Horny Devil
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #18
Ranked #4,548
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Horny DevilHorny Devil
Reviews: 412 | Ratings: 1,055 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. White head. Clear golden color.

Tastes like a Belgian strong golden ale. Yeast, clove, coriander, spice, and malts. Caramel and toffee malts. Earthy and bitter hops. Some honey sweetness. Solid offering even after all these years.

Mar 06, 2021
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle.
A: pours translucent golden body with a white head with some retention and minimal lacing.
S: sweet, orangey smell with testy esters.
T: sweet, orange peel taste with sweet, banana ester in the back of the palette.
M: medium bodied and retry crisp and smooth.
O: pretty solid Belgian; well balanced and flavorful

Nov 26, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(11.2 oz bottle, no freshness dating; purchased single off shelf... decanted into a fat tulip)

L: mildly-yellow amber liquid, slight haze; foam fizzled out on pour, not even a collar left... haze clears, liquid goes bright; no lace

S: aromas reminiscent of La Fin or La Chouffe; coriander and spicy yeast bold out front... slight honey-sweet, syrupy pale malt nectar... nothing out of the ordinary for its build; points for intensity, expression; but clarity muddy

T: coriander pungency, gobs(?) of rather familiar bubblegum-banana-clove spice character; again, nothing out of the ordinary... aftertaste briefly sports a curiously pointed isoamyl acetate, which gradually pulls back, allowing a nutty yeast note to push forward; relatively dry in its lingering stage, slightly peppery, fragrantly spicy

F: sans head, begets flatitude... mildly liqueur-like, booze-attenuated, weightless silk power... unfortunately too smooth, heat elegantly tamed... how old is this bottle?!?

O: y'all are funny... this is basically a slightly-stronger version of Golden Monkey, no better no worse... not much to it; not much more to say (1702)

Sep 30, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy golden amber pour with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Sweet grains and spice. Coriander, banana, and yeast esters.

T.F: Sweet and spicy. Yeast character, bread, coriander, and clove. Lemongrass, honey, and fruit. Could use some bitterness/hops for balance. Medium bodied.... slightly boozy.

O: A solid Belgian Strong Pale. A bit sweeter than I'd like but lots of flavor. Glad I was able to snag a bottle.

Aug 29, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Somehow I had missed trying this one all these year, guess at the source is an appropriate place to do so. Somewhat clear burnt orange appearance, thin white ring. Slight belgian spice, red apple, lots of belgian yeast, white pepper, with west coast influence of orange zest in the nose. Taste has hints of booze on the finish, some caramel, flowers and grape enter in, not the cleanest representation of the style. Feel hides the abv decently, lighter, thinner, higher carbonation, with a crisp though wispy finish.

Apr 04, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with plenty of visible carbonation. About an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipates to a foamy covering. No lacing. My glass is etched at the bottom to encourage the formation of carbonation bubbles and they lasted all through the time it took to drink this beer. Aroma of bready malt with fruity sweet spices kind of has the banana-clove-coriander thing going on. Tastes like it smells with a little bit of a sour note. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full. Overall a very nice beer that I would happily drink again.

Feb 25, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$ 13.78 (Including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.542/oz) from HEB, Spring Branch, TX. Reviewed 3/23/19.
Undated bottle. In reefer in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Light gold, nearly clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, dense, average retention, diminishing to a four mm lacy ring and a thin, complete layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Very weak fruit and coriander.
Flavor – 4 – Fruity esters abound with coriander spiciness dominating. Hops are present and balance the fruitiness nicely. No malt, no Alcohol (10% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – A light clone of Duvel, with the alcohol totally hidden.

Mar 23, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a hazy NEIPA and smells like sweet airplane glue. Must be the alcohol. Taste is sweet as wine, fruity and no alcohol. Mouthfeel is absolutely lustworthy. So easy to drink you could chug this till the cows come home, if you can stand that long. Very nice beer overall. The girls love a Horny Devil! On tap at Pint Night in Ron’s Corner Tavern.

