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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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764 Ratings

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 94
Gots: 126 | FT: 9
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Photo of FosterJM


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

503rd review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750 ML, Capped

App- A sunshine yellow with a two and a half finger head. Lacing all over the glass. Pretty decent bubbles dancing from the center of glass.

Smell- A menage of scents. A very aromatic beer with only the yeast, coriander and pepper taking center stage.

Taste- Another mix of flavors but this seems to fade quickly with some apple juice like qualities with yeast, coriander exploding all over the tastebuds and of course the pepper.

Mouth- Medium bodied, High carbed and leaves way too much coriander for me.

Drink- A nice gift from the wife for my birthday for something different. I probably wont revisit this one, but was nice to break away from gigantic stouts, IPA's and DIPA's

05-21-2011 21:58:55 | More by FosterJM
Photo of LiquidBread219


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Pours gold, 2 fingers of white head, whih dissipates slow and leaves light lacing. It's slightly cloudy too.

S - Coriander, clove, honey, and very flowery.

T - Similar to the smell, but also has lemony esters and some pilsener flavor.

M - Full-bodied, lots of belgian funk goodness, malt dominated, and good overall.

D - Very good. Unique in comparison to most strong ales and complex.

05-21-2011 18:00:31 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

A slightly hazy yellow goodness drops into the glass. A fine white head sits atop. A pretty little thing. Perfumy with some coriander hints, strong fusel alcohols gettin diesel on it. Needs some time to settle in the bottle. It tastes of its strength, the alcohol kick is huge, a little citrusy, definite esters kicking up a storm, bit of coriander. Yes, this would definitely benefit from a little age, as the flavors are duking it out currently. Lots of flavors going on, but the alcohol burn that accompanies each sip is a bit distracting. Still, it is tasty and I'm excited to try one with a little bit of age on it.

05-12-2011 16:28:35 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of iguenard

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

( 37/50, 11% alc/vol, Home, after a good jam) Small yeast sediment in suspension throughout the glass of golden pale ale. The yellowish head dissipates extremely quickly. But even with this defect, the ale shines through. Some pineapple esters accentuate another slightly alcoholic ale with very evident belgian yeasts. Quite nice fruity aromas mixed in a sort of way that the alcohol is blended very well. Savor the yeast as it starts, then quickly get the grassy hops that escape the otherwise daunting body of alcoholic fruit esters. Pineapple, prunes, lemon marang pie. Tinge of alcoholic burn and an acrid yeast quickly gets the warmth effect and takes on a life of it's own. Weird because it starts off not that good, but as it warms, it begins to harmonize and eventually gets round and playful. It takes a talented brewmaster to deliver 11% alcohol in an attractive way. This one takes the cake in the originality of the delivery. Warmth brings it all together. Great nite sipper. Try it with lemon pie and filet of porc.

05-07-2011 18:49:12 | More by iguenard
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Bomber poured at Belgique tasting, Hugo, MN, Thanksgiving 2010.

Dark golden ale leaves nice lacing, large foamy white head. Strong coriander aroma. Tutti frutti and sweet candi sugar Belgian scents. Very lively carbonation on the palate. Very heavy coraiander taste. Some cherry fruit, not sweet, however. Interesting, the coriander makes the flavor a tad off-balance.

04-19-2011 02:29:53 | More by kenito799
Photo of trappistlover


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

(750ml bottle shared with the wife). Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma has spice, belgian yeast, and orange. Taste is sweet malt that is perfumey. Light bitterness. Full bodied with thick texture. Average for Alesmith and no match for the best Belgians.

04-09-2011 14:50:23 | More by trappistlover
Photo of Lunch


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%

Bottle shared by drabmuh in Thorpe429's living room during a tasting. Thanks go out to the good doctor.

I usually a fan of AleSmith beers, but this one does not quite live up to my expectations. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter as for whatever goddamn reason I do not have AleSmith Horny Devil snifter. Pours a golden yellow with so decent white head. Smells rather yeasty with that Belgian quality that I enjoy, but it is fairly mild. Tate is mild as well with some sweetness from like a Belgian sugar, wnding with a dry finish.

I believe they may need to tweak the name on this one as I did not find it to be much of an afrodisiac. Huhzubendah did retreat to the rest facility with some questionable reading material while muttering something about going number 3, but this was doing nothing for me. Thorpe and Thorpette (stolen from drabmuh) you may want to power wash your bathroom just to be safe.

04-01-2011 17:40:07 | More by Lunch
Photo of drabmuh


3.35/5  rDev -17.1%

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head of tiny bubbles, minimal lacing and apparently low carbonation.

Aroma is bready with some mild yeast character. Smells fine I suppose.

Beer is thin and sweet up front with a dry bitter finish, in-between there is a mild breadiness and a few yeasty esters. I am unimpressed.

