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Devil's Backbone - Real Ale Brewing Company

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very good

507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 85 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2011 22:15:13 | More by kerklein2
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2011 03:52:24 | More by bbadger
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-22-2011 06:21:37 | More by Beertracker
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-21-2011 19:44:48 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-18-2011 01:40:38 | More by dehjosh
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-17-2011 19:21:24 | More by ATXRyan
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 01:08:25 | More by DaveHack
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 17:37:05 | More by PhatAtUT
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 16:23:00 | More by setexascustoms
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 05:35:49 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 03:50:25 | More by IpeeA
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 17:29:50 | More by bentwookie
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 14:03:23 | More by videofrog
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

12oz bottle sent to me by somebody here but I forgot your name, thanks man. Light golden yellow color with a couple wisps of bubbles atop, looks good. Smells bready and estery, a little banana. The taste is good but subtle, some sweetness, some yeast and esters, very little alcohol in the taste. Overall this was pretty decent and I don't usually like American tripels.

11-14-2011 01:28:37 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of bmwats


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a snifter.

A: Deep, golden hue. Slight bubbly head, which quickly dissapears leaving nothing behind. No lacing to speak of.

S: Some syrupy sweet grain components with a heavy nose of orange peel and a little licorice. A little woody.

T: Italian bread, with a little hop, some honey and orange citrus.

M: Decently heavy alcohol profile, but also decently light. A bittersweet pungency sticks to the palette and lingers throughout.

D: Good sipping brew, but does not put up a lot of resistance either.

Atmosphere is good. Deep golden appearance, but not much head or lacing to speak of. Nose, however, is a good combination of grains and citrus. Flavor is hoppy, grainy, with sweet and fruit tones. Overall, this is a good quaff.

10-09-2011 02:42:38 | More by bmwats
Photo of chocosushi


4/5  rDev +3.9%

4oz->Port Glass
"Serve Cold/Drink Now"
Best by 11/17/11
A ~ Beautiful Golden color with perfect carbonation & a perfect
ring throughout. Tiny bubbles are what I love to see in a Tripel.

S ~ Very phenolic! Crushed clove, Cardamom, with a touch of fennel. Underripe banana & plantain notes with touches of red apple & pepper. There is a very dusty tincture note lingering that sets things off a little strange. Other than that, great nose.
After warming things even out a bit.

T ~ Banana & Apple following through with an undercurrent of Peppery hops. Various herbs (including sage). Pomander & Caramelized sugar mid-palette. Malt is lending notes of crusty baguette & corn-bread. Hint of nutmeg.

M ~ Mouthfeel is very dry & crisp without negating the esters prevalent. ABV is undetectable. Wonderful balance.

D ~ Great American Tripel in 6-pack format? More breweries need to be doing this. Dangerously easy to drink. Would love to have one at the peak of freshness to taste a greater hop profile. Big ups to Brad for this want!

10-07-2011 01:57:22 | More by chocosushi
Photo of Pegasus


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Massive, dense white head atop a hazy dark golden body. Scattered patches of lace adorn the glass walls. The head retention is excellent.

Aroma: Rich clove notes dominate the aroma. Tropical fruits are present as well as notes of rustic bread.

Taste: Opens with mildly sweet malt notes, bitter orange, and pepper. As the taste progresses, there is a wave of sweet alcohol. An understated note of cloves is present as well. Spicy alcohol notes are present throughout. Finishes with a wave of mild, earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A solid example of a classic style, well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

09-30-2011 01:11:20 | More by Pegasus
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

A: The beer pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a very small white head.

S: Starts off somewhat sweet and malty, but quickly shifts into a more cidery aroma. Somewhat dry with a bit of apple and pear, maybe just a very subtle banana. There is a touch of yeast and a mild spice character.

T: Sweet and somewhat boozy. Apples, pears, and light notes of banana along with a touch of lemon zest. Somewhat bitter for a Belgian beer. Not much going on, actually.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Could have used a lot more carbonation and significantly more flavor.

09-14-2011 05:28:07 | More by womencantsail
Photo of donteatpoop


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Firstly, big thanks to my man icepigs for this Texas brew.

Secondly. My God.

Poured a hazy pail orange/yellow color with a thin white head; slightly foggy but transparent enough to see through it.

Even before the pour though, I was salivating from the smell of it. The yeast gives a light fresh-banana odor. It is sweet with aromatic floral hops, the combination of scents makes this a beatiful blend. I almost want to snort it.

