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Piraat Triple Hop - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RuudJH on 06-22-2013

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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Moose90
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A – Bright copper in color with a tall, sticky, white head. Amazing lace.

S – Malty, Belgian yeast tones, musty almost.

T – Bitter, malty, rich, sweet, an amazing quantity of bittering hops come through here.

M – Medium-Full bodied, lingering and lasting finish.

O – Very interesting approach, little to no floral and fresh hops are tasted, but man does this pack a punch with all the bittering hops.

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL stubby bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy tan-orange hue with a strong effervescence and a thick cap of pillowy ivory foam. Not too shabby.

Smell: extremely malty and sweet like a BSPA. Not a whole lot in the way of hop aroma, but nice for a strong, pale Belgian.

Taste: very sweet up front but with a nice grassy and perhaps a bit floral hop character; it's quite green tasting. The sweetness then moves into a malty booziness like a standard BSPA, with a relatively bitter finish. I really like it.

Mouthfeel: big, big carbonation with a moderate body; the creaminess is pretty massive and mouth-filling. Great.

Overall: there is a lot to like about this beer. Maybe it's not really a Belgian IPA, but then again that's now how the brewer is marketing it. I say it's definitely worth a shot if you're into BSPAs.

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent caramel with a rocky, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes into a consistent, soapy, quarter inch cap. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose expresses Belgian yeast, a hint of tangerine, candi sugar and a slightly medicinal quality towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, there's a trace of spiciness in the middle of the flavor profile. There's also some cereal grain sweetness in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light); however, the carbonation on this beer is way too assertive - gassy and prickly. All and all, a decent Belgian IPA; however, at 10.5% it's a bit closer to a Belgian DIPA - the alcohol is well-hidden though. All that said, the carbonation on this beer really detracts from the overall.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-thick head with a murky brown hue
- smell is a pleasant mild hop with some sweet yeast notes
- starts off bitter and quickly goes to a hop yeast mixture with only a yeast aftertaste
-feel is slightly more on the carbonated side with a medium full body
-overall a better ipa than american versions but would of been alot better if the begining hops mellowed slightly or were a little more rounded

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

[from notes] Stubby 33cl brown bottle of Privateer.
Poured amber; slightly hazy; very large and durable bone-colored head; bands of sticky lacing. A full pour still left some dark brown sediment in the bottle. Very appealing aroma with brown bread, ripe fruits and a hint of toffee. The flavor follows largely, with intensity building through the finish and into the aftertaste. Very good sweet/bitter balance with an overall slightly sweet character. High ABV is well hidden in the nose, but only partly hidden in the feel and upon tasting. Nice hints of raisins and brandied dates, along with some hop notes, in the aftertaste. Tastes considerably darker than it actually looks. O: less well known than Piraat but worth seeking out.

Photo of Wrigfen
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, another gem from Belgium. Great taste, smooth gently hidden ABV. High cost prohibits me from enjoying this more or ranking higher.
Try it though! Excellent

Photo of apatosaurushans
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, enjoyable to drink

Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber producing 3+ fingers of bone white, frothy, lasting head that leaves streaks & sheets of clumpy lacing. Aroma is caramel, hay & biscuit, sweet fruity esters of Belgian yeast, especially banana & hints of orange & apple, some cloves & other spices, honey, some alcohol, earthy & grassy hops but less than expected. Taste is biscuit & caramel malt, sweet fruity yeast: banana, peach, pear & candy apple, cherry with a hint of citrus; honey, alcohol, earth, floral & grassy hops with a nice bitterness in the boozy finish & aftertaste. Sweet yeast fruit notes, alcohol, caramel malt, earth & bitterness make up the aftertaste linger long. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with moderate carbonation, wet, juicy with some prickles, becoming drier & drawing in the aftertaste.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a slight yeasty sediment. The aroma had herbal hops, pine, belgian yeast, cotton candy, well water. Pretty rustic belgian tasting brew. Candy sugar sweetness, hop bitterness, honey, melon and cotton candy. Sweet to earthy. Nice bold flavor, definitely tastes like a hop forward Piraat. A good Belgian IPA that trumps the Belgian factor of its American counterparts.

Photo of Jetlag767
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Being dry hopped I guess the hops don't stand out as much as other well hopped beers. But I still give it a 4.5 overall!

