AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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%
 
 
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110
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214
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Photo of bennetj17
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Virtually no head developed when I poured this alcoholic monster. Only a tiny ring appeared after some time. Its a bright gold/copper color with tiny floating specks of matter floating about. Nice color, but without much head it seems dull. The smell is citrusy (orange)and hoppy, but not that potent. The alcohol doesn't come through that strong in the aroma suprisingly. The flavor takes time to develop. Sweet and fruity at the start, slowly becoming sour and alcoholic at the finish, almost way too alcoholic. Not very bitter, but the alcohol rides too high and ruins the flavor in my opinion. The mouthfeel is a bit flat and it feels thin also. I liked where they tried to go with this but it became hard to drink after while, and I usually like strong brews...

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold topped by a rich white head. Spotty lace throughout. Toasted malt aroma with rich fruitiness and a hint of spice and coriander. There's also a bit of alcohol that peaks through as it warms. Bready sweetness hits you first, but is quickly balanced by a restrained bitterness. Spice fills out the mid and leads into the finish, where it combines with mild alcohol warmth and dryness. Full bodied and palate coating, rich texture, low carbonation. The alcohol is masterfully blended into the character of the beer, making it a dangerously easy drink!

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Photo of Derek
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is actually labeled 11% ABV.

An awesome brew, which I think is a little under-rated.

A: Pale yellow with a white head, a little retention & lace.

S: Alcohol, tropical fruit.

T: Bready malt sweetness is nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Earthy/spicy (presumably from the yeast), with some tropical fruit as well. It seems like it could have been fermented with different yeasts (or simply temperatures), then blended afterwards. The yeasty flavours really come through, as a Belgian Ale should!

The alcohol is certainly apparant, but doesn't seem as strong as it actually is... though it is pleasantly warming (especially in the finish).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Awesome, considering the strength!

Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour for a BSPA, deep amber orange, glowing from within. Head is large and frothy, retains well and deposits generous lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, gently perfumed with notes of citrus, peaches, green apples, pear, mango, and plenty of spicey coriander and clove. Belgian yeast notes are pleasingly authentic.

Flavor is much the same. Ripe, harvest fruits are the main attraction; apples, peaches or apricot, pinapple, grape, and subtle citrus blended with coriander and baking spice notes. Finish dries out with grassy, peppery hops. Again, hard to believe this is not Belgian.

Body is nearly large, texture is soft and refined with a slick, dry mouthfeel and well concealed abv%, making it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits a powerful punch . . . I really would like to try one of these on my own, not just as a taster. Great balance of hops, the alcohol is barely noticeable. Taste out of this world, one of the best tasting Belgian Strong Pale Ales I've had the experience of tasting. This is my first AleSmith but definitely not my last. I think I can pick up a Speedway Stout and enjoy it just as much in the next few weeks.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/09/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, top wrapped in silver foil. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Darker orange colored pour. Fluffy white over an inch head. Condenses down to about 1/4 inch for the rest of the drink. Mid range sticky laces in a few places.

Smell- Doesn't really waft out of the glass. You have to stick your nose deep inside. When you get the whiff though, it is very nice. Huge fruity nose, vinous in effect. Kinda like and orchard smell. Orange, peaches, apricots and buckets of corriander.

Taste- As stated before, buckets upon buckets of corriander. This gives it it's huge orange drambuie type of flavor. Liquor or wine type of alcohol taste, maybe a slight amount of white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Middle of the road carbonation, super easy to drink as it warms. Very warming in the old tummy. Is 11% now as stated on the bottle rather than the listed 10%.

Drinkability- Goes down super easy and really hits you when you get to the end of the bottle. Will be buying this again for sure.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from AJ's back in August.