Feb 28, 2019
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Jboadway from California

4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Alesmith, rich gold, head doesn’t stay long, fruity sweet spices balance well. Feels lighter than expected. Overall one of my favorites and the reason I stopped st Alesmith while in the area.

Oct 01, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in March 2014

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear light golden yellow topped by a finger and a half of dense whie head which retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of cracker like malts, doughy bread, and orchard fruits with some pear like notes. Slight spice as well.
T: Taste is orchard fruits and some white pepper with some dry pale malts and bread dough. Really strong fruity esters with a little banana but mostly orchard fruits. Swallow is spice and slight yeast with a hint of band aids with some lingering apples and pears.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer drinks surprisingly well for being over four years old. Tons of flavor and a good amount of complexity. It hides the age well and desn't show any off notes or hints of oxidation. This is worth a try if you like the style and can find it.

Sep 20, 2018
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Brolo75 from California

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep rich gold color with no head retention, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass's side and middle. Lots of sweetness, fruits, bubble gum, hints of spice and Belgian yeast. Nice balance of sweetness and spice, touch of spice along with fruitiness, Belgian yeast notes like banana, honey, and the finish has lingering notes of bubblegum and spice like coriander, really tasty. Mouthfeel is full bodied with lots of carbonation, very dry finish, carbonation gives it a smooth mouthfeel that rolls over the palate.

Overall, a great tasting example of the style, great balance of spice and sweetness, I'll probably seek this out again if I'm ever in the mood for this style of beer.

Dec 29, 2017
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Tstromer from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a great quality beer, a lot going on as far as flavor( almost overwhelmed with different spices and fruits). Every sip was something new. Not a beer i would drink a lot of but definitely recommend if you haven't already. A-

Sep 01, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

8/25/19 This is the first time I've done this... But I just erased my entire review and radically reduced my rating (+8.4% to -9.8, a swing of 18.2%). How is this possible?
Because there is a rule on BA that we sometimes forget. That Rule is: "Don't review when drunk."
This may not have been true when I wrote my first review of Horny Devil, but it reads like I probably was.
I don't like to think that my 1900+ reviews are crap, but that one was. So, I get to start anew amidst 406 other reviews.

Now, it is possible all this 'mea culpa' is prompted by the 4-pack that I just bought came from a bad batch... or old.
If not, then I probably was intoxicated from Horny Devil's 10% and probably even some other ale.
Trying to play off the standard set by Duvel, Horny Devil is not a good-Looker (not much foam and not much color and almost no scintillating bubbles.) Quite simply, it fails. Only the color is reminiscent.
Despite that dive, Smells are subtle; just enough fruit and spice. But for Taste, we start that slippery slope downward, in part because the alcohol does a face-slam. Feel is booze, not the bubbles I prefer.
OA points are derived from AleSmith's reputation, but not its Horny Devil.

Aug 08, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a golden yellow color with a good transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a rapidly dissipating white semi-foamy head. Lacing sticks nicely around the glass. The smell starts off with basic citrus weaving into some nice Belgian spices. Coriander becomes the main spice that ends up showing its face just a tad more. Light breadiness slides in to balance. The taste was moderately spicy with a dry sweetness claiming itself in the aftertaste and leading into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sipping to sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs light, but then again, that could be due to the age. Overall, this was a pretty good Belgian Strong Pale Ale that I could have again.

Jun 10, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a truly outstanding Belgian style beer!!! Poured from a bomber into my Augustijn goblet, features a dark gold/light apricot color with a highly carbonated fizzy white head. Head retention is average and there is very little lacing on the glass. Aroma features Belgian yeast, citrus (orange) and spices: coriander, peppercorn and banana flavoring. Slightly sweet with candi sugar and sweet malt. The overall flavor profile is great. As good as most Belgian imports. Mouthfeel is rich. Spicing and carbonation are spot on. alcohol is fairly well hidden. If you like strong Belgian beer, this one is a must to try!!!!

