El Diablo Deluxe | Bullfrog Brewery

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El Diablo DeluxeEl Diablo Deluxe

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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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 87
Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this 750ml bottle to our tasting on 1/23/11.

A - Poured a cloudy golden liquid with moderate carbonation, some gritty chunks and a slim white bubbly head that dissolved into a patchy film but really flared up nicely with each swirl of the glass.

S - Quite a fruity nose, surprisingly, with hints of spicy pear and apple as well as some citrus notes. Not overly sour at all.

T - Unlike the aroma, the flavor is intensely sour, tart, herbal and bitter all at the same time. There's plenty of basement funk as well as a medicinal herbal bite that persists throughout.

M - Aggressively carbonated and extremely dry mouthfeel with plenty of earthy, herbal bitterness. Finishes very sour on the palate.

D - The aroma and flavor differ so greatly here, that I though I was drinking another beer. While this was still quite a tasty Wild Ale, I would have liked a bit more fruit in the flavor to suppress the intense sourness.

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

Bottle 226 of 467

Thanks to Dave for this treat! The bottle was a bit of a gusher to say the least, but the entertainment value was high. Once we got this into a glass the body was a hazy cloudy-orange with a big foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Coriander and other Belgian spices on the nose. Sweet malts mixed with brett and some light barnyard funk. Hay and earthiness. Hint of green apple and light fruits.

After the first sip I was surprised at the hop level in this beer. Lots of grassy, hay-laden, bitter hops, especially for an American Wild. Coriander and orange peel make an appearance as well. Dry, light sourness. Good brett character.

Mouthfeel is dry with linger bitterness and a touch of brett funk. Nice, bubbly, carbonation.

El Diablo Deluxe is quite drinkable. Reminded me a bit of Saison Brett by Boulevard, but with more coriander and orange. The bottom half of the bottle seemed to bring out more fruit and funk, which was interesting. Really glad I got to try this brew and I wouldn't mind having another bottle around. More of a rustic/spicy saison than a wild, but a good beer none the less.

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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 nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared thanks to chswimmer.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a huge billowy lasting white head.

The aroma is similar to a saison - sweet malt, pepper, spice, citrus, brett, and other Belgian yeast.

The flavor is also very saison-like, with pale malt, Belgian yeast, brett, black pepper, orange peel, and mild hops. Rather spicy.

Dry on the palate with medium body and fairly high carbonation.

A decent American wild overall, although I might call it a saison myself. Good for Bullfrog.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 d0ggnate
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy golden color to my glass, with a tight-laced single finger head. The nose is sweet and funky. You can pick up the spiced charachteristics here, too. At taste, the beer is very saison-like, with a spiced/floral quality and a definate hoppy presence. Very drinkable and I really enjoyed this one.

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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 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 Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, #200/467, into a Bell's tulip shared with Alex (Masterski). Slow gusher alert!

A - Pours a mirky orange/yellow, light pour yields a large amount off-white head. Good lacing, nice cap on top.

S - Light to medium tart/funk, apples, pears, light floral character.

T - Brett, floral notes, saison-esk funk, some spice. All very subtle and light, perfect for a summers day.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, dry finish.

D - Something nice for a hot day, very light and easy to drink. Comparable to LA Saints Red Barn or Devotion.

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