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AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

387 Reviews
AleSmith Horny DevilAleSmith Horny Devil

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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and zesty fruit driven Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of funk, clove, peppers, and some sweet candied sugar. Good hints of coriander spicing. Fruit esters of banana, pear, apple, and white grape along with citrus fruit hints of orange, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, and slight mango. Pale malt with hints of grains, crackers, and biscuit. Slight honey like sweetness as well. Light hints of earthy and floral hops. A very good Belgian style aroma.

Taste: As zesty and good as the aroma, a big taste of fruit notes and spicy yeast. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk and notes of clove, peppers, and a good dose of coriander spicing. Sweet Belgian candied sugar. Lots of fruit esters with notes of bananas, white grape, pear, apple, and citrus notes of orange, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Slight note of honey. Bready pale malt with notes of grains, biscuit, crackers, and slight caramel. Nicely earthy with some subtle hops in the background. A little taste of the alcohol. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly prickly. Pretty smooth and the alcohol heat is pretty mild.

Overall: A very good take on a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. Very good spice and fruit flavors. Pretty smooth for its size and ABV.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a slow, steady flow of carbonation and a thin, sparse coat of white head. Nose of tart and sweet tropical fruit, including pineapple, mango, and a citrus blend. Spices of coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon blend nicely with all the fruity characteristics, with hints of Belgian funk and booze highlights. Flavors of booze forward, with a heavy dose of banana sweet and subtle spice blend to follow. Clove and coriander give the beer a touch of balance, and there is an overall warmth that builds as you drink from the ABV. This one's a heavy hitter. The aftertaste is tangy sweet from all the fruit character, with that warmth still kicking around your mouth. Smooth bodied, and kept light by the carbonation. The finish is smooth and clean, with a hint of spice linger. Very good, very heavy beer.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Look: Beautiful clear golden straw with a nice white head.

Smell: Huge Belgian candied sugar, Trappist yeast, orange, lemon, orange, pineapple, and sweet malt.

Taste: Beautiful! Orange, pineapple, lemon, Belgian sugar, slight peppercorn, earthy grassy tones, with an almost champagne finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the attack but begins to dance on the tongue and goes down like champagne. Bright, bubbly, and almost delicate makes this just that much better.

Overall: So much flavor packed in to this beer that all mix into a sublime Belgian golden. Yet it is light and bubbly package holding together a beautiful beer. Amazed it is 10%. No hint at all. Artfully crafted and beautifully done.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale straw with about a finger of eggshell head, which quickly disspates to some cirrus swirls and a collar of lacey foam.

The nose is dark and complex, with a blend of spices, coriander and dark fruit. There's a soft malt amidst a Chimay-like metallic tang and clove, fig, and musk.

The taste is surprisingly light and crisp, but otherwise as the nose suggests. There's a lingering heat in the taste and aftertaste. The heat is very stong, and almost fusel-like, but it's not overpowering or unpleasant. Candi sugar, toffee, clove, pennies, pears, plum, clove honey, and apricot are all present.

The flavor is sweet, tangy, and bitter, but spice dominates. It's very drinkable, especially considering the high ABV.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I can see, couple months old.

A: Pours a clear golden amberish color. Large, very effervescent and fizzy offwhite head. Head fizzes away pretty quickly, leaving only moderate lacing behind. Good retention, however.

S: Very nice fruity aroma. Citrusy with banana and hints of melon. Some cloves and spices. Very sweet.

T: Lots of sweet citrus up front with grapes. Like a candied fruit flavor. Sharp cloves in the middle with some indistinct spices. A bit of sharp, fruity alcohol in the finish and in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly not that heavy for 11%. Higher carbonation lightens it up I think.

O: Big, big sweet BSPA. Heavy on the sweet fruits. Belgian yeast character leaves a little to be desired, this is definitely a very "american" style BSPA. Which honestly, I typically prefer. If you're looking for something a little more authentic a Duvel is probably more your speed.

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

75 cl. bottle split with several people. The bottle most likely had quite some ago on it we couldn’t determine how old it was.
Age should not be an issue for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Appearance: Hazy golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Huge old grapefruit, touch old BE yeast, touch blaster, vintage notes are showing clearly, revealing quite some age.

Taste: Old Belgian yeast, thick spices, cheese, light caramel, thick old plaster, some sugar, noticeable oxidation, light candy sugar and degraded malts.

Body: Ridiculously over-carbonated.

Overall: About as good as any mediocre Belgian beer that has been aged for far too long. This cannot have been possibly older than 2 years and probably that is already an overestimation. Below run-of-the-mill for a premium price makes this beer seem almost like a bad joke.

