El Diablo Deluxe | Bullfrog Brewery

El Diablo DeluxeEl Diablo Deluxe
87 Ratings
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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 scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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 -11.8%
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 gford217
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -1.1%
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 +16.4%
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 +8.9%
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%
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 -9.7%
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 +12.1%
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%
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 -15.9%
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 +7.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +11%
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 +1.3%
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 +9.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +7.5%
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 +0.8%
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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El Diablo Deluxe from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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