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


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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.’

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2491) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
teddybeer (2533) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5813) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5305) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
nice sweet aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, soft carbonation, sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (7284) - 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.

   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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9670) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Pretty clear brown / amber color, beige head. Decent smell and taste of malts, some roastyness and sweetness. Average carbo and medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (8129) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2011
330 ml bottle. 6.5%. Finland.
Dark brown colour with average to big light tan head. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, dark fruits and some biscuit in aroma. Very dark flavour of dark fruity hops, dark fruits, caramel biscuity malt and some mild spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (6298) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Bottle.Pours amber with an off-white head.Aroma of cheese, malt, berries and fruitiness.Flavor is sweet and fruity with some berries and caramel .Medium body, average carbonation.

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