03-21-2011 23:59:59 | More by drabmuh
Photo of HipHop5


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Creamy 3 finger head. Retains for quite some time.
Patchy and sticky lacing on a tulip.
Deliver absolute rich spicy and sour bread Belgian yeast peach and tart fruits.
Elegant Orange copper and murky, with some sediments floating. Medium light body.
Caramel and sour right on first contact. Tart orange peel fruity hop bite and extremely dry spicy finish. Strong carbonation from bottle conditioning is really opening the complexity of this outstanding Belgian style ale flavor profile. Better at about 50 F to 55 F.
Well disguised ABV, still lives you with a warmth that makes you feel content and cozy inside.
It's a meal in itself:)

03-20-2011 21:31:41 | More by HipHop5
Photo of LittleDon


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Cloudy amber, beautiful full white head and good amount of lace. Tons of carbonation. Subtly honeyed front. Pears and bananas. Coriander shows up in the middle and end but is lighter balanced with a back of the mouth apricot-like acidity. Very mild bitterness to the finish. Light body with lots of carbonation. A fair amount of foaming on each sip. Alcohol is well disguised

03-18-2011 21:52:03 | More by LittleDon
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

From 03/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by drabmuh at a recent tasting; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, spices, apples, and Belgian yeast.

t - Tastes of apples, pears, fruity malts, applejuice, bread, and spices.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good Belgian style beer, with lots of Belgian sytle yeast and spices, mixing with apples. Would like to have again.

03-15-2011 00:03:05 | More by mdfb79
Photo of arhythmical


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

served in a duvel tulip from the 750 bottle bought at wholefoods

very nice color and lots of foamy head

nice notes of belgian yeast and ? corriander?

clean and nice very drinkable for 11%

mouthfeel would be my only real issue, a little watery, but still good.

nice drinkability wish i had bought two 750's tonight

03-12-2011 22:00:11 | More by arhythmical
Photo of Thorpe429


3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

03-08-2011 13:14:37 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy golden caramel color with a frothy white head. Nice retention, and it leaves spots of lace all over the glass.

Smell: The yeast is very aromatic, giving off some Belgian spiciness including white pepper, clove, and coriander. Sweet pear, crackery malt, and a bit of spicy hops are present as well.

Taste: This is definitely sweeter than what I would expect out of the style, and the fruit flavors really pop. Peach and pear combine with some tropical fruit to add some depth to the style. The malt is mostly dry and imparts a crackery flavor, with the Belgian yeast delivering the spiciness. A generous hop presence adds additional spice and character. A little alcohol bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has a surprisingly light body considering the ABV, probably falling around a medium feel. Crisp, bubbly carbonation and a lightly acidic feel.

Drinkability: This was a solid offering from Alesmith and a fruitier take on the style.

03-07-2011 16:49:18 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of joshuasamantha


3.15/5  rDev -22%

Strong Beligian smell...you know that yeast! Robust color-darker yellow. Thin bone-white lacing, small head. Tastes like a Belgian-sweet, strong-but not as strong as some I have tried. This is probably due to the fact that it is a Pale also. Not my favorite, but overall if you like this style of beer, you will probably like it!

03-02-2011 03:55:57 | More by joshuasamantha
Photo of Liverpool08


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

My 200th review and first from Alesmith.
Beer pours a bright hazy yellow with tons of bubbles and a giant white head. Looks quite like a Duvel in my Duvel tulip. Smell is at first a little musty, but then I get bright fruit aromas.
As another reviewer wrote, you get a fruit loop aroma,yet its not overly sweet. First sip is pineapple lifesavers and then that Belgian yeast. Each sip after brings out more bright fruits. Its as if someone made a fruity sparkling version of Duvel. Its delicious. The bubbles keep on coming making it jump in your mouth. The alchohol is VERY well hidden, watch out. An exceptional take on this style!

02-11-2011 03:28:05 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of chumba526


4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

It appears translucent and golden with a large but thin white head.

It smells very fruity. There is almost a fruit loop type of a smell to the beer. I get a mellow lemon smell as well. There is a bit of an earthy yeast smell as well as a bit of a sugary smell.

It tastes initially of lemon, grapes and other sweet fruit. There is a great complex flavor of fruit I even get a bit of an apricot and pineapple flavor to the beer. There is a mild sugar taste. I get a mild peppery yeasty flavor. There is an earthy almost wine like presence to the beer. Though the beer is a bit sweet it has a great balance to it.

There is a thick and smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

The drinkability for how high it is in alcohol is outstanding the beer goes down smoothly.

Overall a great complex Belgian strong ale. This one of the best examples of the style that I have had.

02-02-2011 03:02:16 | More by chumba526
Photo of bamadog


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottle was purchased, waxed and stored in 7/2009. Review is from notes taken on 1/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip. BTW -- this is not a bomber that should be sat down with by yourself.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp golden/coppery color; starts with a huge 3 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention; body is perfectly clear and shows strong and fast carbonation; head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves a thick web of lacing at first which eventually dwindles to some sticky spots and swaths.

Smell: Can something be delicate and robust all at the same time? I don't know for sure, but this comes pretty close -- sweet subtle candi sugars and a slight sweet and slightly tart fruitiness with an acidic bite (a bit like apple and/or green grapes -- I'm kind of reminded of a dessert wine); a certain cereal graininess; nice Belgian spiciness that is really warm and reminiscent of the coriander it is brewed with.

