AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 898
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 178 | FT: 10
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged as recommended, for about a year. Peachy colour, looks elegant. Smells yeasty and malty. Above average mouthfeel that is cuvee-ish dry, rich, and the alcohol hits you later. Corriander and fruit. White pepper. A very good Belgium for a lighter colour. (256 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spices, and some slight citrus peel aromas. Taste is the same with the spices lingering on the finish. There is also a slight alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a good American example of the style. (566 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Although it has a light amount of visible carbonation, the beer poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: The smell has light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of pale malts and peppery spices along with a slight amount of bitterness. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be overly carbonated however the bubbly nature makes this beer especially easy to drink considering its strength. (716 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh at a recent tasting. Served in a Bruery tulip.

The pour yields a bright golden brew with a really nice white head with good retention and a nice bit of lacing. The nose is mildly fruity with some grain and bread. The fruit character is quite prominent in the nose. Some light tropical fruits with a bit of cherry and melon. Light pear and spice as well. The taste follows up on this. Everything is a bit light and not all of the fruity components combine all that well. Feel is crisp with a bit of an alcohol bite. Pretty good, but not something I would seek out again with better Belgian varieties much more widely-available. (654 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge head; lots of retention and lacing (I have read in other reviews that there have been carbonation problems but this seems to have been corrected.)

Smell: The coriander comes through loud and clear, but there is also some bubblegum and fruity esters, too

Taste: A fruity blend of candi sugar and peach/mango provide the opening, with the coriander making its appearance a bit later on; after the swallow, the coriander lingers while the sweet and fruity flavors persist with just a hint of bubblegum sweetness throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation; some warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, so this is a bit hard to drink; top notch if I were rating it as a beer judge but I won't often return to it (807 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

my bottle says 10% abv, but nevermind that. this has a shockingly pale look for what I am told is really a barleywine. its hazy blonde, with a short frothy white head and a nose of heavy coriander, both fresh and seed, as well as bright Belgian yeast above a wheat malt base accentuated by candy sugar. it tastes almost like a tripel, sweet and bright, floral and yeasty, just right. the booze is absurdly well hidden, the carbonation is awesome, and the overall experience of this beer is great. my take away is, "how the hell can this be so strong!" it taste so minimalist, but packs a big punch. a subtly complex beer, and a very enjoyable one. more summer than fall, but it ages well, and is drinking lovely at the moment. alesmith really has it all happening right now! (774 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Few brewers are able to capture the traditional and authentic taste of Belgium like Alesmith does with Horny Devil. Its light, effervescent, powerful and chocked full of subtle complexities.

Upon the pour, the ale springs to life as large bubbles of froth race to the rim of the tulip and nearly overtakes it. As it continues to billow, it pulls away from the medium haze and golden straw body underneath. Incredibly strong retention and intricate lacing patterns reinforce the notion of Bruges right from the beginning.

Fruit and perfume waft about the nose and does so with a backbone of light wheat and champagne. Lightly earthy from hops and with a light pungent cork-like musty scent, the aromas are bold and graceful. Green apples, under-ripened oranges and a hint of spiced pear weave in and out of a dry white wine note just as coriander, white pepper and a hint of paradise seed tingles the nose, heading into that first sip.

Its taste springs to life with fruit and earth. As the dry taste of sparkling white wine bring about obvious white grape character, its also lightly cider, perry-like and decorated with dried orange peels. Lemon-like acidity fuels its dry fruit taste as the ale builds in a mild lemongrass hop character. Its buffer of light cookie dough, dry crackers and whole wheat lifts beautifully from the taste and allows the ale to close cleanly. Its spiciness of coriander and peppercorn play delicately on the late palate as one final champagne note trails in its finish.

Light on the palate, the ale is zesty as its carbonation springs from the tongue and as the acidity pangs on the mouth. It carries an arid feel that dries out beautifully in the finish with a crisp, minerally taste seemingly of plaster. Its dry warmth keeps the taste and texture returning to champagne.

