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Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Privateer Belgian Ale By PiraatPrivateer Belgian Ale By Piraat

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88
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 10-09-2013)
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

The bottle states that this brew is "by the makers of Piraat." That's all I had to read. Sold.

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Huge fizz-up after opening the beer led me to loose several ounces before I could even get it to the glass. Doubly disappointing as this is a beautiful beer in the glass. The goblet helped to break down the head, but even with that this beer has a huge, fluffy and beautiful head (1/2") that stuck around the entire session. Deep golden in color.

Smell 3.75: Bouquet was a bit subdued on this brew. I detect the requisite biscuit malt and treacly barley malt, but also detect a promising bouquet of hops.

Taste 4.0: Front is somewhat sweet, but this fades quickly into a luscious middle where the sweet drops out and a delicious hoppy alkaline taste comes in and mixes with a pleasant crackery, biscuit malt taste. Finish is smooth and balanced with more emphasis on the noble hops. Aftertaste is short and clean with a final punch of buscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: In spite of the foam-up when opening, this beer is not over-carbonated. It is smooth, pleasant and added to my enjoyment of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding beer. Very enjoyable and unique tripel. This answers the question about what an IPA would be like if brewed with low-Alpha noble hops. Very smooth, pleasant and loaded with levels of tasting profundity. It's not Piraat (what is?!) but it is a delicious brew nonetheless. Recommended.

01-26-2014 03:49:24 | More by BeerDocT
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-05-2014 22:37:37 | More by reitzbrewing
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1%

03-31-2014 02:55:15 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -17.2%

Deep copper golden slightly hazed body billows with off white head, into a nice big tulip Tripel Karmeliet glass. Aroma has a bit of fusel alcohol, tart sliced apple, this bottle is not all about hiding the alcohol like the regular Piraat is. It came in a Van Steenberge sampler along with a Piraat, Gulden Draak, Gulden Draak 9000, Bornem double and tripel. It has some of the harsher qualities that the high gravity 12 % malt liquors do in the US, but with a bit more refined qualities. Flavor hits with quite a harsh wave of alcohol, tart fruit notes, and grain excess cloying sweetness. I've never had a beer from Van Steenberge this hard to drink, I'm glad the 6 pack ran about 18 bucks...there's enough great beers in the sampler to justify this one. Tonight I plan on drinking the Piraat when the Buccos beat the Cards in St. Louis for game 5 of this playoff series. Mouthfeel has a lot of abrasive fusel alcohol burn, carbonation carries it well but the cloying malt backbone just hangs out and doesn't go away. Overall a beer that I won't search out, and I don't think they plan on bringing it over regularly, just an extra in a sampler pack it used to be one of the other beers I had never seen on the Sharp Edge from Van Steenberge.

10-09-2013 22:25:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-30-2013 02:30:05 | More by aengleman
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

05-04-2014 15:22:05 | More by azorie
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-23-2013 01:16:11 | More by jheezee
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.56/5  rDev +15.2%

Privateer has a moderately thick, semi-fizzy, semi-creamy, off-white head, a hazy, gold-orange appearance, with tight bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The beer garners a milky tinge, once the bottom contents are swished and poured in. Aroma is of sweet, yeasty, bready, lightly-toasted barley malt, some sweetness, corn bread, a bit of fruit, and a touch of hop zing. Taste is of all those elements and a decent enough hop bitterness a the end, although this is not a hoppy beer. Mouthfeel is medium and fizzy, and Privateer finishes somewhat wet, rich, a bit chewy, rich, and sip-able. Get some!

RJT

01-25-2014 17:59:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Shafaegalo

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

03-31-2014 00:01:12 | More by Shafaegalo
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Delaware

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Look- hazy amber with a slight orange. White head about 2 fingers. Head lingers and leaves nice lacing. Smell is yeast and malt. Taste is same. Good amount of carbonation, yeasty and malty... Strong flavor that makes a beer lover happy. Very good beer. I would keep this one on hand.

04-13-2014 15:40:10 | More by Ed2
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

04-23-2014 18:17:59 | More by david18
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oatsodas

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-10-2014 21:20:41 | More by oatsodas
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constantine_272

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-29-2014 04:49:47 | More by constantine_272
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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-16-2014 00:06:31 | More by DeanCHS1980
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Georgia

4/5  rDev +1%

05-04-2014 23:05:12 | More by thatoneguymike
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Rast

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-30-2013 22:54:40 | More by Rast
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Nachos4two

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

12-30-2013 02:30:12 | More by Nachos4two
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WynnO

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-30-2014 21:12:42 | More by WynnO
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Xandrose

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

11-30-2013 05:50:49 | More by Xandrose
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DeeMalloy

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

11-21-2013 14:23:07 | More by DeeMalloy
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jesus808

California

4/5  rDev +1%

10-18-2013 06:51:11 | More by jesus808
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New York

4/5  rDev +1%

04-27-2014 14:44:21 | More by SnifterLifter
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-19-2013 22:13:12 | More by BrewClint
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-18-2014 03:23:27 | More by disconat
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -4%

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/16/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, light pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spice and hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, pepper, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. Good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

06-29-2014 03:19:06 | More by superspak
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Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.