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 duvel1979
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rudiecantfail
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
L--Hazy gold, just like the bottle said. Nice head to start with tons of tiny bubbles. Head dissipated into nothing quickly. No lacing.
T--Bland, with some orange and lemon.
F--Feels flat.
O--Disappointing. Maybe it suffered from its San Diego to Philadelphia journey. I'd say it was a wasted trip.

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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 JavierGC
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sweemzander
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of charlzm
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 11/01/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Dark honey/orange colored beer with no head and no active carbonation.

Aroma is sweet flowers and esters.

Slightly oxidized flavor (hello, hint of wet cardboard). Thin wood character, light white pepper on finish. Really grasping at straws to come up with anything to describe the flavor.

Lack of carbonation, and this beer's thin, watery mouthfeel combine to make a less-than-awesome drinking experience.

I had this fresh at the brewery a couple of years ago and I recall it being far better than this.

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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 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 Altenor
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of chivermac
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Rick778
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sourdog
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: slightly hazy, yellow orange. Pretty large white head, big bubbles, fades quickly.
AROMA: Apple pie, a touch yeasty, but not unpleasant.
TASTE: Some wang in the taste, bready, yeasty, but very drinkable.
FEEL: a little chewy, good carbonation.

A nice easy belgian style.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moheban
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at The Red. Hazy orange with a small white head. Spices, orange, and lightly sweaty yeast in the aroma. The flavor has lots of orange, light spices, and light malt. Light bodied with low carbonation. Not a bad beer with some food when you don't want the beer getting in the way, but there isn't much interesting going on with it on its own.

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Photo of khargro2
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Lil' Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 308 ratings