Piraat Triple Hop | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Piraat Triple HopPiraat Triple Hop

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 360
Photo of Hackattack
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another intensely-flavored offering from this brewery ( I was thinking of spelling the brewery name out, but if you look, you can see the long Belgian name) After tasting these ones imported from Belgium, you can understand why U.S. crafters often imitate them. Sweet, boozy.... slightly bitter in taste..really good! Thanks to my big bro for this!

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Photo of Lucular
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hops come through as almost a citrusy, fruity layer in a strong Belgian ale. I expected them to be more bitter or piney but that is not the case. An unusual beer and doesn't drink like 10.5% abv.

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Photo of Zolin
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If this is the Belgiums attempt at a triple hop, good lord we have room to make this style of beer better. Tart, good head and, oh those Belgium bubbles, but taste, which ultimately wins, give me a Raging Bitch or a Little Sumpin. Maybe not a fair comparison, but only because both of those beers are so much better for less money.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Pours cloudy amber with a large white foamy head. High/medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - ripe fruits, bready/yeasty. Taste - very sweet forefront, ripe fruits, bready, malty notes, dry bitter finish with a light alcoholic feel. Little too sweet from my taste buds.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I work at Ramstein AFB and bought two of these at the Shopette on base. They came in .75 liter bottles. Normally, the seasonal beers they get in for the holidays are exceptional and I really enjoy them. This one not so much and for me the killer for me was one thing,... the smell. The overwhelming sent of pine,... but, it probably anise (because I can't imagine them using pine nuts, but, who knows, they could have). Any way, I'm having real buyers remorse in my purchase.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I knew it being a dark import it wouldn't be like an american IPA but i was still surprised at how far it was from one. It has that sweet almost black licorice taste that a lot of dark imports have. It's not bad but also not something i can drink all night, way too sweet.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with haze and low head. Uncharacteristic of Belgian if you ask me. The bread, honey and a lot of booze on the nose. The taste is big and sweet with honey and amber syrup. Borderline cloying sweet with a puckering candy sugar at the end. A big dry autumn leaf finish is undeniably the dry hopping. A mushroom meatiness and yeastiness leads it a big chew toothy texture and leaves a mout coating sugary feeling on the tongue. I don't know what happened here, but this one didn't quite do it for me. Too sweet.

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Photo of ordybill
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear golden amber color with a large white head. The aroma is fruit, flowers and some wheat or bread. The taste is very fruity with some pepper and this hides the high ABV fairly well.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$ 4.50 (Including tax)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.402/oz) at Max Wine and Spirits, Danbury, CT
Bottle marked 04CN 11:41 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – spicy hops
Head large (Maximum five cm, aggressive pour), off white, very frothy, diminishing to a very irregular frothy ring and heaped layer.
Lacing – Recession of the head leaves irregular islands of froth
Body medium amber, hazy, effervescent; lumps in the bottom
Flavor – As the beer warms, the flavors begin to open up. There initially is a candy sugar sweetness and taste, followed by a yeastiness, followed by alcohol. The hoppiness promised by the nose is lost in the alcohol.
Palate medium, slightly syrupy, lively carbonation.

Smells good, tastes okay but … For the price point, one and done.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a nice vibrant head. The head stays a good long while. Pine and malt in the nose. The mouth is struck by the well balanced malt and hops, the alcohol not too evident to me. Yum! Dangerously yum!

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Photo of Hanglow
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour cloudy amber, good head

Spicy yeast, caramel on the nose.

More of the same in taste, little to no hop which is disappointing considering the name and its a fresh bottle. There is some slight floral hop character. Alcohol present but not intrusive despite the strength. Fairly sweet, slight, barely detectable bitterness. Slick
mouthfeel, great carb. Slightly drying on the finish

Is absolutely not a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delight and will maybe be a serious opponent of Duvel triple hop. Worth it! That's saying a lot because I don't usually dig Belgian style IPA. Santé !

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Photo of josanguapo
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Watching Captain America The First Avenger. Delicious stone fruityness, with high ABV perfectly well hidden that compensates swetness perfectly, inviting to long sips

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Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a re-rate down and a heavy edit of the initial review....
Curiously, I have had more beers from Van Steenberge than any foreign brewery...
Van Steenberge's acquisition strategy and marketing and importer (Global Beer) is particularly good. I always buy their sampler packs. And seemingly always in the pack lately , to my chagrin, is Triple Hop.

This has the Piraat taste with extra hops.... too many hops, to the point that I suspect they are playing the American market for a fool. So knowing that it is better to taste great food than too many hops, I started giving away the Triple Hops (and drinking the rest of the Global Beer sampler.) That worked for a while until I got fooled by the new label; thinking the recipe had changed, too. I kept a bottle for enchiladas. They were milder than expected, so I dumped Tabasco sauce on them. Finally, I found the food complement to Triple Hop.
Try it if you like hops. Don't if you don't.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer literally exploded out of the bottle, with just the slightest crack of the seal. I had to clean up a big mess on the office carpet. The appearance is amber-copper, with a thick, spongy, off-white head, racing bubbles (to say the least), and heavy lacing. The beer is semi-cloudy (sediment swished and poured). Aroma is of cellar mold, caramel, apples, spice apple cobbler, toffee, bubble gum, and odd hop oils. Taste is of all that, with a decently bold, yet not harsh, hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is high medium (almost heavy), and Piraat Triple Hop finishes on the dry side. I'm upset that it exploded, because I lost about 2 ounces of the 11.2 ounces in the bottle.


