AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

370 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 898
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 175 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 370 | Hads: 898
Photo of jakon
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden with very little head despite a hard pour.

The aroma comes across as a mixture of apple juice, mead, belgian yeast, floral hops and alcohol. The coriander comes through more in the taste, and I'm also getting a cream soda flavor here. The alcohol comes through big on the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer that is worth purchasing again. Unique. (375 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

75 cl. bottle split with several people. The bottle most likely had quite some ago on it we couldn’t determine how old it was.
Age should not be an issue for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Appearance: Hazy golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Huge old grapefruit, touch old BE yeast, touch blaster, vintage notes are showing clearly, revealing quite some age.

Taste: Old Belgian yeast, thick spices, cheese, light caramel, thick old plaster, some sugar, noticeable oxidation, light candy sugar and degraded malts.

Body: Ridiculously over-carbonated.

Overall: About as good as any mediocre Belgian beer that has been aged for far too long. This cannot have been possibly older than 2 years and probably that is already an overestimation. Below run-of-the-mill for a premium price makes this beer seem almost like a bad joke. (829 characters)

Photo of garthwaite
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Lighting wasn't great, but this looked to be a faded orange with a long lasting bubbly white head that laced gently down the tulip glass. First and foremost in the aroma is coriander...lots of coriander. Swirling it around a little & trying to get past the coriander (which I like) allowed me to pick up some some additional scents of sweet orange liquor and rock candy. In the mouth, this ale really burst with flavor. More coriander across the top of the flavor profile, but not as dominant as in the nose & complimented gorgeously by more subtle spices, candied sweetness, & deep ripe fruit (banana, lemon, & orange). Some mild earthy hops are present in the background & contribute to this brew's complexity. Subtle, but warming alcohol evident throughout. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Delicious. (860 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden copper. Hazy. Fluffy white head with great retention and lacing. Lots of little bubblies going on to keep a faint tiny head alive

S- Pretty typical of a belgian strong pale ale. Light aroma. Yeasty, bready, and little bit of fruit. Perhaps apple.

T&M - Outstanding and delicious. Apples, mangos, a bit of pineapple. Warming alcohol on the lips. Yeasty. Bit of peppery spice. Lemony grassy kiss with bits of honey and caramel. And subtle faint hint of hops. Light and playful carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Pretty complex. Lots of layers in this beer. The 11%abv is there, but not alarming. Its pretty well masked.

O- Outstanding. Even though 11%, I could drink this beer all night long. Love it. (732 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-cloudy bright gold. Huge tight cloudlike head.

s-Saaz like spicy aroma. Slight earthiness. coriander. Roses.

t-moderatly bitter. Honey sweetness. Some citrus. Can taste the corriander as the beer warms up. Nice! Almost a mix between duvel and a saison.

m-very prickly carbonation. the beer seems to finish a bit sweet but the carbonation wipes the palate clean.

d-This beer hides its 11%abv very well. Great belgiany flavor and malt sweetness with enough carbonation to keep you coming back for more. (510 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (586 characters)

Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Blake for the brew. I couldn't wait to try this one.

A: A nice cloudy golden yellow hue. The head was a nice crisp white.

S: I get a whiff of some booze straight away, after letting that subside...it turns to clove/corriander in the spicey'ness, with a bit of honey sweetness. Very wine like.

T: It had a certain sweetness to it, but the tailend hits you with a boozy/spicy aftertaste.

M/D: Medium body, but heavy in the carbonation, you could see this once poured into the glass. I liked the forfront of this beer. It was a little to boozy/spicy for me. I would like to try it again though, and really drink it slow. It took me half an hour to sip my half, maybe an hours worth is in order... (715 characters)

Photo of Dansting
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a cloudy amber color with no head or lacing. Amazing aroma of coriander, apricot, and maybe a little citrus to it. Excellent full mouthfeel. Complex flavor. Definite coriander start, with a strong alcohol taste to it as well. Finish is almost peach-like. A great offering from Alesmith. (301 characters)

Photo of wardough
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent shipment from Vin De Pays (Long Beach, CA). It pours a cloudy color into my glass. I can definitely pick up on the coriander, yeast, and some clove. The taste is great, as you can pick up on the coriander and get some of the hops. I think that this is a great take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. The alcohol is well masked in this beer, making it very drinkable. The price is high for this beer, but it's definitely one that I will buy again (when I get my allowance). (526 characters)

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale straw with about a finger of eggshell head, which quickly disspates to some cirrus swirls and a collar of lacey foam.

