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Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap) | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JorisP on 01-15-2003

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3.6
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 58
Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at the Antwerp Beer Passion weekend 2011 into the festival 20cl stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Clear semitransparent yellow colour.

Sm: Mild strength scent of cream, malt, and barley.

T: Cream, malt, and barley. Quite simple, but refreshing. Balanced nicely, but built very blandly.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body.

Dr: A very high price, easy drinkability, and bad quality. Ignore this one and move on.

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Photo of stcules
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When we opened the bottle, the foam come out of it in an uncontrollable way... After we poured the beer in the glass, the foam is still a lot, and with very big bubbles... The colour is yellow, with a little of turbidity. Floreal smell, not bad, maybe a little spicy (pepper). At the taste it don't left nothink remarkable, and it don't keep the promises of the smell (not a big promise, but anyway...). The aftertaste is scarce and not persistent, nothing noticeable.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weird label on the 33 cl. bottle.

Looks golden, bottle conditioned but very clear ( i guess filtered), with a huge white head. Very low carbonation on this sample.

Smell is very malty, some yeast, spice citric hops.
First taste is spice, but mainly it's very common sweet malts. Quite one dimensional that way. There's some alcohol in the aftertaste, allmost a bit harsh, and the lack of carbonation makes the drinking experience a very ordinary one, unfortunately.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What exactly is the significance of someone who bites pillars? Anyway, the beer pours with a hazy, orangish straw color. It is well carbonated and topped by an initially three-finger thick, pale almost white colored head. The aroma is quite funky and spicy; it smells a bit of moldy, funky cheese and also of earthy spices, damp earth, and perhaps a hint of phenolic plastic. Lots of different phenolic aromatics are here though.

Well carbonated, the beer foams up as it first hits my tongue. It is fairly dry as well and finishes with a light tartness. Despite this, it has a medium fullness to the palate. As the beer loses carbonation it picks up a hint of sweetness, but it remains quite an austere beer overall. The beer has a spicy character that is a mix of white pepper, ginger, lemon peel, and an earthy note sort of like coriander, but much more geared towards damp earth. That funky cheese note is here in the flavor as well, it is not quite that prominent, but is certainly quite noticeable. There is some lightly noticeable fruit notes here as well, with notes of pear and apple being most noticeable. This beer is just not that great, the cheesy note certainly does not help, but even without that there is not enough here to really hold my interest.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 23 Apr 2012, drank as our third beer during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings' with the wife.

Poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' stemmed tulip glass, leaving as much sediment as I could in the bottle.

The beer appeared as a hazy dull orange coloured brew, the head pure white and unwilling to stay around too long.

The aroma was a weak citrus mix with some yeast esters trying to get through.

The taste was almost sharp and tart, but not quiet that sour: lemon and grapefruit maybe, but not cheek suckingly rancid.

I'll go for semi-sour, however when I added the grist from the bottle into the last remnants of my glass the beer tasted sweeter and certainly more fuller than without the said sediment.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold color, slightly hazy, big pillow of spongey off-white foam with a great head retention, lacey

Aroma: typical "blonde" scent, floral hops, sweet maltiness, spicy phenolics, yeast, alcohol

Flavor: similar in flavor to a Duvel (though a bit unrefined), slight tang, a bit dusty, mild herbal hop flavor, grainy, mild bitterness, finishes dry with a soapy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, club soda carbonation, a bit astringent

Overall Impression: A good beer, but nothing special. Pretty standard Belgian blonde.

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Photo of katan
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml (11.2 oz bottle), no date

A - Pours a dark and hazy golden to almost golden brown color. head formation is quite vigorous, bilding up a pearly white film of about 2mm. Breaks down to a light film with little lacing.

S - A spicy and sour bite dominates the smell - almost buttery which could be oxidation. Perhaps a hair of clove and allspice hanging around in there as well.

T - Starts off with a fairly straightforward bitter bite. Mid-stream some of the yeast spice begins to build. No hop edge whatsoever. No phenolic notes to speak of. Finishes with that buttery sour taste of either well done yeast work or badly done oxygen. Aftertaste is muted.

M - Thick and biting on the tongue - beer itself is probably moderate body, but the carbonation is stinging. Leaves a hair of a sugary sweet aftertaste.

D - A moderate to low drinkable tripel. I like the abv for the style without sacrificing taste and body, but the carbonation is quite a gut bomb to me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazy, light copper body with a smallish, white head, though it does have some nice staying power.

Smell: Lightly honeyish pilsner malts with fruity notes of peaches and pears and a minor hints of alcohol and spice.

