Devil's Backbone | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Devil's BackboneDevil's Backbone

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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 05-18-2005

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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 790
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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spicy and lacey, this Texas craft has what it takes for a Tripel. The 8.1 ABV is also a perfect place for this one. Finishes very velvety, and soft.

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Photo of Theworldiscrazy
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent local Texas beer - reminds me of a Chimay or Allagash White but for a fraction of the cost of those beers. I'd get this one before those actually. Amazing value. Has great flavors, I smell/taste spices, maybe bananas, and cloves. Real Ale really nailed this one.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A local Belgian Tripel, and I thought it was wonderful.

L: Golden semi clear hue with a thin white head.

A: The aroma is floral and fruity

T: Malty, yeasty, fruity, banana, cloves, a lot going on, certainly no Westmalle but not far from it.

F: It's smooth, medium body, fairly carbonated.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. This was slightly dark in color with decent carbonation and a quickly disappearing head. It was smooth to drink with a balanced carbonation. The flavors were surprising - almost sweet with overtones of complex spices. I had this for the first time a week ago as a part of a sampler pack. I've gone out of my way a couple times to get it again. This is quickly becoming a new go-to beer for me when back in Texas.

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Photo of harrissce
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Honestly guys, I really didn't like this one bit. I am generally more of a lager and stout kind of girl and I wanted to try this local brew because of the good reviews but this was just way too much for me. I hated it

Look: Beautiful and golden in color with a white head

Smell: Super floral and fruity

Taste: VERY heavy and sweet, overwhelming

Feel: Lighter than expected and not heavily carbonated.

Overall: I really hated it, but I was also reaching outside my comfort zone. It is SUPER sweet and very malty. I almost felt like I was drinking it in a concentrated form. I definitely will not be buying it again but won't keep me away from tripels in the future. Honestly, the only positive thing I found from this beer was the alcohol content

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i wouldnt call this dumbed down or anything, i mean, its quite a well made take on the style, i just found it to be a little cautious with some of the flavors and textures here. rather true to style though, and nicely done overall. its a little murky, but fairly bright for what it is, good white head on it, but it settles back after a few minutes. smells like heavy wheat malt and a tamer belgian yeast strain. i dont get any of that extra sugar spike, and i dont really get the flowery and spicy side of the yeast. its there a little in the nose with some soft white pepper, but in the flavor its more of that bubblegum fruity sort of vibe, tasty but not at all unique. the malt is tasty and fresh, and it is definitely wheat driven. lighter body and alcohol and more expressive carbonation make this an easier drinking take on the tripel, although it is absolutely still quite substantial. a little more sweetness than i like on the back end, even for the style. well made but quite subtle in a lot of respects. enjoyable with a whole range of foods, but i had it with the unlikely combination of a meatball and red sauce, which sounds odd but tastes really nice. quality beer no doubt.

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Photo of donspublic
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip, light cream head across the top, recedes to a pool. Opaque golden in the glass, appropriately hazy. Smalls of Belgian yeast. Taste is a little sweet in the front, and finishes with a little spice on the tongue. Esters are there, juicy fruit spice the usual suspects. Overall a pretty good local triple. Seriously a sixer of this for $9. Upping my initial review, because I previously had no love for Belgians when I first had it and didn't review it at that time.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best tripel I've ever had. Malty, smooth, boozy, and makes you want to go back for more. I can't see how anyone would give this one less than a score of 4.

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Photo of whitetale
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass. I bought a six pack while in Texas a little over a year ago and saved one dated May 10, 2015. It was worth the wait.
Clear golden color with good white head. Head lingers. Some lacing.
Aroma of biscuit and bread with some clove.
Taste follows the aroma - biscuit, bread and clove flavors. Slightly sweet taste lingers on the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden. Flavor improves as the beer warms.
Feel: moderate carbonation. Good mouthfeel for a stronger beer. Very smooth.
Overall, a really enjoyable beer. A very good sipper for a cold night. Nicely done.

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Photo of RavynX
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cold, poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look: Golden color with an inch white head that settles to the edge of the glass wall.

Smell: Floral and fruity

Taste: Heavy malt and yeast flavor with a nice spice

Feel: More than moderate carbonation that dances on the tongue

Overall: This is an enjoyable tripel.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy peachy orange small white head, smells of yeast slight orange peel and spice, tastes of yeasty maltiness slight toasty crackery, medium mouthfeel with bright crisp finish, low carbonation.

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Photo of beergoot
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden, somewhat cloudy body (it is unfiltered); thick, dense, white head. Fruit and pine aroma; spicy; cloves. Sweet and pungent flavors; dull, powdery yea; st notes; powdered sugar; fair bitterness with some phenol edginess. Medium bodied; soft and velvety; mildly sweet finish.

A very tasty beer that has striking similarities to classic German hefeweizens especially with the aroma and taste. There is a delicate softness with things yet it still delivers a solid, very satisfying flavor. I could easily compare a lot of the sensations with dehydrated bananas. The alcohol presence is completely hidden within the fruity, sweet character. An amazing beer, overall.

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Photo of jtwant
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little cloudy and light in color like a Tripel ought to be. Enjoyable malt-heavy, smooth texture with bold flavor; a little more than other Tripels I've had. Overall, this is a pretty darn good beer. The 8.1 ABV will have you feeling a tad fuzzy after just a single bottle, so be cautious - and enjoy another fine brew from Real Ale!

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Photo of DJDGB
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Warning this beer will kick your ass. The percentage may not be too high but the mix of flavor and aroma definitely had an effect overall. I had 4 of these on tap and had to stop myself because it was so good. Kind of pricey in downtown Dallas Pubs but worth it. Overall this is a solid beverage and it will get you were you want to go if the floor is were you are headed.

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Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finishing a six pack nearly kicked my ass honestly. But pretty good cold, loses its tolerance towards that flavor when getting warm but enjoyable in the end.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has to be one of the best beer values out there: a high quality tripel for less than $10 for asixpack of 12 oz bottles! Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Golden yellow color with a nice head and good lacing. Excellent floral sweet smell and taste. Sweet taste with warm spices. A very nice beer!

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Photo of maedhros09
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: hazy amber gold with some lacing, sediment at the bottom
Smell: sweet floral and fruity aromas associated with belgian yeast
Taste: Following the aromas, sweet and fruity with a very slight herbal hop note in the finish.
Feel: Medium to full bodied, a thickened and effervescent mouthfeel

Overall: An enjoyable "everyday" tripel, not hugely complex but nice to sip on.

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