This beer pours a golden orange color with very little lacing to note. Nose is sweet, of spices and belgian candy. Taste is sweet and slightly of pepper spices and belgian yeast, somewhat smooth, and an alcohol warming finish in the belly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. The ABV is very high and it is well masked in the taste. It is worthy of a try but rather expensive and one of those special occasion brews.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Revist: 27 Aug 15
750ml Bottle
Red Foil/Capped

It has been many years, since I've had this last.

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy/fizzy/foamy white head, which leaves a very nice big island and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, bananna, clove, slight pepper. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, with some nice spice note, very nice bananna note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Not hot at all. Overall, still a very tasty brew. Recommeded.

750ml bottle

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, no carbonation, no head, but some lacing. Scents of orange, coriander, a little alcohol. Nice taste tangy, sweet, with a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Very drinkable at 11% ABV which the bottle sez. I like this offering from AleSmith, very nice would buy again and recommend to people.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odd how I dislike most Alesmith beers yet enjoyed this one, while apparently the rest of the world sees things the other way around. There’s no other way to explain this: there’s something wrong with the perceptions of the rest of the world.

I particularly enjoyed the smell of Horny Devil, which captures a pleasing barnyard essence offset by a slight whiff of ginger ale. Very classy. The body is clear autumn yellow with a few flocs, casual carbonation, and minimal head. The taste is golden rustic and traditional with very little evidence of the 11% ABV. A late surge of coriander compliments the finish though something in the end does manage to fall flat, perhaps as a result of poor cellaring. I would definitely seek this again.

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Photo of carln26
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color, very clear, with virtually no head at all (What the heck?). The aroma is very rich. Orange, coriander, yeast in the form of fresh bread (and I live above a bakery). This is one beer where the aroma pretty much exactly matches the flavor. Distinct coriander and orange zest that is backed by fresh baked bread (Sourdough). Sweetness that reminds me of Jolly Ranchers (Orange flavor). The mouth feel is slightly tacky, yet is still a bit light. There is a ton of alcohol here. Possibly a bit too much. This could hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of mentor
2.74/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle provided by Eyedrinkale as part of BIF20, thanks much! Shared with three other BAs at a quiet gathering in late November, 2005. Pours a small amount of bubbles on the surface. Not carbonation foam, bubbles like you could get from water. Crisp orange gold liquid with some fine particulates suspended. Smells carry brandy and bourbon (my wife says it smells metallic). Caramel and alcohol sting. The taste is Halloween candy caramel...that is cheap and waxy. Funky phenolics are minimal, but there is a sour character. Green apples and mango. Creamy mouthfeel, but the flavors just don't come together on it.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta appreciate the breweries that put an extra effort into the presentation. Let's rip into this baby! After the *fwssk!* and the gunsmoke whisp cleared from my 750 barrel, this Belgian ale fills the glass with a medium amber vitreous hue, containing a few sparse rising bubbles to the razor thin head cap island floating around the thin khaki collar. Careful attention was paid to so as not to disturb the yeast in the bottom. Some

Initial scents are spicy peppery dough. Generous aroma. Some detectable awl-kee-hawl esters are present. Belgian characteristics abound with a hint of latex.

First swigs: Dry slightly tart doughy and a dry finish. Candi sugar leaves a slight dry hay linger. Middle is smoothed over with the sugar which evokes a slight vanilla bean. (last yeast pour: A milkshake! fizzy head. Still hidden ABV.)

Although smooth as silk, a syrupy characteristic develops. A bit warm in the thoat. One of the thickest Belgian ales, which is a trick in itself with the delicate appearance.

Last swigs: Reminds me of Kwak a little bit. It;s a darn good Belgian Strong. Sprung $11 smackers at Tops Liquors in Phoenix for the 750 mL. Probably can get comparable cheaper, but still, it's good. Bottle says 11% ABV. Thanks to me for sharing the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian strong beering.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden brown with a white head that fades very slowly leaving a lot of laces. It smells slightly spicy. It also smells slightly honey like. Not much in the way of hops. I hate to say it since I like most AleSmith beers, but I am not too fond of the aroma of this beer. This beer tastes quite syrupy. It is very sweet. Very sweet. I taste alcohol. It is very strong. It has a malty taste. Almost Barley Wine like. I detect some spicy like flavors to it. This beer is carbonated well. It leaves an alcohol like aftertaste. This beer is quite aggressive. I dont think this beer would make a good session beer. It is quite alcoholic and the aggressive flavor might be a bit much. This beer is good to try, but dont go out of your way.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalices. Golden color, clear, thinnish white head which clings to the glass nicely.