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Photo of matuto
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle (exp. 03/2017), poured in a Leffe tulip. Very light amber and clear liquid, if you don't mess with the sediments in the bottom of the bottle (which I did at the very end). A white (a bit off-white) foam, very persistent, but doesn't leaving much laces. Notes of spices, a delicate honey, crackers and a very subtle citric note, maybe orange. Alcohol shows up a lot. Moderate to high bitterness and very smooth mouth feel. Drinking slowly reveals more of its complexity.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep amber with a large head. The aroma is of pine trees, mint, lemon balm, and grape jelly make up the odd combo for this beer. The flavor leads with pine and mint, followed by the date flavor I pick up in normal Piraat. The mouthfeel is rich and full. Overall this is much better than regular Piraat, but he complexity here is not harmonized, rather it is a bit all over the place. Fun beer, but not a favorite.

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Photo of Zet
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colour with a small but steady head of foam. Smell of malt, grass and herbs. These flavours continue in the taste, but there is still a problem which also troubles the original Piraat: the alcohol is too manifest in my opinion. Luckily, due to the hops used, other flavours (fresh grass, mint, resin) get a chance to shine, but any fruity esters seem to be completely blocked by the taste of booze. It doesn't help the mouth feel either: stingy and, due to the abv, a bit nauseating. It's still a lot more pleasant than the original Piraat, but please, for a good Belgian IPA: more floral hops, less alcohol please. I got an eight pack of these as a birthday gift, so this is a good opportunity to check if some aging in the cellar does any good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a "6 Exclusive Belgian Ales" box from Country Garden 6-Pack recently and each one has been a revelation! It really speaks to the idea of sitting down & spending some time with a beer. Yeah, they're bottles, but when on-clearance works out to be $4.00 USD/per BT, I'm cool with it.

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour that still netted a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose held an odd admixture of anise, grass, spearmint & peppermint. Mouthfeel was medium, but there was a LOT of heat associated in that initial draught. Phew! Inhaling, it was really minty, clean & cool. I wish that more AIPAs were like this. Yeah, it was definitely big (10.5% ABV), but the hops were so fresh & minty that I had blinders on to anything else. Arrgh! I pulled me patch over me empty eyehole & went for more! This scurvy scow be rockin' back & forth like the helmsman be asleep, but it makes me want to drink more of this fine beverage before we cross decks & cross swords! A Piraat cares little about Triple Dry Hopping his wench & I be no exception to that rule. Finish was clean, dry, minty & with about as much heat as I can stand without taking a job as a flame-swallower. Arrgh! Get ye somma this & let me know what ye think. Arrgh! Should it feel like a scurvy dog ran a fid through me tongue?!?

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Photo of EMV
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Yard House, poured into a goblet.

L: Pours a semi-opaque golden amber color. Thick off-white head that lasts approximately forever and leaves awesome lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts and citrus... floral hops and fruit.

T/F: Bold malts and belgian yeast give this a nice complex opening... citrus notes with lemon and grapefruit.. perhaps a bit of pear. Spicy peppercorns and then a lovely hop profile. Nothing like an American IPA... but softer and gentler, very nicely complementing the Belgian strong ale underneath. Well carbonated but smooth. Finish is very clean.

O: Just an awesome beer, and it's like somebody took a Duvel warped it with a gentle hop profile that comes out at the finish. I've never had another quite like it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would drink again any time.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is a nice brown Amber with a thin head that quickly dispersed.

Lots of herbal bitterness on the nose with a nice malt balance. More malt than hops but it's there.

The taste is a little disappointing for the idea of triple hop. Kinda does not deliver. But it does have a nice balance.

A little strong and not hoppy enough for my taste and style. But good nonetheless.

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Photo of j-rod18
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Yardhouse in Denver. Rich, thick brown coloring. Sweet citrus smell, coupled with citrus taste sweetness. Bit of rind feeling in the taste though, didn't appreciate that. Overall was well worth it. High ABV so it hits you pretty quick.

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Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif. Clear reddish amber color with a whipped cream head in the Piraat tulip. Amazing long spicy aromatics. No scent of alcohol, in fact it doesn't taste strong either.

Very sweet to start followed by the Belgian dry finish. Remarkable flavors of such distinctive fruity esters, like cloves and pear nectar and more that is hard to put words to. the sweet and spicy flavor is intense. Slow sipping is the only way to approach this. If only there was a fresh crunchy baguette to go with it.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried from tap. Pours deep amber, almost brown, hazy with a very nice white foam head. Smell is complex, rich, alcoholic, hoppy, sweet and malty, spices and fruit esters from the wheat malt and belgian yeast. Taste is great, intense, bitter, sweet, well balanced and strong at the alcohol. Overall great belgian beer, from tap is amazing.

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Photo of Dzu
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pored from 0.33l bottle into chalice.
L: Turbid copper color with a light foam head.
S: Spices, caramel.
T: Sweet bitternes, very pleasant.
F: Great balanced, medium carbonation and tight body.
O: Great example of belgian IPA!

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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