El Diablo Deluxe
Bullfrog Brewery

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Wild Ale
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3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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portia99 from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by jlindros at a recent tasting. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours very clear in the glass with a pale golden color. A finger of foamy white head lingers briefly and falls to leave a small collar.

S - Quite funky on the nose, sharp and a bit biting, rather fruity. Interesting ginger ale like aroma in there too. Overall - spicy, funky and tart.

T - Funky up front with nice barnyard aspects. A bit hoppy with a generous citrusy aspect as well - mostly oranges mixed in with the brett induced funkiness. Spicy with coriander and cloves showing thru.

M - Thinnish body, definitely lighter than medium with a mid level carbonation that is tingly/fizzy on the tongue.

O - Quite good wild ale. Very enjoyable. Nice spicy and noticeably hoppy character against the barnyard funk. Definitely would have this one again.

Sep 20, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed with JLindros at his Birthday whale tasting last month. Reviewed from notes. 2009? vintage, #'d /467

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear golden hue with a one finger head that faded to leave a light blanket and good side lacing. Pretty solid considering the age.

S - Fair amount of wild brett funk, light fruits, fair amount of mustyness. A sign of things to come.

T - Ah, not really what I was expecting. LOTS of musty cellar notes, and nice funk. Very light fruit notes as well and faint spices.

M - Mouthfeel is sold, nice and sharper carbonation here.

O - Overall not sure what I was expecting with this one. Taste really did not do it for me, which was unfortunate. Still, glad I got to try it.

Apr 03, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to Andy for sharing this.

Pours a bright almost neon orange with a huge bubbly off white head. Beautiful.

Smells very bretty, slightly tart, hints of orange and cardboard.

Taste is some brett but less than the nose, moderate amount of orange, touch of cardboard again, this is decent but far from great. Seems slightly oxidized.

Body is a little thin and a little undercarbed, not terrible but not good.

Decent beer, certainly drinkable, but pretty so-so. Was probably better fresh. Appearance is amazing though.


Mar 18, 2013
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip. Bottle 214/467.

Cork exploded out of this and just about put a hole through the ceiling, heads up. Dark browned orange body, 3-4 fingers of offwhite head. Great retention and lacing. Nose has coirander and orange peel at the forefront, light funk, oak and fruity malt notes. Nose is fairly pronounced. Taste is again coriander, orange/citrus peel initially, but a chalky drying yeast character that lasts well into the finish. High carbonation which overpowered the beer, chalky and bitterness doesn't fo well for the finish.

Mar 12, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Capone's. A real funk experience, with some foaming. A fresh smell, A big soapy head on cloudy dark yellow body. Tartness really comes through at the end of the bottle, I liked the bitterness at that point. Funky aroma and taste, some leather belt.Above average mouthfeel.

Mar 10, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared at my Birthday whale tasting. I shared this one, thanks to JAXSON for sending me this one. Few years old by now.

Pours a light fizzy big airy head, bit of lacing, clear golden orange nectar color

Nose nice wild Brett funk, golden Belgian malts, light stone fruit, applely, some horsehair funk.

Taste brings a weird funk, not really what i was expecting, straw, dank cellar dusty box like tast, light golden Belgian malts, light fruity pear like flavor as well, hint spices like coriander.

Mouth is lighter bodied, effervescent carb.

Overall not bad, not as funky as I expected, but decent.

Mar 04, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Captain Red Beard for this one.

A - Pours an opaque light orange color with a foamy and creamy looking white head. No carbonation. Looks really murky.

S - Barnyard funk, sour, straw, white grapes, apples, light colored fruit.

T - Light funk, white grapes, a little floral, jasmine (?), light spicy, brett, bready, slightly earthy, wet blanket, lingering spicy clove, land bitter lemon bitterness.

M - Light medium to heavy light body, leaves a coating of spicy tang lemon bitterness in the mouth.

O - This beer is underrated. Totally magnificent after aging for a few years.

