Real Ale Devil’s Backbone

May 15, 2012

That is my favorite scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I love Nicholson’s reaction when he realizes that Chief is not crazy, and that he has an ally in his war with Nurse Ratchet, or at least a non-insane ally. Nicholson has been in so many great movies, and has had great roles in some lesser films, but I maintain that Cuckoo’s Nest is his finest moment, when a great actor, one at the top of his game, found the right character, the right script, the right director, and  a brilliant supporting cast as well. Any one thing can go wrong to make a movie a failure, but Cuckoo’s Nest is just about perfect.

Real Ale takes a stab at brewing a Tripel, and do a fine job of it. The Devil’s Backbone pours a cloudy yellow with a meringue like head. This has a sweet banana and tangerine aroma, with some herbal notes in the background. The flavor is sweet and herbal, with some clove and cardamon, and the candy sugar gives it a juicy fruit gum flavor. This is a smooth drinking beer, and like most tripels it has a deceptively high ABV (8.1%), so you need to be careful or you will be D-R-U-N-K Drunk before you realize it. You cannot drink many of these in a session, but it is a nice treat, 7.5/10.

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