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Azrael - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by Jimmys:
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3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle scored while on a trip to Blacksburg, VA. BONED ON July 25 2012. not sure when it was bottled but i dont appreciate people putting their dicks in my beer.

A: pretty clear, bright pale gold. head is bright white. retention is poor as is the retention.

S: eggy, yeasty phenols. bread baking. sweet lots of sugar, but not to be up-ended by the yeasty phenols.

T: starts sweet. a little herbal. minty? definitely significant amount of residual sweet sugars on teh body. the finish is a little chalky, yeasty. a little eggy. cleans up pretty fast.

M: plenty of carb on a medium body.

D: not a bad belgian blond, just nothing exceptional going on here. solid to drink, good times, but like i said there are some better examples out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Azrael, a name popular folklore attributes to the Archangel of Death, a beer brewed by an outfit called "Devils Backbone", despite sounding dark and satanic is actually bright and cheerful looking. And its clarity, dainty bubbles, and flashy highlights are commendable. Wrapped by a halo of virgin white foam this has, if anything, an angelic appearance.

Somewhat unusual for a "Belgian inspired golden ale", this aroma doesn't have the immediate onslaught of peppery phenols and fruity esters. It does, however, have the wholesome, comforting scent of warm white bread and an obvious amount of sweetness. A clean malt bill and subtle yeast nuances makes for a nice introduction.

Those pleasant notes of crackers and candi sugar are equally appreciated on the palate as they are in the nose. It's an approachable, very easy-going ale though it does give some indication to its strength (7%). It may be too strong for some, but those familiar with Belgian ales won't have a problem (and have likely come across much harsher examples).

Still, there's the very perceivable sensation of refined white sugar in the mouthfeel. Some of the fruit esters start to seem too real as well (like drinking spoiled apple cider or munching down on rotting pears). None of this is noticeable at first but it becomes a bit more of a concern as the beer loses it chill (a corresponding "warming" sensation also ensues).

Brewing Belgian ales properly requires knowledge of advanced calculus - most brewers outside of Belgium have only rudimentary algebra. Azrael does a better job than most - I'd put it about on par with some of the more popular Flemish and Walloon brands. It also makes a highly enjoyable tipple in its own right. A sixer is a deal with the Devil (Backbone Brewing Co.) worth making.

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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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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%

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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%

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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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Azrael from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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