Dec 06, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one awhile back as a part of a get well package after my accident! Shared this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Bottle #114 of 467! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, sour, horseblanket, fruit, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, earth, earth funk, horseblanket, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I went into this one really expecting quite a bit, however I was a good bit let down. The funk aspect going on here really dominated every aspect of this beer. Usually this is a good thing, but there really wasn’t too much else going on to help balance this out. Also it was a little bit weak as well. Worth trying and glad that I did, but definitely not the highlight of the tasting.

Nov 21, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was shared by thagr81us at the Charlotte Tasting 2012. Thanks Calton!

This one pours a light bodied polished told in color with a slight white lacing around the glass. The nose is light. All I can pick up are light brett and hibiscus. The flavors are consist of a lot of brett, lavendar, hibiscus, and and funk. It is subtly sour. This beer drinks like a Belgian pale with loads of brett with floral components. It's ok. This beer could've peaked a couple years ago but we'd never know. It's impossible to tell how agressive this was or what it used to be. I'm glad I could try it.

Nov 11, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops out hard, slow gusher, have glasses ready. Pour is transparent light golden orange with tons of fluffy white head. The nose has a ton of hop and fruity brett aromas, Very citrusy and perfumy with a light floral presence. The flavor is great, very dry and bright citrus fruits, perfumy and lightly floral hop. Peppery spice underneath with more grapefruit and citrus in the finish. The body is medium, extremely dry finish and subtle but assertive carbonation. Flavors are very bright, well balanced and integrated with a heavy hop/brett taste.

Jan 20, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the bottle share during the bottle release at Jackie O's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a layer of white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Herbal and light with a mild, tart citrus and a slight sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Strong, sweet malt with a light herbal and fruity flavor. There is some tartness and it is quite crisp overall. I'm really enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice saison that I would definitely have again. As a wild ale, it could have been a bit more sour.

Dec 05, 2011
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdiddy for sharing. 750ml bottle, #86 of 467. Pours an orange-gold with a hazy clarity and a half inch frothy, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus, coriander, a hint of vinegar, a trace of rind and grapefruit see extract - a very clean character. Taste follows nose with the lemon rind being a bit more amplified; bitter, but not overpowering. Overall, the taste reminds me a bit of a Belgian IPA with the addition of a little funk. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation and a slight astringency that stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, I'm not really sure how to evaluate this brew - my immediate impression, without knowing the style, was that it was a slightly funky Belgian IPA, so I was rather surprised to see it classified as an American Wild. That said, I found it interesting although not particularly exceptional.

Nov 13, 2011
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olympuszymurgus from California

2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick fluffly white head over a murky golden brown body. Smells like lemons and corn, grainy with a hint of earth.

Taste? meh. Pretty much underwhelmed with what feels like a saison with no "wild ale" sour or barnyard funk. Very mellow, very clean. Nothing memorable.

Not a purchase/trade I would make.

Oct 20, 2011
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homebrew311 from Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a bright orange with a slight hazy, 2 finger frothy head

S: earthy tea like notes followed by a very musty smell, followed by a funky spice character. Not sure if this beer just isn't my style or if this has some extracurricular aromas going on, but the one thing I know is that is is not smelling great.

T: peppery up front with some citrus and a huge amount of barnyard funk and, a tiny twinge of tartness on the finish. I'm having trouble with funk in this one.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: This Wild was a bit of a disappointment. The balance is off and the funk overwhelms the beer.

Sep 15, 2011
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amphion1065 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. One of many bretty beers Rempo decided to send my way – thanks again Mark.

Holy cork Batman, opening this was an exercise in delayed gratification. After five solid minutes of pulling and prodding, I managed to pop it. Predictably, I had a gusher on my hands, but I lost nary a drop. Good thing, too, because this is a very pretty beer. Murky yellow, golden body, almost like chafed wheat. A pillowy off-white head stuck around for a while (though it did subside from about eight fingers to two). Great, sticky lacing all around my glass.

Big brett notes in the nose, but there's a surprising amount of sweetness, too. The earthy yeast is tempered by a lot of fruit flavor. Lemons, apples and peaches come through strongly.

This is a very, very dry wild ale, with a lot of brett in the taste. The grassy, earthy funk dominates the flavor. There's a tart acidity here as well, though this isn't overwhelmingly sour. If anything, this could stand to be a little more mouth-puckering. Citrus fruits and some indistinguishable spices (for what it's worth, I couldn't really taste coriander) are in the mix as well.

