AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

999 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

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy golden caramel color with a frothy white head. Nice retention, and it leaves spots of lace all over the glass.

Smell: The yeast is very aromatic, giving off some Belgian spiciness including white pepper, clove, and coriander. Sweet pear, crackery malt, and a bit of spicy hops are present as well.

Taste: This is definitely sweeter than what I would expect out of the style, and the fruit flavors really pop. Peach and pear combine with some tropical fruit to add some depth to the style. The malt is mostly dry and imparts a crackery flavor, with the Belgian yeast delivering the spiciness. A generous hop presence adds additional spice and character. A little alcohol bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has a surprisingly light body considering the ABV, probably falling around a medium feel. Crisp, bubbly carbonation and a lightly acidic feel.

Drinkability: This was a solid offering from Alesmith and a fruitier take on the style.

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Photo of joshuasamantha
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Strong Beligian know that yeast! Robust color-darker yellow. Thin bone-white lacing, small head. Tastes like a Belgian-sweet, strong-but not as strong as some I have tried. This is probably due to the fact that it is a Pale also. Not my favorite, but overall if you like this style of beer, you will probably like it!

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 200th review and first from Alesmith.
Beer pours a bright hazy yellow with tons of bubbles and a giant white head. Looks quite like a Duvel in my Duvel tulip. Smell is at first a little musty, but then I get bright fruit aromas.
As another reviewer wrote, you get a fruit loop aroma,yet its not overly sweet. First sip is pineapple lifesavers and then that Belgian yeast. Each sip after brings out more bright fruits. Its as if someone made a fruity sparkling version of Duvel. Its delicious. The bubbles keep on coming making it jump in your mouth. The alchohol is VERY well hidden, watch out. An exceptional take on this style!

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Photo of chumba526
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It appears translucent and golden with a large but thin white head.

It smells very fruity. There is almost a fruit loop type of a smell to the beer. I get a mellow lemon smell as well. There is a bit of an earthy yeast smell as well as a bit of a sugary smell.

It tastes initially of lemon, grapes and other sweet fruit. There is a great complex flavor of fruit I even get a bit of an apricot and pineapple flavor to the beer. There is a mild sugar taste. I get a mild peppery yeasty flavor. There is an earthy almost wine like presence to the beer. Though the beer is a bit sweet it has a great balance to it.

There is a thick and smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

The drinkability for how high it is in alcohol is outstanding the beer goes down smoothly.

Overall a great complex Belgian strong ale. This one of the best examples of the style that I have had.

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Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle was purchased, waxed and stored in 7/2009. Review is from notes taken on 1/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip. BTW -- this is not a bomber that should be sat down with by yourself.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp golden/coppery color; starts with a huge 3 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention; body is perfectly clear and shows strong and fast carbonation; head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves a thick web of lacing at first which eventually dwindles to some sticky spots and swaths.

Smell: Can something be delicate and robust all at the same time? I don't know for sure, but this comes pretty close -- sweet subtle candi sugars and a slight sweet and slightly tart fruitiness with an acidic bite (a bit like apple and/or green grapes -- I'm kind of reminded of a dessert wine); a certain cereal graininess; nice Belgian spiciness that is really warm and reminiscent of the coriander it is brewed with.

Taste: Nice Belgian spiciness and coriander that has a bit of an herbal or floral aspect to it; slightly tart, more sweet and fruity flavors as mentioned in the nose (again, I'm reminded of a dessert wine) and some nice tastes of Belgian yeast; at first the alcohol flavors are very faint and well blended, but as it continues to warm they start to linger more heavily on the palate and breath (1/2 way into my second glass is when I realize that opening this by myself was a mistake...); the aftertaste is very sweet and it becomes a tad cloying and heavy with alcohol, but I feel that this is more my fault because this one should have been shared.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and it comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is strong and lively but resists being sharp in the oily and heavier body; a moderately thick and semi-dry cottony dry stickiness is left all over the mouth; alcoholic vapor lingers; gums and belly are left quite warm.

Drinkability: Really quite a well-crafted beer, as is everything AleSmith seems to do. However, due to the heavier ABV and it's continued presence as I plow my way through the bottle, it becomes tougher to finish. Crack this one with friends on a special occasion, or simply make a special occasion by cracking this one with friends -- either way, the operative notion is to share it with friends.

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Photo of merryjoulton
2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pretty nice healthy amber with a prominent foamy head and thick lacing. This is a very thick beer, the color is rich and unwavering. Smells like a warm piece of buttered toast that has been chilled and liquefied. Taste is very bready, almost like a good San Francisco sourdough but without the crunchy crust and moist buttery inside. Feels decent in the mouth. Not to excited about finishing this giant bottle.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horny Devil | 750 ml. | 11.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: white wine glass

A fluffy topping of lace rests upon a radiant bronze liquid base.

Coriander, as suggested on the bottle, is prominent. But there is a more complex medley of spices dripped in alcoholic esters to be savored as well. Pears, apricots, and other summery fruits complement the distinctly Belgian yeast.

