Devil's Backbone | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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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170
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769
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
29.13%
 
 
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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +24.9%
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 +11.8%
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 Kevin_Langford
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
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 -24.1%
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 -0.5%
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 +4.2%
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 +31.2%
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 +6.6%
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 -2.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +6.3%
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 +5.8%
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 +22.3%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of ritwingr
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice tripel. Pours a pretty opaque straw color. Very modest and thin head that dissipates almost immediately.

I'm not one of these people who can smell candied yams, figs and carnation petals. Thus one does have a nice unique smell that I can only describe as like holiday spices. Very pleasant....and the taste follows precisely. Not much alcohol kick for >8%. I'll definitely have it again. Reasonable price a bonus. Got a six pack for $8.99. Tough to beat!

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Photo of SneerBob
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As a Belgian goes it's the best. I am almost positive it's been crowned America's best Belgian a few times.

I almost always go for either IPA or stout but if this is an option it always makes its way onto my tab.

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Photo of DanielCrow
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden orange with a finger of dense head. Moderate lacing. Smells great. I'm not exactly an expert but it smells slightly fruity. Taste is good. I'm comparing it to Slaapmutske triple nightcap here, by saying it's very similar with just a bit more bite and bitterness. The mouth feel is good if not a little sticky and finishing slightly dry.
Overall I'd say for $7.80 for a sixer, it's an economic tripel that gives a lot for its price.

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Photo of L0ne
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From backlog. 12oz bottle, January 2015.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a small white head. Passable attempt at a Belgian tripel by a small(ish) Texas brewery. Banana/fruity esters, spices(maybe clove?), some booziness, herbal hops. Liked it ok, but probably wouldn't seek it out. Glad I just got a single instead of a sixer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 15Dec15) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a line of white foam that just sits there. Gold in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. No rising bubbles can be seen. Lacing is subtle and thin.
SMELL: A bunch of mild aromas: candied sugar, bananas, cloves, pears, and white grapes. Subtle aromas of spicy hops with hints of pale malts and earthy yeast can also be detected.
TASTE: Intial taste is composed of strong clove flavors that mix with mild banana flavors. Mild pear, white grape, and candied sugar flavors enter next along with subtle pale malt flavors. Finally, a hint of earthy yeast finishes off this brew as all previous flavors persist. Whatever hop flavors that were smelled cannot be tasted.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated (makes me wonder why there weren't any bubbles). Goes down smooth, regardless of the carbonation amounts. Finishes with the most subtle of drynesses.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Becher glass. Best before 28 December 2015.
3.25/3.5/3.75/3/3.5
Clear gold. No head.
Apples and alcohol. Real sweet. Uh oh.
Hmmm. It's okay! Lots of booziness, but not cloyingly sweet. Some Belgian spice, some apple-y sweetness. Hint of clove.
Not a lot to talk about here.
I enjoyed it, but I probably wouldn't have another.

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Photo of Slamms
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Legitimately a tripel; Not a waste of money. Not sure much more I can say than that. Best attribute is aroma, which immediately smells like a legitimate tripel in the bottle. Taste is spicy; fruity notes later. Big let down is lack of head. Someone below said medium carbonation, and another said heavy. Definitely light carbonation in my case. Expiration date 11/15, so 5 months short of that, fwiw. Tasted fresh, so not getting the small carbonation. Better experience straight out of the bottle. Not bad. Edit Actually the head is OK once it warms up. I think I prefer this over Golden Monkey, if that says anything. Comparable to GM as a passable American attempt at a Tripel.
Edit: I was out of my mind to say this was better than Golden Monkey. GM is much better. But this beer is still basically OK, I guess.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden color with one finger head that leaves decent lacing. Certainly smells like a tripel with the candied citrus, yeast, and coriander. Taste was yeast and spice with floral hops on the end. The sweetness was subtle and slightly overpowered by the spices. Medium carbonation and medium body with a little kick of alcohol in the aftertaste.
I'd call it a good starter tripel. It didn't have the sweetness and kick I expected.

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