AleSmith Horny Devil | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,715
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
1,010
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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128
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Ratings: 1,010 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of mobrado
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite US-brewed Belgian-style Strong Pale and by far my favorite Belgian-style beer by AleSmith. Pity it's not more affordable and sold in 4 or 6-packs.

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Photo of Musineer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy / fizzy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of apples, Belgian yeast, malt, pears, and other fruit.

T: Tasted of some Belgian-style yeast, a bit of malt, some apples, a sugary element, pears, a candi sweetness, some light spices (coriander, in particular), and some banana as well. Definitely an interesting flavor, centered very much on the fruit ingredients. Generally, very sweet and likable.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O; A very solid American version of a Belgian beer. Not perfect, but well worth trying.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, minimal head but plenty of large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma: citrus peel, banana, spice, fruity & grain fragrances. Flavor: belgium ale & IPA. Grainy aftertaste. Carbonation wasn't waisted on a head, plenty left to tickle the tongue. Flavor is a bit weak. Not bad but expected more.

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Photo of anon
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qrazvan
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting smell combining the peaches with the hops.
Tastes somehow like a Belgian ale combined with a triple and a bit of an IPA, all surrounded by the flowery and peachy taste, with a little sour and sweet aftertaste.
Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REDAMI
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet. Bottled in 2013.

L-Medium gold with small amount of white foam/lacing

S-Honey, malt, citrus, wet straw and spice.

T-Orange marmalade, sweet malts, coriander and hop spice on the back. Develops a mead flavor as it warms.

F-Bright, juicy, carbonation cuts through to create a dry finish.

Very balanced flavors, only slightly heavier than a triple in feel. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was actually Belgian.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cmurkar
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow with an inch thick white head. Lots of bubbles. Smell floral, with strong belgian yeast and fruity notes. Finishes with pronounced malt. Taste is very much like the smell. Malt is strong, followed by white grape, pear, and phenol. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Alcohol warms you very quickly.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

OG=1.081, 25 IBU, 10% ABV, $10.99 for a 750ml bottle at Goodmans in Kenosha.

Pours out to a medium peach, forming a tall whipped mouuse-like light yellow/off white head with beautiful retention and lacing owing to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is of white grape and apple juice with hints of pineapple and is a bit boozy as it warms. I don't pick up on coriander, although it's mentioned on the website. Mouthfeel is very soft and billowy and has a slick syrupy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is such it gives the impression of a much higher OG and FG. The taste is a recap of the nose. Mild bitterness, overall sweet, but with a dry finish. A touch of higher alcohols and very subtle cardboard are flaws in the finish. As it warms, it becomes much more boozy and makes it a bit difficult to finish.

It starts out nice, but this is just too heavy handed and boozy to really compete with the classic example of the style, Duvel, or other nice Belgian golden strongs like Matilda, Pranqster, La Fin Du Monde, or La Chouffe.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A one finger creamy rocky head with fair retention, the head is white in color. The color of the beer is amber color and it hazy. The beer is slightly opaque with some carbonation visible.

N: very fruity with some pear and banana notes, a touch of spicy pepper, caramel, biscuits, yeasty, a touch of citrus, and floral,

T: Very malty with fruity esters, pears, banana phenols, little pepper, caramel, biscuit, yeasty, floral, grass, and touch of floral.

M: Carbonated, medium body, and a little warming.

O: A very good representation of the this style. I could not detect the coriander, but some peppery notes. A well made BPA.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It should be pointed out that this is a Belgian-style ale and as such, it falls a bit short of the real deals overseas. Easy drinking at 10% but the yeast presence (or lack thereof) is what makes this one a tier below. The experience is not authentic overall even for a Belgian-style ale. Still, solid as such just not a top tier offering in it's style.

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Photo of dleiner
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MathChef
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewery, and, off the tap, it is my second favorite Belgian beer. Never seen it in the bottle at a store, but I'm always looking.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. A clear yellow color with a decent head and good lacing. The smell is fruity with apples and apricot. These can be tasted as well, along with warm spice and licorice. A bit boozey, but a good beer.

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Photo of tyjohnson55
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerswag
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Looks clear 24k gold tones with some tomes of beighter irange showing through, when held up to light: head is flat white, semi-fluffy imo, medium size bubble; enticing. Smell: sweet fruity tones, apricot, apple, slight spice. Taste: follows smell missing spice notes from the coriander, but missing the floral kotes of fresh coriander. Feel is smooth, medium mouthfeel, medium-sweetness, slightly dry finish. Overall, a memorable and well put together, from a brewery that doesn't dissapoint. Pair with smoked poultry and game, mostly white meat.

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AleSmith Horny Devil from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,010 ratings
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