Devil's Backbone - Real Ale Brewing Company
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Reviews by roblowther:
3.8/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Hazy golden in color with a thin but active white head that leaves lacing right off the bat. Smells of peaches, lemons, and pepper. Taste is sharp and citrusy up front, then has a dusty malty carob-y thing that takes over. It finishes dry and sharp, with just enough of that dusty finish to make you want more. The aftertaste is a touch metallic and bitter, not at all what you get from the rest of the taste profile. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and slippery, it stands up & fights back. Drinkability is good, though limited by the aftertaste. Very good, but not great. That being said, one I would buy again and I'm very excited to see some local breweries branching out beyond the standard IPA/brown/blonde/pale ale offering.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2010 23:50:22 | More by roblowther
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3.36/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
With the apparent color of this beer like that of liquid apricots made effervescent alcohol, and the bubbles resembling what one might find in a cider, and they would be quite right in their assumption that this is an interesting take on a Belgian Tripel.
As alluded to previously, the bubbles are sparse, and the head non-existent after less than one minute. The mouthfeel, while originally temptingly Belgian, now (after five minutes) has become far more thin. I like a robust mouthfeel, and while the flavors are there (delicious coriander and orange), there is no lasting aftertaste, though I will state that there is a whisper of elegance that carries the beer through.
A bit of background: this beer has been aged approx. 7 months. There is a listed warning to drink by 3/29/14. It is currently July 2014. Usually there is not a 'sell-by' date on beer, and one can usually age Belgian beer many years if desired. Therefore, not a true Belgian beer, but an attempt on the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 20:12:12 | More by ElegantRose
Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.