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AleSmith Horny Devil - AleSmith Brewing Company

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749 Ratings

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 121 | FT: 8
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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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 23:41:28 | More by organicbrewer
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Gyle41386 for this.

3.5 A: Little bit of a carbonation issue going on here. First pour yielded 4+ fingers of white frothy head. Average to good retention, but not very sticky. Hazy golden yellow color.

3.5 S: Peachy fruitiness, hay and some basement funk. Earthy Belgian yeastiness, corriander and earthy hops. It's nice, but I think the fruitiness gets in the way.

4.0 T: Lots of peachiness again, but complements better than in the nose. Belgian yeasty spiciness with touches of pepper and clove. Lots of corriander. Hay again and a nice earthy funkiness. I'd prefer a heftier bitterness as this one is a bit too sweet.

4.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is spritzy and a big too high, as expected. However, this is really creamy and smooth, which I like immensely.

4.0 D: Good beer that could be a great beer if the bitterness was upped a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 00:43:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at about 50 degrees into an Orval glass with a 1f off-white head over a fairly clear (but hazy) golden body. Light carbonation present.

Zesty orange aroma, with plenty of coriander-like spice. Juicy fruit gum comes thru as it warms, along with some pineapple and pear.

Big carbonation greets you upfront. Flavors include orange marmelade, white fruits, slight syrupy medicinal quality, and a little hay. Some spices. Crisp as hell w/the carbonation.

Flavorful and tasty, making for good drinkability, but since I got more from the aroma than the flavor, it feels like the carbonation may be holding back the potentially wonderful flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:48:49 | More by BeerImmediately
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, thanks to Chico for sharing this one.

A- Golden yellow with a fizzy champagne like white head. Builds up and has decent retention. Nice cloud coat with sticky suds and fine lace left behind.

S- Good coriander and spice up front. Some lemon and citrus blend in. The yeast is noticeable and gives some breadiness to this. Fairly relaxed and balanced for a strong Belgian style ale. A bit sour here.

T- Good amount of spice/coriander. Some hops are detected as earthy and grassy. Yeast and bread notes along with citrus hints finish off a nice relaxed Belgian flavor. I also find some apple and white grape fruit notes. Alcohol well hidden.

MF- Good and creamy. Fairly high carbonation and a moderately thick body. Pretty warm but it feels good. Spices finish on the palate.

DB- Price not bad depending on where you get it for a big bottle. Definitely something to share with a friend. Better than some of the authentic Belgian ales I have had, worth a shot from a consistently good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:34:55 | More by cbutova
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml split with cbutova. I bought this bottle about 6 months ago.

Pours copper orange with a big white head. Retains very well, staying at a little under a finger towards the end. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Definitely lots of coriander in the smell, but lots of brett somehow as well. On par with wild ales I have had. A surprising amount for a non-sour, maybe it's due to the slight amount of aging? Anyways I love the unexpected brett.

The real Belgian monastery yeast is really noticeable. That along with heavy spices, coriander and light fruit. I'm still getting brett notes, but not very sour. Maybe it's just the overall Belgian-ness. Heavy also on the candi sugar and a little heavy on the booze.

Feels a bit thin for 11%. Feels a bit boozy especially after trying BGBW which is basically the same % as that.

Glad I split this one. Flavors are good but really intense and strong. $15 is a bit crazy as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:27:02 | More by Chico1985
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Hazy somewhat dull orange. Massive three finger head. The nucleation point of the Duvel tulip looks like the well in the gulf it has so much activity the head won't subside. Impatient, my nose is now covered in foam :) Surprise . . . great lacing !

Coriander almost to the point of a witbier, yeast and ripe fruits - something in the nose doesn't seem quite right but not sure what.

Taste exceeds the aroma. Sweet with fruits, spices and yeast. Alcohol while obvious is not apparent to be eleven percent although it becomes more pronounced near room temp. I would prefer if they traded a bit of the sweet for tart.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 23:03:56 | More by impending
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3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Whole Foods, Bridgeport Village (Tigard, Oregon), has this in the bottle. I think this is a wonderful beer, HOWEVER, is very generic in flavor, when compared to other Belgian beers of this variety.

I paid 13 dollars (well, wife did, for a birthday gift) for a 750 ml bottle. I would say that if you have never tried it before, it's worth the money for a new experience. But as a repeat purchase, I don't think I would spend the money; afterall, 13 bucks for a bottle of beer is very ambitious.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 05:45:32 | More by WoodenEye
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look, its a witbier. Don't let them tell you otherwise. Read the label... its a witbier.

