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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

381 Reviews
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Reviews: 381
Hads: 944
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 107
Gots: 206 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 381 | Hads: 944
Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear light goldenrod with half an inch of fizzy white head. Lots of lively carbonation bubbles throughout the brew makes it pleasant to look at but head fades very quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Huge whiffs of Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon and orange peel, initially. Then aromas of banana bread, white pepper, vanilla, and herbal earthy hops in the background.

T: Sweet malts, citrus, and banana all rush your palate initially, in the middle you find huge notes of coriander, peppercorn, vanilla, candi sugar, and apples. Finishes with some herbal spiciness, and some pine like hop bitterness with a noticeable alcohol flavor and warmth.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Slick with a slight dryness and alcohol warmth. Pretty easy drinking from a 10% abv.

O: A pleasantly easy drinking take on a BSPA. Nothing about this beer blew me away but everything about it was enjoyable. I could easily see myself being in the mood for this beer again and would highly recommend giving it a shot to any fan of the style. It's subtle complexities make it a solid brew that I feel like bigger fans of Belgian styles would absolutely love beer.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass (purchased by mistake by my wine-drinking mother... silly her!)

A: Not too bad looking, really. The color is golden and hazy, the head starts off a good 1-finger thick but then dissipated on me pretty quickly. The second glass had good lacing, probably poured the first one too cold.

S: Nice smell. First thing I notice with these Belgians: the yeast. It's there, along with a bit of sugar, bread, and lemon. Good combination that somehow made my nose smile.

T: Darn good, I'll tell you that! Real sweet when it hits the tongue. I'm talking a nice sugar flavor, but when I let it sit, the lemon took over. Then it finished with a spiciness and a little alcohol. Complex and in a good way. Yum yum!

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation. On the better side of good, really.

D: Good stuff that is only hurt by it's 11% ABV. I'm all done with it.... I wish I had more :(

Overall/notes: This was a Christmas gift, and a real good one at that! I love Belgian-style beers, and this is one keeps me in line. The second glass was better than the first, probably because it was warmer. Tasty stuff. I hope to meet this beer, once more, in the near future.

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Photo of dqrull
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light hay coloured liquid with a snow-white, creamy head, leaves quite a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smells very fresh and fruity, alot of gooseberries, green grapes and some green apples, a whiff of orange peels as well.

Taste has a very big and fresh fruitiness to it, massive green fruits with a little citrus on the side (think lychee, lemon). Alot of green apples, and a ever so light hint of red berries in the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious, great carbonation and a mid-body.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped and foiled 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a somewhat creamy off-white head that is very thin, probably half a finger. It quickly dissipates to a very thin and patch cap of head that leaves minimal lacing on the way down. The beer is orange/honey in color and moderately hazy.

Smell - Not a powerful odor, but some complexities can be detected. You can definitely smell the corriander right away with notes of candied dark ripe fruits. A slight molasses-like sweetness is also present, much richer than the fruit aroma. Herbal and slightly floral hops are balanced with a barely detectable malt character.

Taste - Corriander right off the bat, with strong herbal notes from the hops. The fruits are very sweet and slightly tangy, mainly consisting of the usual Belgian style: figs, raisins, plums, etc. The malt is earthy and rich, with somewhat of a raw character. The finish is actually rather bland compared to the initial taste, with a rising alcohol burn as you swallow. Aftertaste is somewhat sour with sweet fruits and a rich malt background.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and actually smoother than I expected. The carbonation is just at the right-level for this pale of an ale. (My preference is...the darker the ale, the smoother [lighter] the carbonation, and vice versa.

Drinkability - Strong and spicy alcohol warmth throughout the drinking, but especially at the finish of each sip. At 11% and noticeable, this stuff isn't incredibly drinkable, but decent.

A pretty good little Belgian pale ale. I do like the extra kick of corriander, but I think that this brew has something missing as far as flavor. It is still a tasty brew, though...make no mistake. Recommended.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinkability on this strong brew is really high when sampled out of Keg at the Brewery. Had never tried one of these brews from some reason. I've been making a mistake. A wonderful beer, great nose of some citrus, oil hops and pine zest. A+ balance and a long finish. Looking forward to trying this out of a 750ml bottle now. On Tap this was maybe the best belgium stong beer I've had.

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Photo of Chambic
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

02.07.10 at City Beer

A: opaque light yellow, with fluffy head

S: bright and fresh, somewhat wit-like

T: more of a bite than the aroma offers, the light spice tastes like coriander and citrus peel

M: clean, refreshing, and nicely carbonated

D: pretty good, but overall, not my style of beer

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear yellow with an ephemeral white head. No lace. Sparse bubbles.

S - butter, coriander, mild Belgian yeast (fruity/spicy), banana, faint bread, faint floral.

T - is like the aroma, but not as impressive and mediocre for the style.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Oily texture. Low bitterness.

O - somewhat of a disappointment for a big fan of Belgians. Too buttery, doesn't showcase the yeast in the flavor as much as I want. Very boozy and smooth, so it isn't all bad, but I'm not impressed with this beer in the most important category: flavor.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass x2. The second pour was a little different than the first due to more yeast.

A= Cloudy orange with minimal head and lacing.

S= Floral and citrus tones.

T= Tangy and hoppy. Mildly bitter aftertaste that goes well with pizza. Yeah, pizza. The first pour had a very strong alchohol taste (the ABV rings through), but the second was tangier.

M= Light and carbonated, but not too carbonated.

D= Like I said, goes great with pizza. And may I add B-Ball? But this is not your average "pound a few" beer. It is very enjoyable throughout.

Overall, It's easy to come by (in So. Cal at least), and reasonably priced. It can be enjoyed anytime anywhere in m opinion.

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Photo of waldowin
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle. Pours a honey color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly. Very little visible carbonation.

Smells of cloves, mandarins, honey, and cinnamon.

Tastes of honey, oranges, candy sugar, and finishes with a wash of grapes and cloves. Very, very smooth.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and clean. The finish leaves a slightly herbal tingle in your throat, but overall has little long term effect on the mouth. This makes it frighteningly drinkable for something pushing 11%. Light, smooth, airy and creamy, and non-filling, means you can really get yourself into trouble with this stuff.

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Photo of twilight
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light orange, dark yellow, almost deceptively dark, with a very slight inkling of a head. The nose is slightly grassy, kind of reminiscent of a lager or perhaps a hopped up Duvel with that Belgian Candi goodness overtaking the nose in the background. Taste is almost yum, but still really really good. There's the initial sweetness and the hop grassiness, but leads to a slight alcohol burn and the same burn in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is okay, slightly undercarbonated, but at least it's not overly carbonated so that you taste only bubbles. This is probably the only fault with the beer. Of course, I'm still drinkin' it, so there!

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Photo of jakon
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Jables
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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...

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Photo of Dansting
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of wardough
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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).

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of pheggeseth
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of unionturf
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.