Devil's Backbone
Real Ale Brewing Company

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3.87 | pDev: 13.44%
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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JackLambert from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice effort. Not Fin du Monde, but true to style and a bargain for the price. An aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip glass yields a Duvel-like head and helps to release the aromas; all there with clove predominant. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation, lovely lacing. The more often I have it, the more impressed I am by it. I serve F du M to company but buy this when I’m feeling poor; always enjoy it.

Nov 26, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.13/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

L: Pours a pale yellow/light amber in color with a very thin white head.
S: Smells rich of banana, cloves all spice, very faint hint of straw.
T: Taste pretty much follows the nose, the banana is a bit overpowering for my taste.
F: Pretty high carbonation with a smooth finish.
O: The banana flavors/smells in this beer just aren't for me.

Oct 12, 2020
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Longhorn08 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark gold with high carb. Not think but not fizzy hard, somewhere in the middle.

S - over ripe banana, cloves, fresh cut grass, hint of sweet sugar?

T - banana and clove in your face, slightly bitter in the after taste

F - a bit thin, good try but I’m comparing this to the giants of the style

O - an EZ find at my local grocery store that gives me a solid drinkable Tripel. Has been a repeat buy for me.

Oct 02, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a chalice.

best before date of 7/6/2020.

Appearance: Bright straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head. In about 1 minute all the frothy head dissipates to a thin cap across the top of the beer.

Smell: Big expressive fruity & spicy yeast bouquet. Bready malt. You immediately know this is a Belgian style beer, the nose gives it away.

Taste: Sweet bready malt & honey. Pears and peaches. Big fruity esters and lots of white pepper spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Hefty and hardy while having a creamy effect. Its slightly boozy for 8.1%. Lightly drying finish that helps to lighten up the beer a little bit in combination with the creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is my first taste of any offerings from Real Ale. A really solid offering that pays tribute to the Belgian triple beer style.

May 10, 2020
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unkfrank from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just moved into the area, so scoping out local offerings. There weren't many good local tripel where I was, so this is a nice find. It has a nice pour into a tulip glass. I think the taste is a little lacking for a tripel, but looking forward to enjoying it on a nice evening's relaxation.

Mar 15, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Notes from 12/24/2019
Poured from a can into a tulip glass.
look is hazy yellow with a thin layer of quickly receding white foam. 3.75
Smell is spices and malt. 4.00
Taste is apple, spices, malt, and finishes with noticable alcohol. 3.75
Feel is medium. 3.75
Overall it is a little wine like and good. It is not a beer I crave. 3.75

Dec 25, 2019
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow at bottom murky gold at the top white fluffy head finger thick, smells of spices almost like spiced apples, good spice flavor almost on the borderline of to much spices though, medium to light body nice and carbony

Nov 07, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a little bit foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready aroma mixed with some nice caramel and spice smells of coriander and clove. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a grassy and hay smell as well as a touch of a candied sugar and yeast.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready taste that has a good hit of doughtiness as well as a moderate showing of harvest fruit and candied sugar as well as a touch of caramel and molasses. As the taste advances instead of drying out as most triples do, the flavors get even more robust with respect to the sweet and bready. Some more tastes of spice develop as the taste moved forward with lots of coriander and clove coming to the tongue. At the end a little bit of a yeast comes to the tongue and leaves one with a rather bready and malty triple taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was on the slightly thicker side for a triple with a carbonation level that was average to lower. For a triple of its abv, a little thinner body and higher carbonation may have been slightly better, but overall the feel was pretty decent and made for an easy sipping brew overall.
Overall - A rather decent triple overall. Normally I like something a little crisper in body, but for the rich and sweeter tastes of the brew the feel was decent and made for a rather slower but robust sipper overall.

Oct 27, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 12-oz. bottle, toted back from Texas, into goblet, but as explained below had to try again before rating, this time poured from like bottle into tulip.

Nice color, head minimal, appearance marred by lots of peppery floaties in first but not second bottle. Aroma wonderfully fruity, and on-style, as is flavor.

Jun 09, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a can shaped glass. Best by May 19 2019. Brought to me by a Texan friend.

Pours a hazy pale golden with a small head and medium to low carbonation. Smell is banana, clove, and malt.

Taste is similar, but not sweet -- surprisingly, a pretty serious bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, but maybe a bit still. Overall, pretty good.

Mar 20, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-02-22 in Lewisville, TX at BJs on tap

A - Hazy gold with a short white head and excellent lace.

S - Belgian yeast, light perfume, peach.

T - Peach skin, Belgian yeast, French bread, more bitter than I expected but still good and moderated by peach sweetness. Tastes good.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Slick.

O - Very well done American take on a Triple.

Feb 23, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter/tulip glass.

Golden clear bodied, lots of fermentation reaching to a thin topped off white head and collar.

Clean aroma, with a slight fruit ester that is almost tropical. A bit quiet on the nose unfortunately, takes some time to explore.

