Lil' Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Lil' DevilLil' Devil

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.95%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2004

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Photo of bottmfeedr
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacStinson
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle

A slightly hazy golden color with amber highlights is very Lively with a white froth top that fades slow but retains good coverage throughout.

A thick malty scent hits my nose first, raw honey and cloves, green veggies, corriander and cinnemon funk from the Belgian-ish scented yeast. Smells like a mix of an American adjunct lager and a Belgian holiday style ale.

The flavor has all of the same characteristics : The malty side is very much like an old-school light lager, Narragansett comes to mind, a sharp and then watery body and feel follows the strange maltiness. The Belgian-ish side comes in the form of mixed herbs and spices, all spice, peppercorn, thyme and corriander. The yeast brings in the spice effect, but is very limited in depth or charecter. A mildly sweet taste lingers at the end from the odd malty flavor and subdued spice kick.

Overall, not really sure what we have here. The malt is way to thin and lager like to be one part Pale Ale, a serious lack of any notable hop taste also keeps me wondering. The Belgian side only has an herbs and spice real interesting funk or depth from the yeast.

All in all, simple puzzling. Let's go back to start.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE: December 29, 2017... OCCASION: boys' night with Shan out... GLASSWARE: a semi-cloudy, sallow yellow body that provides clusters of bubbles, building a finger of white head that doesn't sustain past the initial pour... from a safe distance, the pungent yeasts arrest the senses, while coriander pleasantly delivers the fruity, spicy hops--pepper, apple, thyme, soft cheese, herbal tea--that sing Belgian... this sips as it smells, breezy, soft as mineral water... the landing at the throat peacefully finds its mark... creamy, medium-bodied, and effervescent--smooth and rewarding... the flavor profile is decidedly herbal, with spicy Saaz centering the pepper, sweet dough malts, banana, apple, and citrus... I could see a six of this disappearing before my eyes... as clean and refreshing as a 6% ABV could reckon...

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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Belgian Pale Ale. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Bubbly delicate white head that fades fast with minimal lacing. Nice golden color with orange highlights. Plenty of Belgian yeast and sweet malt in the nose with some citrus and light fruit (apples and pears). Taste is similar. Belgian yeast is most prominent but the malt, candi sugar and fruit are evident in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is light, crisp with a good level of carbonation. At less than 6% abv, there is no heavy alcohol presence. This a smooth, easy sipper. I would have it again.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Determined419
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattd123
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy golden color with some orange shade, it tops with a finger of frothy white head that stands for a while with rather short retention before collapsing to some bubble along the rim and leaving mild lacing on the glass-side.

So sweet in a nose led by candy sugar, honey, and banana ester. Then, floral, citrus, orange peels, earthy spice, and coriander. Lots of Belgian’s ester here that is grounded by pale bready malt.

Sweetness also well covers through the taste buds with its candy sugar, banana, and honey. Malt plays as a base of the flavor structure with its banana bread, biscuit, and some wheat grain. Citrus zest in the middle from the addition of orange peels along with earthy spice and coriander, the palate is swept again with its sweet and dry of yeasty ester at the finish.

Light to medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation, the feeling is light, rather crisp, and refreshing with a pleasantly dry finish.

Very sweet overall and more like a Witbier from the addition of coriander spice and orange peels, it is so drinkable, pretty good one.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Belgian Pale Ale, by an American brewer, there’s something you don’t see often (least not in Australia). I’m interested in how this one will turn out - I love Belgian Pale Ales, and Belgian beers in general, I also love experimentation in those styles so I’m keen to see how this turns out. So far I’ve only reviewed 1 beer from AleSmith, their IPA, which I didn’t rate too highly due to what I expected to be hop fade (it was too malty and lacking a bit in hop flavour, though that could have been intentional I doubt it). At least with a Belgian Pale Ale hop fade isn’t generally a factor (as Belgian styles tend to concentrate more on sugar/yeast flavours than malt/hops)... well, Geronimo it is then.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed pale golden body with a thin white lace covering where the head normally resides. Bit lacking in the head department for a Belgian Pale - looks like AleSmith needs a new “head” brewer... wow that really sounded funnier in my head [pun intended?]. 5/10.

S: Spicy coriander/clove yeast character upfront, bit of pepper too, barnyard characters as well... we’re definitely in Belgian territory here, but it’s a bit of a style mix - Blonde and Saison specifically. Hints of candi sugar and floral notes as well, but it’s difficult to grasp at this stage if it’s going to be sweet or dry... we’ll know soon enough though! 7/10.

T: Dry it is then. Flavours of the above: coriander/clove/pepper/barnyard yeast, mingle with orange peel and floral hops. Pepper and a long (looong) dryness in the finish. I never thought I would say this about a Belgian style - but it needs more sugar. Yep, I said it. Even as I said it I imagined Belgian beers that are far too sweet but nonetheless much better within the same style (Leffe Blonde, La Trappe Blond, Tongerlo Blond...) this is a disappointing AleSmith. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a reasonably active carbonation - fairly typical for a Belgian Pale here. More body, as always, would be appreciated. 7/10.

D: Rather disappointing brew from AleSmith... they flubbed up the yeast somehow, granted I know for a fact that getting the yeast right in a Belgian style beer is f**king monumental, I have a huge amount of respect for Trappist monks as a (former) homebrewer. That said - AleSmith are PROFESSIONAL craft brewers: this beer needs less yeast/more sugar, it’s obvious even to me. 6/10.

Food match: A glass of water to overcome this yeasty dryness perhaps?

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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Soft gold and hazy with a perfect, champagne like carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of phenols, peaches, and coriander.

Tastes of phenols, canned peaches and coriander.

Light body, quite dry with moderate carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai, drinking it here July 9th, 2017. Love the brewer, not their strongest beer in my opinion, but well executed.

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Photo of teromous
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't see a bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body is a nice light opaque grapefruit color. The head is minimal and never really forms. There is a bit of white fizz on the top but it quickly goes away. Not very impressive looking for a Belgian Pale Ale.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma here. There is a light bit of what smells like bubblegum.

Taste: Coriander comes through at first then some bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: It feels light bodied with very mild bitterness and a light carbonation. The finish is wet. It feels very watered down.

Overall: It is a pretty unimpressive beer and there isn't much else to say about it. I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Foley67
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stanale
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nice and quick. Lacing was messy. The smell started off with sweet bubblegum up front and then subtle Belgian spices sliding into some sweet citrus. And then some bitter citrus hops try to make an effort to balance. The taste is dry and sweet through the bubblegum. Citrus shows a decent flavor. Dry citrus/bubblegum aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Overall, nice Belgian pale ale. I’d have again.

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Photo of Jodio
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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