Smells spicy and yeasty. Tastes the same. I guess what I'm tasting is coriander, based on all the other reviews. I wouldn't have known the spice, but the effect on the beer is outstanding. An addictive taste. Even the aftertaste is addictive.

Recommended, even though it is a bit expensive. 750mL set me back $12.50.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, this is a disappointment. Poured as flat as warm milk. The bubbles that did come out in the pour looked like the clear, fomay bubbles that sometimes appear in a glass of water when you pour it out of the sink's faucet. Without any carbonation, the mouthfeel in this beer was less than impressive. Kind of like walking without crutches after you break a leg, there was nothing to make the alcohol pop but for the burn that rises out of the back of the throat. Also, I have a feelingt eh flavors would be more pronounced and come across as "fresher" if there was carbonation. As such, the flavors are dull and <ahem> flat. Sugars and spices come through in the malts. Candied oranges. Slight hints of yeast but nothing that truly jumps out at me. The ABV really brings out a bit of a burn after a while.

Note: Towards the end of the bottle I decided to pour a glass of apple cider and compare. Not too much of a difference.

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Photo of bruachan
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the hudson acme

my bottle doesn't look like the picture: mine's green
very pale in color; looked like white wine in the bottle. in my glass it's a similar color to the dreadnaught i had last night, but a little lighter. what does that mean? a light pristine amber. a efw bubbles reach for air, but only a collar with a splotch in the middle (either an island with a barrier reef or a volcano with a cinder cone in the crater). conclusion? the color is really nice, and i'll allow for some head to be killed off by alcohol

the smell reminds me of the saison de pipaix i tried this summer: port and white pepper with a citrus tang. there's some alcohol aroma that comes through in this one, but only enough to serve as a reminder that this beer is a little stronger than natty ice (this aspect grows as the beer warms. now it's a little too much)

after smelling this brew i was not prepared for what i tasted. i'm not going to cry "false advertising," but mom was right when she told me not to judge a beer's taste by its aroma. while the nose was subdued, my tongue is attacked by coriander and white pepper, galvanized by a backbone of alcohol heat. at first it seems very spritzy, even though it's not highly carbonated. the attack subsides and i'm left with the residual effects of some spice, but mostly a funky, porty sourness that makes me crave brats and kraut. i get some cinnamon in there, too

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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 eclectic
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange/amber.. fruity aroma with hints of apple and peach.. The taste is less complex than I had expected. Initially sweet and yeasty, with a spicy malt finish… a noticeable alcohol flavor detracts from the overall taste. Medium bodied yet thin at the same time… Overall a rather boring beer with very little redeeming qualities...Would not have this again.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color, almost brown.

An aroma of alcohol, spicy phenolic esters. I also get an abundance of malt, bread, and a sweet toffee aroma.

Candy-apple sweet toffee crunch surprise in the palate.

Low carbonation and a full-bodied flaovr. The sweetness is cut by hops and spice.

Finished malty and spicy. LIttle hop flavor in this one. Real warming in the finish. Fantastic holiday beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's unusual that I've never reviewed the Horny Devil because it's one of my favorite beers, and I've had more than a few bottles of it! Of course, in a way that does make sense because I'll quite often just skip the review and enjoy the beer to its fullest when I'm enjoying something that fits my personal tastes (mainly sour Belgians, but this one is good too!).

So what is it that catches my attention in the Horny Devil? Well, I guess it's the combination of softly sweet, and ever so lightly toasty, bready malt and low-key coriander. It's round and supple with a great drinkability.

