Devil's Backbone | Real Ale Brewing Company

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795 Ratings
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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:
795
Reviews:
180
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
324
For Trade:
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Ratings: 795 |  Reviews: 180
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

Photo of Marco_Beero
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kind of unexpected for Real Ale. Yeasty, toasty smell; phenolic, clove foretaste with a somewhat cloying mouthfeel that finishes with a lighter spiciness. Wasn't sure what to make of the first beer, but liked the kick. Became a fan later into the six pack. Not a session beer - - a good Texas Triple.

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Photo of Luckydog91
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zenhog
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beagleyx2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of banerjeejosh
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On first pour there is an inch of head that quickly subsides. It is an opaque and gold in appearance. There is a very strong spicy and fruity smell, mainly the cloves that this beer is known for. The cloves and other spices are definitely evident upon first sip. The spices come in hard and fast and then your left with a sweetness on the lips, but you can still feel the spice on your tongue. For a tripel this beer stays true to the taste but seems to deviate a bit from the feel. It has a medium body with heavier carbonation than what might be expected. While this is not a session beer for a tripel it is easy drinking with a very strong unique spicy flavor.

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

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl oz bottle with an expiration date of April 17,2017. Sampled on November 13, 2016.

Slightly foggy pale yellow pour under a modest white head.

Nice Belgian toasted bread , Sweetness, and Mild fruit aroma.

Medium body.

The spicy characters really present themselves in the taste with a roasted character and an herbal and spicy finish.

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Photo of Jayehm
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

This is the best tasting beer I've ever had. The Cloves really punch you in the mouth and the smooth velvet like finish is amazing. Had my first one at Luckys Pub in Cypress TX. I thank the bartender for suggesting it and have been buying 6pks since then. I suggest you have it with a burger or something it's a tad heavy but that's my style.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour resulted in a thin head with minimal lacing. The aroma was bright and pleasant, with a fruitiness paired with the malts. The taste explored in my mouth, with a variety of standouts - fruit, malt, hops, FLAVOR. just a fantastic taste. There was no bitter aftertaste, just a pleasant drinking experience. This was the first Belgian Tripel I've ever had, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I asked my wife to get me a blonde ale, and she brought me this wonderful beer!

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