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AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 393 | Ratings: 980
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/15/2015 at Track 84, Warwick, RI served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, spices, citrus, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a light malt character for the style. Then some sweet flavors of spices, citrus and bananas come in. The presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foam dissipates in about 2 seconds and no lacing - too bad. Smell is dried apricots, banana taffy, white pepper, coriander - nice! Flavor is more of a juicy orange with a hint of banana, followed by a sweet spice and dry hop finish. Feel has a nice carbonation which was a pleasant surprise since there is not a touch of foam.
Not much to look at, but tastes mighty nice.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiny golden pour, small foamy white head that recedes quickly.
Smells really nice, sweet bubblegum fruitiness, with apple, cherry plum, pear and some quince shining. Nice floral notes and lots of honey, spicy peppery yeasts, herbs, really fresh, almost like a saison.
So tasty, lots of orchard fruit and honey (as if it was added). Lots of apple, pear, quince, faint persimmon, apricot with a bit of alcohol and glazed in tons of spicy acacia honey. Yeasts are soft, but really spicy, with big coriander (obviously), pepper, lemongrass, clove. Some nice hop, a bit minty too in the finish, with a mild bitterness and a long spicy finish.
Aftertaste is really rich, lots of spices, lingering fruit and a bit of sweetness too. Alcohol too, but entirely bearable. Medium body and carbonation.
This is really so much better than many beers in this style from Belgium. Really authentic-feeling, really tasty. Really cool.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage (750ml) from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Another brilliant beer from AleSmith, the quality really shows through with this one and it is remarkably easy to drink despite the fact it comes in at 11% abv. and is packed with flavour. It's more fruity than I was expecting but the balance is great and the carbonation is perfect, helping the beer down far too easily for the strength of the beer. Simply put, this one is a must try for any beer fan and one that was well worth the very expensive price tag - definitely a beer that has aged well since I picked it up a couple of years ago.

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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 Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, spice, powdery yeast, Belgian candy, wheaty, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: You get a lot more of the bready notes and warming alcohol in the taste. Nice coriander and powdery yeast too.

Mouthfeel: Drinks light for a 10% beer. Refreshing, chewy, medium bodied, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. Got better with time and warming up to room temperature too. I will revisit this one again sometime in the future.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy orange with a 2-finger head that lasts. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Hoppy, piney, herbaceous, a little sweet. ABV well-hidden. A bit closer to an IPA than to a Belgian Ale.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A bit of carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.


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Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

This is a big flavorful beer. It's a Belgian all the way through. Banana is the biggest taste I get. It's lovely all the way, along with small orange notes. This Belgian Strong Pale Ale has a nice refreshing , and sweet fruit quality.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +24.1%

I have had this a month old and have aged it 2 and three years and it is always good.
Nose: fruit, apricot to pineapple, orange, a hint of banana, slightly sweet.
Pours orange tinted amber with a slight haze under a bone white 1" fluffy foam cap. Lacy and has legs.
Palate: Initial sweetness dissolves into honey and a range of fruit flavors such as apricot, pineapple, melon, and peach riding of a malt backbone with a light caramel touch and a light hop accent on the finish.
AleSmith has nailed the Belgian Strong Pale Ale texture achieving a very rich, creamy texture, a medium light to medium body that belies the level of alcohol, depth of yeast flavors and complex malt action in the beer. The carbonation is fine and soft and above average. It has an underlying sweetness balanced by the alcohol and light hop touch. In no way is it cloying.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

(4.00) A: Orangish-brass coloring with a good clarity revels a fine misty rise of effervesce within. An eggshell white head at 2 inches height shows a strong rate of retention while being mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink. A near complete sheet lace coating suffocates the inner vessel walls.

(3.75) S: The nose brought forth a touch of wet lemony grapefruit, dry wheat grains with some sugary citrus. A bit of dry candy sugar sweetness and alcohol followed by some dry belgian yeastiness upon warming.

(4.05) T: Tart apple flavor, some spicy cinnamon alcohol, fruitiness of cantelope, and a banana yeastiness . Semi-dry pear, dry spicy belgian hop warmth with some cloves. Things conclude with hints of soft lemony and woodsy pine-pepper with a very delicate hop offering.

(3.85) M: Frothy mouthful, spicy warm hop and alcohol glow, tart and lightly dry.

(4.05) O: Overall a great belgian pale, spicy, dry hop and alcohol glow with a very delicate and balanced sense of hops and spiciness.

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Photo of dontmentionit
1/5  rDev -75.2%

. Poured a hazy golden with almost no head. Was way to sweet for my taste in this style. My girlfriend who loves moscato and other sweet wines loved this.

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Photo of SebD
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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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Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was deceptively strong.

It pours a clear golden color. There’s a light aroma with a bit of an estery aroma to it. I found it sweetly flavored with an orange blossom characteristic shining through. I had enjoyed it thoroughly, felt it afterwards!

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Lady Alehouse on the 4th of July in San Diego. (Also bottle sample in July 2015).

Appearance: Excellent clarity in the amber body. Small but semi-durable white head. Head leaves some sticky streaks and spots on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet biscuits, yeast and faint tropical notes.

