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Piraat Triple Hop | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

very good
61 Reviews
Piraat Triple HopPiraat Triple Hop

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RuudJH on 06-22-2013

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
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 Filosoof
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Is this the improvement of the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple?

I call this one the best tripel I tasted in 2013.

L: okay ofcourse because of the hops; amber colour tells that this isn't a regular hoppy beer;
S: this is interesting! What is it? I conclude that it's a tiny bit of almond between lots of...malts. And the last thing is ofcourse also quite astonishing for a hop-called-beer.
T: malt, caramel, herbs, almond, orange, alcohol;
M: AWESOME!! The best heavy beer (10,5%) I've ever tasted; the sweets, the malts, the bitterishness, perfectly combined with the heavy alcohol wich doesn't hit you in the face; perfect carbonation; very, very drinkable.
O: Great, great beer. Is it so rare that nobody rates this one? Try it. My topper of 2013.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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 matuto
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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 MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a green label 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger off white head which slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruit Belgian aroma with hints of spice along with citrus and earthy hops. Upfront scent of Belgian yeast with spicy hints of clove, peppers, and funk. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, caramel, straw, and biscuit. Floral and earthy hops with hints of damp grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, pineapple, and melon. Big Belgian fruit hints of green apple, pear, white grape, and banana. Also some hints of bubblegum and Belgian candied sugar along with some alcohol. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and yeasty Belgian taste with big notes of spice, citrus, and earthy hops. Big upfront presence of Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Pale malt with notes of grains, straw, wheat, biscuit, and caramel. Moderate floral and earthy hop presence with some grassy notes. Citrus fruit notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and melon. Dried fruit notes of pear, green apple, banana, and white grape. Notes of bubblegum and sweet Belgian candied sugar. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Some alcohol heat is felt but it isn’t overly hot.

Overall: A very good twist on the Piraat Ale. The added hops aren’t overpowering but add a nice juicy and floral kick.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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 SpanishUnicorn
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like burnt candy mixed with a bouquet of flowers. Low bitterness for an IPA. Floral hops come through in the taste. Very sweet and east to drink, though I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of EMV
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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 scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a huge, airy, and fluffy off-white head that took forever to fade into rocky film. Sticky wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Belgian yeast, bright, leafy hops, peppery spice, doughy malt, and slight golden fruit. I get just a touch of caramel and alcohol as well.
T: Belgian yeast is again at the forefront with doughy and spicy flavors alongside clove and slight bubblegum. The hops are green, earthy, and spicy, and I get just a touch of mint as well. This is the perfect mix between spicy yeast and hops. The aftertaste is tingly, sweet, and juicy.
M: Medium-full body, tingly and bubbly carbonation, slick and chewy mouthfeel with a viscous kiss of booze. Drinks well.
O: Flavorful and surprisingly drinkable given the ABV. I thought this was balanced and well executed. A great alternative to the original.

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

A bit hoppier then the regular Piraat. Taste, smell and body are still outstanding. Have not found this in a lot of places. definitely worth a "full pour" try.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber producing 3+ fingers of bone white, frothy, lasting head that leaves streaks & sheets of clumpy lacing. Aroma is caramel, hay & biscuit, sweet fruity esters of Belgian yeast, especially banana & hints of orange & apple, some cloves & other spices, honey, some alcohol, earthy & grassy hops but less than expected. Taste is biscuit & caramel malt, sweet fruity yeast: banana, peach, pear & candy apple, cherry with a hint of citrus; honey, alcohol, earth, floral & grassy hops with a nice bitterness in the boozy finish & aftertaste. Sweet yeast fruit notes, alcohol, caramel malt, earth & bitterness make up the aftertaste linger long. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with moderate carbonation, wet, juicy with some prickles, becoming drier & drawing in the aftertaste.

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Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Wrigfen
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, another gem from Belgium. Great taste, smooth gently hidden ABV. High cost prohibits me from enjoying this more or ranking higher.
Try it though! Excellent

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a half finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, apple and pear juice, Belgian yeast, cloves, spicy. Flavor of bready and mildly biscuit malt, apple family fruit, light candi sugar, Belgian spicing. Finishes with a nice combination of grassy hop bitterness and cloves, giving a spicy Belgian feel to the hops. Not much herbal hop flavor, but the dry hopping is apparent in the finish. Medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. Piraat has been one of my favorite Belgain ales and I was uncertain how I would like this hopped version. No concerns, there is a nice balance between the Belgian base ale, the hops and the traditional Belgian spices. Alcohol is surprisingly well covered. I will be drinking this happily along side the regular Piraat whenever it shows up.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 16AM. From the mixed six pack. Sampled on April 14, 2014.