Again, the ale is chocked full of understated complexity and finesse. Its balance and layering is easily overlooked, but are the details that give Horny Devil an authentic and genuine character. (2,003 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a slightly hazy looking golden yellow color. The head was big and fluffy leaving a nice lacing. The smell of the beer had an interesting soft fruity aroma to it, the smell of Belgian yeast and some wild flowers are in there too. The taste of the beer was floral with a little hop bite to it. The mouthfeel was bubbly and tickled the taste buds. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good overall and it's worth trying if you get a chance. (463 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Black95tt: Poured a light orangey color ale with a good foamy head with little retention. Aroma of spices is clearly dominating with some traces of the Belgian yeast. The spices that probably include coriander also dominate taste as well as slightly funky yeast, some sweet malt and a light dry finish. Alcohol is well masked which I appreciated but body was a bit too watery for the style. (409 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeastified ripe pumpkin with butterscotch borders. It's immediately apparent that AleSmith doesn't have the same penchant for carbonation as most Belgian brewers because the head isn't explosive in the least. It's pale orange-tinted alabaster in color and is firmly creamy. No huge frothiness, no Alps-like rockiness, no slathered on Belgian lace. It isn't a bad look, but it can't hold a candle to the best of this style.

I like the nose quite a bit, probably due to the authentic Belgian yeast strain that, according to the brewery, was obtained from a Trappist monastery. Which one, they don't divulge. It may not be quite as complex as some, but makes up for it by being especially aromatic and especially spiced orange fruity. Coriander *and* clove? Very nice.

Although the head wasn't explosive, the beer itself sure is! I'll say one thing for AleSmith beer, like it or not (and I love it), it isn't shy when it comes to flavor delivery. Horny Devil hits the taste buds like a ton of very delicious bricks that are in no hurry to leave. I'm not entirely sure, but I think that I could identify this beer as a non-Belgian BSPA. Something about it is different, though it is very, very good.

For one thing, it's fruitier (oranges and apricots) than usual. For another, it's sweeter than usual. For yet another, the coriander adds a delightful 'other' spiciness that one doesn't usually taste in a beer of this style. Sweet, spicy fruit... all things that I enjoy. Especially when delivered in beer form by one of the best breweries on planet Earth.

Sweet has company. Bitter and sour, in their best Sunday finery and as well-behaved as can be, are present as well. I never doubted the Horny One's desire and I certainly don't doubt her performance, but--initially at least--I doubted her complexity. Now I'm not so sure. As the beer warms, I'm able to appreciate more nuance under all of the bright, bold, palate-crushing flavors. I can't get over how much the coriander adds and wish that other brewers would do something similar with their BSPAs.

I don't doubt the 11%, but man oh man, this has to be one of the most drinkable double digit ABV beers in existence. Some brewers can't mask 7% nearly this well. As I pour all but the final two fingers of beer into my glass (so far), I get loads of dark particles that just have to be coriander-crusted yeast. Even more flavor! Hot damn!

The body is full and lightly syrupy without being overdone. There isn't a great deal of carbonation left--there wasn't an abundance to begin with--though what's present is doing yeoman's work lightening things enough to keep the beer supremely silky in the mouth. Some might find the sweetness and stickiness unbecoming of the style, but I'm not one of them.

This beer is yet another example of the brewing excellence emanating from Southern California in general and AleSmith in particular. Style after style hits the bull right smack dab on the nose and Horny Devil is no exception. After drinking AleSmith beer, I always wish that I had picked up at least a case when I had the chance. That, more than anything else, is the mark of a world-class brewery. (3,170 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Believe it or not this was the first time I had tried this one. I picked it up last night as it was ridiculously hot out but I needed a good little nightcap, so I wanted something a little bit lighter. Big 750 ml bottle with the red foil cap was a welcome sight and I quickly dove right into it at about 50 degrees, pouring it into my Terrapin snifter. I was a touch disappointed by the look to be honest, as it was just a bit dull. Very hazy, golden yellow color came though immediately, but no head at all. Only the slightest broken crown around the edges and a good amount of carbonation streaking up were the only signs of life in this one, very strange occurrence indeed.

