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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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377 Reviews

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 931
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 107
Gots: 196 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Reviews: 377 | Hads: 931
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 Vixie
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of haazer
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Big rocky egg white head, fizzles down to a bubbly ring. Brew looks like a Belgian blonde. Gold and yellow with fizzy bubbles rising throughout.

S- Definite Belgian yeast strain, cotton candy smell. Can tell a bit of herbal spice and clove.

T- The yeast profile is dominant in the flavor but not the only one. Good bit of clove blends with coriander to put a nice citrus taste. You can tell a good bit of malt was used, feels somewhere between the Mary Jane dubbel to tripel malt taste. Alcohol is well masked here.

M- Medium bodied brew, smooth drinking with mid level carbonation.

O- Not my favorite type of brew but I can tell this is very well crafted. 3-4 distinct flavors can be identified at 11% and not tasting boozy? I'm bumping up my overall out of respect. If Belgian strongs are your thing than give this a whirl.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colored ale that is actively carbonated and boasts a descent if fleeting head. Not much in the way of lacing - at least on the first pour.

Smells of sweet candied malt, yeast and coriander. Great nose. I could smell this all day. It's got my salivary gland going....

Tastes spicy; peppery, coriander and possibly some clove. The candied malt balances the spiciness and there is a faint hop. Very complex and well done - tasty. Finishes dry.

Medium, crisp and refreshing.

First I've had from AleSmith - thanks hon. A great brew. Love the style and this is more than worthy. I would highly recommend this BSPA.

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tj's the other night.

The beer pours a faily pale, golden amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is quite exotic and attractive, as I get considerable tropical fruit, orange citrus, marachino cherry, vanilla, honey and light coconut. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I thought the sweetness a bit much. The vanilla and honey really dominated the palate, and while there's some decent underlying bitterness that helps to balance that sweetness, ultimately it's not enough. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to fairly full, with a long, rich, sweet finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though ultimately the sweetness and high abv. wear out the palate a bit.

A solid beer, no doubt, but it's hard to imagine ever drinking more than one snifter or tulip glass of this.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a hazy honey color with a 2" frothy white head. Thick wall lacing that resides quickly.

S- very sweet honey and fruits, lemon, coriander and other spices.

T- sweet honey, lemon and oranges, coriander and spices, and some bitter citrus zest.

M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly effervescent and crisp.

O- very nice beer, more sweet than most Belgian pales but still has some crisp bitterness to it.

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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear golden color with a white head with great retention
S-tropical fruit, green apple, honey
T-more tropical fruit and sweet honey, hops providing a nice balance to the sweetness and a delicate spiciness
M-medium full while still maintaining a "lightness". hides abv very well
O-outstanding representation of the style. Well crafted and delicious, can't have too much in one sitting though

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

Picked this up at my spot - Bradley's Liquor in Tustin, CA.

Yeeep! If Raul wasn't Horny before drinking this thang, he sure was horny as hell after!

Beautiful, rich, golden ale color. Warm, delicate, frothy head. And the taste, the flavors...BOOM! Sleek, silky, and sexy Belgium Golden Ale flavors with an added (yet subtle) wallop of spices (including coriander).

No floozy, nothing big going on for Raul at the moment, malaise is at an all time high... but during the hour or so when Raul polished off this bad boi, he was feeling' it.

Props to AleSmith!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid the price on this one dropped a 10 spot on a 750ml

A - 11% pale ale so I expected little head just a slight lace ring with decent lacing. Color is a bright hazy yellow similar to a pineapple juice.

S - Big fruit and bubble gum notes and spicy coriander are detected. Maybe some banana and clove too. Smells like a boozed up triple with ABV heavy on the nose.

T - Ah much smoother than the initial smell. ABV is well integrated with fruity yeasts, spicy clove/coriander and some hops do make their way into the finish. The only note of the ABV is a touch of booze taste in the finish but no actual burn.

M - Medium to heavy in body, kind of bubbly even though I don't see much carbonation. A sure fire sipper.

Overall I am impressed the smell was kind of boozy and off-putting but they pulled it off well with the taste. I will keep an eye out for any releases that are affordable like this.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to oversized snifter.

A - slightly cloudy translucent yellow with half a finger of bubbly off-white head that quickly reduced to a few scattered bubbles along the top of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, candy sugar. Lighter banana notes and spice.

T - Belgian yeast, cloves and banana with candy sugar. Some spice, coriander, fruit and a peppery finish. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerNFoodDood
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer nicely chilled into a tulip.

The appearance was a nice light golden color with good carbonation and visible yeast in the bottom.

It had a very nice spicey and fruity nose.

