Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap)
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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #499
Ranked #38,703
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
De Brabandere
Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap)Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap)
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Photo of GClarkage
4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/17/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz undated bottle. Poured into my Stone Levitation tulip. Perhaps one of the coolest labels on a beer I have ever seen. That dude scares me....him and his beady black hollow eyes.

Appearance- Golden peach hued pour. Champagne bubbles from the start. Huge, gigantic, humongous head. It won't stop growing. Literally had to wait 15 minutes to be able to pour the whole beer into the glass. And I poured it slowww.
One of the best lacings I have ever seen from a beer. Chunks everywhere.

Smell- Very nice sweet malty tripel smell. Reminecent of the better tripels out there.

Taste- Starts off with just a touch of a sour note and finishes with a great sweet malty flavor. Just the tinyest bit of watery feeling towards the swallow. This was the perfect beer at the given time.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, yet at the same time, silky smooth and sweet. Went down super easy. Maybe a touch cloying.

Drinkability- This is right up there with St. Bernardus and Abbaye de Rocs tripel. At least my taste buds say it is. Awesome tripel you should give a try. Shoot, just buy it for the label alone! $3.50 was a bargain IMO.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I swear, I can not pour a beer into the Oerbier glass to save my life. This fella has a healthy 3.5 finger head that is pillowing out of the glass with 3/4 of the bottle poured. White head, slow to receed, nice translucent yellow orange color. Smell is a nice belgian like malt, maybe some pils malts in there, with some light hops and ethanol, almost Duvel like on the nose. Wow. Taste is right there. Slightly sour with a surprising sweet twist at the end. Nice balance with the finishing hops, an easy warm to the brew. Deeper in the class, more of a carmal note on the nose. Spongy lacing in rows. Really digging the sour/sweet battle this brew has going for it. A good complex brew.

Thanks to my bud RblWthACoz for packing this in.

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Photo of janubio
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pale cloudy golden colour, with a good head and great lace. Smells of coriander, citrus and pepper oily, vanilla, maybe?
Silky palate, sour and sweet flavors are in a constant battle, I'd say sour wins. Palate of tropical fruits, papaya and or mango maybe, banana, cloves... I refuse to keep looking for flavors and going to simply enjoy this great beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of maltiness and some hints of fruit going on with a lot of yeast-spiciness. The flavor has a solid malt character with a hint of sourness and some dark fruits. Plenty of spice from the yeast. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Very flavorfull and enjoyable.

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Photo of Umbra
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a free four pack won during a dinner event. Pours a very light yellow colored brew with loads of champagne bubbles. Big white foamy top with loads of retention and lacing. Overall very beautiful.Very fruity smelling, having huge amounts of peaches and apples. Finished with some spiciness.

Overall a pretty subdued beer. All the aromas come through in the flavor. Loads of peach and pear, making it come off a bit tart. Finishes nice and peppary, with spicy clove. Grassy hops are hopping around, but with no real punch to them.

The lite, champagne like view comes through in the mouthfeel, which is considerably lighter than I expected with a triple. This becomes a positive, making all kinds of drinkable. Though the ETOH will sneak up on you, this one is very drinkable.

Overall: Not bad in and of itself. Would recommend not taking it with you to football tailgates, as you would only attract unwanted questions of "why are you drinking a beer called pillow biter?" Bavik's website has it listed as a "blonde ale fermented in bottle." it is much more than just that.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden straw with a white fluffy, yet large bubbled head which overflowed the glass and lasted well to coat it.

The aroma was nicely spiced with Belgian ale character. The hop aroma was earthy and present. Some yeast character was also present also some citrus aromas were notable.

The flavor was earthy and nicely bittered with hop flavors leading the charge. The flavor also contained a low level of Belgian yeast spice, but was more earthy than anything else. The flavor was also very crisp in the final incantation with only low levels of nondescript frutiness.

The finish was dry with lasting earthiness and a slight citrus note into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light and with the higher carbonation led to an good drinkability. No appreciable alcohol was noted anywhere in the beer, not the aroma, the flavor, nor in the finish or warming. Nicely done as a Belgian Pale Ale.

