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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2010 (Draught) pours a clear yellow with nice frothy whit head. Good lacing. Nose is coriander, black pepper, oranges, Belgian yeast, grass and wheat. Taste is light alcohol, spicy yeast, Oranges, white pepper, light Candi sugar, and some grass. Well carbonated, nearly completely hidden alcoh and nice creamy/oily finish. Nice tripel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2009
On tap at Freetail in SA. The smell is sweet and balanced, spices, and some fruits. The look is a clear, golden in color with a nice white head. The taste is sweet fruits, yeast, hidden alcohol, and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2228) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2009
On draught. Been looking for this forever. Honey golden colored pour with a medium sized creamy white head that persists. Taste is peanut butter cookies, lemon chiffon custard, and roasted nut shells. fluffy mouthfeel and decent alcohol on the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2009
On tap at Gingerman in Ft. Worth. Taste of lemon and cinnamon. Aroma was of ginger, lemon, and pumpkin spice. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
on tap at ginger man in ft worth, tx. poured a hazy yellow with a white head that stays and laces. aroma of lemon, clove or coriander, and cinnamon. flavor was right on with the nose. light-medium body. not bad, but maybe i am just being hard on a local brewery for some reason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Hazy gold. Belgian floral smell with sour notes. Large tingle over the tongue. Taste is dry, bitter and grainy. Fair finish but was more bitter than I was hoping for with this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Name: Devil’s Backbone
Date: February 21, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Freetail, TX
Appearance: hazy dark yellow, fine white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with a nice spicy character
Flavor: big spicy phoenolic flavor backed by sweet malt candy, light bitterness effect from the spicyness
Overall: beers with phoenolics like this will make me appreciate tripples
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1580) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, TX. Pours a lightly hazed deep yellow with a bit of an orange hue. Light white not super retentive head. Mildly yeasty, somewhat bubblegummed aroma with hints of spice. The flavor begins on a slight sweet malt kick before moving progressively into a medium to thick heavily spiced body. Quite yeasty, almost bready. The spiced body gives way to a heavy Saaz finish that lingers and mixed with the spices extremely well! It just doesn’t BURST with flavor as much as some Trippels...but this is definitely a rare treat in the heart of Texas!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wu1000k (18) - Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pint at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que. Gold/orange/hazy pour, aroma of fruit, bubblegum, and general all-around trippel goodness. Taste of citrus, sweet, and spice, with a somewhat sweet finish. My opinion of Real Ale went up a several notches with this one as I have only had their standard bottled fare in the past. Definitely a must-drink if you get the chance!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
944play (343) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Pint at Billy’s on Burnet. Hazy gold/orange, thick head. Apricot on the nose. Hardwood and vanilla notes back up a slight sweetness. Just a little bit sticky on the finish, but overall really good mouthfeel. Bartender claimed 9.2%; if so, it hides it REALLY well. Very good example of the style, IMO.

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