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AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and topped with a thin veil of off-white froth. Prominent light fruits (orange, pear, mango), Belgian yeast and peppercorn in the aroma. Tastes sweet with plenty more Belgian yeast, fruit and spice preceding other notes of taffy and grain with a perfect dose of alcohol in the finish. Medium and borderline creamy.

A devilishly pleasurable beer that pairs well with deviance.

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Photo of Ri0
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 8/2013. It is a cloudy peach gold with a nice 2 finger white head. Nice cap and lacing form on the glass. A bright citrus and coriander aroma along with Belgian yeast, lemon and orange peel. Some banana, clove, and earthiness also are present. Flavor is sweet and yeasty in the front with some banana, but quickly morphs into a citrus and coriander with some spicy hops. Medium smooth feel with a dry finish. A tasty brew even after it sat for 2.5 years.

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Photo of dd43
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big ass substantial beer. I went into this after having a helles lager so my palate needed a good long while to acclimate.

Bears a resemblance to some of the more mouth coating American tripels I've had, minus the Belgian candied sugar and adding a peppery bite. There are some other cooking spices coming through here, I presume those are Belgian yeast phenolics. Maybe a hit of coriander, maybe a little white pepper. The flavor combines those things with a malt base that to be honest is taking me a while to get used to. I would not immediately characterize this as a best of breed Belgian strong pale. There is something in the flavor I can't pin down which I'm not in love with. It's almost coming across like a flaw. Maybe the tap line isn't kosher here? It is almost a little stomach acid like. I'm thinking draft line issue.

Fairly boozy, there's not much of a chance that you'll drink this and only realize afterwards that it was a 10% brew. I've had a number of alesmith beers that were very impressive. This beer I would say is good, but not amazing or even great. If I ever come up with a descriptor for what is bothering me in the flavor I will update this review.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Taco, Manchester, CT
L - gold, amber
A - banana, yeast, bread
T - follows nose, slightly sweet
F - nice medium body with clean finish
For me, similar to Allagash Tripel, nice beer all around

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Photo of GilGarp
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle. Bottled on 11/4/14.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet as suggested on the label. Horny Devil is a pale golden color with near perfect clarity. The head is thin and white.

Aroma is just right for the style with subtle nuances from the yeast. Banana and coriander come through.

Flavor is sweet up front with topical fruit and black pepper. There is good balance as it finishes effervescent and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced and drinkable for 10% abv.

Overall a very good American version of the style. Probably not as much depth as a true Belgian but nearly as tasty.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought at BevMo in Santa Clara. I don't get it. Brothers give 100 and love it, but this was mundane to me. I love Alesmith, but this was bland to me...perhaps more to do with the style

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Photo of cjgiant
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle no date:
Pours a straw-golden and very clear. Visible random bubbles form a starry night across the glass, rising slowly to supply the lid of foamy head atop the surface.

The nose hit me just before I started pouring, and was definitely what the label says - a spiced Belgian, in the ilk of Allagash White (though not a witbier). Belgian esters of banana with a little indistinguishable light fruit tart note as well. The coriander comes out more early, but is always present in the nose.

The notes from the nose are all represented in the taste. However, the banana takes a back seat to an apple pulp sweet-tartness (more of the former). The spice also bites into the palate early (perhaps aided by a prickly carbonation feel), and lingers in an almost white pepper taste in the end. The beer has a nice light feel to it, but the flavors add a depth to the beer to add a little heft to it.

Very enjoyable, but perhaps a little sweeter than I'd like. It crosses so many t's and dots a lot of i's for style, but is just off from being a home run to me. You shouldn't pass it up, though, if you have a chance to see for yourself.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color white foamy head. Beautiful semi sweet, very clean banana aroma. Taste follows nose with banana, slight clove, semi sweet malt and booze is well hidden

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy deep gold. A substantial 2F rocky head fades quickly leaving little in the way of lacing.

S: Very sweet belgian candi aroma. Rock candy, cotton candy grapes, apples.

M: Medium body. Alcohol solventy comes in at end. Biting carbonation.

T: Pears, apple, banana and an earthy hop flavor. Orange must, coriander in a supporting role.

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Photo of beerinspector1
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tastes great!
Really impressed, taste sipped here at Home & Away here in Old Town part of San Diego.
Will definitely seek this out.
Went on to purchase a pint and enjoyed every moment of it.
Definitely smooth and it's alcoholic content of 10% is a bonus, Alesmith has a definite winner.

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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden body with one finger head that quickly died. The aroma has strong notes of yeast and candi sugar along with minor notes of spices and lemony citrus. Light bodied, somehow it's creamy at times(??) and the beer is really smooth thanks to noticeable Belgian yeast strain. There is a balance between strong tastes of candi sugar and tropical fruit sweetness along with some spices and orange citric notes. Pick up a little alcohol and coriander spice in finish and there's a sharpness in finish thanks to lively carbonation.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a golden orange with a 3/4" wispy head that drops to about 1/8" after is sits and leave nice lacing.

a wet hay, fruity, earthy smell that is way out there.

tastes of yeast, light malts, coriander, little orange and other fruitiness.

smooth medium carbonation

overall a pretty good beer

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Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice golden ale with small amount of head and a pleasant aroma I can't place. Taste is brilliant and feel is balanced.