11.2 ounce bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta for $3.50. This may be called a Triple but was more of a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bubbles in a bright gold body. I learned my lesson with the red-capped version and poured this one slooowly. Even so, I'm left looking at more bright white foam than beer. The cap resembles softly beaten egg whites and deposits a respectable amount of smeary lace as it deflates. The thick band that forms at midglass is pretty impressive as well. This is one attractive tripel.

The nose is a good one. Golden fruit is the name of the game, less so spice and even less so alcohol. Sweet slices of pear and peach with a smattering of clove. It isn't the least bit white peppery to my nose. All in all, this seems like one of the more basic, tame tripels. Of course, I haven't tasted it yet.

It isn't as tame as predicted, but it's no raging beast either. The flavor profile is also golden fruity and is much more bitter than sweet. Pilaarbijter isn't a member of the full-bodied, lushly sweet, piquantly spicy tripel clan (my favorites), but is a lighter-bodied, austerely bitter, mildly spiced version. I like the second type too, I just don't like them as much.

The fruitiness is overshadowed to some extent by hops that are almost certainly of the noble variety, since they're intensely floral and even somewhat grassy. There's more clove spice than suggested by the nose, but it's still on the understated side. This beer wears its ABV proudly, not wanting to (or needing to) camouflage any portion of the 7.5%.

Even though the mouthfeel is lighter and slightly more fizzy than I usually like, the combination works well within the context of the flavor profile and the beer's overall personality. As I enter the final third of the bottle the carbonation is beginning to settle down.

I like this brass-capped version of Pilaarbijter (tripel) better than the red-capped one (Flanders Oud Bruin) and I don't believe that it has anything to do with the fact that I like the former style better than the latter one. Okay, maybe it does. In any case, this is a very good beer for those looking for a slightly different take on what I've now decided is my favorite Belgian style.

From the back label: 'He's a pilaarbijter (pillar biter)' means that 'he's a hypocritical man', according to a Netherlandish proverb penned by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

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Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml.brown bottle pours a light GOLD ale with a huge white, billowy head. Tons of sticky lace to follow till the end. A lot of activity on the gentle pour.

The smell is sweet, spicy and alcoholic. Kind of reminds me of a mead on steroids, smells potent for 7.5 ABV. Sweet golden fruit malty nose with some citric aftertones and some wavering alcohol. Almost a peppery spiceness, kind of has a polyester resin smell about it... I like the aroma.

The flavor is quite complex, pear, peach and pink grapefruit, tamed with a sour bitterness of the yeast and hops. Overall, fruity and floral with the alcohol enhansing flavors, plus adding warmth to the finish...smooth and satisfying!

Pleasant smooth mouthfeel, with a somewhat medium shy body, this is a pleaser of a Triple, as well as an easy one to drink! Cheers, very recommendable...

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer sets in the glass a translucent gold color, the head considerable in size, creamy white and the lace a velum like curtain to drape the glass. Sweet fruit like aroma dominates the crisp fresh nose, also some yeast tones noted, with the start sweet and nicely malted, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops cheery in their spicy bite, very dry almost Lambic like aftertaste, much better than the red.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a light and hazy gold in color with a big, frothing head that showed great retention.

Smell – The spices in this ale jump right out of the glass. They are very sharp. I can’t really define what they are, but they are very strong. The nice Belgian yeast comes through the foamy head.

Taste – The spices pounce on the tongue with the first sip. The hops are leafy and quite bitter. The yeast steps back from the smell but is still there.

Mouthfeel – This Tripel is between medium to full-bodied and exceptionally carbonated with a stiff leafy bitterness at the finish.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this Bavik offering. After 15 reviews it still isn’t averaging 3.5, which seems low to me. Well, to each his own. I like it!

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Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I popped the cap on this one it began foaming instantly. Didn't foam over but probably would have if I'd let it sit there a minute. Poured slowly but still ended up with a huge white head. Head stays throughout.

Big fruity sweet aroma.

Tastes of apple and caramel sweetness with little hop flavor. Almost cidery quality about it. Very carbonated with noticeable acidity. The taste is dominated by the sweetness but I would not say it lacks balance. Has that Belgian taste in the background that I think must come from the yeast strains they use. I can't describe it but it's there in many. Kind of a musty old fruit taste.