Pretty distinct palate. Light bodied for a tripel, and a bit wet in feel. Flavor is a bit washing with a touch of sucrose, and dough, but is far light and rocky. Large mineral component to this, that comes of steely and slightly medicinal.

Interesting tripel, but unfortunately can't see myself drinking this often.

Nov 22, 2018
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JohnDon from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Golden color with 2 finger width head. Smell is malty with a hint of alcohol smell. Taste is malty and full. Feel is higher carbonation then expected, yet full bodied. Overall Very Good.

Oct 11, 2018
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Pours a light colored almost amber-straw gold with barely any lace to it. Very minimal head.
S- Yeasty phenolic clove, and bread-y spice. Pretty much what you'd think. Nice aroma.
T- Spicy, sweet and yeasty flavor. Some gingerbread as well. A little watered down, but not to where it ruins the beer. Nice hop hit at the end.
F- Dry and thin mouth feel. Low carbonation.
O- Good, not great triple. I'd love to try it fresher from the tap. Promising brewery, decent beer.

Aug 29, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Orange color with a finger of white head. Floral and clove smell. Medium feel. Rich and malty taste with floral hops. A great all-around tripel.

Aug 24, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best before 12-23-18
1" pillowy white head, great retention at 1/4" with amber highlights, a little haze, and a persistent bead of bubbles holding up the head.
Sweet malt, spicy yeast, clove just a hint of bubble gum. Slightly floral.
Spicy clove, peppery...sweet malt, some bubblegum again but faint. Spicy, spicy, spicy.
Creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Some alcohol prickle. Medium length finish with some nice pronounced typical Tripel flavors.

Aug 11, 2018
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gvickery from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To be upfront, this is my first tripel. Color is medium gold with a medium white head. Smell is sweet, slightly spicy. Taste is sweet followed by a little spice and medium carbonation. The high abv is noticeable on the finish. I like it but it’s not something you can slam down one after another. Someone will have to peel you off the floor. It’s nice, I’ll probably get it again next winter. I think it might warm you up a bit. Cheers

Jun 16, 2018
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KevinReddirt from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who woulda thought a brewer from Texas could turn out a decent trippel. The pour is quite all right, a nice orangey yellow. Good stream of bubbles keep the head going. The smell, yes that scent of things to follow, yeasty and a bit of floral. First taste, slightly sweet, spicy, but not overwhelming. Alcohol, I cannot detect it but 8.1% will bite. Good way to finish the evening or start it if you prefer.

Jun 07, 2018
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miguebyte from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traditional Triple taste.. In my opinion is better than the highly overrated ultra classic Westmalle. It lacks foam and the body could be greater..It very good beer for the price

Apr 21, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Sarah and Ryan for this one. 12oz can poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a cloudy bright yellow/light gold color with about 3/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and left decent lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, nice yeast spice, and a solid grain base, but didn't really stand out from the pack. same on the palate, all the things you expect to be there are, just all very soft and muted.

Body is good, perhaps a wee bit lighter than average, but that's not a bad thing, and had a finish that was drier than semi-dry, but still had a touch of sweetness. Drinkability was very good, i could have easily knocked off a couple. Overall, a solid, if unspectacular brew. One that would likely be a semi-regular in my rotation were it local to me. Worth a shot if you see it.

Feb 11, 2018
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Wit123 from Texas

2.36/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My first Tripel, just not a fan. Couldn't finish it. Supposedly Tripel's have a "sweet aftertaste," but I considered this the worst part of the beer. Would not buy again. I'm sure there are others that enjoy this taste, just not for me.

Sep 01, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pure red with orange hues. Smells of Belgian yeast with other prominent notes of orange and a malty finish. More Belgian yeast on the tongue with an abundance of peach and orange followed by notes of gum and spice. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Medium to heavy with some syrup left onthe lips. Needs some work in that respect.

There are so few exceptional American tripels, and while this isn't one, I still give respect for the attempt, for to pull of a great example of this style is quite a lofty goal.

Jun 20, 2017
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good malty and phenol smell which carries through in the taste of the beer. It is also yeasty in a good Belgian way. To me, it provides a nice balance of malty, yeasty and sour/citrus from the phenols to make this a very enjoyable tripel. I was surprised how much I liked this, especially at a pretty low pricepoint.

May 07, 2017
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous white head and ample Brussels lace. Pale golden. Aroma is bubblegum esters, aged hops and sweet malts and alcohol. Flavor is deceptively light and easy. It will sneak up on you. Highly recommended.

Mar 31, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time this beer wasn't quite as good, upon opening another the 2nd day it tasted smoother and more traditionally Belgian.

Nice velvety phenol waves hit the nose and tongue, with some coriander like spices following on the finish.

Good use of the Belgian yeast, leaves a decent lasting impression and leaves you craving the next sip. Tiny bit of wheat like the kind used in a Paulaner.

Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer.

Mar 02, 2017
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