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Azrael - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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:
Formerly called Gargamel.

(Beer added by: on 06-20-2009)
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Reviews by DaveBlack:
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4.23/5  rDev +15.9%

A: Not much to look at. Crystal clear, straw yellow brew with a small amount of head that is fed constantly from bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Despite that, retention is minimal.

S: Belgian yeast is the dominant smell, with a light apple crispness as well. Beyond that there isn't a whole lot.

T: Really tasty beer, and much more complex than the nose leads one to believe. Once again the yeast dominates upfront, but then comes a nice biscuity grain taste, hints of apple, and a floral finish. Alcohol is present throughout the beer, and, despite there not being much to hide behind, is not at all overpowering.

M: Light and crisp, fair amount of carbonation.

O: The is a good beer. I bought it because it's (relatively) local, and I had heard good things about Devil's Backbone. This beer certainly delivers. It is well balanced, flavorful and it's hard to argue with a 7.8% beer that goes down so easily.

DaveBlack, Jul 21, 2012
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3.11/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

TheStig, Nov 08, 2013
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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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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

A: A light straw color in the glass, very clear, and some light white head on top, that quickly dissipates.

S: A light pale biscuit aroma comes out right away. Slight fruit esters, and a touch of spice.

T: There we go. Malty and rich flavor, with notes of bread, dark fruits, spice, and caramel. The Belgian characters are there, but they are in balance with the malt profile. A touch boozy, but not enough that it detracts from the brew.

M: Medium in body with plenty of carbonation. There is a slight cling in the finish, pretty good.

O: Pretty good, I would love to see a little more in the aroma department, but other than that it seems like a pretty solid offering.

Beejay, Aug 13, 2014
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Azrael from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.