Devil's Backbone - Real Ale Brewing Company
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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
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
4/5 rDev +3.9%
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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
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
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