A - slightly hazy but since it is bottle fermented you can keep it pretty clear. great fluffy head that laces and lasts the whole beer

S - WHAT A SHOCK!! Bread, spice, and citrus!!

T/M - Goes down really smooth. Another shocker. It tastes like bread, spice, and citrus!! Nothing here to distinguish it from any other wit

D - goes down well enough, but i've kill my palate on these beers in the past few years because... they all taste the same!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 22:41:28 | More by drcarver
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat copper golden hue. Solid head at first that dissipates quickly leaving solid lacing in it's wake.

S: Sweet fermented cherry with bready spiciness at the end.

T: Real similar to a spiced rum - Sailor Jerry'esque. Sour cherries with spicy vanilla notes and some sour breadiness as well.

M: Ridiculously smooth medium bodied goodness.

D: Like a fine champagne. All too easy.

I love this stuff. Just had a glass of it from the tap for the first time at the new Pizza Port in OB (5 blocks from my pad - dangerous!) and it far surpassed the bottled version i've had many times in the past. Do yourself a favor and try one of these on tap - just silly!

Side note - I had this today at the new OB Pizza Port restaurant/beer bar location. Not sure why this site doesn't provide a Beer Spy report for this location (or other Pizza Ports). This fine ale is currently available at the OB location for $6.50 a pour (40cl tulip glass).

Real good price and pour!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 01:57:23 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a gusher. Opened on opening night of the baseball season.

Golden pale in color, huge head.

Straw, candied malts smell, spicey.

Perfumey taste, full bodied for style, coriander and sweet. Great beer, this was the last of the alesmith beers sold commercially I hadn't had, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 20:41:32 | More by Murchmac
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and straw-colored. Pours with a rich, foamy head that
recedes quickly, and leaves minimal soapy lacing.
Spicy and fruity, with plenty of coriander and notes of peach, grape,
and citrus. Mouthfeel is thin and fine, with high carbonation. Horny
Devil's effervescence works well against the dry coriander. Sweet
caramel malts and bready, toasted grain flavors in the finish. I enjoyed this one. Don't think I'd want to drink it too often, though. Getting through a bottle by myself was an undertaking.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:03:11 | More by DaveHS
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 10:45:30 | More by dqrull
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you klikger for sharing this.

a - cloudy. good carbonation, white head.

s - smells like fruit loops! hint of tartness.

t - sweet briefly, then sour/bitter bite, followed by spice on the end. somewhat hot.

m - mouthfeel of champagne. very light and fluffy.

o - fun to try, its a good beer, but not my cup of tea. very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:02:37 | More by levifunk
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3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into my tulip glass with a frothy light white head. The beer is a very bright golden brass color. Perfect clarity and quite a bit of visible carbonation. Head has quite a bit of structure and nice retention. Some light sticky lacing remains. Gorgeous beer... literally looks like a perfect pour in the tulip glass.

Aroma is bright and sweet. Candied sugar, Pale Malt and tone of fruity esters. Very nice.

Flavor is a bit sweet. Lots of candied sugar, a bit of a mineral aftertaste. Some light spice. Would never guess coriander is in here. Some honey notes.

Almost cloying. Not really, but I was hoping for much more refreshing and balanced. Medium bodied with carbonation that's prickly on the tongue.

Frankly this is too sweet to be truly drinkable. I am a bit disappointed to be honest. I was really looking forward to this. Oh well, live and learn.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:48:47 | More by Reagan1984
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden hue with loads of visible carbonation; a bit cloudy, with some sediment; nice white head with little lacing

S - Champagne, honey, and spring flowers

T - This is actually tough to describe - it's sweet, but barely; very floral, but I can't put my finger on the flowers; fruity, yet not distinctively one type - I get hints of raspberries and currants, but they come and go. Regardless of my inability to communicate precisely what elements I enjoyed, suffice it to say that this tastes amazing.

M - Bubbly and exceptionally smooth. Forget High Life - this is the champagne of beers.

D - Very drinkable for 11% - the alcohol is very well masked by the bouquet and complexity of the flavors. I shared this with a few friends, but I'm pretty sure I could down a 750 by myself (and perhaps even want more).

Another fantastic AleSmith brew, Horny Devil substantially exceeded my expectations. This is a fascinatingly deep beer, but its so easy to drink that I had to consciously slow down to enjoy it. I'll be seeking this out and looking forward to the next time I'm able to taste it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 18:04:38 | More by klikger
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 29 Dec 2009.

Served in a 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter. Large white head. Well carbonated. Clear golden orange color. Aromas of orange, ethanol, melons, peach yogurt, earthy. Tastes very juicy, A says like a bellini. Very peachy and fruity. Some candi sugar in middle and finish. Peachy fruitiness dominates throughout. Somewhat boozy in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body.

