Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Bruin (Red Cap) - De Brabandere
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Reviews by BrewMaster:
4.33/5 rDev +20.3%
Appearance: Ruby red and semi cloudy with a fluffy tan head with excellent retention.
Smell: Light aroma that is slightly fruity with cherry notes. There is sweet malty base to the nose as well.
Taste: Light dusting of caramel flavor with a fruit flavor coming from the malt. Some candy sugar and a tart, sandy ending. A hint of sweet corn sweetness is also in there. Not very lively but well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Coats mouth well without being sticky or overbearing.
Drinkability: Very drinkable and it paired well with pizza at Lucky Baldwin's.
04-10-2005 19:32:47 | More by BrewMaster
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3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance This one had what I call a kitchen head, because as soon as I popped the cap it blew all over my kitchen. It eventually settled into a nice, pond brown color in the glass.
Smell The malts here stand out from the other competitors. They are toasty dark with some mild cherry sweetness and a bit of modest sourness.
Taste The toasty malts hold their own here at the taste. They are dark and yeasty and hide what little fruit there is. The sourness is very understated and defers to the heavy malt base.
Mouthfeel This medium-bodied ale is overcarbonated even for this traditionally effervescent style. Not only did the head blow all over my kitchen floor but even in the mouth it is overdone and cheap.
Drinkability This wasnt all that bad. It completely missed the essence of the style though and felt clumsy on the palate.
06-29-2005 00:05:39 | More by RoyalT
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
Red cap 11.2oz bottle of Pilaarbijter with a picture of a crazy guy biting a pole on the label, to which I'm not even going to comment. Pours into my tulip glass a murky dark brown with some red streaks. A big arid bubbly light tan head shoots up and then leaves as quickly as it came. Aromas begin with dark, sour fruits right off the bat along with a brown sugar, caramel sweetness. A bit of mustiness is there with a hint of oxidation. Big yeast tones and a touch of dark cherry. Quite a nice aroma.
First sip brings a sweet caramel covered bready maltiness with warm brown sugar and some raisins. Dark fruits weave into the brew with a hit of sourness midway through. Musty, earthy yeast with a touch of woody oak in there as well. Finishes with a nice lingering sweetness on the end. Pretty tasty brew overall.
Mouthfeel is a touch on the lighter side with explosive carbonation that rushes all over the palate with each sip. Overall drinkability is pretty good...I would mind putting back another and the abv is low enough to where that wouldn't be a problem. Bought this on a whim awhile back in Kentucky and I'm glad I did...hopefully I'll run across this one or the gold cap again sometime.
09-22-2006 03:56:10 | More by orbitalr0x
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
Lot of lace, with a big soapy head on cloudy brown. Served in the matching glass by the brewery, at Smokeless Joe's. A sharp aroma, something in the sour Flemish that stings the nose bit it's not very high ABV. chocolate malts, it's malty with a carmel and citrus Coco-Cola aftertaste, but with added spice, and then..a flemish sour finish. Or, like a Belgian yeasty dunkel.
03-06-2007 05:53:10 | More by Sammy
3.03/5 rDev -15.8%
11.2 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness dating. Labeled as a tripel, but that's doubtful given the color and flavor. Clearly a Flemish brown ale.
Pours hazy dark copper / brown with prodigious tan cream head, very good lace. Doesn't smell of much of anything. Some fleeting sweet malts and perhaps a touch of sour oak. Tastes quite muted. Chewy toasted malt in the center with a lightly tannic wood and iron finish. Medium body, very big carbonation.
A really uneven beer. Looks great but the smell and taste are forgettable. Bavik know how to make decent beer (see the Petrus line for some good examples). They should drop this redundant brand IMHO.
08-22-2006 19:03:45 | More by dgallina
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
Sampled @ Palm Tavern in Milwaukee.
Two bottles were tasted, and both had excessive carbonation. The first bottle cascaded foam from the bottle for a good minute or two. The second was opened very slowly, and was poured immediately over the glass.
The color was a deep crimson brown, creamy foam formed an irregular surface. Smell was dark malt, slightly musty/sweet.
Taste was creamy, malty and balanced. Some pepper, caramel, dark fruit and earthy flavors. Not especially sour or even tart. Very smooth going down, quite drinkable.
This was a nice overall Belgian Brune, with more Dubbel characterisics than Oud Bruin.
