AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Horny DevilAleSmith Horny Devil
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
390
Ratings:
972
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
Wants:
111
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214
For Trade:
11
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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with red foil

A - Pours a butterscotch orange with golden highlights when held up to the light and a very small white head that disappeared immediately.

S - Sweet and yeasty with spiced fruits and honey. I get plums oranges and apricots along with some tropical fruit. The spice and fruit dominate with a clear alcohol presence. I get slight remembrances of tequila as it warms.

T - Sweet candi sugar, coriander and other spices. The alcohol is also very noticeable in the taste and a little overpowering. Fruity but not as much as the aroma.

M - Full and syrupy with very little carbonation.

D - Not your typical Belgian Strong Pale in my mind. Sweet and fruity with a bog alcohol punch. A heavy dose of coriander when I pour the yeast into my last sip.

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Photo of Shaw
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought a bottle of the 2001 vintage (purchased in 2005) back to Fla. from San Diego and shared it with my beer buddies.

It has the orange color of a tripel. I'm surprised to see it classified here as a strong pale ale, but I can see why. My bottle is labeled at 11 percent ABV. There isn't much of a head.

The smell is all coriander, which is why I was thinking this was a tripel.

The taste is quite sweet. The 11 percent ABV is very well hidden behind the coriander, spice and malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, the body is light but not too light.

Overall this is a good beer. Quite sweet, so be aware of that. And with the high strength, I suggest you split the 750 mL bottle unless you have a while to enjoy this brew.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Blake for the brew. I couldn't wait to try this one.

A: A nice cloudy golden yellow hue. The head was a nice crisp white.

S: I get a whiff of some booze straight away, after letting that subside...it turns to clove/corriander in the spicey'ness, with a bit of honey sweetness. Very wine like.

T: It had a certain sweetness to it, but the tailend hits you with a boozy/spicy aftertaste.

M/D: Medium body, but heavy in the carbonation, you could see this once poured into the glass. I liked the forfront of this beer. It was a little to boozy/spicy for me. I would like to try it again though, and really drink it slow. It took me half an hour to sip my half, maybe an hours worth is in order...

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. It's not bad, but not good. Pours to a golden yellow color with a slight haze. Not much carbonation apparant, and very little head that settles out to nothing. No subsequent lacing.

The smell is decent. Has a nice spicy nose of coriander, pepper, clove, and candi sugar. Interesting, but a little spicier than I would typically enjoy as well as a little more candied than I prefer. Has a light herbal, grassy hops bouqet as well, if not a bit skunked (damn green bottle).

The taste is very complex. Sweet and candied with a very dry spicy finish. Nice hops bitterness with a grassy herbal flavor. Seems like a little too much at once. Tastes quite strong, but definitely not in the 11% range, so it is "smooth" in that regard. Still not feeling it, especially compared to other AleSmith offerings I've had the pleasure of trying thanks to the generosity of BA dogfooddog.

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Photo of DubbelBastard
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: really pale golden color, thin white head.

Bouquet: faint sweet smell, not much there

Taste: The other reviewers are more eloquent than I... but I detect mostly just "sweetness" reminiscent of a Riesling.

Mouth: rolls over the tongue quite delicately, but has the consistency of the palest of ales.

Overall: They claim 11% abv, and the bros gave it stellar reviews. I can't taste the alcohol, which might be dangerous. I would be lead to believe that not all the wonderful Belgian sugar they used in the recipe got converted over to alcohol... but who knows, perhaps it did. If you're in the mood for a smooth, sweet, strong beer (or want to get your girl tipsy), this is a good beer to try.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$12.99 for a 22oz bottle

A: amber colored beer, clear with great frothy head
S: deep cloying beer with tons of alcohol and a strong Belgian yeasty quality
T: very good and drinkable beer, incredible depth, malty, Belgian yeast qualities, clean, only problem (and for me it is a major problem) is that the beer is dominated by EtOH and is extremely hot, if this was somewhere around 8-9%ABV it would probably be world class for my tasting
M: creamy, rich, tons of EtOH
O: good beer overall but knocked down a bit due to EtOH

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Do devils have genitalia, because that would confirm the word horny in this reference. The pour is a very hazy straw colored yellowy hue with some amber colors through out. A soft white head with limited retention and limited lacing through out.

The nose has a strong Belgian quality to it. To start there is a strong yeasty character with some ester/phenolics and spice notes, specifically coriander and orange peel. The malt is limited but some light bready and biscuits. Does not balance against the esters very well. Some alcohol and a light fusel on the backend.

