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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by treyrab on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 87
Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is hazy bright golden orange. Pours a finger of white head with good retention and good lace.

Aroma: Very floraly and herbal. Floral hops. Some spice and brett shine through. Funky brett. Belgian yeast shows.

Taste: Complete brett bomb. It is harsh and over the top brett. Floral/herbal hop profile. Ends very weedy. Terrible. Not to much to say about the taste.

Mouthfeel: Dry and funky. Over the top funk. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a terrible beer. I cannot drink a lot of it. I am very shocked by how bretty this beer has gotten and has taken over so much of the flavor profile. I am not impressed.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a colossal disappointment this beer was for me. I have wanted to like Bullfrogs Sours, but the ones I have had are just good to mediocre. This one was offensive.

This beer is a great golden color that just brightens the room with its pour. Its cork didn't have any trouble coming off, but did not foam over. It has a great fluffy white head that pours two fingers with a medium pour. It also leaves a medium to thick lacing that reminds me of my grandmothers attic, webs of white everywhere. A great looking beer.

The smell is great as well, strong herbal notes with the Brett yeast helping that out. A nice lemon and sweet apple note with a great musty Brett character. Its also very herbal, with many notes of coriander and hay.

Wow, what a downward spiral this beer takes. It has a great taste upfront with some sweet apple notes and a fun spicy belgian yeast palate. Then towards the end there is a sharp taste that is incredibly offensive towards the point of making a funny face every swallow. It is like the Brett yeast is so concentrated in the end that it is pungent taste that is so distracting from the rest of the beer. I am finding it hard to describe the level of infected herbal tastes that the end of this beer has. Not good.

Its mouthfeel is incredibly carbonated and dry. Then after you swallow this beer the menacing, potent, and offensive herb flavor comes up. Its this flash that ruins it for an otherwise enjoyable beer. It has some nice sweet flavors with a great belgian yeast flavor, that ending train wreck ruins this beer for me. I could drink it fairly well, I was mainly trying to pinpoint the off flavor.

Sorry Bullfrog, this one was not for me. Jaspers is next in line for me and I still have high hopes for a brewery doing its best to give its drinkers a great American Wild Ale.


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Photo of AlexFields
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
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.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Shared this one at Where the Wild Beers are. Pours a golden hued clear color with a slight white head. The aroma is straight Brett at this point with huge floral accents and some barnyard. Some citurs notes like lemon make their way through the florals though. Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. The taste is pretty much what I thought it would be after the nose. Slight sweetness upfront that then gets trampled by the Brett floral and barnyard flavors. Some lingering zestiness of lemon as well. Overall, not bad but not a favorite either.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the late, great, jerz for sharing this one at our Sour Fest Eve tasting.

A: The pour is a very highly carbonated clear golden color with a massive white head that sticks around for quite some time.

S: Lots of different fruit notes in the nose: apples, pears, lemon peel, and oranges. The spices come through quite nicely as well, as does a bit of dry Brett and some earthy funk.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor does not live up to expectations. Just some miscellaneous spices, including nutmeg, coriander, and citrus zest. Lots of yeastiness with sweet apple and a hint of tartness at points.

M: The body is medium, I suppose, but the carbonation is far too aggressive to really enjoy what flavors are in this beer.

D: This one is just too foamy and it really detracts from the enjoyment. The flavor is not amazing to begin with, so this detraction does not help much.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of crosamich
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one has some phenolic funk and I would agree with other posts I read just now before my own post in saying that this batch resembles a saison. A little more funky than I would like but as a Brett beer, it fits the style. I believe this was all Brett so expect this one to age out to more funk with time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Josh for supplying this at the 2nd go-round of Pittsburgh beer tastings. Heard this was a lot like a bretted saison, which is one of my favorite styles. Poured into a tulip.

The color is a dirty orange amber, lots of haze even though this came out of the cooler at 55F after sitting still for a while. The head is full, fluffy, and marshmallow white. As it shrinks, and I as drink, thick bands of lace are deposited all over the back wall of my glass. As it sits, it turns into a cobweb-like lace.

The aroma is estery with notes of stone fruit - mainly peaches and apricot. There is a lot of sweaty barnyard funk in the nose as well. I don't get enough of the clove and spicy notes that I like to see in saisons. The flavor, though, brings these on as well. Clove, corriander, and some orange peel along with the peach and apricot esters from the nose. The bretty funk is dominant about halfway through the flavor and all the way through the finish. It seems a bit harsh.

The finish is extremely dry due to the brett. Appropriately carbonated for a Belgian style, as evidenced from the big cap of foam. Enjoyable, and it has a lot of potential, but right now, the funk is just a bit too edgy for the rest of the beer. Maybe age will bring it around some. I will sit on my bottle for a little while.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to MasterSki popped open for a nice improptu tasting. #200/467

Pours a cloudy haze of a dark banana yellow with a fluffy pillow of a head.