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A two finger puffy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, spicy, yeasty esters, vanilla, apple, pear, bready, pilsner malts, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Same as above. Well balanced and enjoyable. Slight bitterness and some warm boozy alcohol in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, a little chewy, medium to full bodied, a little dry, a little booze, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice BIPA. More citrus or tropical hops could have made this better, but sticking with Euro style hops and a tripel malt profile still makes this one heck of a brew.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy, deep almost opaque with heavy bubbles all over the frame. Head is white rising just over an inch with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Yeast and honey scent, complimented with a light citrus scent; feels a bit like grapefruit...very light but not bad.

Taste: Complex, bitter but lightly sweet like red grapefruit. Hoppy as it gets but not overwhelming. Very easy to adjust, I honestly really like the brew.

Mouth: Heavy bubbles and pretty sticky.

Overall: Good brew, honestly I will buy it again which is a little twist on one of my favorite classics. Grab a glass and drink up. Salud!

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a small tulip glass a deep burnt orange with a large white fluffy-sticky crown that leaves globs of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Leafy and slightly medicinal hops along with deep fruity esters and mild alcohol.Sweet alcohol and tropical fruitiness on the palate with some underlying leafiness,it never gets too sweet though,me personally would like more big brash hops but it's not bad.

Photo of Twelch83
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Sweet and delicious. Not as hoppy as I was expecting with the triple hop title.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%

Growler shared with the old man. Pours hazy golden with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet pears, some apple, yeast funk, slightly dusty, with some fruity and grassy hop character. Flavor follows with lightly sweet pear, some light hop bite, yeasties, basically like regular Piraat with a slight but more bite. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation. Overall pretty solid. What’s with the low score here? Pretty much just like the regular version but a bit lighter on the palate with the hop additions.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a slightly hazy honey golden, pillowy off-white head is almost an inch thick and retains very well.

Smells of citrus and bretty yeast over dry grassy malts with a notable woody hoppiness.

Tastes of grassy malts with some hints of citrus and distinct Belgian esters with a dry grassy hop finish.

Body is medium with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

It's literally a hoppier Piraat. That means its just as good as regular Piraat but with more hops. If you think that sounds good, you'll like it. Otherwise you probably won't. I'd personally take regular Piraat over this, but at the same time this is quite good and worth trying.

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml stout as ever was bottle, a refugee from a current mixed Belgian pack from this brewery.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat rocky ecru head, which leaves some stellar pockmarked concrete wall lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of tart tropical (pineapple, kiwi, and guava) fruit, semi-sweet bready caramel malt, musty leather, a weird milkiness, a soft earthy yeast sourness, and a touch of warming metallic alcohol. The taste is sweet, gritty, and grainy pale and caramel malt, an overdose of candy sugar, rather saccharine orange cream and spearmint-eque piney hop notes, musty, and strangely phenolic and funky yeast, and a sidling warming booziness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a tickle to be had for a song here, the body a steady medium weight, but seemingly sugar-boosted in its somewhat clammy and calculated smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the muddled malt and sweetness addenda washing over any lingering hop aspirations, if there were ever any at all.

A crazily off-kilter beast, this one is - more Tripel-like in its base malt, yeast, and alcohol bearing, before the anemic attempt at hopping it up even has a chance to underwhelm. Too hot and throat aggrieving to really recommend as a good example of the style.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Dusty copper, cloudy to the point of no transparency, some particles floating within. Topped with 2 fingers of light beige rock candy head and lacing.

S: Crème brulee, burnt bock like quality, candy sugar, light cantaloupe fruitiness. A little alcohol. A little floral daisy like quality, phenols and prunes.

T: Phenols, prunes, crème brulee, candy sugar, light fruitiness. A little lemony quality, solid sweetness, a burnt bitter finish, a hint of lemon oil like the zest of a lemon. Fruity and floral as well.

M: Thick, syrupy body with a light oily citrus coating on the tongue. Medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: It’s listed as a Belgian IPA, but really different from others in this style I’ve had. Strong, somewhat bock like, and like a strong pale ale in many ways. Bought and drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Oct 16th, 2014.