It initially pours a very clear, brass-orange-gold body beneath a full head of white foam that dwindles readily to a thin collar leaving only thin webs of lace about the glass. The yeast pour brings it into full cloudiness.

The nose, however, redeems it with a rich, sweet, and bready malt that's accented by a delicate prick of alcohol and a minor waft of spice.

The body is medium and it's smooth and supple across the palate with a restrained, natural carbonation. However, in older bottles it does develop a bit more crispness.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests with just a bit more depth. The bready,vanilla-ish, lightly caramelish, and subtly toasty malt acts as the stage for some entertaining swirls of yeasty fruit, spice, and alcohol. It's basic, but very well-balanced and quite drinkable (with the exception of its strength).

In my opinion, 3 years seems to be the max on this one before it starts to shrivel up. It doesn't develop any more character through aging, and all that happens is that it becomes more crisp and dry. There's a wide medium ground, but I find it best fairly fresh - within a year or two.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a cloudy tangerine color, a thin bubbly head which dissipates to an uneven collar.

Aroma - the lip of the bottle and the cork smell like maple. The beer itself is a more basic nose of sugar, yeast, mixed nuts, and alcohol. It fades a bit but is still a great aroma.

Taste - big malts, Belgian candi sugar, and alcohol, everything where it ought to be. Then, on the swallow, this incredible roasted coffee flavor sneaks in from nowhere. Some alcohol warmth serves to enhance the nutty, roasty flavor. A great Belgian.

Mouthfeel - very solid body, level carbonation, some vapory alcohol feel.

Drinkability - liquid candy for adults. The roasty flavors take this beer up a level. Props to drewbage for this beauty. Another top notch winner from AleSmith.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Champagne like bottle with red foil on the top covering the cork. The appearance is the only thing lacking a bit. Boring head that quicly fades with minimal lacing, but a nice copper/orange color and an unfiltered appearance.

Smell was outstanding. Fruity, Very belgian. I cant wait to dig into this beer.

I'm not sure they could improve the taste. Sweet up front but enough balance in the finish to counter the orange sweetness.

Notes: this is the closest american version of a belgian strong pale ale I have ever had. (note I have had alot, just havent reviewed them as i'm new to the site and won't review off of memory, only while tasting)

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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 kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a while back. Wanted to re-visit it. The beer pours a hazy orangey-peachy color with a finger of head that falls to an uneven coat over the brew. Nice and pretty. The nose is nice, with a bit of spicey orange citrus and slight wheaty grain. I dig it a lot. The flavor is not as nice as the aroma. Its a little like a creamy orange, but almost with a soapyness in there. Doesn't really do it for me as much as I recall it doing the first time. The feel is thick, almost syrupy, wtih a light carbonation. I find the flavor keeps this from being a highly drinkable beer. That soapy character just doesn't do it for me. The 10% does not come through at all with this brew, so drinkability is big. A pretty good beer all things considered.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.89/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A 750 ml bottle that's been sitting in my fridge for a few months. Pours a moderately clear orange-golden sunset hue, with a modicum of carbonation, but absolutely no head. None. Nada. 'Taint there, don't look for it.

Aroma is, at first whiff, very very pleasant. Spicy, herbal, pepper, with something that I guess is coriander (never too good with that aroma/flavor, but it definitely has commonality with Hoegaarden aromas, so it must be coriander). Decent balance, slight sweetness.

Flavor- ok, now I absolutely know what coriander is. Because it's everywhere, dominating everything. Yes, there's herbal, there's pepper, there's other nice things in the far deep background. But this one is all coriander.

The strong alcohol is well hidden- after several sips after several minutes, it's real obvious that this one packs a punch. But the balance is very good on that front.

Overall, though, this just wasn't what I was hoping for. I have had any number of well built Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I've really enjoyed, but this one isn't one of them.

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