Piraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped Ale
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Piraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped AlePiraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped Ale
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #32
Ranked #13,283
3.95 | pDev: 10.13%
Apr 07, 2022
Jun 22, 2013
Very Good
Piraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped AlePiraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped Ale
Notes: 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.
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4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trevormajor from Ohio

330ML bottle, birthdate unknown, poured into a Teku glass at 42 degrees F:
L - dark and malty with an off white head that lingered
S - biscuit, malt
T - malty and hoppy, very nice; I'm guessing Belgian yeast is not used as this doesn't have that classic Belgian flavor (Coriander, Banana)
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation, good feel for an IPA
O - very good, there are floaters, but they are settling nicely on the bottom. I'm guessing this beer is at least 2-3 years old and it still rocks

Apr 07, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by vinicole from England

Bottle conditioned. Light copper colour with a thin dense head.
Slightly rustic aroma of hops and yeast .
A candied sweetness at the front followed by a mixed flavour of esters (pear drops) and autumn fruits. The hops providing a nice bitter bite but any flavour is somewhat lost. . Spice present.
Soft carbonation. Medium high in body. A non aggressive but boozy feel.
Complex. A Belgium beer alright.

Jan 14, 2022
4.35 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Dec 12, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Anders91 from California

Look: nice golden color with a small white head

Smell: really nice floral hop notes with some good malt as well

Taste: hop profile of an IPA but with the maltiness of a good Belgian strong ale

Feel: small prickly bubbles

Nov 05, 2021
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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Ladiloque from Italy

Served at 8°C. Very dark opaque blonde. Foam fastly receding. Carbonation almost absent.
Hoppy smell, grass and lemon. Yeast and alcohol.
Taste delicate: hops, citruses, smooth with a hint of bitterness. Abv - surprisingly - not overwhelming.
Medium to thick body.
Not my type of beer but a complex well brewed one for sure.

Apr 12, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)…
L- Mid amber, slight haze (some sediment left @ base of bottle). Poured with 1Cm just off white head, looks like it'll stick around. [ps 10mins later, holds very well]
S- Slightly aromatic, somewhere between yeast+fruit notes. Subtle though.
T- Innnnteresting. I see 'Triple Hop' and I half expect a hop-bomb. Nope. This was richness, depth, the ABV% is there to see too. There are Belgian estery yeast notes by the bucket load, plus some gentle/balanced hoppy notes into the finish.
F- It's quite big, somewhat pungent, somewhat rich, but it's also balanced and easy-going for it's ABV%
O- I like it. 'Tripel Hop' suggests a hop-hammer, a hipster-challenge, nope, it's big alright but far more balanced than that. Perhaps it's like a Tripel with a *slightly* brighter and more contemporary hop aspect. I like it, well balanced, the whole fits together nicely.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed!
330ml bottle £5.25 BB: 02/Sep/22 Bought from BelgianBeerCompany, Stoke/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 07, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Robinshutedrums from England

Golden in colour. Smell is light and hoppy and wheat like. Taste is hoppy, wheat like and typically Belgium. A good Belgium beer but not a classic

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4.59 by Daniel473 from Netherlands on Oct 02, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by trancecylist from Pennsylvania

Compares to Duvel Hop Tripel, but suffers in the comparison. The sweetness predominates, as it's a percentage higher than the Duvel at 10.5. But unlike the Duvel, the hop presence here is very hard to detect. It's decent as a tripel, but the "Hop 3" element is misleading.

May 04, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MercInc from Wisconsin

Poured at 55 degrees into a tulip glass. Golden honey color with a off-white head. Nose is lightly bready with citrusy hop notes. High ABV made for a clean, crisp finish. But beware, as this one could get ahead of you.

Apr 27, 2020
4.03 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Mar 25, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a dark nearly cloudy amber/gold. Excellent bone-white foamy head gives way to great lacing.

Sweet malts on the front of the aromas, with faint hops it the background. Hallmark yeast notes as well.

Sweet malts hit the tip of the tongue with fruitiness, followed by spicy yeast, white pepper notes, and then faint hops and booze at the finish. The hops muddle the brew without adding much real flavor.

The brew has the great feel finish and carbonation of the original.

The original brew is a fave. This one is not bad but falls short, much like Duvel's triple hop effort.

Mar 01, 2020
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5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Khocolate from Tennessee

Awesome Beer.

