smooth for such high alcohol content.

07-06-2007 18:23:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Horny Devil is a nice looking gold color. It's hazy and has a copper tint with backlighting. A fluffy white head sits on top and reaches nearly two fingers in depth. Retention was relatively short due to active carbonation and high abv. Lacing was a little sticky, but light.

The nose lacks horsepower, but isn't bad. It's primarily Belgian yeast. I'm impressed with that. That alone smells delicious. It smells a little sweet and perhaps sugary. Spices are noted. Coriander and a little clove, in particular. It's not as spicy as I expected, but they complement the Belgian yeast scent nicely. Some maltiness creeps in late, as well as a light citric fruit scent. Alcohol is almost completely buried. Damn impressive for a beer that's 11%. Smells good.

Horny Devil is damn good beer. I like it. The flavor is better than the nose, but not materially so. Belgian yeast is indeed very prominent from the very first sip. Alesmith nailed that aspect. It is sweet and a little fruity. Light apple and orange flavors are noted. Spices are somewhat subtle, but effective. Coriander and clove seem to be strongest. They complement the other flavors well and add depth and complexity. Pale malts seem to hold things together well. I'm really impressed with how well alcohol is blended. It's never really strong in flavor and doesn't have a warming effect at all. I'd never guess this is 11%. It finishes fruity with a yeasty aftertaste.

It has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation seems a little too light and the feel suffers a little. More would be preferable. Drinkability is damn, especially given the fact that it's so strong. It's so damn deceptive, it's scary. The flavor is really good and it's going down way too easy for a beer this strong.

Alesmith is a brewery that has a fantastic roster of beers. I'm yet to encounter a bad one. Horny Devil is an impressive BSPA. Alesmith did a wonderful job featuring Belgian yeast. It's the highlight here and steals the show. A little more strength on the nose would help, in addition to a prominent spicy flavor. It's good, but could be grand. More bubbles would be a good thing, as well. Nonetheless, I'm still impressed with Horny Devil. While I don't believe it has any effect on my prurient nature, it certainly appeases my beer-loving character.

01-08-2010 02:08:47 | More by prototypic
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

08-31-2011 20:43:36 | More by smakawhat
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

As it sets in my Belgian Triple Glass, a slightly hazy golden orange color, the head pertinent, spumous in texture, an a winsome light tan in color, as it dissolves, the lace formed is a nice satiny sheet to cover the glass. The nose a bit plummish, sweet malt, lightly crisp and fresh, a decent sniffer, with the start fruit sweet, thickly malt, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is vinous, temperate in its acidity, the hops perky in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. The 11 percent ABV makes itself known as it leaves a trace of bitterness upon the palate, and a nice “Tummy Warming” sensation.

Alesmith is my second most favorite California Brewery, just a tad behind Stone, two find Breweries that are a must visit when in Southern California, which is on my schedule for the fall.

05-29-2003 16:15:21 | More by Gusler
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Thin off white head. Hazy amber hue. Honey like sweetness, musty yeast w/ notes of licorice and ripe pear fruitiness. Subtle spiby hop nose. Surge of sweetness hits the palate initially, then yields to lightly citric fruitiness, black pepper - like alcohol and mild clove phenol. Light hop bitterness leaves the overall profile sweet. Moderate to full bodied, w/ a sugary thick mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and lightly phenolic. Horny Devil is a unique brew and epitomizes the hazy distinction between strong goldens and tripels. Although a touch too sweet for good dinkability, it made an excellent nightcap. Big thanks to Murph for sharing the bottle.

12-23-2002 14:03:15 | More by marc77
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml bottle. 2004 Vintage (at least I bought it in '04).

Poured a deep golden color with a small sized off white head. There's lots of suspended floaters in the bottle with a huge old pile at the bottom. Aromas of corriander, bready yeastiness, spicy, and fruitiness. Tastes of corriander, bready, fruity, and some candi sugar sweetness. Alcohol content was very well hidden.

Notes from 6/3/08

11-10-2008 21:40:49 | More by hopdog
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Fast gusher upon opening. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, grape, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spice, and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, grape, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

01-13-2014 00:29:12 | More by superspak
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a clear, yellow with a reasonable head that faded to a thin skin. The aroma is mildly citrusy. The taste was sweet and fruity, but not with tons of carbonation in most BSP/DA's, which I think improves the taste. There was a bit of sour in the taste, too. Feel was crisp, clean and light bodied. Drinkability was good, the 11.0 ABV was well hidden. IMO, the best Belgian strong pale ale that I've had.

08-28-2009 21:30:14 | More by kegger22
AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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