04-08-2007 02:55:44 | More by emerge077
3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
The aroma holds sweet candy sugar and fruit notes with a rich sweet maltiness and mild dirt/dust notes. The body is a cloudy and ruddy brown and holds a massive three finger thick tan head that is both bubbly and diminishing. Low intensity flavor on the initial sip. There are some muted apple notes and mild fruit peel tinged sweetness. It feels spent like it once had flavor and couldnt hold onto it. The carbonation is tongue tingling, but not out of control and the lacing is non existent with foam left from sips quickly sliding down the inside of the glass. Ho-hum.
10-16-2006 01:02:19 | More by Jredner
3.6/5 rDev 0%
I opened this puppy on my balcony 16 hours after purchase. Boy was I glad I was outside- I lost almost 1/3 of the bottle to overblown root-beer like foam that just kept going and going and going. It would have been an incredible mess in the house. What was left poured a medium brown, translucent (root beer is not a bad description of the color) that (obviously) had a monstrous off-white head. Aroma is soft and bready with moderate sweetness, and a very slight hop note. Flavor is of honey and sweetbreads with that same slight hop bite at the end. A nice brew- not great, but very drinkable. I tried this and the Pilaarbijter Blond in sequence, and this is the better of the two.
06-24-2004 14:56:26 | More by Dukeofearl
3.6/5 rDev 0%
Served in a mini Chimay goblet at Lucky Baldwin's.
Smell has some of the funky sourness - nice little hint as to what you're in for. Taste definitely has tartness, but is more subtle than a Duchesse, for example. Has certain oakey quality. Earthy flavors, with some caramel malts to balance it. Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated, although not entirely satisfying - could use a little more body or something. Drinkability is good.
This is a nice, but not exceptional, example of the style. I'd take another glass of it if offered, but might not buy it again. Still, I can recommend this.
02-12-2007 08:54:32 | More by rallison
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
Found this for $1.79 at a local liquor store, no freshness date except the 5 digit code on the back label. From the 330ml. brown bottle pours a mahogany-brown with a three-finger tan head. I trickled ( rather than pour) into a tulip glass and the carbonation was off the chart. There was a thick yeast sediment glued to the bottle bottom.
The nose is malty with a spicy, musty, sourness throughout. As it warmed some alcohol comes through with an orange-peel citrus aroma of sweetness.
Sweet, spicy malt followed by a tangy tartness and a yeasty finish. This stuff is mouth puckering with some sizzle on the tongue that comes to a creamy ending.
The body is full, the carbonation is out of control and the flavor is sour (tart) overall. An interesting Belgian that's worth tasting.
07-06-2006 09:53:25 | More by scottoale
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
The beer pours a slightly hazy mahogany color with a smallish off white head that is frothy in texture; the lace is adequate to cover the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour aroma, hint of yeast, crisp and clean to the senses, start is tart and the top thin in its feel. Finish is acerbic, fair hop profile, sour and very dry aftertaste, cant really say it was bad, but really not a good representative to the style in my humble opinion.
02-23-2004 19:43:59 | More by Gusler
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured this baby into a goblet and it came out highly carbonated (as expected) sporting a nice white head. The nose was very wine like with apples, honey, and berries.
The taste is quite malty and fruity sweet up front (apples and dark cherries), then becomes dry juniper on the finish. The taste of this beer is quite good, but the finish is a little drab.
I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but one can easily find beers of this style with quite a bit more substance. There's certainly nothing wrong with it, but I don't think I'd seek it out. There are better ales of this style that are more plentiful in this neck of the woods.
05-04-2011 00:44:33 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance: Very foamy stuff this, and quite hard to pour properly.
The beer - once poured into a goblet - is cloudy and maple brown topped by a huge off-white head.
Smell: The smell is malty and mildly tart with some aromas of dark fruits, raisins and spices.
Taste:The taste is a bit weak. Malty with some roastiness and some raisins. Some faint spices in the back. Finishes slightly tart, leaving some roasty raisin notes to linger in your mouth.
Mouthfeel & Drinkabillity: Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated, but somewhat flat and without any warming effect of the alcohol.
Conclusion: A fair beer in a style that's not my favourite.
07-09-2005 20:32:56 | More by Paddez
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -8.3%
33cl brown bottle with red cap, best before 06/2009, drank 12/2006.
Maybe I should have left this for a year or two, because it wasn't as good as I was expecting.
Poured into my 'Straffe Hendrik' bowl glass, its Redwood brown colour sparkled in the light, the half inch thick off white head slowly fell away even though the bubbles kept on coming.
Sour, vinagerous, acidic aroma, not the normal beer smell what-so-ever. As the beer warmed a little, a sweeter scent came forth, cooking apples.
