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Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap) - De Brabandere

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Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap)Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap)

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BA SCORE
82
good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JorisP on 01-15-2003)
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Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: a euro size bottle with an image on the label of medieval looking dude gnawing on a pillar. Must be hungry an/or a little disoriented.
Pours a straw color with a slight haze, strong carbonation and a full white and whoppin? head (good retention). Aroma has some tartness with fruity esters and some hop background. Flavor tart and mildly sweet with a dry hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering dry finish. This beer leans more toward the Westmalle school of tripel, than the Karmeliet camp. An interesting, but a somewhat crude interoperation.

SeanChouffe, Oct 21, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a light and hazy gold in color with a big, frothing head that showed great retention.

Smell – The spices in this ale jump right out of the glass. They are very sharp. I can’t really define what they are, but they are very strong. The nice Belgian yeast comes through the foamy head.

Taste – The spices pounce on the tongue with the first sip. The hops are leafy and quite bitter. The yeast steps back from the smell but is still there.

Mouthfeel – This Tripel is between medium to full-bodied and exceptionally carbonated with a stiff leafy bitterness at the finish.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this Bavik offering. After 15 reviews it still isn’t averaging 3.5, which seems low to me. Well, to each his own. I like it!

RoyalT, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, lighter and crisper than is par for the style. Also present are good amounts of pears and much lighter hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp and sweet malt flavors kick things off with a hint of hop bite entering into things shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip it sweetens a bit and pear flavors with very mild amounts of green apples make an appearance. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is certainly a less heavy version of the style however I still enjoyed it. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

mattfancett, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow with a great head and lace. Yeasty and on the sweet side,full fruity in the yeast. this is not too complex but works for what it is. Light mouthfeel, almost lagerish. Tad of ginger, some coriander,bitterness in the end and it all works.Another tripel I like.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Ciocanelu, May 23, 2013
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly hazed-up goldenrod color with a durable white head that left decent webby lace behind.
Nose: sweet, fruity aroma. Had some yeasty malt notes and flowery hops to really push this brew to an almost disagreeably perfumey realm.
Taste: by God, at first I thought I was getting a dose of perfume. Fortunately, a lightly yeasty, dusty malt flavor came along to save the day. The finish had a nice spiciness and acerbic bite from the vigorous carbonation.
Feel: light and creamy thanks to all that carbonation.
Overall impression: I didn't really care for this beer all that much. The floral, perfume-like character outstripped the rest of the flavors and detracted from it's overall appeal. Seeing that this is styled as an abbey triple, I can think of a few others I'd rather sit down with before this one.

Boilermaker88, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light megabrew yellow color (that's a new term that I am using to describe a color everyone recognizes) that has a huge fluffy head that collapses unevenly. Nice lace left on the glass. Aroma is slightly sweet, crisp and clean with hops as the secondary character. Flavor is sharp, somewhat hoppy, clean with lemon notes. Slight sourness at the end. This is a nice, easy drinking brew with nothing against it, but nothing that grabs and requires attention either. I could drink this and be happy, but there are so many others to try!!!!

I tasted this at the same time as the Brown Pilaarbijter, and I preferred the brown. Personal preference, I guess, as I have seen other reviewers going the other way. They both are decent brews, you can't go wrong, but there are better.

Dukeofearl, Jun 24, 2004
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weird label on the 33 cl. bottle.

Looks golden, bottle conditioned but very clear ( i guess filtered), with a huge white head. Very low carbonation on this sample.

Smell is very malty, some yeast, spice citric hops.
First taste is spice, but mainly it's very common sweet malts. Quite one dimensional that way. There's some alcohol in the aftertaste, allmost a bit harsh, and the lack of carbonation makes the drinking experience a very ordinary one, unfortunately.

RuudJH, May 21, 2011
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Pale malt, yeast, esters, and spice. All of theses are pretty strong. There isn't much to search for in this one.

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow with foamy white head. The lacing and head retention decent.

Taste - Yeasty spicy/peppery very dominate. Dry pale malt. Slightly tart from dryness. mild alcohol. clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin body, heavily carbonated, slight bitterness from the alcohol. Clean finish.

Overall Impression - This is a solid beer, but I've had better. I would drink it again, but there are several choices that I would go for first.

Hullabaloo2, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of rallison
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/brown color with a 2 finger white head that settles to a creamy 1/2 head. Smell is of tart apples and yeast.

Taste follows suit. Tart apples, coriander, yeast. Well carbonated, with a quite dry finish. Some sweet fruits make up most of the malt body. Taste is not of a typical tripel, and unfortunately, is not pulled together very well. It's not bad, just not all that good.

Drinkability is okay on this.

Overall, not recommended. There are just too many other good tripels out there for this to get a second buy from me.

rallison, Jul 24, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml.brown bottle pours a light GOLD ale with a huge white, billowy head. Tons of sticky lace to follow till the end. A lot of activity on the gentle pour.

The smell is sweet, spicy and alcoholic. Kind of reminds me of a mead on steroids, smells potent for 7.5 ABV. Sweet golden fruit malty nose with some citric aftertones and some wavering alcohol. Almost a peppery spiceness, kind of has a polyester resin smell about it... I like the aroma.

The flavor is quite complex, pear, peach and pink grapefruit, tamed with a sour bitterness of the yeast and hops. Overall, fruity and floral with the alcohol enhansing flavors, plus adding warmth to the finish...smooth and satisfying!