Photo of cambabeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

This was really good. The hop character came through really well. Nice apple and pepper notes in the nose. Earthy in the taste, with some malt breaking through the hops. Hops make up the finish. The alcohol is noticed but pretty well masked here. Really good beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a hazed golden hue into a Delirium Tremens chalice it looks majestic big frothing white head with fine Belgian lacing left on my glassware.

Aroma has tart green apples and green fresh cut grass hop notes, even a bit of heavenly pilsner notes in a big Belgian ale…great stuff.

Flavor has juicy fruit upfront tart apples, raisins, herbaceous, citrus, and herbal grassy hops great triple hopped Piraat, I’ve been drinking the standard for over ten years. This stuff stands up to the original.

Malty layers explode on the palate nice carbonation carries the body very well, medium bodied with effervescent carbonation.

Overall a great interpretation of the original Piraat with a bit more hops!

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

No distinguishable hop aroma at all, could smell only the alcohol. Taste follows the nose with nothing but alcohol. One of the booziest beers I have ever tasted. Couldn't even finish it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a green label 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger off white head which slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruit Belgian aroma with hints of spice along with citrus and earthy hops. Upfront scent of Belgian yeast with spicy hints of clove, peppers, and funk. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, caramel, straw, and biscuit. Floral and earthy hops with hints of damp grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, pineapple, and melon. Big Belgian fruit hints of green apple, pear, white grape, and banana. Also some hints of bubblegum and Belgian candied sugar along with some alcohol. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and yeasty Belgian taste with big notes of spice, citrus, and earthy hops. Big upfront presence of Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Pale malt with notes of grains, straw, wheat, biscuit, and caramel. Moderate floral and earthy hop presence with some grassy notes. Citrus fruit notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and melon. Dried fruit notes of pear, green apple, banana, and white grape. Notes of bubblegum and sweet Belgian candied sugar. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Some alcohol heat is felt but it isn’t overly hot.

Overall: A very good twist on the Piraat Ale. The added hops aren’t overpowering but add a nice juicy and floral kick.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

The hop rage of the U.S.A. seems to have washed upon the shores of Belgium in recent years, and Piraat Triple Hop is one of many instances. From a stubby 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Get a wide mouth glass ready, as this is one heady beer. Below is a dark amber colroed beer with a hue of tanned orange. That billowy head continues to hold itself up. Despite being labled as Triple Hop, I'm not getting the explosion that I was expecting. The aroma is on the softer side, with a kiss of pineapple, sugar, apricot, and leather.

Alcoholic, dry, and lightly sweet sum up the characteristics of Piraat Triple Hop. Light squeezes of sugar coated fruit burst through first before the beer obtain a dry, grassy character. Some notes of solvent alcohol are noted. Still, the beer has a "fluffy" mouthfeel with a softnmassage of carbonation bubbles. Even at the end of the glass, that long-lasting head remains in the form of whisped lacing.

It has been a long time since I had a regular Piraat, so I at least expected a wave of hops. I'm not sure if it arrived, but I will say that this is one enjoyable beer.

Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick billowy two finger white head. Very good head retention as should be expected and awesome lacing too.

Aroma is very fruity with some tropical notes poking through in between the coriander and banana yeasty esters. It provides a really nice balance and is quite enticing. A nice introduction to the beer.

The flavor, unfortunately, is a bit on the harsh side. Some nice juiciness up front but this is quickly washed away by somewhat of a muddled mess. Yeasty esters along with a good it of bread but the alcohol is a little too much. Moderate bitterness but lots of warmth and a sweet and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, I really wanted to like this beer but it just misses the mark. Tone the alcohol down a bit and there might really be something here.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a half finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, apple and pear juice, Belgian yeast, cloves, spicy. Flavor of bready and mildly biscuit malt, apple family fruit, light candi sugar, Belgian spicing. Finishes with a nice combination of grassy hop bitterness and cloves, giving a spicy Belgian feel to the hops. Not much herbal hop flavor, but the dry hopping is apparent in the finish. Medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. Piraat has been one of my favorite Belgain ales and I was uncertain how I would like this hopped version. No concerns, there is a nice balance between the Belgian base ale, the hops and the traditional Belgian spices. Alcohol is surprisingly well covered. I will be drinking this happily along side the regular Piraat whenever it shows up.

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.