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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1294) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2010
Poured from bottle. Punchy nose of honey/syrup, cereal, and spice. Pours a lambent gold with a pronounced head and scattered lace. Flavor of dark/dried fruit, sweetness, and a pronounced toasty malt, with a ricochet of hops bitterness on the close -- just enough to cut the sweetness. Palate is rich without being cloying. Real Ale has done it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2009
[Tap] Pours a golden color with a small amount of white head. Aroma of yeast, sweet malts and typical Belgian spices. Taste is a little rough around the edges. Plenty of apple and pear notes in here, but the spice is somewhat lacking. A citrus finish. Sweet and alcoholic, but the mouthfeel was a bit thin for a proper balance. Seems like the light alcohol burn is the main theme of this beer. It could use some time to mellow out into a better Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2009
On tap. Really nice up front, but the aftertaste is so horribly harsh. Ouch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
On tap. Pours with a fluffy white head over a near clear golden body. Aroma of candi sugar, pear, must, dry breadiness, and some lively spices. Very nice and to style. Taste is Candi sugar, pear, apple brandy, alcohol and must. Some pastry notes. Finishes dry residual sugars and a few fruity esters on the finishes. Dry, alcoholic finish. Really well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2009
On tap at the Freetail Brewery (06/06/09). Gold in color and hazy with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of yeast, citrus, malt, and spices. Taste is the same with hints of candy sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TopherJackson (37) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
On tap at Flying Saucer Houston, Hazy gold color, Great citrusy aroma. Lemon and some grassy notes with a little hoppy finish. Easy drinking beer that I really wish was released in bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Pours a hazy honey gold color. Moderate white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of citrus and wheat. Taste is spicy, with lots of clove and just a slight skunkiness. Dry mouthfeel. Not a great beer, but solid for a smaller brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5712) - 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 (4307) - 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 (2386) - 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.

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