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Piraat Triple Hop - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 23
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RuudJH on 06-22-2013

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep amber with a large head. The aroma is of pine trees, mint, lemon balm, and grape jelly make up the odd combo for this beer. The flavor leads with pine and mint, followed by the date flavor I pick up in normal Piraat. The mouthfeel is rich and full. Overall this is much better than regular Piraat, but he complexity here is not harmonized, rather it is a bit all over the place. Fun beer, but not a favorite.

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Photo of Zet
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colour with a small but steady head of foam. Smell of malt, grass and herbs. These flavours continue in the taste, but there is still a problem which also troubles the original Piraat: the alcohol is too manifest in my opinion. Luckily, due to the hops used, other flavours (fresh grass, mint, resin) get a chance to shine, but any fruity esters seem to be completely blocked by the taste of booze. It doesn't help the mouth feel either: stingy and, due to the abv, a bit nauseating. It's still a lot more pleasant than the original Piraat, but please, for a good Belgian IPA: more floral hops, less alcohol please. I got an eight pack of these as a birthday gift, so this is a good opportunity to check if some aging in the cellar does any good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a "6 Exclusive Belgian Ales" box from Country Garden 6-Pack recently and each one has been a revelation! It really speaks to the idea of sitting down & spending some time with a beer. Yeah, they're bottles, but when on-clearance works out to be $4.00 USD/per BT, I'm cool with it.

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour that still netted a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose held an odd admixture of anise, grass, spearmint & peppermint. Mouthfeel was medium, but there was a LOT of heat associated in that initial draught. Phew! Inhaling, it was really minty, clean & cool. I wish that more AIPAs were like this. Yeah, it was definitely big (10.5% ABV), but the hops were so fresh & minty that I had blinders on to anything else. Arrgh! I pulled me patch over me empty eyehole & went for more! This scurvy scow be rockin' back & forth like the helmsman be asleep, but it makes me want to drink more of this fine beverage before we cross decks & cross swords! A Piraat cares little about Triple Dry Hopping his wench & I be no exception to that rule. Finish was clean, dry, minty & with about as much heat as I can stand without taking a job as a flame-swallower. Arrgh! Get ye somma this & let me know what ye think. Arrgh! Should it feel like a scurvy dog ran a fid through me tongue?!?

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is a nice brown Amber with a thin head that quickly dispersed.

Lots of herbal bitterness on the nose with a nice malt balance. More malt than hops but it's there.

The taste is a little disappointing for the idea of triple hop. Kinda does not deliver. But it does have a nice balance.

A little strong and not hoppy enough for my taste and style. But good nonetheless.

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Photo of j-rod18
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Yardhouse in Denver. Rich, thick brown coloring. Sweet citrus smell, coupled with citrus taste sweetness. Bit of rind feeling in the taste though, didn't appreciate that. Overall was well worth it. High ABV so it hits you pretty quick.

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Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif. Clear reddish amber color with a whipped cream head in the Piraat tulip. Amazing long spicy aromatics. No scent of alcohol, in fact it doesn't taste strong either.

Very sweet to start followed by the Belgian dry finish. Remarkable flavors of such distinctive fruity esters, like cloves and pear nectar and more that is hard to put words to. the sweet and spicy flavor is intense. Slow sipping is the only way to approach this. If only there was a fresh crunchy baguette to go with it.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried from tap. Pours deep amber, almost brown, hazy with a very nice white foam head. Smell is complex, rich, alcoholic, hoppy, sweet and malty, spices and fruit esters from the wheat malt and belgian yeast. Taste is great, intense, bitter, sweet, well balanced and strong at the alcohol. Overall great belgian beer, from tap is amazing.

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

330ml brown bottle, sample from the importer.

Massive white head that is slow to dissipate, great looking clear amber hue. Floral nose, hint of taffy, crackers, and ripe pears. Lush smoothness, candied fruit, touch of peppery alcohol, delicate herbal and floral hop with a faint edge of citrus. The 10.5% is pretty mellow, noticeable but mellow. Basically a great Belgian with a bit more hop character. It works, would visit this one again without hesitation.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces very well.

S: Belgian yeast, banana and clove, fruity, almost like white wine, a bit spicy, and some alcohol.

T: Kinda fruity, apple and white wine, plenty of funky Belgian yeast presence, floral notes, sweet kinda bready malt, and some alcohol.

M: On the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'm disappointed by this one. Given the name I was expecting something at least moderately hoppy, but there wasn't much there. Too sweet and boozy for me to really get into it.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like burnt candy mixed with a bouquet of flowers. Low bitterness for an IPA. Floral hops come through in the taste. Very sweet and east to drink, though I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit hoppier then the regular Piraat. Taste, smell and body are still outstanding. Have not found this in a lot of places. definitely worth a "full pour" try.

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Photo of jacobdunne
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting. I had no prior knowledge of this brewery, so I saw the "Triple Hop" and was looking for bitterness and hoppiness but I got an unusually sweet taste. EXTREMELY sweet and not at all hoppy or bitter. If you're looking for a sweet-tasting beer with high alcohol content, then look no further.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spectacular looking beer. Amber color, huge head with a lot of carbonation.. There is a good amount of lacing.
Aroma was funky, spicey, and piney.
A resiney pine taste, some onion, and a bit of spice. There was a very strong malt ibackground.
Medium-bodied, insanely carbonated. 10.5% ABV very well hidden.
Good, almost great, beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear to hazy orange with another huge head of foam.

Smell is of Brett big time but also hoppy and spicy.

Spicy, malty, certainly hoppy, this has it all going on.

Medium body with zesty carbonation but not as much as the regular Piraat.

Delightful complexity.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color topped by a giant foamy head; I had to wait a long time to start drinking this one. Reminds me more of a Belgian Pale Ale due to its sugary aroma, fruity taste and high alcohol content. I did not detect such a strong hops presence despite the name.
Overall a good brew although I would have liked a little more hops presence.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down and has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of spices.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of candi sugars—but without little in the way of associated sweetness—and finishes with additional notes of spices and hints of Belgian yeast. Not much bitterness is perceptible, as it seems to have been mostly negated by the underlying candi sugars.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be maltier than I would expect from a Belgian IPA but is quite drinkable considering its strength because it does a very good job at hiding its alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Moose90
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.