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Devil's Backbone - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Devil's Backbone
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BA SCORE
86
very good

481 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 16
Gots: 69 | 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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Texas

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-19-2014 22:45:11 | More by carlmoberg
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California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-18-2014 06:27:12 | More by mhaugo
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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-15-2014 02:20:08 | More by pabney
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-14-2014 16:08:15 | More by Dutch55
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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-11-2014 21:52:05 | More by thatoneguymike
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JustinFinger

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-11-2014 01:13:07 | More by JustinFinger
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JakeSmith

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-10-2014 21:22:40 | More by JakeSmith
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Seanem44

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-10-2014 02:51:11 | More by Seanem44
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kbaer77

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-08-2014 00:33:54 | More by kbaer77
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blastoderm55

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-08-2014 00:19:44 | More by blastoderm55
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wilfmaster

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-05-2014 02:53:10 | More by wilfmaster
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-05-2014 02:17:57 | More by st9647v3
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msanborn

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-30-2014 01:47:47 | More by msanborn
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supernatural_skeptic

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-28-2014 23:11:22 | More by supernatural_skeptic
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Getalegup

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-27-2014 03:03:56 | More by Getalegup
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Nick-K

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Kips

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-20-2014 02:27:29 | More by Kips
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jokelahoma

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at home.

Pours a bright, clear orange-yellow. Hardly any head, and what there was tended to be soda-like, with loose bubbles that almost immediately disappeared.

Odd aroma. Wet straw, and a fuel-like smell that I can't quite place. Something like watermelon as well. It ends up with a sourdough bread crust smell. Kind of a mishmash. Not bad, just rather hard to pin down.

Flavor is decent up front. Good Belgian abbey character, albeit a bit thin. Hints of banana, tangerine, and perhaps even grape skins. Then an odd thing happens... it simply disappears. Gone, like there's no flavor, as though you just took a sip of water. Finally the taste of the beer reappears, but toward the back of my throat, more an alcohol burn than a real taste, to be honest. I've had beers where the sip faded quickly, but I can't say as I've ever had one just up and disappear the second I swallowed the brew. I had to throw back several sips in rapid succession to see if I imagined it, but no, it's really so dry that it's just up and gone the very second you swallow. It's not astringent or mouth puckering, not that kind of dry. The beer just vanishes. It's a decent if rather mild rendition of a tripel to that point, but the disappearing act is kind of disconcerting.

Mouthfeel is extraordinarily light. You don't want much more than this in a tripel, but a little more would have been beneficial, and no doubt could have played a part in getting the flavor to hang around for a bit.

This had potential. Even with the wild, all over the place aroma, it still could have locked in to be a good brew. The flavor starts that way, than... poof. Gone. It's just too watery in both mouthfeel and especially the end of the drink to rate it too highly. Close, but no cigar. Or beer, for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

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arcos9000


4/5  rDev +4.2%

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zachary80

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Texas

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Michigan

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Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.