I drank it slowly and it got better as it warmed, so try drinking it a bit warmer for a better taste.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour: On draft at the brewery. Poured into a bar glass. Appearance: Gold and clear. Aroma: Zesty citrus aroma. Taste: Sweet. Aftertaste: Dry and clean. Overall: Really great brew from on of my favorite breweries. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best, true to style Belgian Strong ale's I've ever tried from an American brewery. Ale Smith has hit it big here! Can't wait to try it again to see how my rating holds up. for now one of my top ratings. 4.9.

1-2016 update, opened up my other bottle that I have been cellaring for a year now. This beer is just as good as I remember it last year, and it might be even better. This holds up to any true Belgian from Belgium, 4.95

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Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, clean, golden, and bubbly - Horny Devil definitely looks desirable. If that kind of appearance doesn't put you in the mood for a beer, well, then there's something wrong with you. I'll take the high road on any "head" jokes but, seriously, retention is fabulous.

There's enough spicy coriander on the nose to make my eyes cross. So fragrant is this perfume that I suspect ginger and white pepper have helped even though I know they didn't. Lemon zest is another ingredient I'd bet my left testicle was added, even if the brewery says it wasn't.

The taste, correspondingly, has a Shandy-esque profile that, for such a strong beer (10%) is oddly reminiscent of lemonade and, funny enough, could almost serve as a hot-weather quencher - or at least it's done so fantastically on this sunny, humid May afternoon.

Mind you, all other times I've tried Horny Devil I remarked a sweet, overly strong ale that was frankly a little bit of a challenge to drink. What before tasted like a saccharine, superficial, poorly-executed attempt at replicating a Belgian ale, today tastes like a wonderfully creative recipe in its own right.

There's so much zest and life in this recipe that, despite considerable aging, this beer tastes fresh and animated. Still perky with effervescence and vivacious with spice, I'd never know this bottle just celebrated its second birthday. I'm extremely impressed with how well this has held up.

I wouldn't class Horny Devil in the same category as other Duvel-inspired Belgian Strong Ales (domestic or imported) but I have scored it just as highly. True to its name it's an attractive, alluring, satisfying ale that you'll be happy comes in the large-size serving. Definitely put a night aside to enjoy it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/15/2015 at Track 84, Warwick, RI served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, spices, citrus, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a light malt character for the style. Then some sweet flavors of spices, citrus and bananas come in. The presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foam dissipates in about 2 seconds and no lacing - too bad. Smell is dried apricots, banana taffy, white pepper, coriander - nice! Flavor is more of a juicy orange with a hint of banana, followed by a sweet spice and dry hop finish. Feel has a nice carbonation which was a pleasant surprise since there is not a touch of foam.
Not much to look at, but tastes mighty nice.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiny golden pour, small foamy white head that recedes quickly.
Smells really nice, sweet bubblegum fruitiness, with apple, cherry plum, pear and some quince shining. Nice floral notes and lots of honey, spicy peppery yeasts, herbs, really fresh, almost like a saison.
So tasty, lots of orchard fruit and honey (as if it was added). Lots of apple, pear, quince, faint persimmon, apricot with a bit of alcohol and glazed in tons of spicy acacia honey. Yeasts are soft, but really spicy, with big coriander (obviously), pepper, lemongrass, clove. Some nice hop, a bit minty too in the finish, with a mild bitterness and a long spicy finish.
Aftertaste is really rich, lots of spices, lingering fruit and a bit of sweetness too. Alcohol too, but entirely bearable. Medium body and carbonation.
This is really so much better than many beers in this style from Belgium. Really authentic-feeling, really tasty. Really cool.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage (750ml) from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Another brilliant beer from AleSmith, the quality really shows through with this one and it is remarkably easy to drink despite the fact it comes in at 11% abv. and is packed with flavour. It's more fruity than I was expecting but the balance is great and the carbonation is perfect, helping the beer down far too easily for the strength of the beer. Simply put, this one is a must try for any beer fan and one that was well worth the very expensive price tag - definitely a beer that has aged well since I picked it up a couple of years ago.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose represents Belgian yeast with a lot of spicy clove, peppercorn, light banana, bubblegum and an earth tone.

The bottle suggests this be served between 50 and 55F and it is spot on. Too cold and it was just too clovey but as it warmed the sweetness came out. The banana was nice and it has a bit of bubblegum but the yeasty fungus earth tones are not my favorite.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, spice, powdery yeast, Belgian candy, wheaty, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: You get a lot more of the bready notes and warming alcohol in the taste. Nice coriander and powdery yeast too.

Mouthfeel: Drinks light for a 10% beer. Refreshing, chewy, medium bodied, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. Got better with time and warming up to room temperature too. I will revisit this one again sometime in the future.

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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.


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Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

This is a big flavorful beer. It's a Belgian all the way through. Banana is the biggest taste I get. It's lovely all the way, along with small orange notes. This Belgian Strong Pale Ale has a nice refreshing , and sweet fruit quality.

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90 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.