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Devil's Backbone - Real Ale Brewing Company

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very good

603 Ratings
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 138 | 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:
Beer added by: Pegasus on 05-18-2005

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one straight from the bottle at Rudy's BBQ and Country Store in Clear Lake, Texas.

To tell the truth I haven't really liked this style much in the past. This is the first one I think I would grab and drink again.

You can certainly taste and feel the alcohol up front. There is some citrus fruit taste to me, but not overpowering. A bit of bitterness at the finish. I'm really starting to like Real Ale Brewing Company.

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Thanks Chris for this one!
Bottle dated "best by 12.14.12".

Hazy glowing saturated orange, thin cap of creamy finely-textured foam. A thin ring around the edge, otherwise not much retention. Ever present rising trails of carbonation.

Pepper, dried apricot, phenolic Belgian yeast.

Smooth and creamy, somewhat bitter and peppery. Lingering dry aftertaste. Vague fruitiness thats hard to pin down, though orange and apricot come to mind. PLenty yeasty and phenolic in the taste, following the aroma. Seems pretty solid, a textbook tripel.

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3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one. I'm slightly underwhelmed based on the other reviews. I wonder if I got a bad bottle of it.

Zero head. No lacing. Nothing but slick surface in the chalice. Even when I stirred it a little with my finger to release some of the carbonation, what very little rose to the surface, dissipated very quickly. No retention at all.

In the nose, I get a little caramel and a little citrus, but not much of either.

On the palate, it's slightly weak and a little bland. Not completely void of flavor, but just not a whole heck of a lot of anything. I do pick up faint hints of caramel. Some fruit, in the sharp apple range, and a little orange zest.

Is it a decent beer? Compared to big brew, yeah. Compared to other lines from Real Ale, it's average.

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Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.