The aroma was very nice. Lots of yeast and coriander here. Almost a peppery like note bouncing around in there as well. Hints of grass, and honey as well as some light touches of wheat and lemon. The flavor was very peppery, with a pronounced zing on the tongue from the first sips. Nice and lively feel, which was good as I was afraid it was going to come off dull, but was pleasantly surprised. Coriander riddled throughout this one, which on its own, this would be an excellent Belgian ale, but with this added level of spice it just got that much better. Very dry finish, with the moisture zapped from the tongue and a nice bitter taste left behind to balance and play around. Not hardly a touch of alcohol in the flavor at all, though at 11% it definitely was felt by the end of the bottle. A very nice sipper, and light enough in feel and profile for even the hottest of days.

Overall I thought this was very good. Not sure what was up with the look of it, but it did not detract from the overall experience at all. I thought this was a classic ale for Alesmith and something that I would love to try again. Will have to try this one on tap one day as it seems to be outstanding! (1,864 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of soapy, bubbly foam. It left sheets of white, soapy residue on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled fruity - apple and pear - a bit like a Tripel. Nice yeasty/spicy notes, too.

T - Estery and yeasty with sweet fruitiness. Good spicy bite with some grassiness. Nice subtle caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp with a sharp bite. A dry finishing beer with a medium body.

D - This is really a nice beer. Good looking and great taste/aroma. (513 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Slightly hazey copper color. No head whatsoever.

S - Fruity malty and herbal. Smells a bit sour and earthy.

T - Alcoholic with lots of residual sweetness and hop flavor. A bit of herbal funkyness as well.

M - Thick and syrupy, very low carbonation.

D - This really reminds me of Dogfish 120. Very thick, quite hoppy, and hard as hell to drink. Some decent carbonation would help this beer tremendously. The best feature is the hop character, but it isn't good enought to redeem this one. I am not going to dump it, but I am pretty pissed off that I paid $12.99 for this. (578 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a tumbler.

I would do the obvious and make some sort of horny joke, but I just don't feel like it tonight, guys. Sorry. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild white bread, plenty of Belgian yeast, clove, a pinch of black pepper,. and a tiny bit of cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a healthy dose of oaked chardonnay grapes. This bit o'ertakes much of the remainder, killing some of the Belgian-y exuberance, especially due to its clashing with the yeast and the bread. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an airily drying finish. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me. The strong yeast just didn't jive with the strange chardonnay flavor, and there was just too much bread thropughout as well. (859 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's unusual that I've never reviewed the Horny Devil because it's one of my favorite beers, and I've had more than a few bottles of it! Of course, in a way that does make sense because I'll quite often just skip the review and enjoy the beer to its fullest when I'm enjoying something that fits my personal tastes (mainly sour Belgians, but this one is good too!).

So what is it that catches my attention in the Horny Devil? Well, I guess it's the combination of softly sweet, and ever so lightly toasty, bready malt and low-key coriander. It's round and supple with a great drinkability.

It initially pours a very clear, brass-orange-gold body beneath a full head of white foam that dwindles readily to a thin collar leaving only thin webs of lace about the glass. The yeast pour brings it into full cloudiness.

The nose, however, redeems it with a rich, sweet, and bready malt that's accented by a delicate prick of alcohol and a minor waft of spice.

The body is medium and it's smooth and supple across the palate with a restrained, natural carbonation. However, in older bottles it does develop a bit more crispness.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests with just a bit more depth. The bready,vanilla-ish, lightly caramelish, and subtly toasty malt acts as the stage for some entertaining swirls of yeasty fruit, spice, and alcohol. It's basic, but very well-balanced and quite drinkable (with the exception of its strength).

