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Piraat Triple Hop | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RuudJH on 06-22-2013

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Photo of josanguapo
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Watching Captain America The First Avenger. Delicious stone fruityness, with high ABV perfectly well hidden that compensates swetness perfectly, inviting to long sips

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Photo of Beginner2
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Curiously, I have had more beers from Van Steenberge than any brewery... except two state-side, Goose Island and New Glarus. Van Steenberge's acquisition strategy and marketing and importer is particularly good. I always buy their sampler packs.

For Triple Hop... To no one's surprise, this has the Piraat taste with extra hops.
But, I conclude Piraat does not need to add more hops... except to play to the market, which I think Triple Hop does.

Because I had to buy a 4 pack of Triple Hops, I had one (decided that was enough), had given two away and brought the final to meeting meal to share. I saved it for last, probably avoiding it. I had two sips, thinking I could clear the palate instead of a mint. Still too many hops, even for a smoky dish.
Better to taste great food than too many hops.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer literally exploded out of the bottle, with just the slightest crack of the seal. I had to clean up a big mess on the office carpet. The appearance is amber-copper, with a thick, spongy, off-white head, racing bubbles (to say the least), and heavy lacing. The beer is semi-cloudy (sediment swished and poured). Aroma is of cellar mold, caramel, apples, spice apple cobbler, toffee, bubble gum, and odd hop oils. Taste is of all that, with a decently bold, yet not harsh, hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is high medium (almost heavy), and Piraat Triple Hop finishes on the dry side. I'm upset that it exploded, because I lost about 2 ounces of the 11.2 ounces in the bottle.


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Photo of matuto
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle (exp. 03/2017), poured in a Leffe tulip. Very light amber and clear liquid, if you don't mess with the sediments in the bottom of the bottle (which I did at the very end). A white (a bit off-white) foam, very persistent, but doesn't leaving much laces. Notes of spices, a delicate honey, crackers and a very subtle citric note, maybe orange. Alcohol shows up a lot. Moderate to high bitterness and very smooth mouth feel. Drinking slowly reveals more of its complexity.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -10.4%
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 -5.8%
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 EMV
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Yard House, poured into a goblet.

L: Pours a semi-opaque golden amber color. Thick off-white head that lasts approximately forever and leaves awesome lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts and citrus... floral hops and fruit.

T/F: Bold malts and belgian yeast give this a nice complex opening... citrus notes with lemon and grapefruit.. perhaps a bit of pear. Spicy peppercorns and then a lovely hop profile. Nothing like an American IPA... but softer and gentler, very nicely complementing the Belgian strong ale underneath. Well carbonated but smooth. Finish is very clean.

O: Just an awesome beer, and it's like somebody took a Duvel warped it with a gentle hop profile that comes out at the finish. I've never had another quite like it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would drink again any time.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +3.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +22.8%
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 +1.3%
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 -9.6%
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 +9.4%
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 +7.6%
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 -2%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 -2%
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%
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 -16.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -9.4%
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 -1.5%
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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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.