Pleasant smooth mouthfeel, with a somewhat medium shy body, this is a pleaser of a Triple, as well as an easy one to drink! Cheers, very recommendable...

scottoale, May 12, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer sets in the glass a translucent gold color, the head considerable in size, creamy white and the lace a velum like curtain to drape the glass. Sweet fruit like aroma dominates the crisp fresh nose, also some yeast tones noted, with the start sweet and nicely malted, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops cheery in their spicy bite, very dry almost Lambic like aftertaste, much better than the red.

Gusler, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 23 Apr 2012, drank as our third beer during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings' with the wife.

Poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip glass, leaving as much sediment as I could in the bottle.

The beer appeared as a hazy dull orange coloured brew, the head pure white and unwilling to stay around too long.

The aroma was a weak citrus mix with some yeast esters trying to get through.

The taste was almost sharp and tart, but not quiet that sour: lemon and grapefruit maybe, but not cheek suckingly rancid.

I'll go for semi-sour, however when I added the grist from the bottle into the last remnants of my glass the beer tasted sweeter and certainly more fuller than without the said sediment.

BlackHaddock, Aug 21, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

illiniipa, Jul 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

parintele, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Globetrotter
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the Bier Temple in Brussels, the brown 33cl bottle with a long tapered neck features a gold and brown label featuring a painting of a man taking a bite out of a wooden pillar. ("Pillar biter" in Flemish is slang for hypocrite.) An effective marketing tool, as it made me choose this one over the hundreds of other bottles of Belgian beer in the store. No ingredient information. Best before 2/16/09, I opened it on 12/8/06.

Pours a very cloudy banana yellow under a 1.5 finger white head that fades quite quickly and leaves no lace. Disappointing. The nose is better, full of clove, banana and yeast all enticingly blended. The mouth is well-carbonated and slightly sticky. This is a rather unspectacular version of the style. Slightly sour, slightly sweet with lots of spice and fruit. A very minor amount of hops adds a bitter note, which grows a bit in the finish but never overcomes the sour. Pretty unsatisfactory, really.

Globetrotter, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden brew.

Smell is dry and a bit fruity, mild coriander scent to this.

Taste is sweet and full of herbs and earthy flavors. Mildly tasty with a honey taste.

Mouthfeel is good, has a pale Belgian champagne like character.

Drinkable brew, similar to other Belgian brews.

Zorro, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of Absumaster
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came gushing out of the bottle and wasn't gonna stop until the last drop was spilled in my clean kitchen. Fortunately I had the glass ready and attempted to get some of the beer in the glass. These are my notes:

A clear, golden yellow beer with a settling head and little carbonation, which isn't strange of course.

Smell of solvent, ripe bananas and higher alcohols. A lot of esters, typical for a Belgian yeast. Not a lot of other smells.

Taste is estery with the same hints as the smell, banana and higher alcohols. A typical Belgian yeast profile which appears to be similar to the Westmalle strain. The maltiness is biscuity and powdery with light caramel malt notes. This beer is not particulary unfresh, but lacks freshness.

Absumaster, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale yellow. Pour slowly.. this brew pours a huuuge head.

S - Yeasty tartness with a sweet fruit undertone

T - Very sweet overall. Hard for me to pick this one apart.. sweet fruits come out, similar to a pear. A small spice bite and tartness at the end.

M - medium/heavy carbonation. Medium thickness but the palate is left pretty clean.

D - Slightly to tart for me, but overall is a easy drinker.

Yesac, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of safaricook
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium. Poured into a orval chalice.

L: pours a fragile course bubbled not quite white but rather cream-colored head that rapidely reduces to a thin layer. body is crystal clear straw blond with some carbonation.

S: apples and yeast maybe banana, hops and some alcohol

T: a bit of sweetness, yeast and metallic aftertaste

F: tickling feel from plenty of fine carbonation. foams on the tongue. burpiness high.

O: Tastes and smells more like a triple than a blonde. I like it quite well only the taste could be a little more complex.

safaricook, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Umbra
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a free four pack won during a dinner event. Pours a very light yellow colored brew with loads of champagne bubbles. Big white foamy top with loads of retention and lacing. Overall very beautiful.Very fruity smelling, having huge amounts of peaches and apples. Finished with some spiciness.

Overall a pretty subdued beer. All the aromas come through in the flavor. Loads of peach and pear, making it come off a bit tart. Finishes nice and peppary, with spicy clove. Grassy hops are hopping around, but with no real punch to them.

The lite, champagne like view comes through in the mouthfeel, which is considerably lighter than I expected with a triple. This becomes a positive, making all kinds of drinkable. Though the ETOH will sneak up on you, this one is very drinkable.

Overall: Not bad in and of itself. Would recommend not taking it with you to football tailgates, as you would only attract unwanted questions of "why are you drinking a beer called pillow biter?" Bavik's website has it listed as a "blonde ale fermented in bottle." it is much more than just that.

Umbra, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold color, slightly hazy, big pillow of spongey off-white foam with a great head retention, lacey

Aroma: typical "blonde" scent, floral hops, sweet maltiness, spicy phenolics, yeast, alcohol

Flavor: similar in flavor to a Duvel (though a bit unrefined), slight tang, a bit dusty, mild herbal hop flavor, grainy, mild bitterness, finishes dry with a soapy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, club soda carbonation, a bit astringent

Overall Impression: A good beer, but nothing special. Pretty standard Belgian blonde.

GreenCard, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a thick 2" fluffy white head. Light lace develops. The aroma is of spice, grapefruit, and earthiness. The flavor is slightly musky with a sour / tart finish. Grapefruit, lemon, mild bitterness, and yeast are easily detectable.

The mouthfeel is crisp at the start and finish.Carbonation level is slightly high. The sour tone lingers softly into the finish. Slighty different from some other Belgian Tripels, but enjoyable overall.

Gavage, Apr 18, 2005
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Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap) from De Brabandere
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.