In my opinion, 3 years seems to be the max on this one before it starts to shrivel up. It doesn't develop any more character through aging, and all that happens is that it becomes more crisp and dry. There's a wide medium ground, but I find it best fairly fresh - within a year or two. (1,741 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some friends, 100 from the Bros.? We'll see....

Almost a champagne like look/aroma/taste to this one, definitely one of the more unique Belgian strong pale ale's I've had. Kinda fruity smell, and surprisingly easy to drink for the high ABV. Doesn't really knock your socks off with taste though, but has a smooth finish and dry aftertaste making it mostly drinkable. Good beer, but wouldn't call it that great or 'amazing' in my opinion, glad I got to try it though. (487 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big winey taste. Rush of hops. Mineral flavors. Light color in the glass. Light mouthfeel. Sharp taste, almost tart. A clear and light bodied brew that is full of power.

Fruity with a touch of pineapple. Lots of apples with a hint of lemon. Powerful with alcohol. Some hops play into the game. Fairly dry, not so much of the Belgian funk but plenty of bitter yeasty complexity. Very drinkable strong beer.

Happy to find this on tap at Ciro's in San Diego. (457 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a standard pint, thanks to mac300 for sharing this.

A - A clear golden amber w/ a thin pale head.

S - Fruit loop scents and herbal hop w/ grassy clover scent. A cherry like malty fruitiness.

M - Thick full-on malt, spiced w/ heat of booze. The feel is bordering on viscous w/ warmth that lasts.

T - Well made complex ale flavors right off. Fruit and malt combine w/ cedar and sweet candy like tastes. An intense and fruity interpretation for sure w/ decent hop accents.

D - Strong in flavor and abv strength as evidence in the feel goes. A real easy drinker for the amount of punch it is packing. Sometimes gives the effect of a barleywine with the fruity intensity and plenty of wood accenting it.

Edit -8/19/09 previous review - a-4 s-4.5 m-4.5 t-4 d-4
Strange I had this very same beer 2 years ago to the day. Thanks foofaa for the deja vu!
Poured chilled from the 750ml into a sampler and refilled.
A - Golden pineapple juice color w/ mild haze and creamy snowy cap.

S - lots of coriander and tropical aromas of mango and lime, mild white pepper and aromatic hebal notes

M - Crisp, highly carbonated, spicey feel w/ sweet aspect, mild vinous touch w/ alcohol present and slightly dry finish w/yeasty fruitiness

T - A deep banana laced w/ lemony bright flavor and zesty nutty pepper edge. Plenty of coriander giving off both fruit and spice which is accented by the yeast w/ mild ginger-like flavors. The taste of kumquat is hinted at.

D - Fantastic beer, just phenomenal drinkability - wonderful to taste again after about 730 days -exactly. (1,573 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 9 oz champagne magnum that is corked capped and foiled. From their web site the reddish foil denotes that this is the 2001 vintage.

Appearance: Thin but fluffy white lace, decent retention. Slightly hazed with a golden orange going on copper colour.

Smell: Orange blossom honey and coriander, peaches and pears perfume through the nostrils. Sweet estery alcohols have an underlying spiciness. Hint of yeast is powdery and lightly nutty with some earthiness also.

Taste: Medium to full in body, creamy and slick mouth feel. Carbonation is at a moderate level but still holds the crispness. Alcohol is noticeable from the get go. Esters are quite flamboyant with both spicy and fruity sweet flavours. Peppery with tropical fruit flavours, vague pineapple and a peach-mango mix keep things on the complex side and give a slight wine-like impression. Hops are there with a bitterness and bitterness only, light but spicy. Phenols are there but slightly restrained, trace medicinal flavours are noticeable. Malt flavours are sweet and to a point close to syrupy, honey-like flavours with very light caramel and shortbread flavours within. Alcohol is warming to the body, earthy in the back with light yeasty flavours and remnants of the esters and phenols.

