Belgian Congo Pale Ale - Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TechTriumph:
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
From notes on 05/20/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - Over an inch of white creamy head that recedes somewhat fast; Very pale gold in color and crystal clear in appearance; Decent showing of lacing around the glass
S - Aroma isn't too robust; Notes of herbs, spices, toasted wheat, and very subtle apricot, peach, and pineapple
T - Good bit of yeasty, fluffy biscuity taste here with accompanying spicy, herbal, and piney hop character; Similar to the nose, I taste cracked and toasted wheat with subtle hints of fruity character - lightly tart apricot, peach, pear, apple; There is some clean bitterness here, but it's pretty mild
M - Carbonation is above moderate; Medium bodied; Pretty crisp mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish
O - According to the Devils Backbone website, this beer is brewed like an IPA, but with a Belgian yeast strain. This certainly shows and influences the taste with the unmistakable presence of yeast, spice, herbs, and semi-tart light fruit flavors. However, I think the mouthfeel is the best aspect here with the ample carbonation and nice, crisp, and drying characteristics. No doubt an intriguing offering from Devils Backbone, I wouldn't mind enjoying a few more bottles over the course of the Summer.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2012 03:00:17 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- pours a slightly hazy golden-straw color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top, no lace
S- lots of fruity notes up front; banana taffy, pineapple juice, mango, fruit smoothie. There is also some grassy hop notes mixed in with some sweet raisin-bready malt, very interesting
T- the fruity notes follow in flavor with a big mango and banana kick. There are some Belgian characteristic yeast flavors with some fruity, musty notes. The fruitiness continues throughout and finishes slightly sweet and astringent with lingers of dry tropical fruit and grassy hops
M- medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish
O- this used to be labeled as a Belgian pale ale, now a Belgian IPA. I don't think that it tastes like either, but whatever it is I really enjoyed it. Huge fruity flavors makes this on a beef that I will surely go back to
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 21:45:09 | More by Treyliff
Belgian Congo Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.