The mouth develops with assertive grace, revealing succulent buds of flavor within the greater folds of spicy Trappist yeast, bready malt, and spiced coriander. The opening is brash--intense spice and alcohol gush with reckless abandon. But mid-sip, you begin to make sense of the initial blitz just as more delicate flavors blossom.

The best part? There is no bottom to this brew. A wealth of sensory treasure lays before the drinker--in fact more than can be sorted through in a brief gulp, which kept me reaching back for more.

Crisp, with fiery carbonation and a firm but effervescent body.

While Horny Devil displays its sweet side in the uptake, bitter, even sour, facets emerge at the finish and through the aftertaste, balancing flavor, sensation, and aroma beautifully.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 26, 2011

Price = $13.99 at Whole Foods

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Photo of steelerguy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color with amber hues, large head that has some staying power, and moderate carbonation.

S - Spicy and sweet with a bit of a tangy aroma..tart green apples come to mind.

T - Light malt, some peppery penols, the spices and yeast are spot on for a Belgian. Finishes with a little lemon like hop bitterness.

M - Very crisp, finishes dry, definitely some warmth from the alcohol, you are left wanting another sip...impressive for an 11% beer.

D - Good looks, good aroma, good taste, great mouthfeel...what is not to like!?

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma definitely had the belgian yeast character alongisde orange citrus, slight coriander, with faint brown suagr and booze notes. The citrus orange was more apparent on the taste but still had the belgian yeast character with coriander, earthy, and brown sugar accents ending with a touch of booze. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, yeasty, slight spice, and fruity finish. It drank real good and has been a soild interpretation of a BSPA everytime I've had it. Another good offering from the peeps at alesmith

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of soapy, bubbly foam. It left sheets of white, soapy residue on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled fruity - apple and pear - a bit like a Tripel. Nice yeasty/spicy notes, too.

T - Estery and yeasty with sweet fruitiness. Good spicy bite with some grassiness. Nice subtle caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp with a sharp bite. A dry finishing beer with a medium body.

D - This is really a nice beer. Good looking and great taste/aroma.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. it poured a pale golden/amber color with a modest and fizzy head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so and left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma really reminds me of a white wine, almost like a Pinot Grigio. It's citrusy with some light fruity flavors coming through. I'm getting just a touch of strawberry to it surprisingly. The aroma was very complex, flavorful and refreshing overall.

The taste shows more of the white wine qualities to it, but not as much as the aroma. It has a nice citrus zest to it with more of that lighter fruity flavor coming through towards the finish. The candi sugar adds some sweetness as well. I get some malty flavors midway through, and it's very low on bitterness. Very good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is good, it had a lot of great flavors to it and some nice complexity. It really integrated the candi sugar and the coriander well. I definitely thought it tasted a lot like some of the sweeter white wines I've had and can easily see any wine drinker liking this beer. Very good beer overall.

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

Pours a crisp golden yellow color with a big rocky/fluffy white head. Aromas of coriander, Belgian yeast, pink peppercorns and tart green apples. On the palate, this one is very refreshing, crisp and light bodied. Flavors of honey, Belgian candi sugar, alcohol and apples. A good example of the style, and one I would buy again.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange with an off-white head. Head is about two fingers thick after a gentle pour and slowly settles to a thin cap. Very active carbonation quickly rising to the top. Limited lacing left behind.

S - Strong aroma of Belgian yeast with aromas of ripened fruit, corriander and just a hint of pepper.

T - Very sweet up front. Hints of pepper and lots of over ripe fruits. Pick up some apple juice? Belgian yeast comes through, especially at the end of the drink. Corriander is noticeable in the finish and lingers long after the drink.

M/D - Very stick feel with high carbonation. Sweetness is a touch overwhelming but it certainly doesnt ruin the beer.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well this is one of those beers that took me by surprise: expectation verses final outcome. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my oversized Tempelier chalice/snifter. Pours a hazy straw color, with a massive frothy off-white colored head. Head rose to about 3 fingers with a normal pour. Decent retention, took about 5 minutes to dissipate. Never quite disappears though...remains as a creamy later on the surface. Leaves a nice creamy lacing...although it's a quick slider.

A aroma is very pleasant, although not very strong. Orange peel, flowers, wheat, and sweet fruits. Smells like spring time!

Flavor is fantastic! I dont why I expected a bit hoppier of a beer...but this is mellow and delicious. Lots of sweet smelling citrus fruit, orange peel, coriander, wheat, mildly funky. Big carbonation, light crisp mouthfeel. Biggest compliment I can say though is this is a great drinker! Everything about the consistency and flavor makes this beer extremely palitable. Great beer from AleSmith!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of coriander, oranges, white pepper and yeast. The flavor is more of the same with some alcohol (it is quite boozy), Belgian yeast, coriander, wheat and orange juice. This tastes like a Belgian White on steroids, but it is not a coriander bomb like a lot of the Double Whites I have tried in the past. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Blake for the brew. I couldn't wait to try this one.