Flavor: Fruity, slightly tart, mildly bitter. Banana and clove evident, as is the higher ABV. Seemed to have a narrow tempeature range for optimal flavor and balance. Moderate complexity. Relatively good finish and aftertaste.

Feel: Light-medium body with medium+ carbonation. ABV mostly evident.

O: true Belgian style and quality.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank form my Ciney sniffer.

A - Pours the classic straw slightly cloudy colour. Head that is white and laces well after reducing.

S - Spice and sugars

T - Nice and spicy up front with some Belgian malts mid palate. The finish is again spicy with some boozy notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A decent try at a Belgian Pale but does not beat the real thing

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a horny devil snifter.

Brew pours a murky orange with a thin bubbly head that bubbles away quick. Nose is fairly fruity with big coriander notes and Belgian candied yeast. Not a classic BSPA, but not a huge departure...just a bit heavy on the sweet for the nose. As for the flavor, the sweetness comes through, but e fruitiness is more present and balances things out...although this definitively falls on the sweeter side of the spectrum for the style. Some bubble gum notes and phenolic booze on the finish. Drinks fairly nice and even without a lot of carbonation. Overall, not bad at all. A bit sweet with heavy handed coriander.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich deep golden color with fantastic clarity. A quarter inch thick white head rests on top with a bit of Brussels lacing. Fantastic aroma of coriander, pears, pale malt, and Belgian Strong Ale yeast greets my nose. The mouth is moderately carbonated and fairly dry. I get pale malt and Belgian Strong Ale yeast on the front of the palate and then an appropriate burst of coriander in the follow through. It's so easy to do overkill on the aroma and flavor of coriander, but they nailed it on this one.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours crystal clear medium bright gold color with tones of cascading bubbles and a one fingered creamy, white frothy head that sticks on top without dying down.

S - Very dry and musty, fruity lemon, spicy, crackery aroma.

T - Very, very tart on the first several sips until the palate starts to adjust and then starts to subside. Nice lemon and coriander spiciness, pears, white grapes, and crackery dry malt. There is alcohol effervescence on the back end but never to the point where it creates heat on the way down.

M - Heavy medium body and very gentle carbonation, very dry on the finish.

O - A very solid beer, would love to compare this one to a more recent bottling date.

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Photo of seand
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. This dissipates quickly to just a ring around the glass, leaving reasonable lacing.

S: Honey, cloves, and spices, with a slight phenolic note.

T: Medium intensity mouth coating sweetness, with yeasty spicy grainy overtones. The yeast comes forward through the finish. The booze is hinted at, but hidden.

M: Medium body, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very very good. Nice balance, and while there are hints that this is as boozy as it is, they are well hidden; dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Ego
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

loud sizzle on this puppy, the head vaporizes in a flash, bright and golden glowing, lots of disorganized carbonation is running clumsily around the glass, a thin layer of foam sticks around due to the furious pace of carbonation, decent enough looking

dry and musty with very light hints of tropical fruit, kind of reminds me of chardonnay or something of that ilk, nothing over whelming and nothing off putting

taste etc...
alot of belgian style ales go a little much into the spice flavor for me, not here, really super smooth, and where o where are you hiding the ABV? I feel it but damn it is no where in the flavor, you get just a hint of the coriander in the finish which balances nicely with a slight bitterness and ever so slight candy sugar tone, in a way this is a very subdued beer... but I really like it for that. in terms of mouth feel it drinks super smooth, the carbonation is subtle (and from looks you might have been expecting a mess in that department)

I don't often drink belgian style ales... but when I do...
but then again I am about the least interesting man...
this stuff is super solid, it drinks ultra slick and watch out for that ABV. a damn well rounded beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Fast gusher upon opening. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, grape, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spice, and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, grape, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden body with a thin cap of bone white film topping it off. Body is very clear, only a shade or two left of transparent.

S - Coriander is very forward and dominant, with Belgian yeast aromas in the background.

T - Coriander isn't as forward as it was in the aroma, but its there. Alcohol is noticeable but not in an off putting sense - Had I not known the ABV I would have guessed maybe something like 7-8%. Grassy and floral notes accompany some fruity esters on the finish

M - A bit dry, and not at all cloying in any sense which was a concern given the gravity.

O - I'm a fan of this one.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - hazy cloud with tight bubbles and some lacing
S - sweet smell like ripe apples pears
T - pears and yeast with light bubbles
M - great light and a like some of the great Belgians
O - the best American Belgian style I have had in a long time - I will try to find another bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

my bottle says 10% abv, but nevermind that. this has a shockingly pale look for what I am told is really a barleywine. its hazy blonde, with a short frothy white head and a nose of heavy coriander, both fresh and seed, as well as bright Belgian yeast above a wheat malt base accentuated by candy sugar. it tastes almost like a tripel, sweet and bright, floral and yeasty, just right. the booze is absurdly well hidden, the carbonation is awesome, and the overall experience of this beer is great. my take away is, "how the hell can this be so strong!" it taste so minimalist, but packs a big punch. a subtly complex beer, and a very enjoyable one. more summer than fall, but it ages well, and is drinking lovely at the moment. alesmith really has it all happening right now!

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Photo of hardy008
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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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