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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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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JorisP on 01-15-2003)
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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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bubbles in a bright gold body. I learned my lesson with the red-capped version and poured this one slooowly. Even so, I'm left looking at more bright white foam than beer. The cap resembles softly beaten egg whites and deposits a respectable amount of smeary lace as it deflates. The thick band that forms at midglass is pretty impressive as well. This is one attractive tripel.

The nose is a good one. Golden fruit is the name of the game, less so spice and even less so alcohol. Sweet slices of pear and peach with a smattering of clove. It isn't the least bit white peppery to my nose. All in all, this seems like one of the more basic, tame tripels. Of course, I haven't tasted it yet.

It isn't as tame as predicted, but it's no raging beast either. The flavor profile is also golden fruity and is much more bitter than sweet. Pilaarbijter isn't a member of the full-bodied, lushly sweet, piquantly spicy tripel clan (my favorites), but is a lighter-bodied, austerely bitter, mildly spiced version. I like the second type too, I just don't like them as much.

The fruitiness is overshadowed to some extent by hops that are almost certainly of the noble variety, since they're intensely floral and even somewhat grassy. There's more clove spice than suggested by the nose, but it's still on the understated side. This beer wears its ABV proudly, not wanting to (or needing to) camouflage any portion of the 7.5%.

Even though the mouthfeel is lighter and slightly more fizzy than I usually like, the combination works well within the context of the flavor profile and the beer's overall personality. As I enter the final third of the bottle the carbonation is beginning to settle down.

I like this brass-capped version of Pilaarbijter (tripel) better than the red-capped one (Flanders Oud Bruin) and I don't believe that it has anything to do with the fact that I like the former style better than the latter one. Okay, maybe it does. In any case, this is a very good beer for those looking for a slightly different take on what I've now decided is my favorite Belgian style.

From the back label: 'He's a pilaarbijter (pillar biter)' means that 'he's a hypocritical man', according to a Netherlandish proverb penned by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazy, light copper body with a smallish, white head, though it does have some nice staying power.

Smell: Lightly honeyish pilsner malts with fruity notes of peaches and pears and a minor hints of alcohol and spice.

Taste: Relatively light, delicate maltiness with touches of grainy pilsner malts. Some candi sugar sweetness, some countering spices. Thin drizzle of sour fruit juices. Soft floral quality with a very light bitterness. A tad boozier than one would expect from the ABV%. Finishes dry, spritzy, and with a lingering taste of those sourish juices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so. Sort of a mellower, lighter tripel, which, for me, makes it a bit forgettable.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden brown with a thick creme head. Nose is like a grape scented marker I had when I was a kid (yeah, I've used that one before and I'm using it again). Flavor is okay.Seems a bit boozy and also a slightly grapey. No point in going on about this one. It's okay. Kind of a weird balance. Decent to drink, but I wouldn't go back to it.

Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at the Antwerp Beer Passion weekend 2011 into the festival 20cl stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Clear semitransparent yellow colour.

Sm: Mild strength scent of cream, malt, and barley.

T: Cream, malt, and barley. Quite simple, but refreshing. Balanced nicely, but built very blandly.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body.

Dr: A very high price, easy drinkability, and bad quality. Ignore this one and move on.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What exactly is the significance of someone who bites pillars? Anyway, the beer pours with a hazy, orangish straw color. It is well carbonated and topped by an initially three-finger thick, pale almost white colored head. The aroma is quite funky and spicy; it smells a bit of moldy, funky cheese and also of earthy spices, damp earth, and perhaps a hint of phenolic plastic. Lots of different phenolic aromatics are here though.

Well carbonated, the beer foams up as it first hits my tongue. It is fairly dry as well and finishes with a light tartness. Despite this, it has a medium fullness to the palate. As the beer loses carbonation it picks up a hint of sweetness, but it remains quite an austere beer overall. The beer has a spicy character that is a mix of white pepper, ginger, lemon peel, and an earthy note sort of like coriander, but much more geared towards damp earth. That funky cheese note is here in the flavor as well, it is not quite that prominent, but is certainly quite noticeable. There is some lightly noticeable fruit notes here as well, with notes of pear and apple being most noticeable. This beer is just not that great, the cheesy note certainly does not help, but even without that there is not enough here to really hold my interest.

Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/17/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz undated bottle. Poured into my Stone Levitation tulip. Perhaps one of the coolest labels on a beer I have ever seen. That dude scares me....him and his beady black hollow eyes.

Appearance- Golden peach hued pour. Champagne bubbles from the start. Huge, gigantic, humongous head. It won't stop growing. Literally had to wait 15 minutes to be able to pour the whole beer into the glass. And I poured it slowww.
One of the best lacings I have ever seen from a beer. Chunks everywhere.

Smell- Very nice sweet malty tripel smell. Reminecent of the better tripels out there.

Taste- Starts off with just a touch of a sour note and finishes with a great sweet malty flavor. Just the tinyest bit of watery feeling towards the swallow. This was the perfect beer at the given time.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, yet at the same time, silky smooth and sweet. Went down super easy. Maybe a touch cloying.

