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Piraat Triple Hop - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always the liberally hopped Belgian ale, its really no surprise to see Steenberge's endevors carrying them across the threshold and into a full blown Belgian IPA. Keeping their Western European character, its floral and spicy hop character is classically of the noble German varieties.

Its heavy handed malt balance provides a sweet taste that's slightly syrupy and carries a floral honey undercurrent. A modest tealike herbal component has delicate citrus, grass and a flowery bouquet.

As the malt begins to dissolve, its spicy middle palate is lightly acidic, winey and balanced with spicy bitterness. Rummy warmth is laced with apple, lemon, apricot, fig and oranges- all of the slightly under-ripened character.

Its onward trek toward closure turns the beer bitingly bitter and bracingly spicy. While its carbonation is tempered, buffed out by the ordinate residual sweetness that lingers on. Hedging on fusal taste, its numbing prickle is needed to slice through its honey liquor aftertaste and texture.

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 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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

A: Pours a clear medium golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and pale malts with slightly less than moderate aromas of slightly sweet light fruits (apple, pear, and peach), candi sugar sweetness, and slightly peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and biscuit malts with a moderate amount of light fruit flavors including apple, pear, and peach. There is a light to moderate amount of candi sugar contributing a moderate amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of spicy/peppery yeast and a light to moderate amount of earthy hops contributing a light amount of bitterness that fades slowly. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I really enjoy this beer, even though I have a semi-tired palate from Belgian beers (been drinking them for way too many years). Probably the best beer I have tried from this brewery in a long time. Alcohol could be hidden a little better but still a nice sipping beer.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Short 375 bottle.. greenish label picked up at Brewer's Haven in Boise last week... pours a hazy light orange... sheets of white lace coat the goblet.

Big balanced pepper phenols/light apple esters dominate the nose.

Flavor mirrors the aromas perfectly... no problems with any of this bottle... very well done tripel expectations.

Light/medium body with abundant carbonation...

Honestly.. this is the best Steenberge NV I have had in years... Perfectly clean and very drinkable.


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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3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small, foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Decent lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of fruit, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (pepper especially), light hops, and fruit (apples, pears). A surprisingly spicy and forceful flavor that somehow manages to be very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation here, with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly done, very tasty beer. Definitely drinkable and likeable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 16AM. From the mixed six pack. Sampled on April 14, 2014.

The pour is a cloudy looking copper pale yellow with a modest off-white head and a lot of floating sediment! I love floating sediment! Big grade for that alone.

The aroma has all the Belgian yeast, biscuit malts, meaty fruit and candied sugars you expect with a bitter bite penetrating the nose. Pear and apple for the fruit character in about that order.

Medium to full body.

The toasted biscuit malts and fruit flavors are there but muted due to the earthy hop character that roars in from the background. It finishes dry with a bitter, memorable bite. 10.5% alcohol well integrated but I felt it by the time I finished writing this review.

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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