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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 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 (3977) - 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 (10884) - 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 (1819) - 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 (366) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 <<<RE-RATE 27 October 2010>>>
12 oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. 10.13.10 best if consumed before stamped on label. Pour is hazed yellow golden, with a smallish white head. Aroma is grassy sweet, mildly herbal, and rounded out with a nice soft floral bitterness. Clove yeast comes through in the back of the nose. Taste is the herbal sweet grass, followed right away by the clove yeast. Nice integration of flavors. Palate is medium, with a slicker mouth feel. Dry finish. Enjoyable, well made beer. Thanks for sharing Eugene. 8,4,7,4,15 (3.8).

<<<ORIGINAL RATING 14 July 2008>>>

Draft - shaker pint glass at Beavers in Houston, TX. Pour is hazy orange golden, not too much head. Very thick lacing remained during the entire beer. Aroma is very thickly sweet and yeasty. Sweetness is honey and flowery. Very much a trippel nose. Taste is citrus fruity, pears, wheat, candy sugar yeast and some intersting hay - yeastiness. Seems to be some hop bitterness present throughout. A slight bit cloying in the finish. Nice one. 8,4,7,3,15 (3.7)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2008
(Draft @ Alamo Draughthouse, West Oaks, Houston, TX): Pours a pale cloudy body, some foamy head, dIminishing. Belgiany sweet aroma, Flowery. Smells good. Lignt taste, flowery, belginny. Clean aftertaste. Warming up...a lot of spices. Tasty. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (6512) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 had on my lunch break and the next night at BoonDoggles... Lots of fruit, bubblegum, and other similar aroma’s .... fruit and candy in the taste, very very delicious stuff.. Another fine beer from the true brewing professionals up in Blanco.. This was a pleasure to drink!! A wonderful tripel that I wish more people could try!!

rerate: has transitioned into bottle very well .. smooth, light sweetness, with a touch of dryness.. . this beer could seriously turn heads if put into 750’s and distributed in Europe, and bigger US cities.. an amazingly well made beer and more fun than burning a barrel of monkeys!!!

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