Aroma was dirty dirty dirty funk. Lots of grass and hay on the nose and a hint of cat urine. I got a little lemon and spice, along with some gym sock. Actually a relatively pleasant mix, but not something I'm dying to take a whiff of again.

The taste had a mild tartness and really, as Alex put it, was like an Imperial Orval. A little biscuit and lemon, a slight dry grassy finish.

Medium bodied and I actually thought this was well carbonated, especially considering I had a pour after the bottle had been open a while. Still had some good pops on the tongue that brought out flavor and a really clean finish.

Overall, this was a solid and drinkable brew. For an American brewer, I think it's a good venture into developing something a little different but it was still pretty drinkable, especially on a hot evening.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Craig.

Mild hazy orange with a massive white head, this does look good. Nice lacing too. The nose is a great expression of Brett (C?), with plenty of pineapple and tropical fruit. However, there is some simple sugar and mild spice. Solid. Palate opens sweet with a mild spice character and moderate brett. Plenty of pineapple. Drying and bretty on finish, I found the finish to be mildly harsh, and a touch too sweet. Decent stuff.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to FooFaa for sharing at our tasting.

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with hints of dark banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Large splotches of lacing left behind.

Dry earthy aroma with lots of Brett effervescence, earthy hops, crisp light fruit and a slight vegetal character. Hints of bready yeast along with apple, pear and banana notes.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with lots of dry bretty effervescence, crisp light fruit, earthy hops and bread/yeast. Slightly tart but not puckering or acidic. More dry than anything else. There's also a dry, earthy hop presence which is unusual for the style along with hints of bread, banana, apple and pear. Slightly spicy with zesty, peppery notes and a bone dry finish. A bit too one dimnsional with slightly overwhelming dryness but thankfully there is some earthy bitter hop and estery Belgian yeast flavor.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes.

Pours a straw-colored golden color-- kind of deeper in color, almost like wet straw. Nice white head that skipped town pretty quick but left some hard-clinging spots of lace.

Smell is some sweet maltiness with a dry nature to it. An Orval-like funkiness is a huge part of the smell... and flavor profile. The taste has a sweetness up front that turns into a funkiness with a hint of tartness. Not vinegar or lactic or sour, per say... but almost like a chalky tartness. That might not sound that good-- but I don't mean it in a real bad way. It reminds me of some sort of candy-- almost like sweet tarts?
Towards the finish I get some little peppery/spice note. Very nice and easy to drink.

My only complaint with this beer would be that there seems to be some sort of chalkiness that I can taste and feel. It is kind of odd, but this is a very young beer-- I imagine this beer will do great things with some age!

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Photo of largadeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wahoo, another rare Bullfrog beer. Thanks, Craig.

El Diablo Deluxe pours a hazy pale amber, and resides opaque in the glass. A solid half-inch of head forms and retains well.

Musty aroma, brettanomyces funk and fruit is dominant. The malt foundation is dry and crackery, and the yeast lends notes of pineapple and peach.

The taste hints at melon and honey up front, followed by a big musty brett character, pineapple, husky grain, herbal and grassy hop bitterness. Medium to light body, somewhat astringent mouthfeel. Quite bitter in the finish, herbal in character and very sticky and lingering. Not a bad little brett beer, it's reminiscent of Orval but lacking the finesse and balance of that beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean9689 for sharing this endlessly hyped Bullfrog offering. Bottle number #200/467. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - After the usual battle to get the cork out of any Bullfrog brew, we were greeted by a slow gusher. Don't leave this "frog" unattended. The pour results in a big off-white, orange-tinged foam that has solid retention and leaves attractive sheets of lacework that eventually settles to a thick cap. The body is a hazy orange color with minimal transparency.

S - The funk is pretty heavy here, yielding plenty of pineapple, and hay. The pineapple flavor mingles well with the adjunct orange peel. There is some fairly obvious spice character both from the yeast and actual spices, but thankfully the coriander mentioned on the bottle isn't overpowering. It's slightly medicinal.

T - Taste is very Orval-like. Pale malt, lightly toasted grains, with some funky, fruity brett, and light spicy esters. The finish is lightly sour.

M - Body is medium-light, and slightly gritty. There's adequate carbonation, but this could stand to be a little more lively. Finish is surprisingly sticky - guess I shouldn't be surprised that this isn't very dry or tannic, seeing as it's not barrel-aged (Brett is added at bottling).

D - Two (incomplete) pours was sufficient. This is a fairly middling offering - it's certainly refreshing, but it's not worthy trading the farm to try. I'd rather buy some Orval or Fantôme if I want funky Belgians.

I know that "American Wild Ale" is a catch-all genre these days, but this isn't really wild enough to ride with the big boys. It's more of a funked up Saison or Belgian Pale, and if it were marketed as such I'd probably bump it into A- territory...maybe. I can see this improving over the next year or so as the yeast does its thing.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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