Devil's Backbone | Real Ale Brewing Company

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86
very good
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 ccheng9
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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 +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Lance_Hathorn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dasotelo50
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 Jodio
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 bcarrigg90
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samputnam14
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 aufie
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 Lexingtom
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Trentt2
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LNelson
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't expecting too much but was very surprised. This is now one of my favorites! Smooth, tasty and wonderful texture. B+

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Photo of IAmBatman
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good beer, ends up sweet at the end. It really kicks you in the butt too.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paleoplant
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brianmandell
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Devil's Backbone from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 795 ratings.
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