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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 10-09-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Shafaegalo, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

reitzbrewing, Apr 05, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

aengleman, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

azorie, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jheezee, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Great strong pale style beer.
Appears light gold, fine effervescense and white foam with ample lacing.
Smells of citrus, non specific flowers, hint of yeast and burn sugar.
Citrus forward taste, hint of malt, nice hoppy finish hint of spicey, nice clean finish.
Mouthfeel with adequate carbonation to avoid that syrupy texture of maltier beers.
Overall, excellent beer for the style. Significant ABV but well hidden by complex palate of flavors.

ThaneMcC, Aug 23, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +16%

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

RonaldTheriot, Jan 25, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Ed2, Apr 13, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

BeerDocT, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.