The nose is dark and complex, with a blend of spices, coriander and dark fruit. There's a soft malt amidst a Chimay-like metallic tang and clove, fig, and musk.

The taste is surprisingly light and crisp, but otherwise as the nose suggests. There's a lingering heat in the taste and aftertaste. The heat is very stong, and almost fusel-like, but it's not overpowering or unpleasant. Candi sugar, toffee, clove, pennies, pears, plum, clove honey, and apricot are all present.

The flavor is sweet, tangy, and bitter, but spice dominates. It's very drinkable, especially considering the high ABV. (733 characters)

Photo of BrewMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to flexabull for the bottle!

Pours very light hay color, extremely clear with a decent couple fingers of frosty white head containing small to medium bubbles. A nice coat of lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Aroma of stone fruit, peaches, nectarines, some corriander spice and a little extra citrus. A faint candy sweetness covers fairly well hidden alcohol on the nose. Very very mild funk behind it all.

Flavor is initially very fruity, again reminds me of stone fruit, only more like canned peaches this time, with a hint of pears. Very mild corriander spice and good but not over the top carbonation. Finishes clean but fruity. Drinkability is very high, as all the flavors are mild enough to keep an otherwise big beer light and happy. Any hop presense in the flavor or aroma is minimal enough not to be terribly noticable, but the bitterness levels are nicely balanced. (894 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy orange with a 2-finger head that lasts. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Hoppy, piney, herbaceous, a little sweet. ABV well-hidden. A bit closer to an IPA than to a Belgian Ale.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A bit of carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very quaffable. (339 characters)

Photo of pheggeseth
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness goblet

A: cloudy whitish yellow, small head dissipates quickly
S: coriander, tart apple, damp yeast, very floral
T: caramel and warming alcohol up front, candied apricots in the middle with granny smith apple in the back
M: crisp and refreshing, lively carbonation
D: lighter than I was expecting, but very satisfying (342 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden body with a thin cap of bone white film topping it off. Body is very clear, only a shade or two left of transparent.

S - Coriander is very forward and dominant, with Belgian yeast aromas in the background.

T - Coriander isn't as forward as it was in the aroma, but its there. Alcohol is noticeable but not in an off putting sense - Had I not known the ABV I would have guessed maybe something like 7-8%. Grassy and floral notes accompany some fruity esters on the finish

M - A bit dry, and not at all cloying in any sense which was a concern given the gravity.

O - I'm a fan of this one. (609 characters)

Photo of unionturf
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received a bottle of this from a friend on a recent trip to Ohio. We had it at a cook out and curiosity from a few friends and my wife all who don't like beer got the best of them....they tried it.

Pours golden and had a huge head that had to dissipate to finish the pour. Smell is good with coriander and spice...taste was excellent as stated above 3 non beer likers tried this and all 3 said in a surprised voice they liked it. They best described it as it had a cider taste.

MF and drinkability were excellent, I could have drank this all night...well maybe not all night since it's 11% but this brew hid the 11% well! (626 characters)

Photo of vwcraig
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a bonus in a trade with ressletr

Sampled from a goblet. Hazy, golden color with a steady-rising bead. Thick and bright white head that settles to a cap of foam. Mostly fruity banana-type smells from yeast most likely. Also sweet, bready smells. Taste is about the same with some light clovey spiciness. The fairly high alcohol is well-hidden and has a raisiny taste in aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel that is mostly on the creamy side. Laces glass fairly well as it empties. Moderate dryness in mouthfeel as it warms. Good drinkability especially with the booziness not ever really showing up for me. (615 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big white head faded away very fast to a slight cap, but totally goes away as you drink through the beer. Solid yellow body...little bit hazy and lots of carbonation bubbles flowing up the glass. No alcohol sticking to the glass.

