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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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no score

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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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Photo of mickeymac
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

mickeymac, May 30, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

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!!!

TheLongBeachBum, May 23, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 Boilermaker88
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 GreenCard
3.08/5  rDev -14%

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 Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

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 stcules
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%

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.

stcules, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of JorisP
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

If info received is correct, this beer is brewed for the Brugge diocese - rather remarkable as "Pilaarbijter" is a sarcastic term for an overly-pious person (in public, that is).
Colour: beer gushes! to thick white, collapsing head. Very pale triple.
Nose: pale malts, grist, some butterscotch, candy sugar.
taste: quite bitter, with artificially tasting underlying sweetness (liquorice, and yet something else, too). Definitely some diacetyl, sample seems to have some light-induced autolysis. Alcohol is prominent in mouthfeel, strange swetness takes some time to dissipate, then remains of the bitterness turns into dry.

JorisP, Jan 15, 2003
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Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap) from De Brabandere
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.