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Devil's Backbone - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

539 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 98 | 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 Bobheed
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bobheed, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Duff27, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Cjalbers
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Cjalbers, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of shortedaman
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I prefer this beer from the bottle. I have had 50+ of these. The key to this one is freshness. I too have grown a fondness for real ale brewing. Since im in houston i get it pretty fresh.

I love this beer. I love the alcohol content, i love how its super easy to drink, i love the taste. Its fruity and fairly thick, medium carbonation, nice belgian yeast flavor.

drinking this one from the bottle seems to add to the style. Pouring it into a tulip is all well and good, however theres just something special about drinking straight from the bottle. It tones down the fruitiness and alcohol taste. This beer needs to be reviewed by the bros for sure.

shortedaman, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of En29356
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

En29356, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a fluted beer glass.

Pours an orange/yellow blend, with fast acting white foam. Fruity nose, and the candi sugar is in there too. Fruit flavored flavor, light sugary middle, mild hop bite. Medium complexity. Good cafrbonation in the mouthfeel. Little bit of peppery hop at the end.

Good flavor, nice blend.

KTCamm, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Labeorphile
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Extremely clear for a Triple, showing it is filtered and not refermented in the bottle. Almost no head, and what there is quickly disappears.

Pineapple citrus in the nose, maybe some coriander, hints of banana. The taste has the flavor of a Triple, but one that isn't quite right. Tastes like an "Americanized Triple", which I guess is what it is. Overly clean, like they got the flavors right but not the character. Like someone singing Karaoke of your favorite song.

Not bad, especially if you aren't familiar with the true Belgians.

Labeorphile, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of ATXboozer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ATXboozer, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ajlvt, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MarioM, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of bundy462
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, clear, very clean with a frothy white head.

S: Huge Beligian yeast, tripel all the way.

T: Big Belgian yeast, fruity undertones, sugary. There is a medicinal quality to the finish from the heavy booze content.

M: Super smooth, goes down easy, easy drinker.

O: Awesome brew, great tripel. Highly recommended.

bundy462, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden and sudsy in the glass. A very attractive beer. Pleasantly carbonated and on the creamy side. A very nice nose of yeast and overripe pineapple.

The Belgian flavors are nicely integrated. This is both mellow and malty, and sharp and spicy. The yeasty flavors dry out toward the finish, though the bitterness is not as strong as many others brewed with Belgian yeast. A touch of green apple skins. On the whole it makes for a very drinkable beer. It could use just a little more edge, either with tart or bitter flavors.

Thoroughly pleasant brew that may not be a world class Tripel, but it does credit to the style. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Pinkie's in San Angelo, Texas.

mactrail, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of dgrauwiler
1/5  rDev -74.1%

dgrauwiler, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of squirrely2005
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

squirrely2005, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of swetsastonic
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

swetsastonic, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of bbcd
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bbcd, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of pgfault
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: draught into a standard pint.

Pours a cloudy straw color with about 1cm head, which dissipated about half way thru.

Scent is pretty strong Belgian yeast. More than expected for this Texas brew.

Taste is just what you smell, along with banana. Scent seems to go away near the end of the beer.

Overall a very drinkable a pleasant beer, albeit deceivingly high in ABV. Grab one on tap if you can.

pgfault, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of OgreSanchez
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got from Total Wine in Dallas. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer; it's by far the best I've had from Real Ale. A sweet start is topped off my a nice spicy, semi-smokey finish that perfectly masks the ~8% ABV. It is classified as a abbey style tripel, however it's not really like any style beer I've ever had before.

OgreSanchez, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of acbe
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

acbe, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jmick28, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of TheStashRide
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of bboven
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright orange color, great haze, but very small head and no lacing.

S: A bit one dimenensional but all the right notes are there, Sweet, yeasty, bready, and just a little boozy.

T: A bit too much oxidation (yes, it's fresh according to the date on the bottle) but nicely sweet and a little boozy.

M: Spot on. Thick, creamy, low carbonation but not sticky. Best part of this beer.

O: Wouldn't be my first choice for this style but it definitely gets the job done.

bboven, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

gtermi, Oct 06, 2012
Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.