Drinkability- This is right up there with St. Bernardus and Abbaye de Rocs tripel. At least my taste buds say it is. Awesome tripel you should give a try. Shoot, just buy it for the label alone! $3.50 was a bargain IMO.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of stcules
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When we opened the bottle, the foam come out of it in an uncontrollable way... After we poured the beer in the glass, the foam is still a lot, and with very big bubbles... The colour is yellow, with a little of turbidity. Floreal smell, not bad, maybe a little spicy (pepper). At the taste it don't left nothink remarkable, and it don't keep the promises of the smell (not a big promise, but anyway...). The aftertaste is scarce and not persistent, nothing noticeable.

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!

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml/11.2 fl.oz tall thin brown glass bottle. The main label (as others have correctly pointed out) is somewhat confusing, as it appears to be the exact same one that is generic to both the Blond and Bruin. Labeled as a “Tripel ale, refermented in the bottle” – both the Pilaarbijter Blond and Bruin have the same description on the label –WTF?! The only difference is that the Blond has a lighter gray/cream background to the picture of a rather inebriated looking dude clinging and actually biting a stone Pillar (a play on words for the beers name “Pillar Biter”). The Blond also has a rather plain standard brass colored crown cap, whereas the Bruin has a Red one.

Appearance: Poured into a large flute, the immense carbonation produced a massive densely packed white head that almost overflowed onto my desk. It soon settled down to a reveal a more manageable 1” thick covering that left some, but not much, lacing. Lots of streamers punctuate the very clear and pale yellow straw colored body. Has the look of a ‘weak’ Pilsner when sat on the desk. I noted a thin but solid coating of yeast on the bottom of the glass; this must have been welded to the base of the bottle because it never affected the lucid appearance.

Nose: Pretty light in strength but a very nice offering. Some hops, light pilsner malts and the merest hint of some soil stained cloth Hop sacks. I wish it had a bit more oomph in the aroma department; the odors are nice but lack strength of character.

Taste: A solid offering, between the clean lines and Drinkability, the tastes are enough to engage the brain, but not too demanding. Light hop profile at first –some pilsner malt grain in the middle, but the Blond really comes alive in the latter third. Lots of crisp acidity, a light tangy hop bitterness and some sharp spicy tingles on the tip of tongue as the beer is swallowed, this sensation extends to the cheeks after the swallow. Long lingering earthy spicy hops in the finish. Super finish that has a light Saison feel. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Bolstered to champagne levels with the extra smooth carbonation which is lively but never prickly, smooth and nearly velvety, the bitterness in the back end adds to the dry feel on the cheeks once the beer is swallowed. Comforting mouthfeel that helps to distribute the spicy earth hop finish around the oral cavity.

Drinkability: Hides the 7.5% quite well, though I note that the Bavik Website lists this as only 7.2%. Either way it drinks extremely well and creates little bow waves, but I suspect that a few of these could soon sneak up on you. Accompanied a 3 year old block of orange Canadian Extra Sharp Cheddar extremely well and with little deterioration.

Overall: Maybe a disappointment if you are expecting a full blown Abbey Tripel, but I care little about style infringements. Marked purely on its appeal, this is a good Abbey Blonde Ale that retains some Tripel character in the back end. Whatever style you want to call it, it is way above average and certainly special enough to repurchase again at only $2.99 for the 33cl bottle (Hi-Times, Costa Mesa). This really does go extremely well with strong Cheddar!!!

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden straw with a white fluffy, yet large bubbled head which overflowed the glass and lasted well to coat it.

The aroma was nicely spiced with Belgian ale character. The hop aroma was earthy and present. Some yeast character was also present also some citrus aromas were notable.

The flavor was earthy and nicely bittered with hop flavors leading the charge. The flavor also contained a low level of Belgian yeast spice, but was more earthy than anything else. The flavor was also very crisp in the final incantation with only low levels of nondescript frutiness.

The finish was dry with lasting earthiness and a slight citrus note into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light and with the higher carbonation led to an good drinkability. No appreciable alcohol was noted anywhere in the beer, not the aroma, the flavor, nor in the finish or warming. Nicely done as a Belgian Pale Ale.

11.2 ounce bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta for $3.50. This may be called a Triple but was more of a Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : clear yellow color, with huge white foamy head (lacing).
Smell : malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : peppery, balanced between acidity and bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Triple

Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of maltiness and some hints of fruit going on with a lot of yeast-spiciness. The flavor has a solid malt character with a hint of sourness and some dark fruits. Plenty of spice from the yeast. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Very flavorfull and enjoyable.

Photo of DogFood11
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mountainous rocky white head. One of the chunkiest heads in recent memory. Light orange color that is pale and full of super fine carbonation.

Citrus is dominant and overpowering. Lemon/Lime with a splash of orange sweetness. Hints of caramel attempt to load up the body of this brew. Bitterness stings its way through the middle and amazingly it finishes with the most richness the beer has to offer.

Fizzy mouthfeel.

I had this as a nightcapper. Once again I always rank beers on their actuall quality regardless of price. I will say that although this is a fine beer there are triple's for a better price that are of equal or better quality in my opinion.

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.

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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 04-03-07. Good presentation with lasting white head and pale golden beercolor. Nose is citrussy, wheaty, litle sourness and some horsesweat and good brettarome. Taste is also quiet good giving dry but tasty notes of brett, light(collored)maltyness, ltle grassy taste. Quiet alcoholic but overall interesting taste. As is mouthfeel thats fine and fresh having good carbonisation and a balanced taste. Easy drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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