Strangely enough, the carbonation is less than ideal. I half-expected this to drink like soda given how evidently carbonated the bottle was, but this could stand a little more effervescence.

The brett is really allowed to shine in this beer, and though the spices aren't very evident all of the flavors are very clean. My first Bullfrog beer, and hopefully not my last.

Sep 14, 2011
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billab914 from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a hazy orange color with a thick white head to it. Pretty nice looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of earthy Brett to it. I get some notes of orange citrus and zesty lemon to it as well as a little clove like spice. It has a touch of funk to it as well. Very solid aroma overall.

In the taste I get some zesty citrus mixing with the earthy Brett. Towards the finish I get a little more musty, funky and slightly sour flavors coming out. Very easy drinking and flavorful overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall it was a very solid beer. The Brett played a big role in the flavor profile, but it worked well for it. Overall a very easy drinking, refreshing and flavorful beer.

Sep 07, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Mucho thanks for supplying this one, Ed --

A: Hazy tangerine. A careful pour yields a 1.25 finger head with minimal lacing.

S: Heavy amounts of clove and brett gone wild. As it warms, an aged Swiss cheese funk becomes predominant.

T: Slightly funky up front, yet the stars of the fore-palate are deep earth, cardamom and spice. It's a hearty wild ale - a generous amount of grain creates the backbone which runs from the start to mid, at which point the brett takes hold and doesn't let go.

M: Pretty fizzy. The overall feel is nicely done, as the hefty amount of flavor here is well balanced by the bubbly carbonation.

O: Bullfrog's El Diablo Deluxe is a fine example of a balanced American Wild Ale. The bottle sampled was certainly funked up, and yet it was something I felt didn't need an introduction. Well done - I look forward to encountering more of Bullfrog's suds.

Sep 07, 2011
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy. Very cloudy. Peachy yellow-orange in color. Forms a foamy off-white head with good retention and a little lacing.

S: Smell is dead on this one, and I don't mean non-existent. Literally smells like grandma's house. Musty, dusty, and old with a little orange and citrus trying to play through the mildew.

T: Much like the smell, the flavor must be past it's prime. Flavor is surprisingly light with notes of citrus, coriander and other culinary spices with a light bitterness. There is a little citric acidity, but it is faint.

M: Light and overcarbonated. Almost feels fuzzy on the tongue.

O: Not an overly interesting beer. Difficult to believe this is a Wild Ale, though maybe it's just not a very good one.

Jul 26, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Cantral PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Bottle #323/467. Finally getting to try something from the once-vaunted Bullfrog Brewery. It pours a cloudy sunset golden straw topped by a healthy bit of very-light-cream-white foam. The nose comprises honeydew, pineapple core, farmhouse funk, and honey. The taste holds notes of cobwebs, musty grass, clove, light black pepper, dust, grapefruit rind, and coriander. The funk isn't really there, certainly not to the extent expected from the smell; instead, the spices seem to all be vying for power in some sort of flavor melee, all while the still-dying King Funk looks on from behind his slowly-closing eyes. Suffice it to say, things did not sit very well on my tongue at all. The body straddles the line between heavy light and light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, I can only assume this beer is a shadow of its former self, as I was never able to be acquainted with said former self. All I know is that it's not drinking very well right now.

Jul 25, 2011
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scottfrie from California

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 99 of 467 poured into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks goes to StormKing47 for this one.

A: The first pour was a clear dark golden but the next one clouded up into a hazy apricot color. The head was crazy frothy, billowing, and bright white, and it slowly faded into a fuzzy film leaving a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant scents of bubblegum yeast and tons of fruit. I smell banana, peach, and sweet tangerine with a few notes of lemon and straw.
T: This tastes more like a tripel than a wild. Since I assume El Diablo is the base beer and it’s a BSPA, I suppose I’m not too far off. It’s definitely not as fruity as the nose suggested, although there is a little bit more funky straw or hay. The finish is almost saison-esque with a herbal hop bitterness. Strange. There is no tartness and only a little bit of sour.
M: Once the ample bubbly carbonation died down I could really feel the medium body. Unfortunately it’s got a slick greasy feel to it. Not the greatest.
O: This one started off with potential based on the look and smell, but there is just something off about the taste and mouthfeel. This is too much like a tripel and not enough like a wild.

