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Devil's Backbone - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

519 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Pegasus on 05-18-2005)
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Photo of mblk6062
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a staple in my beer fridge. I am lucky to live in Dripping Springs, Texas which is only a few miles from the brewery, located in Blanco. Real Ale makes fantastic brews (Fireman's 4 is another staple), and even though they are a very high quality house, we can get alot of their great stuff in just about any convenience store/gas station in the Hill Country. As a huge aficianado of Belgian Ales (especially Trippels - best in the world, IMHO), I had tried many so called craft "Belgian Trippels" before with usually great disappointment, but I was blown away by this one when Real Ale introduced it in 2010 - they got it right, and they have kept on doing that!

mblk6062, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Timmmmaaayyy, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of MarioH
4/5  rDev +3.9%

MarioH, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of NatChris
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

NatChris, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -22.1%

BGsWo22, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Mike48
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Mike48, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of ajkelly451
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ajkelly451, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Andcorsheb
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Andcorsheb, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Buttstallion
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Buttstallion, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of benjamin_dallas
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

benjamin_dallas, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of G_Est
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

G_Est, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of cbolt72
4/5  rDev +3.9%

cbolt72, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of sjones5045
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

sjones5045, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of zachgroves
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

zachgroves, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Bookaboom
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Bookaboom, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of JoseCuervo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JoseCuervo, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Bigdood33
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bigdood33, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of hoppy91
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

hoppy91, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of hoober27
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

hoober27, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Dello
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dello, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Cynic-ale, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of djteiwaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

djteiwaz, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of ElegantRose
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

ElegantRose, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Gatordaddy, Jul 08, 2014
Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.