Jul 26, 2019
4 by windowside from Germany on Jul 21, 2019
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Photo of jonb5
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jonb5 from England

A: 330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip. A: Golden, hazy, medium sized rocky head, decent retention, left lots of lacing.

S: Phenols and yeast, slight hint of hops.

T: Phenols, starch, lingering finish combined slight booze with candy sugar.

M: Crisp texture for the high abv, moderate carbonation.

O: Did a good job of hiding the high booze content, more Belgian strong ale than American DIPA, like a lot of the Van Steenberge lineup, it's a dangerously drinkable strong beer.

May 16, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. "Piraat Triple Hop"
330 ml brown glass bottle, coded "14JN 09:22"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Great label. I have no idea what the date code means, other than it was probably bottled at 9:22 am. Being a hoppy beer I hope it's fresh so let's see... it's much darker than the Piraat that I remember which was a deep golden. This is a very hazy chestnut brown. The head is full and fluffy and off-white in color. Well, the aroma seems malty to me which suggests this might be an old sample. It's caramelish and fruity, a touch citrusy, but not really hoppy. For a triple hop beer I expect a brightly hoppy aroma. The head has dropped quite a bit by now but it still maintains almost a half inch in height, and the lacing is great. Back to the beer, can this be right? Is this bottle mislabeled? Or is this really old bottle? It's just so dark and malty I can't imagine it's right - another example of why breweries should use clear dating. - Well, no, I googled it and it's supposed to be amber so there's that. Where the hops are I don't know. - On to the flavor, it's exactly as the aroma suggests it will be. It's malty with a clear note of rich medium-dark caramel, some apple, fig, and raisin, a light bit of orange, and a touch of spiciness and earthiness in the finish. It's a little sweet in the finish but not by too much, it's not sticky or cloying. It does not appear to be oxidized, at least to the point of getting papery or cardboard-like, although oxidation can increase the perception of maltiness and caramel notes before those set in. Still, I think it's not that old of a bottle. In the mouth it's medium-full in body, and delicately effervescent with a light bristle on the tongue that warms to become smooth and creamy. So, how to rate this? It's a good beer, I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit, but I'm not finding all of those hops. The head retention and lacing are excellent, and although it's very hazy I'll take the blame for that because I didn't leave it in the fridge for long enough that it could settle, and then I transported it as well - I wasn't thinking. I think the smell is great, and the flavor just as good or better, but again... hops? I'll just have to let that go and review it from a straight-forwardly hedonistic point of view. The only thing that I really find odd is that they used the Piraat name when they've clearly ventured into an entirely new beer.
Review# 6,512

Mar 11, 2019
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5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by baerstev from Minnesota

Great tasting beer, very pleasantly surprised. I enjoy many different styles of beer, though admittedly most Belgian styles aren't really at the top of my list. Bought this in a six-pack sampler, last one I drank, head and shoulders above the others. Of all the dozens and dozens of Belgian beers of a variety of styles I have tried over the years, this is my favorite. 10.5% abv, but it is presented so well you don't know it. I find a lot of craft beers that are intended for summer to be a little boring and just a step or two away from beerwater Pilsners (Bud, Miller, etc.) - I doubt this beer was intended for summer or any other specific season, but after years of searching I think I finally found my preferred summer beer. It is light enough but strong and complex if that makes sense. Not sure why it has a lower rating, maybe folks don't think it conforms well enough to what "the style should be." I don't care, great and unique tasting beer, maybe it should be the Belgian IPA that other Belgian IPAs should aspire to, learn from, try to compete with, whatever.

Feb 22, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by drmeto from Germany

-pours a hazy golden with a small to medium, foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
A good, hoppy Belgian ale.I prefer it over the latest version of Duvel's Tripel Hop.

Nov 28, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Bombelsky from Poland

Not bad but loses triple characteristics and IPA flavor is not enough pronounced. Some citric aromas, malty notes. Grainy malty flavor some dryness and medium dry finish. Tasty beer.

Nov 04, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a hazy honey/amber color with a 1 inch head and some floaties. Smell is of yeast, apples. Taste is apples, alcohol, malts, a bit of raisins, light bitterness and sweetness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall, maybe a bit to boozy, but still an enjoyable beer.

Nov 04, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled and presumably bottle conditioned
gours a deep rich wheat coloured body with big foaming white head
medicanl aroma, slight aspect of angus bitters
flavours swerves violently from caramel to lime to a hint of cinnamon, all sweet but never heavy

Oct 01, 2018
3.92 by JPadilla from Florida on Sep 07, 2018
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