Jun 27, 2011
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mjyoung from California

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank 6/25/11/ Split with the same damn people.

A: A very nice pour with an immense frothy head (full 3 fingers).

S: Strong notes of Brett dominate, but there's a hint of bubblegum and a wee bit of citrus. Not a lot going on and it's pretty simple.

T: Very mildly sour, but definitely nothing close to the smell. The body is unfortunately nondescript but there's a hint of that lovely Belgian yeast I like so much. The aftertaste is far too bitter, and does not finish cleanly at all.

M: Nice and airy, with a fair amount of carb. It leaves a cloying film that doesn't sit so well.

O: This beer came across as an odd mix between a sour and a Belgian trippel. Definitely a bit of a miss for me, simply because I don't appreciate the mix of styles.

Jun 26, 2011
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gford217 from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to capra12 for this 750ml bottle.

Cork popped loudly and the pour is full of a white fluffy foam atop a hazy golden orange body. The head recedes very slowly and leaves a thick cap on top.

Aroma is pretty fruity initially with sour green apples and apricots coming to mind in addition to the orange peel. There is certainly a healthy dose of earthy yeast and spiciness with the coriander showing up faintly. The funk is present but subtle.

The taste has more funk than the aroma with some barnyard and wet hay up front. The fruit is present but takes more of a back seat here, though the bitterness of the citrus orange peel does seem to come out more. The finish is spicy with both yeast and coriander and the funk leaves a light earthiness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very creamy with lots of carbonation. Dry, funky finish.

This is one of the better Bullfrog sours I've had. It's not over-the-top sour and has a solid balance of earthiness and fruitiness.

Mar 21, 2011
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, significant gusher, took some time to get things under control. Pours a clear orange gold with a large, thick head. Nose is lemon, hay, grains, funk. Sort of like Saison Vautour in the nose, but a bit more earthy. Big brett in the mouth, front to back, long brett on the finish. Probably the most brett-forward Bullfrog beer, maybe next to Undead Ed. Pretty dry flavor profile, earthy. Lemony, peppery. Pretty nice stuff, though the brett is a bit in your face here.

Mar 04, 2011
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this one along. It has been awhile since I have had one and the first time to review.

A-Hazy, chunky, cloudy golden yellow with a medium white head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves decent lace behind.

S-Amazingly fruity up front with hints of quince, pear and Granny Smith apple lying on top of a bit of oak astringency and light biscuit malt sweetness.

T-Where did the fruit go? Sharply sour with spicy herbal notes, oak bitterness and then a touch of fruity sweetness. A subtle smack of musty yeast in the background adding to the complexity.

M-Medium-light bodied, extremely dry and astringent with a sharp, long longeing herbal bitterness. Sourness is present but not dominating.

D-A prime example of a wild in the fact you never know what they will develop into. Amazingly fruity nose with an equally amazing dry, tart palate profile. Good for sure but becomes a bit tedious in the end.

Jan 29, 2011
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

El Diablo Deluxe has a cloudy body with hues of yellow, gold and orange. The off-white head is sticky looking, and does manage to leave lacing at regular intervals.

Tart and fruity, with peppery notes in the background and some light bread flavors.

Brett provides El Diablo Deluxe with a good bit of tartness that comes along with some apple and pear notes, but it also provides an intense musty flavor that is by far the dominant characteristic of the beer. Unlike the flavor, the fruit notes are very understated while the phenols are actually quite powerful, bringing herbal flavors and notes of pepper. This beer is insanely dry, and the combination of musty and phenolic flavors make it seem even more so.

A very light, highly carbonated body that leaves a lasting impression of both brett and dryness.

El Diablo Deluxe is a head-on offensive of dry, musty brett. If you really dig that sort of beer, then you will love this one. I would struggle to drink a bottle by myself.

Jan 25, 2011
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