AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

998 Ratings
AleSmith Horny DevilAleSmith Horny Devil

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 998 |  Reviews: 399
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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice golden ale with small amount of head and a pleasant aroma I can't place. Taste is brilliant and feel is balanced.

I drank it slowly and it got better as it warmed, so try drinking it a bit warmer for a better taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very vigorous pour only gets about an inch of light tan head on top of this glowing orange amber body. Nose is very sweet with hints of orange, cherry candy, anise, and soft malt. Long malt candied sweetness rushes the tast buds as you take first sip. it is very silky smooth with great backbone to the palate. For all the sweetness this beer is ver well balanced and wonderful for the style. Leaves a thick mouthfeel. Makes you want another sip. Very drinkable and enjoyable well made brew.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml split with cbutova. I bought this bottle about 6 months ago.

Pours copper orange with a big white head. Retains very well, staying at a little under a finger towards the end. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Definitely lots of coriander in the smell, but lots of brett somehow as well. On par with wild ales I have had. A surprising amount for a non-sour, maybe it's due to the slight amount of aging? Anyways I love the unexpected brett.

The real Belgian monastery yeast is really noticeable. That along with heavy spices, coriander and light fruit. I'm still getting brett notes, but not very sour. Maybe it's just the overall Belgian-ness. Heavy also on the candi sugar and a little heavy on the booze.

Feels a bit thin for 11%. Feels a bit boozy especially after trying BGBW which is basically the same % as that.

Glad I split this one. Flavors are good but really intense and strong. $15 is a bit crazy as well.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A capped, red foil wrapped 750ml bottle. I picked this up in Ohio just about a year ago, so it's at least that old. Uncapped and poured into my oerbier tulip glass. Appears a cloudy bright golden apricot color with about a finger of fizzy, quickly fading white head. Nose and flavors consist of coriander, candi sugar, spicy yeast, black pepper, orange peel, bread. Syrupy medium body with lively carbonation. Still a bit of alcohol heat, but less than I was expecting. This is one to sip on.

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3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BretSikkink
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with a rather tepid white head. Creamy, but not particularly craggy like you might imagine the Belgian style to be. Lacing is pretty acceptable.

The nose is nice and strong, with good notes of what the brewer touts as a Trappist yeast strain and Belgian candi sugar. Nice and sweet, with good whiffs of phenolics and the coriander mentioned on the bottle.

Again, nice and powerful in the mouth, with big swallows of fruit, sugar, and spices. Not off the wall complex, but very interesting and intriguing.

The body, as usual, is spot on: nice and full, a little syrupy, but even at room temperature not really. When Alesmith says serve at 55 degress - goddamn it I'm serving at 55 degrees. The gentlemen know what they're doing and I've enjoyed every ride I've been on so far.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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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3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Haven't tasted this since way back in time at the "ol' Mission Beach Liar's Club".

Pours a golden/yellow orange with a thin and fleeting head. Retention is light but present.

Smell is delightful. Orange, pear, nectarine. Hints of coriander, a fall orchard abloom. Smells slightly of an alcohol presence but does not carry on to the taste.

I don't detect the sweetness that others seem to find here. Present yes, but by no means overwhelming. Not significant.

M/D - Very nice, particularly given the potent...

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with a one finger white head from a gentle pour. the head has nice retention and spotty lacing. Very sweet aroma with peaches, pears, coriander, and Belgian yeast.

Has a sweet flavor with peaches, pears, oranges, coriander, pale malts, and Belgian yeast. There is some bitterness for balance provided by the citrusy hops. A nice sweet flavor, which is not overly sweet.

Medium to full bodied with plenty of carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden for an 11 % abv beer. Another outstanding AleSmith beer. UI will need to pick some more of this up when I am in Hudson.

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4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a small head that sticks around for some time. The aroma is comprised of an orange/corriander feel and sweetness. Smells great. The flavor is very malty and sweet with some spices (corriander/orange) and a bit of grainyness. Extremely well crafted beer. Loved this one and I'm looking forward to the other AleSmith beers.

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Photo of SebD
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy pale golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of belgian yeast, coriander, lemon, bananas, some pepper and faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some belgian yeast, coriander, some lemon, cloves, bananas and peppery spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Great example of the style. I would buy this regularly if I had access to it.

Serving type: bottle

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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours medium gold, with a frothy white head. Excellent retention, thick lacing, and pretty effervescent bubbles.

S: Subtle floral aromas, coriander in good balance, mild citrus aromas, and pale malt.

T: Sweetish malt and some fruity esters, which impart brightness and structure. Mouthwatering. Crisp yet somehow a little flabby. Coriander on the back end supports the flavors nicely and adds some complexity.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. A little crispness.

T: Tasty, well executed example of the style. Goes down remarkably easily for the ABV: I would've guessed like 7%.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 998 ratings.
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