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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tulle (363) - 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 (8530) - 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 (7011) - 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 (5887) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4239) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
330mL bottle purchased from Brewery Creek Liquor Store in Vancouver while on vacation. Poured a hazy brown color with 3 fingers of beige head with very nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and dark fruit with some yeast as well. Taste is roasted malty sweetness with some hops in the finish. A pleasing, enjoyable brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4082) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle 33 cl, Alko Turku. Pours murky brown with a huge tanned fluffy head leaving lots of lace. Aroma is yeasty, sweet, caramel, fruity, plums, malty and hoppy. Flavor is malty, floury, tart, oily, sweet, plums and brown sugar. Finishes with a slight malty and sweet aftertaste with nice tart bitter tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanEric (1016) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
light brown with a dense big offwhite head. aroma has caramel, some candy and malts. taste is smooth, with a hint of mocca and nuts. a bit dry in the finish. nice to drink

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Snegurochka (389) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2011
33ml bottle from Alko in Hetta. Shared at XI Beer Session 18. Nov 2010. Dark amber body with beige head. Malty, prunes and dates to the nose. Hints of alcohol in both aroma and taste, but most of all the flavour is a mix of sweet olum, prunes and nutmeg. Still the aftertaste is soapy and oily. Disappointment!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erasmus_ro (1399) - Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle. Yellowish brown amber with a huge, off-white head, a lot of bubbles and some yeast particles. The beer really wanted to get out of the bottle even though it had been still for a couple of weeks prior. Aroma is dark fruits with notes of apple, berries (wild raspberry) and butter (diacetyl? something gone wrong with the bottle?). Taste is plentiful with caramel malts and inverted sugar, dried fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrHangover (2524) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2011
After trying the Petrus Dubbel wich is from the same brewery, I got curious and tried the Pilaarbijter Bruin from draught tonight in my local beerpub. Aroma has hints of candy with caramel and almonds. It looks really good after being draught in it’s original glass. Flavour has bits of biscuits with dark herbs like cloves and plums. Kinda bitter aftertaste wich is quite pleasant. The name Pilaarbijter means a hypocritical person in Dutch/Belgium language. Litteral translation means a Pillar biter, and that makes no sense. A good beer, just above average, nice to drink. I start to like this Bavik brewery.

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