A: A nice cloudy golden yellow hue. The head was a nice crisp white.

S: I get a whiff of some booze straight away, after letting that turns to clove/corriander in the spicey'ness, with a bit of honey sweetness. Very wine like.

T: It had a certain sweetness to it, but the tailend hits you with a boozy/spicy aftertaste.

M/D: Medium body, but heavy in the carbonation, you could see this once poured into the glass. I liked the forfront of this beer. It was a little to boozy/spicy for me. I would like to try it again though, and really drink it slow. It took me half an hour to sip my half, maybe an hours worth is in order...

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from pint bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Appearance - Poured a cloudy dark golden hue - lots of bubbles - two finger head with little lace -
some kinda floaties The coriander ?

Smell - light hops - coriander ? vanilla hints - citrus .

Taste was spicy - high al by vol % hidden with spice and hop - felt some heat with vanilla -

Drinkabilty - Sure there are more drinkable beers - this is one to be enjoyed slowly .

I would drink it again -

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Photo of bs870621345
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dan from CA for this bottle as an extra.

Pours a beautiful honey color with 2 inches of fluffy white head. Perfect for this style.

Smells of fruits with a gentle spice in the back. Caramel and bready malts are used and compliment the beer nicely.

Taste is fruity up front (apples and grapes) but there is just too much spice for me. Granted not the biggest fan of the style, but a huge amount of spice in the middle is a little off putting. Finishes nicely. There is an alcohol burn there, nothing too bad and pleasing.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. With such a huge head I figured it would be too much, but its very nice.

Drinkability is high, as every sip makes me want another, but when I do, I am reminded about the heavy duty spice in there.

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Photo of stonelis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

>750 bottle. My first AleSmith. Pours a hazy golden. Large 3 finger head. Medium to high carbonation, yeasty, coriander is dominant. Some fruit, Alcohol is present, some candided sugar. not a bad beer, I like this one, however I believe I've had better for this style.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a very nice strong golden color with some slight orange hues and the head is about 1 inch tall and recedes fairly quickly down to a thin film.

S - Wow. In aroma this is top notch. The bottle says "brewed with coriander". Should also say "bottled with coriander". The nose is full of spice especially the previously mentioned green. Slight malt and clove sweetness shows up between the fresh spice. Some slight orange aromas are present as well. The alcohol is well hidden in the nose.

T & M - Wow. Very complex for such a lighter fluffier beer. The coriander obviously smacks you in the face with away and with fury. Which makes the beer seem refreshing and very appealing. After the coriander blast there is some nice clove spice and malt sweetness that pops up with a nice honey and almost fruity quality to it. Slight sweet grapes as well as some nice bready sweetness. The flavor doesn't hide the slight alcoholic sweetness and warmth that the 11% displaces.

D - Very nice and delicious a well spiced BSPA with a great ABV content (hehe) and crisp and clean carbonation.

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Photo of TommyW
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, gold body with a bubbly, white head that doesn't stick.

S- Candy rock sugars with Belgian crystal malts and a touch of spice.

T- Crystal malts and rock sugar with a nice note of coriander. Alcohol is definitely there; it comes out with a vodka-like taste after the first few sips. Some faint medicinal flavors come out in a dry finish.

M- Click feel with a medium toward aggressive carbonation.

D- The booze is a little strong in this one after a few sips; other than this slightly overwhelming factor, the flavors are solid. Would be very interesting to see how this ages.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of fruit spice and yeast

T - Follows the nose fruity spicey yeasty and a little sweet

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This is about as drinkable as you can get for a beer with this abv the alcohol goes completely unnoticed and has a very good taste making this one easy to drink way to quick worth getting to try

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Photo of treque
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So many coulours from red to yellow passing through orange, amazing head with different size of bubbles, last for long, there is some waste.

Nice aroma, candy and spice

Taste is nice, for being a 11% beer you can drink some without any effort

Nice "american" BSPA, also I love the bottle

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Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy body with intense orange-yellow color with a lot of hues when against light, very nice head at least 4 fingers with slow dissipation and a lot of retention to the glass.

S: Intense wheat aroma on top but alcohol can be feel at the end.

T: A strong wheat-hops flavor, really complex, with some sweetness at the beginning but then changed by

M: A really heavy strike of bitterness and alcohol after a few seconds on the mouth.

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Photo of unionturf
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received a bottle of this from a friend on a recent trip to Ohio. We had it at a cook out and curiosity from a few friends and my wife all who don't like beer got the best of them....they tried it.

Pours golden and had a huge head that had to dissipate to finish the pour. Smell is good with coriander and spice...taste was excellent as stated above 3 non beer likers tried this and all 3 said in a surprised voice they liked it. They best described it as it had a cider taste.

MF and drinkability were excellent, I could have drank this all night...well maybe not all night since it's 11% but this brew hid the 11% well!

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
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