Beer tasted graet I had cellered it for 4 months after I got it. The criander gives the beer and interesting spice quality that had me coming back for more drinks. The yeast tasted great in this beer. That fruit yeast character mixed with the intense spice was superb.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful clear light golden with small quickly receding head. Bubbles like champagne and they keep coming up from the bottom. Smell of coriander, honey, apples and pears. A little funk. Fruity flavor Very effervescent. Flavors follow the smell exactly, with some extra sweetness. Less dry than I expected from the aroma. Clean finish and light mouthfeel. Very nice. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of abrand
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into LA tulip

Pours a golden color with a nice 1 finger head that leaves lacing. Haziness to the pour with visible sediment. Smells sweet with cherries and citrus fruits. Some alcohol is left on the nose as well. Taste is very malty with lots of grains. A sweet finish with the coriander. Very smooth and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Overall this is great. Very delicious.

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

Pours a golden color with a thin rim of white bubbles. Aroma of coriander and Belgianness. The first sip takes me back to the first time I had a big Belgian beer and my eyes were forever opened. Coriander, candi sugar, lots of fruity esters and phenols backed up by a creamy, slick mouthfeel and ever so slight touch of hops at the end. Delicious.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Beer is golden in colour. No head.

Aroma consists of sweet bready malt, honey, yeast and apply. Quite floral.

Sweet bready malt in the nose as well, with light fruit (apple, melon), honey, spices and green grape.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bready feel.

Overall, a good BSPA. Not a standout but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rarbring
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden body with a touch of haze and a pretty robust effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy white foam which dissipates rather quickly leaving very little lace. Decent.

Smell: strong coriander and citrus aroma, rather like an imperial-strength witbier. I rather like it.

Taste: strong malt flavor with a good amount of that coriander present. There is a bit of a harshness to the flavor though, like the alcohol is too strong or the beer just not quite attenuated properly. It's OK, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a wonderful mouthfeel. Easily the best part of this beer.

Overall: aside from the texture, this beer is a miss in my book; my least favorite by a brewery whose beers I normally love.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle Erin brought back from San Diego.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear golden color. Starts with a nice bone white, tightly bubbled head, but the retention and lacing are subpar for the style where these things are prized.

Smell: Very fruity and spicy. Pears and tropical fruits. Yeast is spicy and musty. Candy like sweetness and no smell of booze.

Taste: Again, fruity and spicy-- spice dominates and becomes herbal and a little sharp. Tastes a bit too boozy too. Long yeasty finish. Hold the coriander please.

Mouthfeel: Quite good. Very lively carbonation and a slick feel. Well done.

Overall: A good, strong Belgian style pale ale. Overspiced, but pretty solid.

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Photo of n2185
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: bubblegum and candy sugar dominate with faint spice and fruit notes.

T: bubblegum and candy sugar dominate here as well with spices more present. Light yeast and alcohol flavors on the finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is too thick and undercarbonated.

O: not a bad BSPA, but too sweet, thick, and simplistic.

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

A: hazy gold with fizzy head

S: sweet and bright hops and yeasts; pale malt smells

T: like a mist of lemony citrus over pale orchard fruits, coriander and orange peel spices; peaches

M: the fairly sweet malts give it some body; drier yeasty finish; mild aftertaste

O: gotta love AleSmith's stuff - this one warms nicely - reminded me of a fuzzy, lemony tripel; while it is a good BSPA, it also presents a palette of flavors that set it apart from standards like Duvel or Don de Dieu - definitely worth buying and trying.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a large bottle with a friend over lunch. It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow in the restaurant's (Little Ortino's) Kasteel glasses. The slight alcohol heat was understandable, but the beer was unusually acidic. I was hoping for a super Duvel, was more wine-like with a yeasty, spiced edge. My friend was not a fan. But while the flavor was a bit off the mark, little things like the mouthfeel and carbonation were on, and I wonder a little if the beer was mishandled and poorly stored. Either way, this came off like a Belgian strong pale that's veered off course.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a pale, clear orange amber. Nice snow white head leaving lacing. Looks very nice. Fruit, especially citrus and Belgian spicing aroma. Moderate heavy bodied, which is nice considering how pale this is. Complex fruit flavors and coriander with something happening through the taste. Ends with a spicy, peppery finish. Nice carbonation bite. Overall a pleasure to drink. Very nice.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy straw yellow tone while yielding a huge, billowing off-white head - a frothy 3" of which (at least). retention is quite strong as is slowly fades, leaving some patchy lacing. great looking belgian pale. nose is nice, too: fairly aromatic with notes of coriander, belgian yeast, lemon zest, and some grassiness in the background.

flavor follows the aroma, delivering more of the same. bold presence of the coriander and lemon; yeast and some spice; secondary notes of grass and candi sugar. very well-hidden 11% ABV, finish is on the dry side. very tasty. mouthfeel is a touch thin; has lively carbonation.

overall i think this is a fantastic beer, one of those, whole being better than the sum of its parts types. it's flawed - we're not talking world class material here - but still really good.

(originally reviewed: 06-12-2011)

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.