El Diablo Deluxe | Bullfrog Brewery

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El Diablo DeluxeEl Diablo Deluxe

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by treyrab on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of treyrab
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for opening one of these at the release today y'all! The bottle popped open with little effort with a nice pop. Poured into numerous Bullfrog serving glasses.

A: Poured a nice, rather clear, yellow with a nice white head. The head was rather large and about two fingers. Some nice carbonation flowing throughout.

S: Really wonderful. One of the best displays of straight Brett C I have ever experienced. The amount of wet hay and barnyard really cleared my sinuses! Tons of funk and light fruits (orange and pineapple) that blend well with a nice peppery spice.

T: Again, the Brett C is predominant and extremely funky. Light and tart, Brett, and a nice dose of orange and light fruits. The carbonation is pretty spot on and makes this very drinkable.

Overall, this is one insanely funky beer. A job well done!

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Photo of berpwillie
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very cloudy copper color with large white fizzy head that sticks around for a while. good lacing and average carbonation. strong wild yeast smell with fruity citrus hints. taste is a bit more tame then the smell, but still pretty sour and tart. light body with average flavor duration that finishes sour and tart. a bit more dry than i usually like in a wild ale but still very delicious.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally cracking one of these open. Bottle #153/467. Poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a very hazy translucent, light brass hue. Pours with a nice 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually hades to 1.5 fingers and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Brett funk dominates the nose. Behind this is a big wave of bright cirtus and apricot. A mild peppery spice can also be detected.

T- Moderate lemon upfront before the brett funk takes over and grabs hold. Peppery spice overtones initially and an accent of floral hops. The finish is quite bitter and funky-it offers more intense brett funk, peppery spice and a moderate floral hop bitterness as well as a hint of lemon. Brett funk and floral hop bitterness linger on for awhile.

M- High tingly carbonation and a light to medium weight body loaded with brett funk.

D- I really like this beer-it reminds me of a hoppy saison loaded with brett (I'm a huge fan of funky saisons so this works well for me) The brett is a bit extreme-but the complexity and drinkablility of this shine as the beer warms. This brew is certainly wild and funky-but NOT sour-and perhaps thats why the review score isnt that high. The more I drink of this the more I like it-the only thing is I can't find the barrel in any components of this beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Gtreid
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to urwithdave for bringing this one to our sour throwdown. 750 ml bottle, poured into a tasting glass.

A: Hazy straw color. The pour produced a small, fizzy, white head that dissipated rather quickly, but left some spotty lace.

A: Smells of light lemon, green apples, small biscuit, grass, and funk. The sour notes are appearant, but less than anticipated.

T: Light sour notes play very well with the toasted grains and biscuity notes. The sourness is not overpowering, subtle and nice. It finishes tart and dry, but very pleasing.

M: Light body and heavy carbonation. This one is not as sharp as others in this category.

D and overall impression: I could actually put away an entire bottle of this myself without batting an eye. Overall, I tend to tyer of sours rather quickly, this one however, I did not. I really enjoyed it, but would have liked to see a little more age to let the wild yeast develop fully. Overall, very solid. Skal.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, numbered 418/467. Cork is removed easily, with a strong pop and immediately foams out of the bottle and is caught by my snifter.

Beer pours a clear golden orange color with strong carbonation supporting a massive frothy white head with long lasting retention and impressive Belgian style lacing. Aroma is strong blend of citrus, florals, funk and very dry. Yeast, orange, citrus rind, coriander, mild barn and funk from the brett. Right now this beer is lacking any real tart or sour character, which wasn't really expected and isn't a problem for this IMO. Front of the palate is covered in earthy, dirty barnyard funk and brett. Middle of the palate onward provides and sweeter and slightly bitter yeasty and floral notes. Finish ends with sweet citric (orange) flavors. Body is medium thick and softly carbonated, with a pleasantly dry finish that is balanced between citric and earthy flavors again. Overall, a very smooth, balanced and complex wild, without being remotely sour or tart, just plenty of brett funk. Like someone else mentioned, sort of reminds me of a funky imperial wit, but more wild than wit. Not the "best" Bullfrog wild or most interesting, but tasting very nice fresh and should age nicely.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice copper-orange color with a bit of a white head that settles down nicely, leaving behind a pretty good deal of lacing. The nose is pretty intense, with strong notes of pepper, citrus zest, spice, coriander, and a bit of funk. The taste brings a pretty good amount of earthy Brett character as well as some nice spicing and orange peel. Feel is pretty dry with good carbonation. Drinks quite well. I am continually impressed with nearly everything Bullfrog does.

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Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

came home after a long day and popped the corked on this one. served chilled and poured into a dfh snifter, this one was consumed on 08/17/2010.

really nice pour here with a deeply clouded over light golden amber that held its own throughout the session. huge head of white foam came up and over the top foaming out over the glass. never really did settle an kept a ton of lace on it throughout the session.

aroma is totally brett with light notes of lemon and hints of light grain. warming brings out pears, hints of light funk and sour apples. very big malt bill here as the fink is almost drowned out by it, but not even close. nice light balance with hints of yeast and fruity notes abounded in the taste. nice sour an funk that reward the palate after a light burst of citrus and a nice dry finish.

overall a really nice ale. not the best from bullfrog, but really nicely done and quite drinkable.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the release this past Friday. It was nice to see another fine gathering of beer lovers!

Appearance: Pours straw yellow with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Loads of soft, young, classic Bullfrog brett over notes of orange, coriander, and a hint of sweet malt. Mainly a young brett yeast bomb.

Taste: Same as nose. Moderate tartness...the citric qualities cut it down. The orange and soft brett work well together. I can't help but think "Wild Wit" when I drink this.

Mouthfeel: Heavy side of light bodied with fairly nice carbonation. A decent job on the mouthfeel albeit a tad light.

Drinkability: If you are into a young brett bomb then this is the icon of sessionable. If you are not, this one will miss the mark for you.

I liked this one much better than the original El Rojo Diablo and while I'm not sure where this one is heading after aging, I think its drinking really well now.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Chris.

Beer poured from bottle 47 / 467 into a snifter. Beer is orange with a HUGE head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Head is made up of small and medium white bubbles. Beer is heavily carbonated. Looks pretty good for a sour.

The aroma is overall a little mild, good brett funk character, Brett b I believe with a mild citrus character to it...that makes me think this is Brett c, maybe its both.

This beer is medium to light in body. Its quite bright on the palate leading with a nice lactic flavor and followed closely by a mild harsher acetic or citric acid quality. I would define this beer as a brett bomb. Its quite drinkable. There isn't much in the way of woodsy flavors but overall its a nice wild / sour.

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 281 of 417.

A. The cork took much effort to remove, and when it finally popped, the bottle threatened to overflow. I got the glass in place in time, but it was close. More head than beer initially. Hazy orange body.

S. Mostly brett, but I like that for what this beer is. I do get a bit of spices, but they are non-descript under all that brett. I was afraid the spice in this would be overwhelming, but that is clearly not the case.

T&M. Full body. Very creamy and well balanced, with an obvious brett component at the forefront. Is it overly bretty? Maybe, but is a DIPA overly hoppy? The carbonation and mild spices and saison backbone give a great platform for this brett forward beer to shine.

D. One bottle, split two ways, is not nearly enough. If this was a readily available beer, I would probably buy it by the case.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Bottle 90 of 467.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a ton of leathery brett with some orange citrus. The flavor is brett with some citrus and assorted spices. The beer is extremely dry. Overall, the flavor is not sour and not funky, it is just straight brettanomyces. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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El Diablo Deluxe from Bullfrog Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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