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

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan with a grape juice like green tint. Foamy 1 inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Floral, grapes, cherry, candy sugars, light floral hops, almost saision like pepper notes. Some orange and coriander, lemon and a herbal aroma at the finish.

Taste - At first sip, vey floral with loads of yeasty sugars, spices , oranges, lemon peel, and coriander. A hybrid of a wheat ale, a triple and strong ale. Loads of floral/saison notes. Hops are mild , and tropical, not bitter. Some banana mixed in with some malts comes out moreso near the finish. Alcohol is present but not overly present.

Mouthfeel - Sweet yeasts and spices coat the tongue. Palate gets more yeasts, along with some hops, malts and a little booze. The aftertaste is floral/herbal and orange flavored.

Overall - Really nice beer, lots of flavor and really smooth. This bottle might have a little age on it cause the alcohol is really mild and the hops are very light. Has great balance, easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL pours a mostly clear, light gold color with an ample white head...somewhat fizzy and does not leave much lace.

Nose is tropical alcohol, fruit cocktail syrup and coriander. Interesting...almost a 'grand cru' type of aroma.

Taste is light and fruity, the yeast does some interesting stuff. Thats a good thing with the neutral malt and modest hops.

Coriander is interesting without the usual accompanying orange peel. ABV is pretty evident and the malt is so light. Yeast, fruit and alcohol driven. It is pretty smooth despite all that though and the grassy hops lend a deft touch of bitterness. Pretty good, gets better as it warms. Id drink this again fo sho.

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Photo of ksimons
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a hazy gold with two fingers worth of white fluffy head

S-pale bready malt, citrus, yeasty, with light spices

T-really nice tasting, pale malt, fruit flavors of peaches and pears, bit of spice, and a light bit of hops at the end. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M-medium body, nice spicy carbonation, sweet finish

Overall this is very easy to drink, I can't believe it's 11%! A really great tasting beer.

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Photo of blankust
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into chalice style glass

Appearance: Golden with 1 finger creamy white quickly dissipating head.
Smell: nice hoppy aroma
Taste: Can taste spices on front, buttery malt thoughout, very smooth and balances, hides 10% alcohol very well, very good beer.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear yellow with an ephemeral white head. No lace. Sparse bubbles.

S - butter, coriander, mild Belgian yeast (fruity/spicy), banana, faint bread, faint floral.

T - is like the aroma, but not as impressive and mediocre for the style.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Oily texture. Low bitterness.

O - somewhat of a disappointment for a big fan of Belgians. Too buttery, doesn't showcase the yeast in the flavor as much as I want. Very boozy and smooth, so it isn't all bad, but I'm not impressed with this beer in the most important category: flavor.

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Photo of Vixie
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow orange with a full white head. Looks to be a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is sweet with a few bread like notes. Malt and yeast,. and a lemony citrus smell.

Starts out with citrus fruit, decent amount of spice as well. The coriander is very much present here. I can also detect the Belgian candy sugar, and it finishes with a hint of floral hops.

Active feel to this one, the carbonation gives it some life going down.

Overall a very nice take on a Belgian style. This is one of the most Belgian tasting beers I have had from a US brewer. It does tend towards the sweet side, but that is a minor complaint. A really nice beer, makes me want to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of haazer
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Big rocky egg white head, fizzles down to a bubbly ring. Brew looks like a Belgian blonde. Gold and yellow with fizzy bubbles rising throughout.

S- Definite Belgian yeast strain, cotton candy smell. Can tell a bit of herbal spice and clove.

T- The yeast profile is dominant in the flavor but not the only one. Good bit of clove blends with coriander to put a nice citrus taste. You can tell a good bit of malt was used, feels somewhere between the Mary Jane dubbel to tripel malt taste. Alcohol is well masked here.

M- Medium bodied brew, smooth drinking with mid level carbonation.

O- Not my favorite type of brew but I can tell this is very well crafted. 3-4 distinct flavors can be identified at 11% and not tasting boozy? I'm bumping up my overall out of respect. If Belgian strongs are your thing than give this a whirl.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden colored ale that is actively carbonated and boasts a descent if fleeting head. Not much in the way of lacing - at least on the first pour.

Smells of sweet candied malt, yeast and coriander. Great nose. I could smell this all day. It's got my salivary gland going....

Tastes spicy; peppery, coriander and possibly some clove. The candied malt balances the spiciness and there is a faint hop. Very complex and well done - tasty. Finishes dry.

Medium, crisp and refreshing.

First I've had from AleSmith - thanks hon. A great brew. Love the style and this is more than worthy. I would highly recommend this BSPA.

