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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Piraat triple hop is a balanced, complex brew with defined hop character. Brouwerij Van Steenberge uses the famous Piraat ale as the base providing the brew with a full-bodied fruity flavor from the malt blended with dry characteristics derived from the high levels of alcohol. Then, four different hops are added into the brew three times during the brewing process (hence triple hop).

The hops pitched are saaz, tetra and aurora twice in the brew house and then cascade is used to dry hop. These four hop styles deliver a complex character, which stands up to the great name of Piraat.

Added by RuudJH on 06-22-2013

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Photo of qrazvan
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice flowery smell, almost like an IPA.
Well balanced triple but still with a lot of sweet flavours (caramel, dark sugar, syrup) that makes it more suitable for the fans of this type of beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown and hazy with a white head.

S: grassy with some burnt caramel.

T: great with burnt sugar, a touch of hop bitterness and lots of brown sugar.

M: medium light with aggressive carbonation.

O: overall pretty malty, tasty, but an odd duck.

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Photo of emincems
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer from the mixed Belgium six pack into the tulip
Holy HELL the beer exploded from the cap removal and in the glass well over two inched of foam beer is a very hazy amber brown color. Smells full of pear and apple sweetness not getting much in hops but ABV seems well hidden. Taste is pretty much sour apple followed by some sweeter malts and fruity yeasts. Very balanced hop bitterness. Body is pretty good slightly cloying ethanol but it goes down smooth enough.

Overall I am pretty sure this bottle is old which makes for a less than stellar dry hop experience. Still it's smooth enough to be... interesting.

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Photo of heddar33
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Storm_Rryder
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little more hoppy than regular piraat, not as foamy. Still great Belgian taste.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, cloudy amber body topped with a thick, sticky, sculpted head. Strong white pepper and pine resin scent; rich, sugary aroma. Peppery, boozy, malty flavor. Heavy, sticky body; dryness battling the residual sugars; alcohol warmth and dryness.

This beer will get your attention. Heavy and boozy with a nice hoppy, spicy kick.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a foamy off-white head, excellent retention and solid lacing.
S: Slightly tart. Floral bouquet with aromas of honey, apple, pear, and citrus.
T: Sweet up front, with flavors of honey and pear up front and a bit more raisiny on the back. Bitterness strongly present, yet acts as a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.
M: Medium to full-bodied with serious persistence to the effervescence.
O: My first Belgian IPA, not by any means my last. Really impressed to Brouwerij Van Steenberge's offerings.

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Photo of Beerucee
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

You can taste the alcohol.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-Beautiful loking copper color.
S- fresh caramel.
T- Dry bitter complex flavors.
F- Full bodied.

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Photo of cgmjr_bsb
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmaggot
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dentist666
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber with 2-finger off-white head, moderate retention.
Smell - spicy yeasts, some floral hops.
Taste - candi, belgian yeasts, decent hop bitterness.
Medium body, soft to medium carbonation, very good.

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Photo of Foley67
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/20/17:

Pretty sure the “Triple Hop” and the “Triple Dry Hop” are the same beers based on a few minutes of research outside of this site. The latter I believe to be a newer, more descriptive label, and that’s all. If I[‘m mistaken, I look forward to trying whichever one I am not really reviewing (I saved the bottle, so I’ll have to find it and check it to see).

I am reviewing this at possibly three years old. Vintage early, mid, late 2014? Purchased it two years and two months ago, but who knows how long it was sitting there, how long it take to import, etc.? Somewhat irresponsible on my part since a hoppy beer like this should be enjoyed relatively fresh, but not altogether the wrong thing to do, given the nature of Belgian beers and the high alcohol content. Will try to make amends for it, regardless, by buying and re-reviewing fresh, the next time I see it.

Caramel-colored with orange and copper hues, opaque throughout, distinctly mirky just under the head, with sparse dregs settled near the bottom. Easily stirred, light tan foamy head of moderate retention. Giant fluffy solid ring of lace. Smells of green apples, but not in an unpleasant or unfitting way, caramel, toffee, bit of plum and almost cherry, light vinegar, deteriorated but not really off-putting hops. Very good, the triple hopping isn’t beyond salvage, it’s likely different from what it was to begin with, but still contributes to this beer. Extremely vinous like dry vermouth throughout. But so much more than that. From start to finish, generic tartness moving to caramel, a little sugar, and more distinct fruit character of red apples, plums, to immediately balanced by the herbs and earthiness and dryness of the hops, and spice of the alcohol, together like white pepper. Medium-bodied, slick and sloshy, with mellow, abundant, fine carbonation, but an almost harsh alcoholic burn, which actually seems appropriate here. If my review of regular Piraat is any indication, my palate at the time was either still underdeveloped or I probably should age that too before reviewing.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep amber, big fluffy head, some lacing
S: sweet, dark fruits
T: candied sugar, honey, some fruit
F: bites the tip of the tongue, good mouthfeel
O: great beer

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Photo of Croatian
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's ok but.... it have smell like some home flowers. But it's ok...

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Photo of Brolo75
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a orange amber color with a big white frothy head, lots of lacing, very little head retention.

A: Lots of candied Belgian sugar, honey, Belgian yeast, pepper, slight sweet citrus aroma, alcohol is not present on the nose.

T: It's very sweet and malty, like the nose candied sugar and honey up front, kick of moderate citrus and pine like bitterness in the middle, finish has more pine and citrus lingering with heavy malt notes and pepper lingering in the finish. Alcohol does come through strong especially as the beer warms.

M: Full bodied with a creamy, frothy, smooth mouthfeel, very dry finish.

O: I thought this was going to have more hop characteristics, it didn't, it's sweet and malty with a touch of pepper, sweet citrus, pine, and Belgian yeast.

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Photo of kbrown
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tux_alin
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schavuytje
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Steenberge eruptive cliff Duvel
Known Belgian "yeast" taste (very) frothy, sweet, lightly fresh
Deliciously sour form of fresh herbs (sage), full smooth bitter taste in the aftermath, nice foamy and light co2

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Photo of mishi_d
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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