Notes: What effort put into this ale, richly complex with such a lush and complex character. Big on sweetness but the other attributes of this brew hold up strong to keep it in check. Other than the head lacking, perhaps from the carbonation being a tad low, this beer is near perfection. (1,573 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours bronze into my Duvel Tulip with one finger of rocky ivory colored head. Above average head retention & below average lacing

s: Huge fruittyness: apricot, grapes, & candy sugar

T: Candy sugar, honey, apricots, with leafy & lemony hops up front. White pepper, pear brandy boozeyness with nice warming sense & pineapple as this warms. Finishes crisp with apple skins, & a bit of cinnamon, & some more pineapple

MF: Oily, low carbonation, pretty sticky & super balance

Drinks great for the ABV & style. Rivals anything I had in Belgium. AleSmith is quickly becoming favorite Cali Brewery! (594 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (966 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California and served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I was a bit taken aback at the standard pressure cap; I'm used to Alesmith using corks. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which has impressed me in the past. Cost was $10.99 USD plus tax.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured into the snifter without any extra vigor; I didn't anticipate carbonation issues. Snifter was filled with liquid; I didn't use brandy quantities (if you put the snifter on it's side, beer would definitely spill out). I left the yeast in the bottle per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Really looks like a believable Belgian abbey head. Colour is a hazy semitransparent lemon yellow. It's generally appealing for the style, and the retention impresses me.

Sm: Coriander and spices, candi sugar, Belgian yeasts, clean malts, and some light earthy notes. A mild strength aroma. Pleasant and inviting; certainly indicative that the beer is alive.

T: Clean malts form the foundation. Coriander and pleasant spices are very complementary of the overall profile. Candi sugar gives it a delightful subtle sweetness that manifests alongside its fizzy delicate mouthfeel. Some subtle yeast notes. Really pleasant and refreshing. Fresh and enjoyable. Biscuity. Very full bodied. Complex yet subtle. There's some wonderful layering going on, particularly with the well-chosen malts. Incredibly well balanced and wonderfully built for the style. Very lovely.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Delicate and thin without feeling weak or inadequate. I don't know how they kept the mouthfeel so restrained while maintaining such a full bodied flavour profile. Quite remarkable. Perfectly carbonated, without any sharpness at all. Complements the flavour quite well. A bit of cream, but not as it is in most stouts; more subtle.

Dr: It drinks like it's 5%. Very drinkable for the ABV and style. It's really an excellent beer. I would definitely have this again, preferably aged or on-draught. Another very impressive beer from Alesmith. Brilliant for the style.

It drank just fine out of me snifter. I'd recommend this one for aging, absolutely. It's hard to imagine it much better, but I'd certainly like to try it. On par with Russian River's damnation in terms of Belgian style golden ales.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw color with a slight cloudiness. I'm disappointed with the very light head. Surprising lace--spotty.

Lots of citrus aromas; more lemon than any other smell. Light coriander and a touch of butter.

The flavor features a tart start. Mid-taste, there is a pale malt flavor with a smidge of spice. The aftertaste returns to the sourness with strong alcohol warmth. Full bodied for the color. High carbonation.

This is a potent brew with some very good flavor. It may be too powerful for the flavor profile. I will be curious to see what my friends who frequent Belgium might say. (588 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange/peach color, small offering of foam.
Sweet, fruity aroma, pronounced spiciness, from the coriander and Belgian candi sugar. Very nice.
Taste: big, big,big, and bold in the mouth, slick and delicious, though it drifts away off of the palate quickly, though never exactly leaves. Fat fruit, utterly tasty, though it could stand to be a bit more complex. Like an extra-strong tripel, with a fuller body. Alcoholic strength becomes heavier and more predominant in the overall feel, and I actually like it better as the bottle drains. Funny, that.
Full-bodied, long, fruity, spicy finish. A nice brew for sharing with friends, celebrations, nice dinners....wish I had a bottle for every happy occasion that comes my way. (732 characters)

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.