The pour is a cloudy looking copper pale yellow with a modest off-white head and a lot of floating sediment! I love floating sediment! Big grade for that alone.

The aroma has all the Belgian yeast, biscuit malts, meaty fruit and candied sugars you expect with a bitter bite penetrating the nose. Pear and apple for the fruit character in about that order.

Medium to full body.

The toasted biscuit malts and fruit flavors are there but muted due to the earthy hop character that roars in from the background. It finishes dry with a bitter, memorable bite. 10.5% alcohol well integrated but I felt it by the time I finished writing this review.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

The hop rage of the U.S.A. seems to have washed upon the shores of Belgium in recent years, and Piraat Triple Hop is one of many instances. From a stubby 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Get a wide mouth glass ready, as this is one heady beer. Below is a dark amber colroed beer with a hue of tanned orange. That billowy head continues to hold itself up. Despite being labled as Triple Hop, I'm not getting the explosion that I was expecting. The aroma is on the softer side, with a kiss of pineapple, sugar, apricot, and leather.

Alcoholic, dry, and lightly sweet sum up the characteristics of Piraat Triple Hop. Light squeezes of sugar coated fruit burst through first before the beer obtain a dry, grassy character. Some notes of solvent alcohol are noted. Still, the beer has a "fluffy" mouthfeel with a softnmassage of carbonation bubbles. Even at the end of the glass, that long-lasting head remains in the form of whisped lacing.

It has been a long time since I had a regular Piraat, so I at least expected a wave of hops. I'm not sure if it arrived, but I will say that this is one enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Shanex
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 j-rod18
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 cambabeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

This was really good. The hop character came through really well. Nice apple and pepper notes in the nose. Earthy in the taste, with some malt breaking through the hops. Hops make up the finish. The alcohol is noticed but pretty well masked here. Really good beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear to hazy orange with another huge head of foam.

Smell is of Brett big time but also hoppy and spicy.

Spicy, malty, certainly hoppy, this has it all going on.

Medium body with zesty carbonation but not as much as the regular Piraat.

Delightful complexity.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a slightly hazy honey golden, pillowy off-white head is almost an inch thick and retains very well.

Smells of citrus and bretty yeast over dry grassy malts with a notable woody hoppiness.

Tastes of grassy malts with some hints of citrus and distinct Belgian esters with a dry grassy hop finish.

Body is medium with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

It's literally a hoppier Piraat. That means its just as good as regular Piraat but with more hops. If you think that sounds good, you'll like it. Otherwise you probably won't. I'd personally take regular Piraat over this, but at the same time this is quite good and worth trying.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spectacular looking beer. Amber color, huge head with a lot of carbonation.. There is a good amount of lacing.
Aroma was funky, spicey, and piney.
A resiney pine taste, some onion, and a bit of spice. There was a very strong malt ibackground.
Medium-bodied, insanely carbonated. 10.5% ABV very well hidden.
Good, almost great, beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as big and bold as I would have suspected, but still pretty darn good. Pours a deep, dark amber with high fluffy head, that dissipates down to an oily sheen. Rich aroma of dried fruits and brown sugar, dark malts. Taste is more of the raisin, prune, fig with some additional mild sugary sweetness. Overall weight is a bit lighter than I would expect, but still a good Belgian nonetheless.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A two finger puffy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, spicy, yeasty esters, vanilla, apple, pear, bready, pilsner malts, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Same as above. Well balanced and enjoyable. Slight bitterness and some warm boozy alcohol in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, a little chewy, medium to full bodied, a little dry, a little booze, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice BIPA. More citrus or tropical hops could have made this better, but sticking with Euro style hops and a tripel malt profile still makes this one heck of a brew.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle, sample from the importer.

Massive white head that is slow to dissipate, great looking clear amber hue. Floral nose, hint of taffy, crackers, and ripe pears. Lush smoothness, candied fruit, touch of peppery alcohol, delicate herbal and floral hop with a faint edge of citrus. The 10.5% is pretty mellow, noticeable but mellow. Basically a great Belgian with a bit more hop character. It works, would visit this one again without hesitation.

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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