Texas Brew number two is the Devil’s Backbone Belgium Style Tripel from Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas.
I’m not too familiar with Belgium Tripels, so I had to educate myself a little before I drank this beer. Apparently, they have three times the malts of a normal Belgium beer, hence the name Tripel. Also, they have candy sugar in them. And they have a high alcohol content. WOOOHOOO!
Named for the scenic ridge that runs between Blanco and Wimberley, Devil's Backbone is a Belgian-style tripel. Czech Saaz hops and Belgian yeast give this ale its distinctive flavor and aroma. Candy sugar made in-house at the brewery adds strength without increasing heaviness. The result is a deceptively strong, pale golden ale.
ABV: 8.10% IBU: 35.00 OG (plato): 18.00
On to the tasting!
The beer has a nice, sweet aroma of honey and banana. It is slightly bitter on the front end, but gets really sweet and smooth once you get a good hit of the malts. I predominately get honey, lemon, and banana notes from the taste. For a beer of this color, you wouldn’t expect it to feel so heavy and creamy, but I guess that’s a function of the extra malts. It’s unusual, but not unpleasant. Also, there is no hint of alcohol AT ALL. At 8.1% ABV, this is a dangerously tasty beer in the wrong hands. A solid, 4 stars out of 5.