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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Belgian IPA
Ranked #31
Ranked #9,294
3.96 | pDev: 10.1%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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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Photo of trancecylist
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of MercInc
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jonb5
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.
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Photo of baerstev
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of The_Bujon
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely light hazy golden body, just a shame the head is disappointing. It dissipates quickly and lacing is above average.

Aroma is full of sweet hops, and with a 10.5% abv, alcohol is present on the nose.

Taste is good, sumptuous ripe figs, caramel and only mild hops, a lovely tasting brew.

Feel is a touch artificial, evaporating off the tongue.

Overall 4/5 every day of the week, and one of my favourite hop heavy beverages.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -4.3%
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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It drops brilliant amber blanketed by a lacy, rocky 3" light cream foam cap with good retention

S: smells slightly tart with over ripe fruit, spicy, earthy hops, fruit, citrus, stone fruit and spicy yeast aromas

T: flavors start mildly sweet with stone fruit tending towards honey sweetened peach seasoned by citrus, especially orange and tangerine

F: medium body and medium very mousse-like and creamy carbonation.

O: well rounded yet layered and complex

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Those Belgians know how to create a great looker and this beer is no exception, building a full three fingers of foam over the the hazy auburn colored liquid; streaks and clumps of lacing hang around

Smell: Caramel and apple tones along with candi sugar and stone fruit; as grassy aspect, as well

Taste: Grassy bitter tones jut forward to offset the sweet caramel, apple and candi sugar backbone; stone fruit develops, through the middle, as the bitterness builds; the finish brings on more of the sweet side, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The sweet and bitter flavors clash from start to finish and the beer never really works for me

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Photo of beergoot
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +8.6%
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 Dentist666
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Libeertarian
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -4.8%
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 Brolo75
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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 schavuytje
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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 VeganUndead
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I wanted this to be so much better than it was. Amazing label, great lacing even for the elevated abc, very disappointing mouthfeel and flavor profile

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Murky orange brew; little head retention or production.

Belgian yeast overcomes hop notes of pine and mandarin orange. The nose is heavily influenced by the yeast.

Palate follows: strengths are, in order, yeast, malts, and then hops. Pears are the dominant flavor up front, followed by bananas and apples, albeit much weaker. Second half is prominently spicy and earthy yeast. Finish returns to sweet and thick pale malts, with noticeable fruity hop balance.

Incredible presentation of a 10.5% ABV brew. Way too easy to drink!

Drinks a lot like a traditional Tripel. This is a really delicious brew.

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Piraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 440 ratings