Horny Devil
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #15
Ranked #3,364
4.09 | pDev: 11.98%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
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Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 1,039
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Jboadway
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Tstromer
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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-

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Photo of Beginner2
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste testing next Duvel, I think AleSmith's rendition is as close to Duvel's standard as any North American brewer has yet achieved. In fact, there are two or three things that I like more about this Devil than Duvel. (But, I am not prepared to knock Duvel off its pedestal, yet.) So at this point in the history of beer (which is much longer than we Americans like to admit), Duvel is still king.... for now.

While a pretty (gold and orange), Alesmith's Devil could use more foam. However, it Smells like a champ; yeasty complex, totally balanced and absolutely no indication that this is a potent brew. Tastes like a champ also; seemingly knowing that Belgium, with centuries more experience, still is not asleep in Alesmith's kettles and, more importantly, that precision in the art of brewing with yeast matters more than the science.

Overall: give me another taste test with Alesmith's rendition and Duvel and, over time, with a variety of foods... we Belgo-philes may have a new global standard. We already have it among American crafters.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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!!!!

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Photo of brentlikesbeer
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of mobrado
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. A clear yellow color with a decent head and good lacing. The smell is fruity with apples and apricot. These can be tasted as well, along with warm spice and licorice. A bit boozey, but a good beer.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Looks clear 24k gold tones with some tomes of beighter irange showing through, when held up to light: head is flat white, semi-fluffy imo, medium size bubble; enticing. Smell: sweet fruity tones, apricot, apple, slight spice. Taste: follows smell missing spice notes from the coriander, but missing the floral kotes of fresh coriander. Feel is smooth, medium mouthfeel, medium-sweetness, slightly dry finish. Overall, a memorable and well put together, from a brewery that doesn't dissapoint. Pair with smoked poultry and game, mostly white meat.

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Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and topped with a thin veil of off-white froth. Prominent light fruits (orange, pear, mango), Belgian yeast and peppercorn in the aroma. Tastes sweet with plenty more Belgian yeast, fruit and spice preceding other notes of taffy and grain with a perfect dose of alcohol in the finish. Medium and borderline creamy.

A devilishly pleasurable beer that pairs well with deviance.

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Photo of Ri0
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 8/2013. It is a cloudy peach gold with a nice 2 finger white head. Nice cap and lacing form on the glass. A bright citrus and coriander aroma along with Belgian yeast, lemon and orange peel. Some banana, clove, and earthiness also are present. Flavor is sweet and yeasty in the front with some banana, but quickly morphs into a citrus and coriander with some spicy hops. Medium smooth feel with a dry finish. A tasty brew even after it sat for 2.5 years.

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Photo of dd43
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big ass substantial beer. I went into this after having a helles lager so my palate needed a good long while to acclimate.

Bears a resemblance to some of the more mouth coating American tripels I've had, minus the Belgian candied sugar and adding a peppery bite. There are some other cooking spices coming through here, I presume those are Belgian yeast phenolics. Maybe a hit of coriander, maybe a little white pepper. The flavor combines those things with a malt base that to be honest is taking me a while to get used to. I would not immediately characterize this as a best of breed Belgian strong pale. There is something in the flavor I can't pin down which I'm not in love with. It's almost coming across like a flaw. Maybe the tap line isn't kosher here? It is almost a little stomach acid like. I'm thinking draft line issue.

Fairly boozy, there's not much of a chance that you'll drink this and only realize afterwards that it was a 10% brew. I've had a number of alesmith beers that were very impressive. This beer I would say is good, but not amazing or even great. If I ever come up with a descriptor for what is bothering me in the flavor I will update this review.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Taco, Manchester, CT
L - gold, amber
A - banana, yeast, bread
T - follows nose, slightly sweet
F - nice medium body with clean finish
For me, similar to Allagash Tripel, nice beer all around

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