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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2008
On tap at the Saucer. Pours a golden amber with a white head. The nose is of spices. The taste is of spice as well. The mouthfeel is medium and almost syrupy sweet. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Sample at the brewery. A little light in body, sweet taste of sugar and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1524) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Yellow-orange and mostly clear with a thin white head. Smells of citrus. Taste is also citrusy, alot like a hefeweizen. Body is thin, but not too thin. Sweet. Super tasty! Hard to find anything wrong with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Pours a golden/coppery color. Aroma is spice (clove?), citrus, and a little yeast. Flavor is very broad... a little alcohol, some citrus, definite clove, and slightly sweet as well. On tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
tap at flying saucer. really good tripel, alcohol is not overpowering, nice fruity notes with full flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3727) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2008
On tap at flying saucer. Has an orange amber color with a small off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong clove aroma. The taste is also clove and citrus. A good abbey from real ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1250) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2008
Draught at Opal Devine’s NORTH served in trappist glass- non transparent faded gold color, very small white head that laced some as I drank it, very low carbonation. Aroma of cloves, yeast, citrus, and, for some reason, darkened rye. Hits the mouth with a defined medium body, alot of various spices and fruit hit the mouth throughtout the swallow, finish has a sweet note to it. Interesting take on the style- and very enjoyable I may add. Now bottle it up on a regular basis Real Ale!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4886) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2008
dark gold pour with a thin white head. fruit and wheat on the nose. funky taste of cloves and fruit that is surprisingly good. i’m pretty stoked that i actually got to try some of this stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2008
The beer pours a mix of hazy fall colors with hints of yellow amber and orange. The white head is made up of small fizzy bubbles that give it a creamy texture. The head is mostly lasting; it pours thick at first then settles down into a thin body that stays with the beer until you take the last sip. This beer has good lacing that follows the head about an inch further up the inside of the glass. The body of the beer is what you would expect from a good Belgium beer; hazy with a medium body and tiny particles. This beer had “pick me up on drink me” written all over it. The beer simply explodes with aroma; the olfactory experience is total. The nose on this beer is firing on all cylinders; I can pick up on malty, hoppy, yeasty and spice flavors. The brew has a moderate malty nose that hints of lightly baked bread and fresh grains. The Belgium yeast nose was very complex giving off the feeling that I was standing in old bakery with a rich clay wood fired oven and fresh dough being kneaded. While the hoppy component of the nose was not on the forefront the Czech spaaz hops make their little green presence felt; a light hoppinness mixed with fresh citrus. The brew also had a very clear spice factor to it, the most prevalent smells being coriander, honey and vanilla. If the smell is the foreplay then the flavor was worth the buildup. At first taste there is no denying that this is one complicated woman. As the, medium body of the brew hits the tongue the spice and malts are the first things you get. The carbonation pricks the tip of the tongue as the roasted coriander and malty graininess hit your taste buds backed up by a moderately sweet and lightly acidic secondary flavor. The watery mouth feel of the beer helps transition the flavors from the tip of the tongue to the back of the mouth. The finish is all about yeast; the earthy over tones play nicely with the freshly active yeast flavors. The finish flavor is short lived but taste of toasted malts and fresh yeast with a hint of coriander and honey is indisputable. Overall this is a very complete brew; the appearance and the nose make a promise that the flavor kept.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
Draught. Estery nose, clove and citrus. Clear yellow with a thin white head. Creamy palate, extremely smooth with a good sweetness punctuated by clove. Pretty well balanced, on the sweet side, with lots of orange in the finish.

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