Unobtrusive finish. Overall not overwhelmingly complex but good nonetheless.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, lighter and crisper than is par for the style. Also present are good amounts of pears and much lighter hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp and sweet malt flavors kick things off with a hint of hop bite entering into things shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip it sweetens a bit and pear flavors with very mild amounts of green apples make an appearance. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is certainly a less heavy version of the style however I still enjoyed it. Worth a shot.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml/11.2 fl.oz tall thin brown glass bottle. The main label (as others have correctly pointed out) is somewhat confusing, as it appears to be the exact same one that is generic to both the Blond and Bruin. Labeled as a “Tripel ale, refermented in the bottle” – both the Pilaarbijter Blond and Bruin have the same description on the label –WTF?! The only difference is that the Blond has a lighter gray/cream background to the picture of a rather inebriated looking dude clinging and actually biting a stone Pillar (a play on words for the beers name “Pillar Biter”). The Blond also has a rather plain standard brass colored crown cap, whereas the Bruin has a Red one.

Appearance: Poured into a large flute, the immense carbonation produced a massive densely packed white head that almost overflowed onto my desk. It soon settled down to a reveal a more manageable 1” thick covering that left some, but not much, lacing. Lots of streamers punctuate the very clear and pale yellow straw colored body. Has the look of a ‘weak’ Pilsner when sat on the desk. I noted a thin but solid coating of yeast on the bottom of the glass; this must have been welded to the base of the bottle because it never affected the lucid appearance.

Nose: Pretty light in strength but a very nice offering. Some hops, light pilsner malts and the merest hint of some soil stained cloth Hop sacks. I wish it had a bit more oomph in the aroma department; the odors are nice but lack strength of character.

Taste: A solid offering, between the clean lines and Drinkability, the tastes are enough to engage the brain, but not too demanding. Light hop profile at first –some pilsner malt grain in the middle, but the Blond really comes alive in the latter third. Lots of crisp acidity, a light tangy hop bitterness and some sharp spicy tingles on the tip of tongue as the beer is swallowed, this sensation extends to the cheeks after the swallow. Long lingering earthy spicy hops in the finish. Super finish that has a light Saison feel. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Bolstered to champagne levels with the extra smooth carbonation which is lively but never prickly, smooth and nearly velvety, the bitterness in the back end adds to the dry feel on the cheeks once the beer is swallowed. Comforting mouthfeel that helps to distribute the spicy earth hop finish around the oral cavity.

Drinkability: Hides the 7.5% quite well, though I note that the Bavik Website lists this as only 7.2%. Either way it drinks extremely well and creates little bow waves, but I suspect that a few of these could soon sneak up on you. Accompanied a 3 year old block of orange Canadian Extra Sharp Cheddar extremely well and with little deterioration.

Overall: Maybe a disappointment if you are expecting a full blown Abbey Tripel, but I care little about style infringements. Marked purely on its appeal, this is a good Abbey Blonde Ale that retains some Tripel character in the back end. Whatever style you want to call it, it is way above average and certainly special enough to repurchase again at only $2.99 for the 33cl bottle (Hi-Times, Costa Mesa). This really does go extremely well with strong Cheddar!!!

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Photo of Tballz420
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive white head erupts off the pour of this hazy straw colored brew, body bubbling like a madman. Loads o' lacing. Some light fruit tones on the scent of this one, nothing dazeling though. The taste is light and refreshing, bits of fruit and spice intermingle with light hop and malt tones. Fairly lively on the tounge. This one wont punch you in the eye, but it is nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a thick 2" fluffy white head. Light lace develops. The aroma is of spice, grapefruit, and earthiness. The flavor is slightly musky with a sour / tart finish. Grapefruit, lemon, mild bitterness, and yeast are easily detectable.

The mouthfeel is crisp at the start and finish.Carbonation level is slightly high. The sour tone lingers softly into the finish. Slighty different from some other Belgian Tripels, but enjoyable overall.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly typical tripel. Somewhat cloudy pale gold. Initially large fizzy, pure white head. Gets rocky as it dissolves. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell: A bit weak, although all of the components are there: citrus, yeast clove, a bit of saison-like funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Both are quite good. The mouthfeel is fullish and smooth, but the carbonation keeps it moving. The flavor is balanced and controlled. Tart lemon juice and orange rind, cake, spice cookie malt. Honey. Finishes with an unusually pronounced hop bite.

