Devil's Backbone | Real Ale Brewing Company

Devil's BackboneDevil's Backbone
BA SCORE
70.3%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 808 ratings
Devil's BackboneDevil's Backbone
BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Pegasus on 05-18-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,738
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
808
Liked:
568
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
13.51%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
332
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 808 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of princessbay710
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amindbullet
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marco_Beero
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zenhog
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beagleyx2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of banerjeejosh
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PharaohMalachi
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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%
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 ccheng9
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like a tripel mixed with a budweiser to me. The quad from real ale is a significantly better beer.

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Photo of n2pux
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Lance_Hathorn
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dasotelo50
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Theworldiscrazy
4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
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 Jodio
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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 bcarrigg90
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _drummer_
4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
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 powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samputnam14
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.3% out of 100 with 808 ratings
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