Friday, August 19, 2011


What, pardner? Ain’t that a triple you mean? Here’s a Belgian-style tripel from a brewer we haven’t had occasion to talk about for quite some time – REAL ALE BREWING out of Blanco, Texas. Namely that’s because we can’t get their beers where I live, and had to engineer a trade for their DEVIL’S BACKBONE seasonal just to see what they’ve been up to in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Turns out they’ve been doing just fine out there in Texas hill country, makin’ beers and whatnot.

DEVIL’S BACKBONE, as you can see from the picture, just bleeds orange juiciness all over the glass – and your mouth. It’s got a huge flavor right from the proverbial get-go. It’s funny, I’d peg this more as a very yeasty pale ale than as a tripel per se. It’s got malty sweetness both in the smell and the taste, and I’d call it pretty big-bodied across the board. A real heavy mouthful, and I mean that in the best possible way. Not a dry beer by any means either – not always a sure thing with a tripel. Fruity, big and quite friggin’ tasty. 7.5/10.

1 comment:

Kyle said...

Ha. Definitely agree. I had this on tap the first time, not knowing what it was and well, kinda thought it was a pale ale. It does taste great that's for sure. I got it from a pal who bugged the local grocery store about it for months prior to it being released and then bought every bit they had the whole time it was out. Not that it was that hard to find; I just figured he had some to spare!