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RATINGS: 283   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
So this bottle was sent to me by Kevin (Kaggie97) in a surprsie package, thanks a ton man!! The beer pours out a deep golden yellow with a touch of a white head that lasted only for a few minutes. Robust and thick body. Strong Belgian notes of yeast and fruity pears, apricot, clove and bubble gum. A touch of salt lingers with this beer but helps to balance the beer out nicely. The sweetness of the beer finishes sharply, rather dry and only a slightly hoppy bitterness, however, that Sazz flavor is just perfect. Great beer, the definition of craft beer, a gem of a beer that few know about (including myself) without some local guidance. Freaking awesome beer. My favorite Tripel by far, normally I donít like this style at all but this is a class of its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Clear dark golden in color. Banana aroma with some added spice notes, clove. Sweet malt flavor some fruit mixed in, bananas & apples. Overall, itís good stuff, I like it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle via Kagmaster J. Pours the color of a short school bus, head atop similiar to what you see when waking up on a plane a few hours after taking 3 ambiens and looking out the window at the thin cover of clouds on a mostly blue day. The nose...so, yeah...am I the only one getting brett notes here? Theyíre there..purposeful or not, i smell em, and fuck you to tell me Iím wrong. Bretty influenced thick, cotton candy belgium yeast characteristics. Yes belgium. Itís got some accents of lemon zest and dry tangerine as well. Flavors donít have much or any brett notes though (so maybe i was wrong about the nose, but fuck you anyway)...thick, yeasty flavors...some dusty bazooka bubblegum, cobwebs, straw...some essence of orange and tangerine...nice, clean, fairly fucking chewy and yeasty...nice citrus spritz accents...I donít usually dig trippels, but I ainít got too much beef with this shit. know that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Black_Beered (2) - USA - JUL 7, 2010 does not count
A Golden beer with a bronze finish. I was impressed with the body but could not get passed the firewood finish.

   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 (14930) - , 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.

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