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Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Harelbeke, Belgium

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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Dark ale, fermented in the bottle.
Inspired by a Breughel painting, “The Flemish Proverbs” (1559), in which several Flemish proverbs are depicted amongst which is the expression "He’s a pilaarbijter" ("pillar biter"), which means, ’He’s a hypocritical man.’


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6854) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
(Bottle, Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Reddish brown colour with huge, frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of caramel, dark bread, brown sugar and hints of spices. Malty, slightly spicy taste with caramel, crisp-bread, brown sugar and a gentle liquorice touch in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Fairly clean and quite tasty. Nice one.

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
suprchunk (2528) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Gushing behemoth of meringue-like foam. Huge head. Slow falling and leaves a little lacing. Vomit aroma. Really foul bile smell. Taste is better but there is still some of that rank, foul, aroma coming through. Absolute rubbish. Pretty close to the worst thing I have ever drunk.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sulawang (698) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
pours cloudy chestnut brown, decent head, mix of large and foamy CO2, lots of CO2 streams, sticky lacing, sediment in the bottle. Honeyed malts on the nose. 7/10 bright sweet honey up front, sharp start, semi-large CO2 persists throughout, wheat & bread malts pick up in the mids, finishes tingly 3/10 mildly bittersweet with a lingering rough finish on the tongue and throat. Body is somewhat thin from the mids until the finish and texture reminds me of a honey lager. Medium-high complexity, medium depth, not so good carry, medium bodied, medium-long length. This flavour is not for me (honeyed wheat with thin body).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2508) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
Brown coloured beer with small white head and no carbonation. Malty coffee like aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is spiced sweet bitter with slight malty fruity hints.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
teddybeer (2591) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 21, 2011
33cl bottle. Brown color with frothy tan head. Moderate lasting. Aroma is toasty, slightly yeasty and moderate alcoholic. Flavour has caramel, bready and plumbcake hints, sweet at the beginning with a final moderate alcoholic. Dense on palate. Carbonation is soft. Body is high. Texture is oily.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerWatcher (10) - Arlon, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle from Belgian Beer Station. Pilaarbijter Bruin has a hazy, orange brown color with lots of floaties. The creamy head is beige and abundant. It slowly leaves a nice lacing on the elegant Pilaarbijter glass. The aroma is dominated by roasted malts with a touch of tart and spicyness (cloves). Not really complex but not bad. Tasting the beer is not surprising at all: more roasted malts, sweetness upfront and some bitterness in the rather long aftertaste. The syruppy mouthfeel and roasted taste make me think of a stout, certainly considering the very low level of carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5842) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle (33 cl) from bierzwerg.de. Clear deep copper, large fluffy beige head. Nutty, caramelly, and fudgy aroma with notes of dark fruits and some spices. Light top medium bodied, high carbonation. Semi dry with medium bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5356) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
nice sweet aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, soft carbonation, sweet malty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (7351) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2011
Dark brown and unclear. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Nice sweet aroma, notes of laqurice, mint, nuts? Flavor is starting heavy sweet, more laqurice and caramel. Creamy texture and soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tulle (369) - DENMARK - OCT 22, 2011
red, brown, clear, minimal head, white foam, nuts, licorice, light sweetness, medium body, average carbonation,


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