Taste: Relatively light, delicate maltiness with touches of grainy pilsner malts. Some candi sugar sweetness, some countering spices. Thin drizzle of sour fruit juices. Soft floral quality with a very light bitterness. A tad boozier than one would expect from the ABV%. Finishes dry, spritzy, and with a lingering taste of those sourish juices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so. Sort of a mellower, lighter tripel, which, for me, makes it a bit forgettable.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came gushing out of the bottle and wasn't gonna stop until the last drop was spilled in my clean kitchen. Fortunately I had the glass ready and attempted to get some of the beer in the glass. These are my notes:

A clear, golden yellow beer with a settling head and little carbonation, which isn't strange of course.

Smell of solvent, ripe bananas and higher alcohols. A lot of esters, typical for a Belgian yeast. Not a lot of other smells.

Taste is estery with the same hints as the smell, banana and higher alcohols. A typical Belgian yeast profile which appears to be similar to the Westmalle strain. The maltiness is biscuity and powdery with light caramel malt notes. This beer is not particulary unfresh, but lacks freshness.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the Bier Temple in Brussels, the brown 33cl bottle with a long tapered neck features a gold and brown label featuring a painting of a man taking a bite out of a wooden pillar. ("Pillar biter" in Flemish is slang for hypocrite.) An effective marketing tool, as it made me choose this one over the hundreds of other bottles of Belgian beer in the store. No ingredient information. Best before 2/16/09, I opened it on 12/8/06.

Pours a very cloudy banana yellow under a 1.5 finger white head that fades quite quickly and leaves no lace. Disappointing. The nose is better, full of clove, banana and yeast all enticingly blended. The mouth is well-carbonated and slightly sticky. This is a rather unspectacular version of the style. Slightly sour, slightly sweet with lots of spice and fruit. A very minor amount of hops adds a bitter note, which grows a bit in the finish but never overcomes the sour. Pretty unsatisfactory, really.

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Photo of drewbage
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 33cl brown bottle from my gift pack and poured into my nice new pilaarbijter glass.

Beer pours into the glass fruity blonde with a tall incredibly fluffy white head that quickly collapses under the weight of the mustache. Fine crisp bubbles continue to rise.

Aroma is lightly caramelized pineapple with a bit of banana. No strong hop notes detected in this glass.

Flavor starts with the sweetness of the fruit hinted at in the nose, before a sweep of strong Styrian Golding type hop flavor come to sweep (with the CO2) every thing off the palate.

Certainly not the most refined "Triple" style of beer out there, but really not a bad tipple for a friday evening. Its all good.

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Photo of JorisP
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If info received is correct, this beer is brewed for the Brugge diocese - rather remarkable as "Pilaarbijter" is a sarcastic term for an overly-pious person (in public, that is).
Colour: beer gushes! to thick white, collapsing head. Very pale triple.
Nose: pale malts, grist, some butterscotch, candy sugar.
taste: quite bitter, with artificially tasting underlying sweetness (liquorice, and yet something else, too). Definitely some diacetyl, sample seems to have some light-induced autolysis. Alcohol is prominent in mouthfeel, strange swetness takes some time to dissipate, then remains of the bitterness turns into dry.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly hazed-up goldenrod color with a durable white head that left decent webby lace behind.
Nose: sweet, fruity aroma. Had some yeasty malt notes and flowery hops to really push this brew to an almost disagreeably perfumey realm.
Taste: by God, at first I thought I was getting a dose of perfume. Fortunately, a lightly yeasty, dusty malt flavor came along to save the day. The finish had a nice spiciness and acerbic bite from the vigorous carbonation.
Feel: light and creamy thanks to all that carbonation.
Overall impression: I didn't really care for this beer all that much. The floral, perfume-like character outstripped the rest of the flavors and detracted from it's overall appeal. Seeing that this is styled as an abbey triple, I can think of a few others I'd rather sit down with before this one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden brew.

Smell is dry and a bit fruity, mild coriander scent to this.

Taste is sweet and full of herbs and earthy flavors. Mildly tasty with a honey taste.

Mouthfeel is good, has a pale Belgian champagne like character.

Drinkable brew, similar to other Belgian brews.

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Photo of rallison
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/brown color with a 2 finger white head that settles to a creamy 1/2 head. Smell is of tart apples and yeast.

Taste follows suit. Tart apples, coriander, yeast. Well carbonated, with a quite dry finish. Some sweet fruits make up most of the malt body. Taste is not of a typical tripel, and unfortunately, is not pulled together very well. It's not bad, just not all that good.

