AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,770
Reviews:
402
Ratings:
1,015
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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Photo of Commandophile
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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 KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SirTD
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was actually a really good Belgian Style, which I typically do not prefer. I am however a fan of this beer.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tomesco
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tstromer
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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 brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Houser
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +6.9%
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 Chuckdiesel24
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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