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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
Named for the scenic ridge that runs between Blanco and Wimberly, Devil's Backbone is a Belgian-style trippel. Brewed in the traditional manner, Czech Saaz hops and Belgian yeast give this ale its distinctive flavor and aroma. Candy sugar made in-house at the brewery adds strength without increasing heaviness. The result is a deceptively strong, pale golden ale. ABV: 8.1%, IBU: 36, OG(plato): 18

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2010
On tap at the Buckhorn Saloon in San Antonio. Pours gold with a thick creamy white head. This is good stuff. Very thick body. Strong Belgian notes of medicine and fruit: banana, pears and apples. A bit of apricot and bubble gum. I get just a slightly salty palate to this, but it works. Lingers long with a quinine finish. Has a candy sweetness. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Pours beautiful cloudy golden orange with perfect foamy white head that offers substantial lacing. Carbonation bubbles evident. Delicious fruity cantaloupe, clove, and esters, surprising citrus balanced by sweetness, with an evident alcohol burn on the finish. Very drinkable and a great combination of flavors to me. Iím not a big Belgian ale fan, but I like this big offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Draft at Ginger Man Austin. Hazy dark gold with thick white head and lacing. Nose is grainy malts, light fruits, and alcohol. Flavor is thick bread malts, pears and apples, bitter grassy hops, and finishes sugary sweet. Full body and thick texture. A big strong Belgian, lacking in depth, alcohol heat is a bit high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (13262) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to AttitudeBrew. Pours a yellow amber. No head retention. Nose is sugary fruits and candy. Taste is citrus, fruits, sugars and candy apple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Big thanks to stopbarking for this bottle. Pours a bright, clear gold with a pillowy white head that recedes slowly to a creamy collar and swirl of bubbles in the middle. The aroma is fruity with bananas dominating on top of a slightly earthy Belgian yeast backbone. A bit of spiciness from cloves. A little disappointing honestly. To me, the taste is a significant improvement as it take a lot of the muted aromas and really blows out the fruity esters, bananas and light Belgian yeast. Sweet and sugary finish with hints of clove. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lower carbonation than I was expecting. Iíve only had a couple of beers from Real Ale and Iíve been pretty impressed with both. The low carbonation takes away from this one but itís not a bad attempt at a tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours very hazy yellow gold with a fluffy white head, diminishing to a thin foam. Nose is clovey and yeasty, a little candy sugar, as well. Flavor predominantly sweet, with light tropical fruit notes and some yeast. Definitely the right idea for a spring seasonal - easy-drinking, but not a wimpy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Thanks Marc. Poured a bright clear gold with a huge, pillowy white head. Sweet, Belgian yeast, some tropical fruits, but dominated by a kind of charred character that clashes badly with the yeasty elements. Quite hot, almost vodka-like on the finish. Maybe a spoiled bottle, couldnít really finish this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5308) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Banana and peach nose, pretty nice. Hazy amber. Lots of banana flavor. Finish is decidedly more bitter lemon grass. Superbly drinkable for a Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Serving: Bottle
It pours a light gold color with a thin white ring for a head. The nose is spicy with lots of Belgian yeast notes and a bit of clove. The taste is slightly sweet and yeasty. Notes of subtle light fruit, florals, and passion fruit emerge. Light in body leading to a clean finish. A nice tripel that is well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pershing (508) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Not bad for a Belgian Tripel brewed in Texas. Brewery made candi sugar is the way to go!. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. No lacing at all. Sweet fruit aroma. The alcohol level is hidden very well. Finishes slightly sweet.

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