Drinkability: Weak scent aside, very well done. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : clear yellow color, with huge white foamy head (lacing).
Smell : malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : peppery, balanced between acidity and bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Triple

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Photo of Kadonny
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33d bottle into a tasting glass. This bottle is probably over a year old.

A: A light golden color with a huge fizzy white head. Lots of carbonation. No lacing on the glass as the carbonation disappears quickly. Label says bottle conditioned, thus the fizzy head.

S: Sweet fruits of grape, apple, some bread, grain and sugar like sweetness.

T: Sweet juicy fruits. Tons of grape, apple, pear mixed with some grainy yeasty flavors. Yeast flavor is very St. Bernardus like. Some hay and grass. The mid palate sweetness is candy like that never turns too sweet. Finish is fruity with minimal hops, if any. Slight alcohol flavor on the finish, but welcomed.

M: A bit thin actually that does not last. A bit of alcohol.

O: A good tripel that you can tell is from Belgium. It was very St. Bernardus like with the fruit and candy sweetness, that's what I was reminded of. A solid tripel.

Overall a very nice little beer that I would drink at anytime. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of karait95
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow pale color, a medium body and cloudy look, with a medium to prominent head formed by mixed to medium bubbles that dissipates a little fast, the carbonation is medium but constant feeding a top layer that remains on top but not covering all the beer.

S: Sweet floral smell very nice, complex more than simple also some fruits can be sensed maybe citrus, the malts are present and very little hops can be felt.

T: The tasting is also complex as may be expected with tripels first some sweet fruit like flavors and in the end some little bitter hops flavors. As normal with a tripel the alcohol is present.

M: It is nice but as the alcohol is present is not an easy one for the mouth, also the bitterness overcomes the sweetness of the beginning and a long bitter ending is a little difficult to process but not in a bad way.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow with a great head and lace. Yeasty and on the sweet side,full fruity in the yeast. this is not too complex but works for what it is. Light mouthfeel, almost lagerish. Tad of ginger, some coriander,bitterness in the end and it all works.Another tripel I like.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Pale malt, yeast, esters, and spice. All of theses are pretty strong. There isn't much to search for in this one.

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow with foamy white head. The lacing and head retention decent.

Taste - Yeasty spicy/peppery very dominate. Dry pale malt. Slightly tart from dryness. mild alcohol. clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin body, heavily carbonated, slight bitterness from the alcohol. Clean finish.

Overall Impression - This is a solid beer, but I've had better. I would drink it again, but there are several choices that I would go for first.

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Photo of Brabander
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a sensation it is when your pour this beer in a glass! I bought this beer a few months ago when i was nearby Gent in Belgium, on my way to pick up some westvleteren beer.

I poured this beer in my Struise glass and there is a HUGE amount of head. Very lively carbonation. With this smashing appearance it deserves the note exeptional.

The rest becomes more average. This beer looks a bit like Duvel. Smell some banana.

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Photo of Yesac
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale yellow. Pour slowly.. this brew pours a huuuge head.

S - Yeasty tartness with a sweet fruit undertone

T - Very sweet overall. Hard for me to pick this one apart.. sweet fruits come out, similar to a pear. A small spice bite and tartness at the end.

M - medium/heavy carbonation. Medium thickness but the palate is left pretty clean.

D - Slightly to tart for me, but overall is a easy drinker.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 04-03-07. Good presentation with lasting white head and pale golden beercolor. Nose is citrussy, wheaty, litle sourness and some horsesweat and good brettarome. Taste is also quiet good giving dry but tasty notes of brett, light(collored)maltyness, ltle grassy taste. Quiet alcoholic but overall interesting taste. As is mouthfeel thats fine and fresh having good carbonisation and a balanced taste. Easy drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of treque
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a hazy, gold in color. with a very rich, creamy, consistent, persistent, white head. Waste is left behind on the glass

S: sweet notes, caramel, malt, some astrigency

T: it has a nice taste, but gets a little shorter compared to some other tripel, is not so weel balanced, sweet and bitter, but the alcohol is so present, even is not so high you can feel it evrywhere

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