The taste is more in balance but still one sided. The malt is muddled with some light caramel and bready notes. Some minor wheat notes but hidden by the yeast/spice. Big coriander taste with some bubblegum, pepper and cloves kicking through. Some citrus but muddled with orange, grapefruit and lemon. Some rose peal and a touch of butyric as well. The yeast notes are not as bad as the nose indicated. As is the alcohol.

The body is moderate, surprising considering the ABV. Some astringency from the spice. Carbonation is low for style. Overall I think if this beer was a bit more crisp and backs off on some of the spices, it could really be a winner. But eh.

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Photo of drcarver
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look, its a witbier. Don't let them tell you otherwise. Read the label... its a witbier.

A - slightly hazy but since it is bottle fermented you can keep it pretty clear. great fluffy head that laces and lasts the whole beer

S - WHAT A SHOCK!! Bread, spice, and citrus!!

T/M - Goes down really smooth. Another shocker. It tastes like bread, spice, and citrus!! Nothing here to distinguish it from any other wit

D - goes down well enough, but i've kill my palate on these beers in the past few years because... they all taste the same!

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750 mL bottle shared with Phatz, weeare138 and Beerbeing.

A: The ale is a hazy blonde ale, one that revels in its yellow paleness. The head is moderate but nothing to get too excited about.

S: The ale has a sweet spicy aroma that showcases a strong coriander element.

T: The ale has a sweet, strong spiced body. There are some honey elements that provide a strong sweetness. Those notes are balanced by an intensely strong coriander pepper element that overtakes all other elements of the beer.

M: Can you say coriander? The ale overloads the spicey element, creating a big pepper bomb.

D: The strong spices and big abv make pounding this ale impossible but the flavors are nice and almost reminiscent of a Chimay blue.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some friends, 100 from the Bros.? We'll see....

Almost a champagne like look/aroma/taste to this one, definitely one of the more unique Belgian strong pale ale's I've had. Kinda fruity smell, and surprisingly easy to drink for the high ABV. Doesn't really knock your socks off with taste though, but has a smooth finish and dry aftertaste making it mostly drinkable. Good beer, but wouldn't call it that great or 'amazing' in my opinion, glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose represents Belgian yeast with a lot of spicy clove, peppercorn, light banana, bubblegum and an earth tone.

The bottle suggests this be served between 50 and 55F and it is spot on. Too cold and it was just too clovey but as it warmed the sweetness came out. The banana was nice and it has a bit of bubblegum but the yeasty fungus earth tones are not my favorite.

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Photo of shroompod
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an older bottle plucked from the cellar. No date, but at least 2 years old.

Not much gas escaped from the bottle cap when opening. Pour seems a little flat.No head. Nice clear faintly red appearance.

The coriander comes through on the smell. Some hops , and alcohol on nose.

Taste is is bold , sweet , hoppy . Some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is thick , almost syrupy. The lack of carbonation is slightly distracting.

Drinkability suffers slightly from the high ABV & lack of carbonation. Overall a nice sipper I'd like to try fresher.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, hazy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: lemon, orange, and cardamom

Taste: lemon, orange, candied sugar, toasted malt, alcohol, and cardamom

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a bitter alcohol backbone

Drinkability: Decent for the style but not spectacular. It feels like an enhanced version of the style. This one is complex, but not one I am likely to get again.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a large bottle with a friend over lunch. It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow in the restaurant's (Little Ortino's) Kasteel glasses. The slight alcohol heat was understandable, but the beer was unusually acidic. I was hoping for a super Duvel, was more wine-like with a yeasty, spiced edge. My friend was not a fan. But while the flavor was a bit off the mark, little things like the mouthfeel and carbonation were on, and I wonder a little if the beer was mishandled and poorly stored. Either way, this came off like a Belgian strong pale that's veered off course.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw color with a slight cloudiness. I'm disappointed with the very light head. Surprising lace--spotty.

Lots of citrus aromas; more lemon than any other smell. Light coriander and a touch of butter.

The flavor features a tart start. Mid-taste, there is a pale malt flavor with a smidge of spice. The aftertaste returns to the sourness with strong alcohol warmth. Full bodied for the color. High carbonation.

This is a potent brew with some very good flavor. It may be too powerful for the flavor profile. I will be curious to see what my friends who frequent Belgium might say.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw gold, lots of carbonation with a perpetual 1 finger head. Aroma of orange peel, coriander and juicy pears. Taste follows the nose but is a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is too carbonated. Not a bad brew just too sweet and too carbonated for my liking. I'm glad I tried it but I won't be seeking this out again

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear yellow with an ephemeral white head. No lace. Sparse bubbles.