Drinkability is okay on this.

Overall, not recommended. There are just too many other good tripels out there for this to get a second buy from me.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light megabrew yellow color (that's a new term that I am using to describe a color everyone recognizes) that has a huge fluffy head that collapses unevenly. Nice lace left on the glass. Aroma is slightly sweet, crisp and clean with hops as the secondary character. Flavor is sharp, somewhat hoppy, clean with lemon notes. Slight sourness at the end. This is a nice, easy drinking brew with nothing against it, but nothing that grabs and requires attention either. I could drink this and be happy, but there are so many others to try!!!!

I tasted this at the same time as the Brown Pilaarbijter, and I preferred the brown. Personal preference, I guess, as I have seen other reviewers going the other way. They both are decent brews, you can't go wrong, but there are better.

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Photo of safaricook
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium. Poured into a orval chalice.

L: pours a fragile course bubbled not quite white but rather cream-colored head that rapidely reduces to a thin layer. body is crystal clear straw blond with some carbonation.

S: apples and yeast maybe banana, hops and some alcohol

T: a bit of sweetness, yeast and metallic aftertaste

F: tickling feel from plenty of fine carbonation. foams on the tongue. burpiness high.

O: Tastes and smells more like a triple than a blonde. I like it quite well only the taste could be a little more complex.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: a euro size bottle with an image on the label of medieval looking dude gnawing on a pillar. Must be hungry an/or a little disoriented.
Pours a straw color with a slight haze, strong carbonation and a full white and whoppin? head (good retention). Aroma has some tartness with fruity esters and some hop background. Flavor tart and mildly sweet with a dry hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering dry finish. This beer leans more toward the Westmalle school of tripel, than the Karmeliet camp. An interesting, but a somewhat crude interoperation.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden brown with a thick creme head. Nose is like a grape scented marker I had when I was a kid (yeah, I've used that one before and I'm using it again). Flavor is okay.Seems a bit boozy and also a slightly grapey. No point in going on about this one. It's okay. Kind of a weird balance. Decent to drink, but I wouldn't go back to it.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA for setting me straight. At the store, I thought I bought two different styles of Pilaarbijter. By the time I got home five minutes later, they had magically turned into one style: "Tripel ale fermented in the bottle." I turned to BA to solve the mystery, and my brothers came through. Blond and brown.

The blond pours with a heaping mass of thick white foam that looks like a craggy ice formation. Despite its formidable appearance, the head settles down rather quickly. The beer is a lightly hazy gold with lots of bubbles. The smell is decidedly light for a tripel, with some medicinal smells and a fair amount of hops for a Belgian. The taste is also on the light side, with the flavors become more pronounced-and true to the tripel style-after it sits a while. It's a decent beer but a low-key tripel.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy reddish brown color that with a light tan head that explodes out of the glass, but then quickly settles down to a skim through mid-glass.

Aroma is a tad muted, but is mostly a mix of hoppy citrus fruits and malty sour dark fruits. Mouthfeel is tangy-sweet, alomost like a dumbed down Flemish Sour. Flavor follows the fuit theme, and the finish is a fairly confusing mix of smooth dark ale and the wackiness of a Flemish Sour.

An interesting beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mountainous rocky white head. One of the chunkiest heads in recent memory. Light orange color that is pale and full of super fine carbonation.

Citrus is dominant and overpowering. Lemon/Lime with a splash of orange sweetness. Hints of caramel attempt to load up the body of this brew. Bitterness stings its way through the middle and amazingly it finishes with the most richness the beer has to offer.

Fizzy mouthfeel.

I had this as a nightcapper. Once again I always rank beers on their actuall quality regardless of price. I will say that although this is a fine beer there are triple's for a better price that are of equal or better quality in my opinion.

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Photo of TheBeerWatcher
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle from Belgian Beer Station.
Like its dark sister, this refreshing blond has a thick, fizzy, noisy head, dissapearing very slowly. Serve this beer carefully because you will have a 10cm thick head before you can blink an eye. Pilaarbijter blond has a bright golden clear color with a nice and gentle fine carbonation.

The very yeasty smell can be detected from far. Only a light fruity note is added to the yeasty aroma.

The taste is light malty, fruity and reveals a clear hop bitterness. Sweetness appears when the beer warms up. The finish is fairly bitter and dry. Pilaarbijter Blond has a pleasant and warming alcohol presence and a sticky sweet mouthfeel.

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Photo of treque
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of paterlodie
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Pilaarbijter (Tripel Ale) Blond (Brass Cap) from De Brabandere
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