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Azrael - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 06-20-2009

Formerly called Gargamel.
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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
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2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in large ale glass.

A: golden yellow, 1.5 finger head, large bubbles, very good carb action; no lacing
S: sour pear, yeast
T: bitter Belgian flavor -- yeast, bottle conditioning; dry; salty; dandelion

This one doesn't do it for me, but it might for you.

More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Samichez
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of richkrull
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty golden color with a quarter of a finger of white foam that completely dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Malty, yeasty, and fruity, the typical aromas of a Belgian pale ale. Notes of freshly baked sourdough bread, clove, pineapple, slight notes of banana and musty barnyard aromas.

Taste: Slightly malty, but very yeasty (as Belgian pale ales tend to be). Slightly fruity and slightly hoppy. Notes of freshly baked sourdough bread accompanied with some spices, such as clove, cardamom, black pepper, and ginger. There are also some subtle fruit flavors of pineapple and banana. The beer finished with some subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is no alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: I’m not usually a fan of Belgian pale ales, or many pale ales at all, but I’m a huge fan of the Devil’s Backbone Brewery, and surprisingly, I really like this pale ale. It has a great balance between the malt, the yeast, and the hops, accented by some really interesting spices and fruit flavors. I’m definitely getting a few bottles of this again! Another killer beer from Devils Backbone, my favorite Virginian brewery!

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheStig
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle to the glass, a clear light amber with a finger-half finger head. Very little lacing. Playfully active bubbles sparkling throughout.

A slight touch of pineapple notes in the scent, some other gentle floral and sweet herbal elements, but nothing distinguishable.

Nothing overpowering or prominent, and that's a little disappointing. The usual malt and wheat tastes are present, but... I don't know... I'm searching for some taste to build on, but it's not there. Inoffensive.

Feels quite lovely on the tongue, the carbonation is pleasing and somewhat soothing.

For something that's named after the angel of death, I was expecting something a little more... well, *more*. It's inoffensive, but it's just not impressing me. I'll pass on it in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- served in a goblet, pours a clear and bright golden color with a small creamy white head, short retention leaves just a ring of foam after it settles

S- slightly phelonic yeast, big bready and doughy notes, floral aromas with a bit of light fruit

T- fruity notes of apple and pear, sweet Belgian yeast, honey, floral and herbal hop notes, sweet-yet-dry finish with just a bit of clean alcohol at the end

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish, alcohol is barely noticeable. This drinks way too easily for an 8% beer

O- well balanced with nice apple/pear notes, superb drinkability and brilliantly hidden alcohol, very refreshing on tap.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

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Azrael from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.