Huge sugary sweet aroma. Lots of candied sugar, lemon custard, yeast esters, pear, and vanilla. Smells a lot like you've just walked into a Whole Foods. (I mean that in the most positive of ways)

Upfront lots of candied sugary sweetness which goes away a bit in the middle and the end but comes back to coat the mouth in the aftertaste. Coriander sits on the tip of the tongue when the beer first hits it. Over ripened peaches, lemon peel, creamy fruit tart, and lemon pie flavors. Carbonation is noticeable but it doesn't have a sharp or palate cleansing style presence like many Belgian pale ales. Dry feel mid way glides over the tongue. Swirling the glass amps up the carbonation (naturally) and brings on a Sprite like flavor.

Horny Devil sits alongside any very good Belgian Triple/Pale Ale. Drinkable for such a big beer, the alcohol reveals itself slightly but never noticeable unless you're looking for it. Bits of spiciness, sweet candied sugar, faint peppery yeast, and delicate mouthfeel all add up to a must try Belgian style ale.

[87/100] (1,296 characters)

Photo of jsapunor
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Is this Alesmith's take on Duvel? If so, they have done an excellent job.

The pour gives you a very nice color with a fine head with good retention. The lacing down the glass compliments the excellent taste and mouthfeel but more about that later.

The nose is soft and smooth. The coriander is a nice compliment to the Belgian pale aroma.

Taste is where this beer shines. The bitterness and crispness combine in a nice soft and smooth flavorful assault on the palate. There are no harsh edges here, just smooth delight flowing softly as the glass empties. Very refreshing with plenty of complexity to hold your interest. Although I don't want to finish the bottle the 11% will soften the blow.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer with great spicy flavor. This is a beer for all seasons.
A world class effort from Alesmith! (826 characters)

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

>750 bottle. My first AleSmith. Pours a hazy golden. Large 3 finger head. Medium to high carbonation, yeasty, coriander is dominant. Some fruit, Alcohol is present, some candided sugar. not a bad beer, I like this one, however I believe I've had better for this style. (271 characters)

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

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! (551 characters)

Photo of ChazMania
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ass bottle. Pours a very clear mandarin orange color. I'm not familiar with the labeled "coriander" aroma nor flavor, but I smell and taste honey...and I like it! It is a nicely balanced sweet beer with a long dry finish. I can't believe the bottle says 11% alcohol, it's very hidden. Although I might be trashed after drinking this whole thing! (349 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The chick next to me leaned over when I ordered this - "You won't like that at all - it tastes like bananas". Well, yeah but its a little bit more than that!

A - Hazy lite golden colour. Looks pretty Belgian with a little bit of amber colour too.

S - Surprisingly hoppy with a hint of that banana Belgian thing going on.

T - Pretty good. Maybe not as malty as some Strong Ales, but very refreshing. Maybe a little too much carbonation, but nice and clean all the same.

M - Good, again especially for its style. Fuller then some.

D - Pretty good. This is a seasonal so its only around in Oct - Nov. I like it myself as its a good Belgian with solid hop profile as well... (675 characters)

Photo of Jazzcrop
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes are wheat, fields, sweat, booze, coriander, grass, lemons, lemonade, yeast, wood, bananas, cloves, mint, ginger and biscuits. Smells like a lot good going on all at once. I've been drinking this since 2009 and so on and so fourth. I'm glad I tried this so early on. (272 characters)

Photo of jonnylieberman
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a champange bottle a beautiful copper. Very bright. Very little head, very little lacing.

Smell: Yep, that's coriander. Loads of it. A little malt and some alcohol is present. A little bit of peach perhaps.

Taste is great. This is what Belgian beers in Belgium taste like. Sweet and spicey. Definate plum/prune type of thing going on. Alcohol is the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is just beyond... I mean, talk about warming. The medium body is deceptive. Alcohol all down your throat. Almost bournon like. Warming is an understatement. I love it.

Note: 11% per bottle unlike the 10% listed above. Definately going to pick a bottle (or ten) and age it. Yums... (677 characters)

Photo of Jdub983
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A yellowish gold color, very little carbonation with little to no head.

Smell: Mild and faint flowery smell, not much to go by but pleasant.

Taste: Fruity aroma like a Chimay, and strong flavor of spices.

Mouthfeel: Drinkable, a lighter beer would come and go but this stays longer. It almost keeps in a way that makes you want to eat what you just drank.

Overall: Nothing that gave me a come-back moment. I wanted to try it but didn't have high expectations going into it. I would tell my past self to go for a different beer instead of this one. (563 characters)

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