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tj's the other night.

The beer pours a faily pale, golden amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is quite exotic and attractive, as I get considerable tropical fruit, orange citrus, marachino cherry, vanilla, honey and light coconut. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I thought the sweetness a bit much. The vanilla and honey really dominated the palate, and while there's some decent underlying bitterness that helps to balance that sweetness, ultimately it's not enough. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to fairly full, with a long, rich, sweet finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though ultimately the sweetness and high abv. wear out the palate a bit.

A solid beer, no doubt, but it's hard to imagine ever drinking more than one snifter or tulip glass of this.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a hazy honey color with a 2" frothy white head. Thick wall lacing that resides quickly.

S- very sweet honey and fruits, lemon, coriander and other spices.

T- sweet honey, lemon and oranges, coriander and spices, and some bitter citrus zest.

M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly effervescent and crisp.

O- very nice beer, more sweet than most Belgian pales but still has some crisp bitterness to it.

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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear golden color with a white head with great retention
S-tropical fruit, green apple, honey
T-more tropical fruit and sweet honey, hops providing a nice balance to the sweetness and a delicate spiciness
M-medium full while still maintaining a "lightness". hides abv very well
O-outstanding representation of the style. Well crafted and delicious, can't have too much in one sitting though

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

Picked this up at my spot - Bradley's Liquor in Tustin, CA.

Yeeep! If Raul wasn't Horny before drinking this thang, he sure was horny as hell after!

Beautiful, rich, golden ale color. Warm, delicate, frothy head. And the taste, the flavors...BOOM! Sleek, silky, and sexy Belgium Golden Ale flavors with an added (yet subtle) wallop of spices (including coriander).

No floozy, nothing big going on for Raul at the moment, malaise is at an all time high... but during the hour or so when Raul polished off this bad boi, he was feeling' it.

Props to AleSmith!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid the price on this one dropped a 10 spot on a 750ml

A - 11% pale ale so I expected little head just a slight lace ring with decent lacing. Color is a bright hazy yellow similar to a pineapple juice.

S - Big fruit and bubble gum notes and spicy coriander are detected. Maybe some banana and clove too. Smells like a boozed up triple with ABV heavy on the nose.

T - Ah much smoother than the initial smell. ABV is well integrated with fruity yeasts, spicy clove/coriander and some hops do make their way into the finish. The only note of the ABV is a touch of booze taste in the finish but no actual burn.

M - Medium to heavy in body, kind of bubbly even though I don't see much carbonation. A sure fire sipper.

Overall I am impressed the smell was kind of boozy and off-putting but they pulled it off well with the taste. I will keep an eye out for any releases that are affordable like this.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to oversized snifter.

A - slightly cloudy translucent yellow with half a finger of bubbly off-white head that quickly reduced to a few scattered bubbles along the top of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, candy sugar. Lighter banana notes and spice.

T - Belgian yeast, cloves and banana with candy sugar. Some spice, coriander, fruit and a peppery finish. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. Although it has a light amount of visible carbonation, the beer poured with a massive three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: The smell has light to moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of pale malts and peppery spices along with a slight amount of bitterness. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be overly carbonated however the bubbly nature makes this beer especially easy to drink considering its strength.

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Photo of BeerNFoodDood
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer nicely chilled into a tulip.

The appearance was a nice light golden color with good carbonation and visible yeast in the bottom.

It had a very nice spicey and fruity nose.

Beer tasted graet I had cellered it for 4 months after I got it. The criander gives the beer and interesting spice quality that had me coming back for more drinks. The yeast tasted great in this beer. That fruit yeast character mixed with the intense spice was superb.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful clear light golden with small quickly receding head. Bubbles like champagne and they keep coming up from the bottom. Smell of coriander, honey, apples and pears. A little funk. Fruity flavor Very effervescent. Flavors follow the smell exactly, with some extra sweetness. Less dry than I expected from the aroma. Clean finish and light mouthfeel. Very nice. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of abrand
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into LA tulip

Pours a golden color with a nice 1 finger head that leaves lacing. Haziness to the pour with visible sediment. Smells sweet with cherries and citrus fruits. Some alcohol is left on the nose as well. Taste is very malty with lots of grains. A sweet finish with the coriander. Very smooth and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Overall this is great. Very delicious.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a thin rim of white bubbles. Aroma of coriander and Belgianness. The first sip takes me back to the first time I had a big Belgian beer and my eyes were forever opened. Coriander, candi sugar, lots of fruity esters and phenols backed up by a creamy, slick mouthfeel and ever so slight touch of hops at the end. Delicious.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.
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