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

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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ballewblake

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I swear, I can not pour a beer into the Oerbier glass to save my life. This fella has a healthy 3.5 finger head that is pillowing out of the glass with 3/4 of the bottle poured. White head, slow to receed, nice translucent yellow orange color. Smell is a nice belgian like malt, maybe some pils malts in there, with some light hops and ethanol, almost Duvel like on the nose. Wow. Taste is right there. Slightly sour with a surprising sweet twist at the end. Nice balance with the finishing hops, an easy warm to the brew. Deeper in the class, more of a carmal note on the nose. Spongy lacing in rows. Really digging the sour/sweet battle this brew has going for it. A good complex brew.

Thanks to my bud RblWthACoz for packing this in.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 03:03:33 | More by ballewblake
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 15:43:01 | More by Absumaster
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 15:01:35 | More by RblWthACoz
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy reddish brown color that with a light tan head that explodes out of the glass, but then quickly settles down to a skim through mid-glass.

Aroma is a tad muted, but is mostly a mix of hoppy citrus fruits and malty sour dark fruits. Mouthfeel is tangy-sweet, alomost like a dumbed down Flemish Sour. Flavor follows the fuit theme, and the finish is a fairly confusing mix of smooth dark ale and the wackiness of a Flemish Sour.

An interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 14:43:39 | More by kimcgolf
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rallison

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 06:12:16 | More by rallison
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leedorham

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I popped the cap on this one it began foaming instantly. Didn't foam over but probably would have if I'd let it sit there a minute. Poured slowly but still ended up with a huge white head. Head stays throughout.

Big fruity sweet aroma.

Tastes of apple and caramel sweetness with little hop flavor. Almost cidery quality about it. Very carbonated with noticeable acidity. The taste is dominated by the sweetness but I would not say it lacks balance. Has that Belgian taste in the background that I think must come from the yeast strains they use. I can't describe it but it's there in many. Kind of a musty old fruit taste.

Unobtrusive finish. Overall not overwhelmingly complex but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 04:30:06 | More by leedorham
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 06:15:54 | More by Sammy
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 01:11:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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Globetrotter

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 21:18:00 | More by Globetrotter
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Umbra

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 18:27:16 | More by Umbra
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WetCoaster

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly typical tripel. Somewhat cloudy pale gold. Initially large fizzy, pure white head. Gets rocky as it dissolves. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell: A bit weak, although all of the components are there: citrus, yeast clove, a bit of saison-like funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Both are quite good. The mouthfeel is fullish and smooth, but the carbonation keeps it moving. The flavor is balanced and controlled. Tart lemon juice and orange rind, cake, spice cookie malt. Honey. Finishes with an unusually pronounced hop bite.

Drinkability: Weak scent aside, very well done. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:22:48 | More by WetCoaster
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scottoale

California

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 10:04:50 | More by scottoale
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clvand0

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 15:34:02 | More by clvand0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 21:07:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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DogFood11

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 05:10:15 | More by DogFood11
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paterlodie

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 17:36:35 | More by paterlodie
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 05:25:16 | More by GClarkage
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 21:55:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 19:54:07 | More by Gavage
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RoyalT

Ohio

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 04:10:46 | More by RoyalT
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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

A massive white head erupts off the pour of this hazy straw colored brew, body bubbling like a madman. Loads o' lacing. Some light fruit tones on the scent of this one, nothing dazeling though. The taste is light and refreshing, bits of fruit and spice intermingle with light hop and malt tones. Fairly lively on the tounge. This one wont punch you in the eye, but it is nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 05:29:17 | More by Tballz420
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 01:35:37 | More by SeanChouffe
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drewbage

California

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 33cl brown bottle from my gift pack and poured into my nice new pilaarbijter glass.

Beer pours into the glass fruity blonde with a tall incredibly fluffy white head that quickly collapses under the weight of the mustache. Fine crisp bubbles continue to rise.

Aroma is lightly caramelized pineapple with a bit of banana. No strong hop notes detected in this glass.

Flavor starts with the sweetness of the fruit hinted at in the nose, before a sweep of strong Styrian Golding type hop flavor come to sweep (with the CO2) every thing off the palate.

Certainly not the most refined "Triple" style of beer out there, but really not a bad tipple for a friday evening. Its all good.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 06:45:22 | More by drewbage
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Dukeofearl

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 15:06:20 | More by Dukeofearl
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mickeymac

California

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

Thanks to BA for setting me straight. At the store, I thought I bought two different styles of Pilaarbijter. By the time I got home five minutes later, they had magically turned into one style: "Tripel ale fermented in the bottle." I turned to BA to solve the mystery, and my brothers came through. Blond and brown.

The blond pours with a heaping mass of thick white foam that looks like a craggy ice formation. Despite its formidable appearance, the head settles down rather quickly. The beer is a lightly hazy gold with lots of bubbles. The smell is decidedly light for a tripel, with some medicinal smells and a fair amount of hops for a Belgian. The taste is also on the light side, with the flavors become more pronounced-and true to the tripel style-after it sits a while. It's a decent beer but a low-key tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 14:21:56 | More by mickeymac
Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap) from De Brabandere
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.