Taste: Nice Belgian spiciness and coriander that has a bit of an herbal or floral aspect to it; slightly tart, more sweet and fruity flavors as mentioned in the nose (again, I'm reminded of a dessert wine) and some nice tastes of Belgian yeast; at first the alcohol flavors are very faint and well blended, but as it continues to warm they start to linger more heavily on the palate and breath (1/2 way into my second glass is when I realize that opening this by myself was a mistake...); the aftertaste is very sweet and it becomes a tad cloying and heavy with alcohol, but I feel that this is more my fault because this one should have been shared.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is strong and lively but resists being sharp in the oily and heavier body; a moderately thick and semi-dry cottony dry stickiness is left all over the mouth; alcoholic vapor lingers; gums and belly are left quite warm.

Drinkability: Really quite a well-crafted beer, as is everything AleSmith seems to do. However, due to the heavier ABV and it's continued presence as I plow my way through the bottle, it becomes tougher to finish. Crack this one with friends on a special occasion, or simply make a special occasion by cracking this one with friends -- either way, the operative notion is to share it with friends.

01-29-2011 17:19:03 | More by bamadog
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2.85/5  rDev -29.5%

Pours a pretty nice healthy amber with a prominent foamy head and thick lacing. This is a very thick beer, the color is rich and unwavering. Smells like a warm piece of buttered toast that has been chilled and liquefied. Taste is very bready, almost like a good San Francisco sourdough but without the crunchy crust and moist buttery inside. Feels decent in the mouth. Not to excited about finishing this giant bottle.

01-27-2011 05:45:25 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Horny Devil | 750 ml. | 11.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: white wine glass

A fluffy topping of lace rests upon a radiant bronze liquid base.

Coriander, as suggested on the bottle, is prominent. But there is a more complex medley of spices dripped in alcoholic esters to be savored as well. Pears, apricots, and other summery fruits complement the distinctly Belgian yeast.

The mouth develops with assertive grace, revealing succulent buds of flavor within the greater folds of spicy Trappist yeast, bready malt, and spiced coriander. The opening is brash--intense spice and alcohol gush with reckless abandon. But mid-sip, you begin to make sense of the initial blitz just as more delicate flavors blossom.

The best part? There is no bottom to this brew. A wealth of sensory treasure lays before the drinker--in fact more than can be sorted through in a brief gulp, which kept me reaching back for more.

Crisp, with fiery carbonation and a firm but effervescent body.

While Horny Devil displays its sweet side in the uptake, bitter, even sour, facets emerge at the finish and through the aftertaste, balancing flavor, sensation, and aroma beautifully.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 26, 2011

Price = $13.99 at Whole Foods

01-26-2011 19:34:31 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Hazy golden color with amber hues, large head that has some staying power, and moderate carbonation.

S - Spicy and sweet with a bit of a tangy aroma..tart green apples come to mind.

T - Light malt, some peppery penols, the spices and yeast are spot on for a Belgian. Finishes with a little lemon like hop bitterness.

M - Very crisp, finishes dry, definitely some warmth from the alcohol, you are left wanting another sip...impressive for an 11% beer.

D - Good looks, good aroma, good taste, great mouthfeel...what is not to like!?

01-25-2011 00:36:29 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev -1%

poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma definitely had the belgian yeast character alongisde orange citrus, slight coriander, with faint brown suagr and booze notes. The citrus orange was more apparent on the taste but still had the belgian yeast character with coriander, earthy, and brown sugar accents ending with a touch of booze. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, yeasty, slight spice, and fruity finish. It drank real good and has been a soild interpretation of a BSPA everytime I've had it. Another good offering from the peeps at alesmith

12-23-2010 03:54:00 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of zeff80


4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

12-14-2010 01:41:56 | More by zeff80
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. it poured a pale golden/amber color with a modest and fizzy head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so and left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma really reminds me of a white wine, almost like a Pinot Grigio. It's citrusy with some light fruity flavors coming through. I'm getting just a touch of strawberry to it surprisingly. The aroma was very complex, flavorful and refreshing overall.

The taste shows more of the white wine qualities to it, but not as much as the aroma. It has a nice citrus zest to it with more of that lighter fruity flavor coming through towards the finish. The candi sugar adds some sweetness as well. I get some malty flavors midway through, and it's very low on bitterness. Very good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is good, it had a lot of great flavors to it and some nice complexity. It really integrated the candi sugar and the coriander well. I definitely thought it tasted a lot like some of the sweeter white wines I've had and can easily see any wine drinker liking this beer. Very good beer overall.

12-05-2010 02:55:03 | More by billab914
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a crisp golden yellow color with a big rocky/fluffy white head. Aromas of coriander, Belgian yeast, pink peppercorns and tart green apples. On the palate, this one is very refreshing, crisp and light bodied. Flavors of honey, Belgian candi sugar, alcohol and apples. A good example of the style, and one I would buy again.

11-20-2010 19:49:40 | More by emmasdad
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