After tasting it, I am glad I didn't snort it. Not only might I have drowned but I wouldn't have been able to taste the complexities of the beer. This 8.1% alcohol content has covered its tracks nicely. I knew it was a tripel so I figured it would have a high alcohol percent but after sipping it I had to verify the number. You don't really get the alcohol burn until half way through the beer, and even then it is not unpleasant.

I really wish this beer was available where I live. Devil's Backbone is a full bodied beer. Honestly, this is one of the best examples of the style I've ever tasted.

The bottle claims this as a seasonal, the back of the bottle says "Keep Cold" and "Drink Soon" at the bottom. Thought that was funny.

08-25-2011 03:22:01 | More by donteatpoop
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from the bottle into my Bell's snifter. Big thanks to Mike for this one!

A - Pours yellow Orange with half a fingers worth of white head. Very nice retention with some lacing around the glass.

S - Banana and bubble gum. Maybe a slight hint of honey, but wow, SUPER banana!

T - Follows nearly perfectly from the nose, with perhaps a touch more honey to smooth it out. Hides the 8% very well, with almost no alcohol coming through in the taste.

M - Very smooth, carbonated perfectly. No burn whatsoever.

O - Very impressed. One of the best pure tripels I've had.

08-20-2011 18:28:40 | More by MarkIntihar
Photo of maximum12


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this extra in a long-gone trade, as I continue to work through the red-headed stepchildren forgotten in the nether regions of my fridge. Bottle has a best-by date of 9-17-10. Hmmm.

Pours a light golden, sunshiney, halo of a beer with revving carbonation. Magnifyingly clear, I can see my ham-fingers on the other side of the glass. Smell is lovely, a horn full of light fruitiness, apple, honey. If this is past its prime, I'd like to have had it two years ago.

Devil's Backbone has aged just fine: this the nicest beer I've had from Real Ale to date. Same fruity bouquet as in the smell greets the palate with more apple, honeysuckle, pear, a light spice kick in the back. There is an earthiness to it that ticks this down a notch, a mustiness that I don't dig & detracts from the overall airiness of this tripel. Appropriately light for a tripel, but the tilled dirt brings drinkability downwards, too.

Pretty good beer. Without that earth-tinge, this would be a very good tripel, but that muddiness really does the taste no favors.

08-17-2011 02:36:29 | More by maximum12
Photo of Treebs


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Got this as an extra in a trade, Thanks Brad! Man I've written that a lot in my reviews, stand up BA right there.

A: Pours a deep golden straw, very hazy, with a one finger fluffy white that subsides into nice white ring.

S: The funkiest of yeast is prominent in the bad boy. Slight fruity esters with a bubblegum back. Some orange spice and some apples with a slight banana.

T: Same funky yeast with a some actual spice in there, I like it. There is a fruity tartness that peaks its head through, and it slowly subsides into mild sweetness. The finish is a temperate bitterness which really brings it home.

M: Medium bodied with a mile carbonation. Slightly coating on the palate with a nice sugar sweetness.

O: I loved this beer. It was very balanced and there was just enough funk and tartness in the taste to keep my interested and coming back for more. I recommend.

08-16-2011 01:14:23 | More by Treebs
Photo of bayougutter


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured into a tulip, yellow-gold color. Almost clear but a little haze. Small head that quickly left the scene leaving a little ring around the glass. Not a lot of lacing

Smell really well with a lot of spiciness, banana, cloves, belgium yeast. Robust aroma.

Taste is belgium yeast and bananas through out and the spices coming more at the end. A little candied sugar in the mix as well. The different taste melded together nicely.

Mouthfeel right on for a Belgium tripel

Overall I really enjoyed this one with the aroma and tastes just so harmonisously balanced. As a side note I bought a sixer in Houston at Spec's for 8.50. Above average Trippel and worthy of a visit.

07-25-2011 21:40:11 | More by bayougutter
Photo of daveytheformer


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

from notes

Thanks to exiled for this extra.

Pours a pretty clear golden color that's just slightly hazy. Thin white head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smells like spices and a little funk. Really has a strong oatmeal aroma. Strange but very compelling.

Tastes are lots of clove, candied sugar, bubblegum, bananas, and a very nice crisp, clean malt flavor. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall is a god beer. I really liked this.

07-24-2011 22:03:27 | More by daveytheformer
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear gold with a white head that lasts throughout the beer and laces nicely. Aroma has a strong sweet fruit and floral note with some candied sugar and sweet grains. Flavor is a bit more mellow with a semi sweet grain start that becomes sweeter with candied sugar and light fruits. Drinks lightly which is nice and refreshing. Medium bodied mouthability.

07-18-2011 19:46:32 | More by CuriousMonk
Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.