The taste brings you back to what you wanted, a good Belgian Brown. Tart and strong, with a bite to the throat, made me burp, which makes me think I should have drank it at a later date (like 2008).
Even though I enjoyed this beer, I think an older one would be a whole lot better.
12-27-2006 22:01:33 | More by BlackHaddock
3.2/5 rDev -11.1%
Sandwiched this one in between a dubbel and a quad thinking it was a triple...silly me, trusting the label. Pours a reddish-brown hue with a thick, pillowy light tan head. Fairly line-bubbled foam fades a bit fast to a nice sheen and leaves a wall of lace on the glass. Unusually dark for a triple, but now that I see it classified as a Oud Bruin here, many more things about this one make a bit more sense.
On the nose I get green olives, sugary alcohol, strawberry/cherry bubblegum and some black pepper. A pretty complex and unique smelling beer.
Kinda thin feeling and pretty fruity in the mouth. Surprisingly malty and bready. Taste is not as complex as the smell and I wish the yeast gave the brew a bit more character. Overall I was a bit disappointed with this one, but then again, I was expecting a tripel.
05-23-2009 04:20:02 | More by twiggamortis420
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
On tap at La Trappe, San Francisco. Served in a 25 cl Tulip Glass.
Appearance: Ruby-red to brown clear beer, with a light tan 1/4" dense head. Lots of persistent lacing all over the glass.
Smell: Slightly musty, oak, some vanilla.
Taste: Roasted malt mixed in with some woody/oak flavors, sweet malt (again a hint of vanilla) and some sourness at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth at first, but lingers a bit sticky on the teeth. Nice thickness and light carbonation.
Overall / Drinkability: Nice looking beer, but with my first few sips I wasn't sure. However, as I drank more of it, it grew on me and I ended up having another glass. While I ended up sipping on it over the dinner, I found by the end of the first glass I could have easily downed it and definitely wanted another glass to savor a bit more. So drinkable in regards to the fact that you want to enjoy it, slowly, over a longer period than a 25 cl glass can provide.
01-31-2013 05:12:54 | More by damndirtyape
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
Pours a murky reddish brown brew with one of the most violent carbonation levels that I have ever seen in a beer.
Smell is mild and fruity with a lightly tart scent not unlike Alka-Seltzer.
Taste is not nearly as sour as most Flanders red beers. the tang of lactic acid is tame. The rest of the flavor is fruity and dry with a bit of bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Drinkable? Not really. Not something I will buy again.
04-29-2004 03:37:53 | More by Zorro
3.78/5 rDev +5%
Didn't have the pouring issues with this one that I've seen in other reviews. This was the other half of a free four pack of the pilar biters. Cloudy light brown with thick tan head. Great retention and lacing. Acidic caramel aroma that comes back in the flavor. Sweet sour mix was nice, though I would've liked it to swing one way or the other a bit more. Nice caramel apple feeling afterwards, so I think that I'll save the other bottle for later in the fall. Tart and hearty, it came off as medium bodied and finished clean. Drinkability was up there a bit.
09-19-2006 16:27:22 | More by Umbra
3.05/5 rDev -15.3%
Best by date: Oct. 2, 2006...
Appearance: reddish brown color, good clarity, light terracotta-colored foam (weird!), huge spongey pillow of head, good retention, lacey
Aroma: malty sweetness, earthy hops, spicey, slight sourness
Flavor: musty malt backbone with a slight tangy twinge, yeasty, molasses, finishes pretty dry with a can sugar aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body, blooming carbonation, alcohol warmth
Overall Impression: The mouth of the bottle and the cap were rimmed with dried sediment. Bottle must have been stored upside down for a long time. An OK beer. A bit different than the usual bruine, but not spectacular.
03-11-2004 18:21:59 | More by GreenCard
4.35/5 rDev +20.8%
Explodes out of bottle, took 5 minutes to pour, fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Murky amber color, ton of yeast in bottom of bottle. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Raisin nose. Flavor is sweet and sour raisins, smooth easy to drink, this small bottle is not enough. $3.19 for a 330ml bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or.
02-11-2007 23:50:22 | More by jdhilt
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
Gold and hazy. Starts with a great head and it continually leaves good lace on the glass.
The smell is distracting as I can detect a slight plastic smell.
The flavor is an improvement--no plastic here. There are notes of sweet orange with a light bitterness. The body is spot on. A nice Belgian Brown.
09-07-2009 00:03:10 | More by smcolw
Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Bruin (Red Cap) from De Brabandere
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