Jun 10, 2017
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brentlikesbeer from North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Fruity Belgian-style Ale. Noticeable coriander. Can be cloudy in some batches, but absolutely love this beer from my personal favorite San Diego brewery.

Mar 02, 2017
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mobrado from California

4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite US-brewed Belgian-style Strong Pale and by far my favorite Belgian-style beer by AleSmith. Pity it's not more affordable and sold in 4 or 6-packs.

Dec 19, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy / fizzy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of apples, Belgian yeast, malt, pears, and other fruit.

T: Tasted of some Belgian-style yeast, a bit of malt, some apples, a sugary element, pears, a candi sweetness, some light spices (coriander, in particular), and some banana as well. Definitely an interesting flavor, centered very much on the fruit ingredients. Generally, very sweet and likable.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O; A very solid American version of a Belgian beer. Not perfect, but well worth trying.

Nov 30, 2016
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Viaduck from California

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, minimal head but plenty of large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma: citrus peel, banana, spice, fruity & grain fragrances. Flavor: belgium ale & IPA. Grainy aftertaste. Carbonation wasn't waisted on a head, plenty left to tickle the tongue. Flavor is a bit weak. Not bad but expected more.

Nov 25, 2016
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qrazvan from Romania

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting smell combining the peaches with the hops.
Tastes somehow like a Belgian ale combined with a triple and a bit of an IPA, all surrounded by the flowery and peachy taste, with a little sour and sweet aftertaste.
Enjoyable overall.

Oct 12, 2016
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet. Bottled in 2013.

L-Medium gold with small amount of white foam/lacing

S-Honey, malt, citrus, wet straw and spice.

T-Orange marmalade, sweet malts, coriander and hop spice on the back. Develops a mead flavor as it warms.

F-Bright, juicy, carbonation cuts through to create a dry finish.

Very balanced flavors, only slightly heavier than a triple in feel. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was actually Belgian.

Sep 18, 2016
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cmurkar from California

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow with an inch thick white head. Lots of bubbles. Smell floral, with strong belgian yeast and fruity notes. Finishes with pronounced malt. Taste is very much like the smell. Malt is strong, followed by white grape, pear, and phenol. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Alcohol warms you very quickly.

Sep 10, 2016
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

OG=1.081, 25 IBU, 10% ABV, $10.99 for a 750ml bottle at Goodmans in Kenosha.

Pours out to a medium peach, forming a tall whipped mouuse-like light yellow/off white head with beautiful retention and lacing owing to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is of white grape and apple juice with hints of pineapple and is a bit boozy as it warms. I don't pick up on coriander, although it's mentioned on the website. Mouthfeel is very soft and billowy and has a slick syrupy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is such it gives the impression of a much higher OG and FG. The taste is a recap of the nose. Mild bitterness, overall sweet, but with a dry finish. A touch of higher alcohols and very subtle cardboard are flaws in the finish. As it warms, it becomes much more boozy and makes it a bit difficult to finish.

It starts out nice, but this is just too heavy handed and boozy to really compete with the classic example of the style, Duvel, or other nice Belgian golden strongs like Matilda, Pranqster, La Fin Du Monde, or La Chouffe.

Aug 20, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A one finger creamy rocky head with fair retention, the head is white in color. The color of the beer is amber color and it hazy. The beer is slightly opaque with some carbonation visible.

N: very fruity with some pear and banana notes, a touch of spicy pepper, caramel, biscuits, yeasty, a touch of citrus, and floral,

T: Very malty with fruity esters, pears, banana phenols, little pepper, caramel, biscuit, yeasty, floral, grass, and touch of floral.

M: Carbonated, medium body, and a little warming.

O: A very good representation of the this style. I could not detect the coriander, but some peppery notes. A well made BPA.

Aug 13, 2016
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It should be pointed out that this is a Belgian-style ale and as such, it falls a bit short of the real deals overseas. Easy drinking at 10% but the yeast presence (or lack thereof) is what makes this one a tier below. The experience is not authentic overall even for a Belgian-style ale. Still, solid as such just not a top tier offering in it's style.

Jul 26, 2016
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