El Diablo Deluxe | Bullfrog Brewery

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El Diablo DeluxeEl Diablo Deluxe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
bullfrogbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
17
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 55
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 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 jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 4/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting thanks to Edgar, thanks man!

a - Pours a murky golden color with a hint of orange, 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruit, brett, yeast, and spices.

t - Tastes very heavily of spices. Also tastes of brett, citrus, and floral or earhty malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice beer. I was expecting it to be sour, but it really wasn't at all. Would like to try again sometime.

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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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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