Horny Devil
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #15
Ranked #3,434
4.09 | pDev: 11.98%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
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Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 1,040
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Alesmith and one that is definately deserving of an all '5' rating. Presented in a 750ml corked and capped champagne-style bottle with some red foil wrapping around the top of the bottle. The bottle itself has some very nice simple writing on it and a tidbit about how this is Alesmiths most award winning beer! This beer pours a beautifully clear orange colour with a little white head. The aromas are wonderful and consist of the following: citrus fruits, various types of malts, fresh hops, candy sugar, yeast, coriander, and various other spices, as well as alcohol. The taste was a wonderful blend of all of the above aromas. This was one really good tasting brew. The alcohol was well hidden, but the alcohol that was there blended well with all of the other complex flavors. The mouthfeel was a tad bit under-carbonated but it was very full and satisfying to say the least. The drinkability was awesome. I could have drank 2 750's of this stuff if I wanted to!

All in all this is one of the best, Belgian-style, strong-golden ales I have ever encountered.

A big cheers to EyeChartBrew for the bottles of this nectar that he sent me!

Update: I've since had many better BSPA's than this one. While it is still a damn fine brew, it is not deserving of all 5's!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear orange in color, with scarcely any head at all. The aroma is surprisingly mild, with honey-sweet malt and herbal hops being the stand-out scents. As usual with Alesmith, the flavors are terrifically well-blended with a nice candi-sugar sweetness up front, honey, corriander, and a long-lasting herbal hop finish. Medium-full bodied, though various fruity and spicy flavors make it feel lighter. And wow. Is there really 10% ABV in this? Can't taste it at all. A nice beer, though my sample was a bit under-carbonated.

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Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin off white head. Hazy amber hue. Honey like sweetness, musty yeast w/ notes of licorice and ripe pear fruitiness. Subtle spiby hop nose. Surge of sweetness hits the palate initially, then yields to lightly citric fruitiness, black pepper - like alcohol and mild clove phenol. Light hop bitterness leaves the overall profile sweet. Moderate to full bodied, w/ a sugary thick mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and lightly phenolic. Horny Devil is a unique brew and epitomizes the hazy distinction between strong goldens and tripels. Although a touch too sweet for good dinkability, it made an excellent nightcap. Big thanks to Murph for sharing the bottle.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just 1 beer tonight-but what a beer! Up to this offering, I have tried 3 other Alesmith Beers; Anvil, India Pale Ale & X Pale Ale.

Presentation of the Horny Devil Ale (Vintage 2001) is just as restrained as the 3 above. Rather simple, almost basic, but now I know who Alesmith are, highly effective. The 1 Pint 9 fl.oz. brown glass bottle, just has a simple white motif, that is almost a 'trademark' of Alesmith. In this case the motif is a straight sided pint glass atop an Anvil, with the words ‘Horny Devil Ale’ underneath. On this occasion though, Alesmith have allowed themselves a little extravaganza & topped the bottle with a very dark copper colored thick champagne foil, that hides a steel crown cap, which in turn hides a well inserted Plastic ‘Cork’, some ¼” down from the lip (which made extraction a little more complicated than usual).
Drawing out of the rubber bung, gave a loud pop – but nothing else. No gun smoke, no frothing, rather an anti-climax after the struggle to remove it. The beer pours a hazy light copper color with some golden straw hue when held to the light. Minimal carbonation, results in only a handful of bubble streamers. Head is very thin, a mono-bubble tight collar, thickened at the interface with the glass wall & with a single patch in the middle revealing the bare copper colored beer. The pungent aroma of alcohol was highly prevalent as I poured this ale. Closer nosing reveals a more powerful smell of malts, with some feint hops in the background. The initial kick of alcohol gives a beautiful warming mouthfeel that introduces a complex somewhat fruity strong ale with some mild sweetness in the end. Warmth continues through the middle, but there is a minimal warming at the end. Lingering tastes are malt & some residual peachy sweetness.

I now know why Alesmith previously called this beer ‘Belgium Strong Ale’, for it describes it perfectly, & I also know why this is their most Award-Winning Ale. High alcohol coupled with extreme class; this is no street fighter, but more a martial arts expert. A late night beer that makes a perfect nightcap for those cold nights, & a great reminder of what I have to look forward to during my upcoming trip to Belgium.

Complaints? Er, well, only the lack of carbonation, but that’s all really & I feel this is nit-picking to be honest.

I have another Bottle of this, the reverse of the bottle recommends that it improves with age for another 6 to 24 months. I don’t know if I can wait that long though.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many of Alesmith's high abv selections, it comes in a champagne style bottle wrapped with foil. It's golden-orange with a minimal white head and little carbonation. The smell and taste are subtle fruit with some spice and a generous dose of alcohol. I dedect a bit of apricot. Perhaps because of the low carbonation level, it seems to lack a bit of body. Alesmith does it right again.

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Photo of Jason
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 9 oz champagne magnum that is corked capped and foiled. From their web site the reddish foil denotes that this is the 2001 vintage.

Appearance: Thin but fluffy white lace, decent retention. Slightly hazed with a golden orange going on copper colour.

Smell: Orange blossom honey and coriander, peaches and pears perfume through the nostrils. Sweet estery alcohols have an underlying spiciness. Hint of yeast is powdery and lightly nutty with some earthiness also.

Taste: Medium to full in body, creamy and slick mouth feel. Carbonation is at a moderate level but still holds the crispness. Alcohol is noticeable from the get go. Esters are quite flamboyant with both spicy and fruity sweet flavours. Peppery with tropical fruit flavours, vague pineapple and a peach-mango mix keep things on the complex side and give a slight wine-like impression. Hops are there with a bitterness and bitterness only, light but spicy. Phenols are there but slightly restrained, trace medicinal flavours are noticeable. Malt flavours are sweet and to a point close to syrupy, honey-like flavours with very light caramel and shortbread flavours within. Alcohol is warming to the body, earthy in the back with light yeasty flavours and remnants of the esters and phenols.

Notes: What effort put into this ale, richly complex with such a lush and complex character. Big on sweetness but the other attributes of this brew hold up strong to keep it in check. Other than the head lacking, perhaps from the carbonation being a tad low, this beer is near perfection.

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