Piraat Triple Hop | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

BA SCORE
88
very good
360 Ratings
Piraat Triple HopPiraat Triple Hop
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RuudJH on 06-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
360
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
102
For Trade:
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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down and has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of spices.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of candi sugars—but without little in the way of associated sweetness—and finishes with additional notes of spices and hints of Belgian yeast. Not much bitterness is perceptible, as it seems to have been mostly negated by the underlying candi sugars.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be maltier than I would expect from a Belgian IPA but is quite drinkable considering its strength because it does a very good job at hiding its alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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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3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

[from notes] Stubby 33cl brown bottle.
Poured amber; slightly hazy; very large and durable bone-colored head; bands of sticky lacing. A full pour still left some dark brown sediment in the bottle. Very appealing aroma with brown bread, ripe fruits and a hint of toffee. The flavor follows largely, with intensity building through the finish and into the aftertaste. Very good sweet/bitter balance with an overall slightly sweet character. High ABV is well hidden in the nose, but only partly hidden in the feel and upon tasting. Nice hints of raisins and brandied dates, along with some hop notes, in the aftertaste. Tastes considerably darker than it actually looks. O: less well known than Piraat but worth seeking out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and pale malts with slightly less than moderate aromas of slightly sweet light fruits (apple, pear, and peach), candi sugar sweetness, and slightly peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and biscuit malts with a moderate amount of light fruit flavors including apple, pear, and peach. There is a light to moderate amount of candi sugar contributing a moderate amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of spicy/peppery yeast and a light to moderate amount of earthy hops contributing a light amount of bitterness that fades slowly. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I really enjoy this beer, even though I have a semi-tired palate from Belgian beers (been drinking them for way too many years). Probably the best beer I have tried from this brewery in a long time. Alcohol could be hidden a little better but still a nice sipping beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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 MarkyMOD
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Piraat Triple Hop from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.93 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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