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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TxStoutLovers (2) - - NOV 8, 2014 does not count
When we want a little change from our normal "go to" stout, we head straight for DB. Before it went state-wide, we drove to Blanco 5 times to load up! This is an outstanding and affordable Belgian that is superior to many of the imported we’ve tried. RA does it right with a crisp clean intense Belgian yeast that delivers a unique, fruity, spicy taste. It’s refreshing, but is by no means a light-weight brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 On tap at The Gingerman in Houston. Aroma is a light citrus that doesn’t even begin to do this fine concoction justice. Pours thick and creamy like a good Belgian, and the head likes the party so much it stays around until the end. The malt and hops melt together to form a slight apple and orange sweetness; almost like a strong Hefe Weizen. Satiny palate. I’d sell my soul for this beer; it’s that damned good. In case anyone forgets, I rated it first!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (991) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours orange with a large white head. Smells fruity, sweet, and a little spicy. Taste is fruity, sweet, and spiced. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and a light fizzy mouth-carbonation, Real Ale Devil’s Backbone finishes sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
This brew from Real Ale completely exceeded all of my expectations of this Tripel! It poured up a hazy dark golden colored body with a foamy head that possessed great retention and lacing effects. Aromas of yeast, peppers, spices, bananas. Flavors of the same and also include pears and sugars. Medium-bodied, good carbonation, very easy to drink with no harsh aftertastes and a smooth, clean finish with just the right amount of hoppy bite. This is definitely one of the finest American Tripels that I have even had the pleasure of tasting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rayg1 (567) - 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 don’t like this style at all but this is a class of its own.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KamGoPro (112) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Honey gold color, plenty of carbonation. Malty sugar flavor with a little molasses finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 22, 2014
On draught. Poured a hazy light gold, with a huge, fluffy white head that quickly faded into a disc on the surface. Good lacing. Nose is candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Taste is typical for the style, with candi sugar and notes of banana and clove dominant. Medium length finish with creamy mouth feel. Delicious

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JakeSparks (124) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
the best interpretation of a belgian beer ever made on US soil. bought a case that i hate to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
Feel free to go ahead and start putting this stuff in bombers about now. You guys out in Blanco truly are pioneers of Texas craft brewing. Golden orange in color, small head, mild aroma. The sweetness was nice, but didnt overtake the creamy mouthfeel, the citrus, the hops, the belgian spice, the alcohol.....it all came together very well. I knocked out 3 of them at GMan Houston tonight.....a quality brew. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Tasted straight from the brewery in Blanco. I gotta tell you I wish I could find this one year round. Poured a beautiful gold into the glass with a fine white head. Aroma was minimal, but what was present was a nice zesty yeast tartness. The taste was very nice and smooth with a lot of spiciness with a very slight alcohol finish. I’m embarrassed to say that we were unofficially ’cut off’ from refills of this one. We hung around and enjoyed the Pale Rye Ale just as much tho!; Supposedly they will start bottling there seasonals in bombers in 09. Here’s hoping!; I’d really recommend this one!;

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