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Ale Diablo - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-01-2005

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bshotbox
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one on tap at the brewery. I was shock that it was available this way as it is really strong beer. The color was a rich red and had a thick mouth feel. The alcohol was obvious from the aroma to the flavor. I think it pushes at 8% at least. I am glad i had a chance to try it but one was enough for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blonde ales not to be cellared..unless abv exceeds avg range? An 8.5% Blonde? Sure! Best by Late Fall 2009..this is not late fall. This is not 2009.
A hazy golden goblet with interminable lacing..Pretty sexy. Malty and fruity profile - like a mixed berry thing going on. Drinks pretty smooth, alcohol present and berries blooming. Vaguely reminiscent of a Belgian with the esters. No hop qualities..long since faded out. Good beer, though, aged well..

Photo of THORN
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap poured into short stemmed goblet. The printout at the bar said it was 8.5% abv. At $8 a pour, I hope they were right. Consumed 12/26/2009.
A: Honey brown. Pours little to no head. Fine CO2 trails from bottom of goblet. Sticky white lacing left around whole goblet.
S: Sweet light malts with banana and melon. Crisp lemon peel.
T: Sweet malts are followed by green apples. Citrusy and a very light hop crispness.
M: Light on tongue. High CO2 leaves prickly feeling on tongue.
D: Very drinkable, light on palette, and very crisp.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA, served in a pint glass. This was a bright yellow beer and reminded me of North Coast's Pranqster. Unlike most Belgians styles, this was very crisp with of a lot of earthy white pepper and coriander notes. It's not so smooth and those spices dominate the beer and cover any subtler yeast or malt flavors. Not a bad stab at a strong Belgian pale ale.

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4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass while listening to Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.

A - Pale, golden with a gigantic frothy white head.

S - Some yeast, spice, a burst of hops, malt, bread, overripe apple, raisins

T - Carbonated bitterness which turns into a sweet, pleasant aftertaste. Raisins, a bit of bread and malt, apples; cinnamon; warmth at the end with a slight bite of alcohol

M - Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation doesn't linger as much as I thought it would

D - This is no session beer but it's quite nice.

Overall, I like it. Even though the drink by date has long passed this seems to be a beer that will age well. The head on it is amazing and the beer itself reminds me of Orval just a bit. Decent.

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into goblet on 9/22/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy pale golden body with moderate carbonation and a thin quarter inch ring that reduced to a patchy film and some spotty lacing.

S - Fruity aroma suggesting apple and lots of citrus character with a hint of spiciness. Subtle alcohol notes also emerged from underneath the sweetness. Sweet malts with a slight toasted grainy character and honey sweetness. Floral notes also emerged in the background.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is very fruity and sweet with a syrupy honey presence. Lots of fleshy fruit akin to apple and pear, as well as some citrus character. Minimal spiciness suggesting mild peppery notes, although there is a touch of earthy yeast in the mix. Finish is quite sweet.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and pretty soft carbonation. Mild alcohol heat on the palate. Finish is sweet with some residual spiciness on the back of the tongue.

D - Easy drinking for an 8.5% ABV brew, although this was prehaps a bit too sweet overall. Still, I found this to be quite tasty and flavorful.

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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost like a hefe-weizen: hazy pale golden color with contrasting white head. Nose is herbal & grassy with a suggestion of peach rind. On the palate this one is razor sharp, but pleasing with tangy/tart herbal hop flavors with a background of malt. Finishes dry.

Photo of Beaver13
1.95/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, best by Jan 2009. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet vegetal and cereal malts with some metallic alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary and bready malts and a little fruit with some plasticy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't care for this at all. Too many off notes and overly sweet and vegetal. It is drinkable though. As I go through the bottle it mellows out some.

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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this goldish wheat colored beer into a beer mug. The foam that appeared when poured was a great amount that reduced to a lingering aftermath. The aroma is that of fruits coliander and hops. While the taste matches that it also gives some taste of cloves. Overall a great beer to sit down and enjoy!

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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from Argonaut on my trip to Denver

A: Pours a nice light golden hue with a nice 3/4 finger head that is white and made up of thousands of tiny bubbles. Some carbonation noted with okay retention. No lace.

S: Nice sweet summer fruits like apples and pears up front. Hints of grass and citrus hops round things out.

T: Nice and fruity with hints of pear skin up front. Notes of lightly spiced apples in the middle before the hops kick in. Citrus hops are there in the finish but not too overthetop. A light yeast like component as well.

M: Medium to light in body with ample carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Fairly drinkable with a somewhat unique taste.

Photo of roblowther
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is copper with a substantial head. The smell is hops, hops, and more hops. The taste is (brace yourself) hop-dominant, with a nice caramel backing. The mouthfeel shows good carbonation and a nice slick feel to it. The drinkability is good, but this isn't my favorite style.

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer deposits itself in the glass a sparkling clear gold with a majestic crown of white upon the body, creamy texture, as it erodes slowly, the lacing forms a glutinous sheet upon the glass. Nose has a hop flowery aroma, sweet malt and a touch of fruit, fresh and clean, mouth watering, and a portent of things to come. Start has a delectable malt presence; hop spiciness at the back, top is medium in its feel to the palate. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops plentiful, with a modest sweetness leading to the dry aftertaste. Steamworks has become a favorite brewery.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Date of January 2007, Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, full gold color and is topped by an initially two finger thick, frothy, somewhat quickly disappearing, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is a nice mix of grassy herbal notes offset by a ripe berry like fruitiness. There is a touch of warming alcohol aromatics that come to play towards the end as well as a hint of dry malt character and even something that reminds me of plastic.

The taste is lightly sweet, again accentuating a soft berry flavor. The finish has a grassy, almost astringent finish to it and there is a solid hop bitterness that runs throughout the flavor profile. While this beer does have some soft malt sweetness, the overall impression is dry. I think it is because this beer dries out considerably in the finish, where the herbal / bitter hop character comes into play. Quite simplistic malt and hop character here, coupled with the clean yeast & high alcohol it just doesn't do it for me.

Still this is a much better beer than I was expecting, still it is a bit too green and astringent in the finish for me and with such a light malt profile, the alcohol comes through a bit more than I would like. I bet this would be quite tasty if fermented with a funky Belgian strain of yeast though.

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Ale Diablo from Steamworks Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.