Devil's Backbone | Real Ale Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 05-18-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
805
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
332
For Trade:
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Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of Tom_Hoover
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice taste

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Photo of DrewTemple
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindsculptor
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic Tripel. Despite the 8% alcohol, you don't notice any booziness.

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Photo of LennyBound
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAcraftbrewer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stout_Scout
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stephens101
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of monorailred
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of azentay174
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkarimi
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mateo2699
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkoogler
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Wulffwood
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of princessbay710
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is unexpectedly yellow-gold, I believe these are old cans so the head and carbonation are a bit flat. Taste at first is non-intrusive, wheaty, fresh and yeasty to go along with its color. Smell is plain yeast. I'd rate this better on the taste if it didn't aquire a pungent astringent taste when left open for a few.
Maybe a fresher batch next time?

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Photo of CanadianGinge
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amindbullet
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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