Quite reminiscent of a champagne cocktail.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 04:28:31 | More by htomsirveaux
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District of Columbia

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

A: Yellow-ish with a fair head and no lacing.

S: Alcohol is prominent with some floral notes.

T: Interesting and cool beer. Honey and banana are very present. Horny Devil tastes a bit like an imperial witbier. There is a sweetness that is a bit forward, likely due to the 11% abv.

M: A pretty smooth drink, given the high ABV. Nice feel. Good carbonation level. ABV is there, but masked pretty well.

D: A good brew to split a few ways. While it was good, it was not among my favorite BSPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 19:51:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a golden color with a thick white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and peppery spice. However, the aroma didn't do justice to the taste. Fruit, cotton candy, funky yeast, spice, pepper. Although it's 11% ABV, you wouldn't notice it. Very smooth and lively. Need to have more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 19:56:02 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic looking beer. Large five finger head completely unfiltered sunny orange colored, yeast particles and carb bubbles colliding. Head is thick and puffy and very log lasting very slight off white.

What a wonderful nose. Fruity and juicy, thick coriander aromas, belgian spice and tropical fruits. Yeasty with hints of candi sugar. So floral and estery. Hops in the middle just a great nose.

Creamy and luscious body and wonderful layered complex flavors. Pale malts, lead into corainder and tropical fruits with a yeasty belgian spice induced finish that lasts into a tingly carbonation with some hop bitterness. Pineapple, starfruit, mango, and papaya flavors. Some alcohol in the mouth and finish but not bothersome. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 20:02:53 | More by mcallister
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a five-finger+ pillowy white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy pale amber color. Some yeast left in bottom of bottle. Nose is light peach. Flavor is almost sour fruit and spicy, complex. High ABV is hidden. Expensive at $14.95 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 22:29:56 | More by jdhilt
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, hazy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: lemon, orange, and cardamom

Taste: lemon, orange, candied sugar, toasted malt, alcohol, and cardamom

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a bitter alcohol backbone

Drinkability: Decent for the style but not spectacular. It feels like an enhanced version of the style. This one is complex, but not one I am likely to get again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 16:33:19 | More by tigg924
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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 00:48:56 | More by Chambic
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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 750 ML brown bottle capped with a dark red foil covering that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $12.99 a few weeks ago into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. No observed "best by" date. I like how there is no label. The information is printed right on the bottle.

A Nice translucent golden body under an off white fluffy head that leaves trace lacing. There is visible sediment and lines of carbonation rising up. This is a really good look. 4.5

S Light malt and a pleasing coriander, organic, spice like presence. Light, interesting, inviting. I do not pick up a lot of alcohol which was a bit of a surprise considering the bottle's printed message indicates an 11% ABV. 4.0

T This reminds me of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a Saison attitude with the coriander. Candi sugar malt backdrop with coriander soft, light spice up front. It is really a unique taste. There is an appropriate heat from the alcohol but it is framed correctly. The best feature is that it is delicious. I do not know how it can be improved. 5.0

M Much carbonation makes this beer dance across the tongue and there is a fair abount of syrupy stickiness as well. That with the ABV makes for a big beer but it results in a very drinkable 11% ABV beer. 4.0

D As suggested, for the high ABV this is entirely drinkable since it really maintained my interest until the last sip. 4.0

Notes: This is the 5th consecutive AleSmith beer that I have rated. This one is a very enjoyable Belgian Strong Pale Ale from AleSmith, clearly a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 06:15:58 | More by adamette
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn! Appearance is a bit lacking, appears fizzy with smallish head, though a nice straw gold color. Smell is a bit tame, but definitely good, some bready malts, maybe a bit of funk, some citric sweetness, apples. Taste is definitely a punch of citrus, apples, pears, and some clove/yeastiness. Delicious. MF is clean, though a bit thin, the carbonation is fizzy, not fluffy. Superb drink, one that I was lucky to try. Had no idea that this was 11%, maybe would have pinned it as 7%.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:18:09 | More by LordAdmNelson
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Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 220z bottle into a brandy snifter.

The color is a clear gold with two fingers of foamy head and some lacing.

The smell is a bit deep in the farmhouse flavors. Some nice clove, and fruity green grape flavor. Some funk that makes me wonder, where does it go fro here.

The taste is again funky that is just about what I expected from this beer. It comes at me from some places not expected and I am naming them as they come. A truly light at times but a deep strong aromatic beer that has some strong farmhouse feel.

The feel of this beer is light and really drinkable. A small glass will take a while to savor and during that time the true amazing flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 06:54:56 | More by Duhast500
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