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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:
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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

No distinguishable hop aroma at all, could smell only the alcohol. Taste follows the nose with nothing but alcohol. One of the booziest beers I have ever tasted. Couldn't even finish it.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Moose90
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A – Bright copper in color with a tall, sticky, white head. Amazing lace.

S – Malty, Belgian yeast tones, musty almost.

T – Bitter, malty, rich, sweet, an amazing quantity of bittering hops come through here.

M – Medium-Full bodied, lingering and lasting finish.

O – Very interesting approach, little to no floral and fresh hops are tasted, but man does this pack a punch with all the bittering hops.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Hanglow
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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 biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml stout as ever was bottle, a refugee from a current mixed Belgian pack from this brewery.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat rocky ecru head, which leaves some stellar pockmarked concrete wall lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of tart tropical (pineapple, kiwi, and guava) fruit, semi-sweet bready caramel malt, musty leather, a weird milkiness, a soft earthy yeast sourness, and a touch of warming metallic alcohol. The taste is sweet, gritty, and grainy pale and caramel malt, an overdose of candy sugar, rather saccharine orange cream and spearmint-eque piney hop notes, musty, and strangely phenolic and funky yeast, and a sidling warming booziness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a tickle to be had for a song here, the body a steady medium weight, but seemingly sugar-boosted in its somewhat clammy and calculated smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the muddled malt and sweetness addenda washing over any lingering hop aspirations, if there were ever any at all.

A crazily off-kilter beast, this one is - more Tripel-like in its base malt, yeast, and alcohol bearing, before the anemic attempt at hopping it up even has a chance to underwhelm. Too hot and throat aggrieving to really recommend as a good example of the style.

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Photo of Zet
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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 RyanK252
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces very well.

S: Belgian yeast, banana and clove, fruity, almost like white wine, a bit spicy, and some alcohol.

T: Kinda fruity, apple and white wine, plenty of funky Belgian yeast presence, floral notes, sweet kinda bready malt, and some alcohol.

M: On the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'm disappointed by this one. Given the name I was expecting something at least moderately hoppy, but there wasn't much there. Too sweet and boozy for me to really get into it.

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Photo of Zolin
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent caramel with a rocky, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes into a consistent, soapy, quarter inch cap. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose expresses Belgian yeast, a hint of tangerine, candi sugar and a slightly medicinal quality towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, there's a trace of spiciness in the middle of the flavor profile. There's also some cereal grain sweetness in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light); however, the carbonation on this beer is way too assertive - gassy and prickly. All and all, a decent Belgian IPA; however, at 10.5% it's a bit closer to a Belgian DIPA - the alcohol is well-hidden though. All that said, the carbonation on this beer really detracts from the overall.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows caramel, spicy hops, booze and candy floss. Not overly complex.
Similarly sweet flavours, lots of sugary confectionery with some pear and apple notes. Some booze in the finish.
Nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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 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 market. So knowing that it is better to taste great food than too many hops, I started giving away the extras (and drinking the rest of the smaller pack.) 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.
Buy it if you like hops. Don't if you don't.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 constantine_272
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Czequershuus
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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 woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Piraat Triple Hop (Belgian brewers are very much into the IPA now), is a bit different from what I expected: it doesn't have the powerfull bitterness, it's much more subtle. The taste is quite a bit more sweet as well. Malty. As it's much milder, the alcohol does come through more in the mouthfeel as well.
Overall I found it a disappointing experience. If they call it a triple hop, I hope for more hop than this.
It's still a very good beer, but I had hoped for more of the IPA goodness.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Dusty copper, cloudy to the point of no transparency, some particles floating within. Topped with 2 fingers of light beige rock candy head and lacing.

S: Crème brulee, burnt bock like quality, candy sugar, light cantaloupe fruitiness. A little alcohol. A little floral daisy like quality, phenols and prunes.

T: Phenols, prunes, crème brulee, candy sugar, light fruitiness. A little lemony quality, solid sweetness, a burnt bitter finish, a hint of lemon oil like the zest of a lemon. Fruity and floral as well.

M: Thick, syrupy body with a light oily citrus coating on the tongue. Medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: It’s listed as a Belgian IPA, but really different from others in this style I’ve had. Strong, somewhat bock like, and like a strong pale ale in many ways. Bought and drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Oct 16th, 2014.

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Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick billowy two finger white head. Very good head retention as should be expected and awesome lacing too.

Aroma is very fruity with some tropical notes poking through in between the coriander and banana yeasty esters. It provides a really nice balance and is quite enticing. A nice introduction to the beer.

The flavor, unfortunately, is a bit on the harsh side. Some nice juiciness up front but this is quickly washed away by somewhat of a muddled mess. Yeasty esters along with a good it of bread but the alcohol is a little too much. Moderate bitterness but lots of warmth and a sweet and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, I really wanted to like this beer but it just misses the mark. Tone the alcohol down a bit and there might really be something here.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Short 375 bottle.. greenish label picked up at Brewer's Haven in Boise last week... pours a hazy light orange... sheets of white lace coat the goblet.

Big balanced pepper phenols/light apple esters dominate the nose.

Flavor mirrors the aromas perfectly... no problems with any of this bottle... very well done tripel expectations.

Light/medium body with abundant carbonation...

Honestly.. this is the best Steenberge NV I have had in years... Perfectly clean and very drinkable.


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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always the liberally hopped Belgian ale, its really no surprise to see Steenberge's endevors carrying them across the threshold and into a full blown Belgian IPA. Keeping their Western European character, its floral and spicy hop character is classically of the noble German varieties.

Its heavy handed malt balance provides a sweet taste that's slightly syrupy and carries a floral honey undercurrent. A modest tealike herbal component has delicate citrus, grass and a flowery bouquet.

As the malt begins to dissolve, its spicy middle palate is lightly acidic, winey and balanced with spicy bitterness. Rummy warmth is laced with apple, lemon, apricot, fig and oranges- all of the slightly under-ripened character.

Its onward trek toward closure turns the beer bitingly bitter and bracingly spicy. While its carbonation is tempered, buffed out by the ordinate residual sweetness that lingers on. Hedging on fusal taste, its numbing prickle is needed to slice through its honey liquor aftertaste and texture.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a small tulip glass a deep burnt orange with a large white fluffy-sticky crown that leaves globs of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Leafy and slightly medicinal hops along with deep fruity esters and mild alcohol.Sweet alcohol and tropical fruitiness on the palate with some underlying leafiness,it never gets too sweet though,me personally would like more big brash hops but it's not bad.

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Photo of jacobdunne
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting. I had no prior knowledge of this brewery, so I saw the "Triple Hop" and was looking for bitterness and hoppiness but I got an unusually sweet taste. EXTREMELY sweet and not at all hoppy or bitter. If you're looking for a sweet-tasting beer with high alcohol content, then look no further.

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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