S - butter, coriander, mild Belgian yeast (fruity/spicy), banana, faint bread, faint floral.

T - is like the aroma, but not as impressive and mediocre for the style.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Oily texture. Low bitterness.

O - somewhat of a disappointment for a big fan of Belgians. Too buttery, doesn't showcase the yeast in the flavor as much as I want. Very boozy and smooth, so it isn't all bad, but I'm not impressed with this beer in the most important category: flavor.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden orange with a huge fluffy head.

S: Coriander and peppery spice. Alcohol notes in the background. A sugary sweetness is picked up also. Strong Belgian yeastiness.

T: Like the nose, lots of pepper and coriander. Candied sugar and Belgian yeast. The 11% abv is noticeable.

M: Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation that's sharp on the tongue.

Overall: A good beer. Lots of good Belgian qualities but nothing I was overly excited about

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Millerbuffoon for this extra! 750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date that I could find...

Pours a hazy golden/amber orange with thin (very thin) white head. Coriander, orange juice and high-alcohol estery aromas ping around in my head. Lime and cilantro also come to mind.

Palate is slick and also prickly with some alcohol burn. Flavors center around the orange juice thing, with some artificial lime flavor and leafy green herb/botanical notes. Pale malt, hay and tonic come to mind as well. Carbonation level is really really low.

Finish is so-so, with lots of warming alcohol. Flavors are ok, but not the most complex beer and it definitely shows it's ABV all the way through.

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Photo of Jdub983
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A yellowish gold color, very little carbonation with little to no head.

Smell: Mild and faint flowery smell, not much to go by but pleasant.

Taste: Fruity aroma like a Chimay, and strong flavor of spices.

Mouthfeel: Drinkable, a lighter beer would come and go but this stays longer. It almost keeps in a way that makes you want to eat what you just drank.

Overall: Nothing that gave me a come-back moment. I wanted to try it but didn't have high expectations going into it. I would tell my past self to go for a different beer instead of this one.

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Photo of dgilks
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden colour. Small white head. Poor head retention.

Massive coriander. A little sweet. Interesting. I don't get a lot of fruit here. This is just spice and touches of sugar.

There is a fair bit of sweetness here followed up by a walloping dose of coriander seed. Light touches of alcohol and even a little tartness. Good.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. A bit more fizz would be nice.

A solid Belgian ale but it lacks a little fruitiness and dryness that would pep it up.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy yellow goodness drops into the glass. A fine white head sits atop. A pretty little thing. Perfumy with some coriander hints, strong fusel alcohols gettin diesel on it. Needs some time to settle in the bottle. It tastes of its strength, the alcohol kick is huge, a little citrusy, definite esters kicking up a storm, bit of coriander. Yes, this would definitely benefit from a little age, as the flavors are duking it out currently. Lots of flavors going on, but the alcohol burn that accompanies each sip is a bit distracting. Still, it is tasty and I'm excited to try one with a little bit of age on it.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(750ml bottle shared with the wife). Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma has spice, belgian yeast, and orange. Taste is sweet malt that is perfumey. Light bitterness. Full bodied with thick texture. Average for Alesmith and no match for the best Belgians.

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Photo of dwvarner77
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a lovely deep hazy orange or apricot color, with a slight head that quickly recedes to an intermittent coating.
a good orange/coriander aroma, with a hint of hop spice behind that. i would certainly purchase a horny devil air freshener for my truck.
the flavor is a bright, strong orange off the bat, but that gives way to a strong sickly sweetness something along the lines of a golden raisin, not what i was hoping for here. the adjunct sugar is clearly present, and i wouldn't say it's a positive attribute. there's a slight lemony finish in there, but it was overpowered by that sweetness.
the mouthfeel was thick, syrupy, not that good, in my opinion. no real carbonation in the mouthfeel.
The aroma on this one got my hopes up, but it was too sweet and syrupy for my tastes. I would have preferred a more dry, lighter flavor with a more active carbonation to compliment the coriander.
Drinkablility is ok, but honestly I'd rather sit and enjoy the smell on this one than drink it. Just doesn't float my particular boat, I guess.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a pretty golden pumpkin orange in the glass with a half finger white head that melted to merely a white ring of lacing.
Aromas are soft belguim yeasts, pepper and corriander spices, and oranges.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy while very tingly from the tiny carbonation bubbles throughout.
Taste is sweet candied pale malts, bread dough, oranges, corriander, and white pepper spices.
Aftertaste leaves you with sugar and orange peel plus something a little stale...I think the alcohol and yeast reminents.

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