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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.9
gringo332 (645) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Gold color, nice head and lacing. Real Ale has done a great job with this tripel. Great taste, aroma and appearance.

3.6
deyholla (12228) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a white head that lasts throughout the beer and laces nicely. Aroma has a strong sweet fruit and floral note with some candied sugar and sweet grains. Flavor is a bit more mellow with a semi sweet grain start that becomes sweeter with candied sugar and light fruits. Drinks lightly which is nice and refreshing.

3.6
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Full bodied or a least damn close. Nice mouth feel slight carbonation on the tongue with a slight alcohol burn. I can smell bananas, orange peel, bread, apricots. I can taste bananas, slight hops, bread, wheat and slight straw. Very nice beer!

3.8
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Poured a rather hazy pale yellow , with a half finger of silky foam. Aroma had a nice combination of spice and citrus. Taste certainly has a decent amount of clove, spices, and a fair bit of hops as well. The taste of clove and coriander definitely dominates the aftertaste as well, but does not overwhelm everything else. The carbonation is also quite soft. A very well balanced enjoyable ale.

3.9
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2010
Bottle from summer secret santa, thanks santa! Pours a clear pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head and some particles suspended in the glowing yellowness. Was surprised to see sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is yeasty, banana, hops are spicy and citric, and a little metallic. The alcohol is quite evident on the nose. A bit fruit syrup like, but only vaguely so. A bit candylike, with hints of vanilla, I think. I might almost be imagining this, it’s barely there. This was smoother to drink than I had expected after the first impressions. Quite sweet, a lot of spice, almost peppery. Yeasty finish with an alcohol punch. It’s not harsh, but you can definitely feel it’s there. Feels quite creamy in the mouth even though the carbonation is lively, but the ample carbonation paired with the spicyness and the alcohol warmth in the finish makes it feel stronger than it actually is. Dries your mouth out too for a while. Overall, this was a good drink. It didn’t blow my mind in any way, but it was pleasant and complex enough to nerd away over.

3.7
baraciisch (3375) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Pale yellow in color... Aroma of bananas, citrus, Belgian yeast, and spices... Flavor is crisp and light with a nice apricot banana taste, finish is slightly yeasty... Delicious

3.1
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Thanks Thirdeye11! Smells like Belgian yeast (or that’s what he is telling me I’m smelling). Tastes like apricots.

3.9
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle sent as an extra from AttitudeBrew. Thanks! Orange-gold color, off-white head, good retention. Scattered lacing. Yeasty funk, banana, lemon rind, light spice notes in the aroma. Fruity flavors; melons, white grapes join the banana. Light spicing throughout. Slick, a relatively thick coating on the palate. Hardly any alcohol at all showing which is sometimes the downfall (for me) with the style. I must say, this is rather good. This does a great job delivering plenty of flavor but in a refreshing and smooth kind of way. And that’s exactly what I was looking for on a very hot Saturday afternoon.

2.6
TizzleJizzle (792) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Deceptive aroma of clove and citrus. Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a small head and minimal lacing. Taste was aweful; rubbing alcohol with a lingering bitter chewed up medicine taste. Overall, I can’t recommend it. You might like it, but I sure don’t

4.6
rayg1 (594) - 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.


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