Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,089 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,089
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 176 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001)
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tedho21
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a sampler pack; best before June 17 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy amber-orange colour, topped off with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Good retention; the froth slowly seeps away over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a lacey imprint as it settles down into a loose, bumpy cap and collar. The aroma is yeasty and sweet, immediately bringing to mind various orchard fruits - green apple, pear, peach and orange come to mind, in addition to banana, bubblegum and pithy grapefruit.

Grainy malt sweetness, peaches, apple and apricot are the first flavours that cross the tongue, followed soon after by banana and orange peel. There is some grassy, almost earthy bitterness, with spicy clove and coriander leading into a warming, boozy, yeasty aftertaste. Moderately complex flavour that opens up for the better as the beer warms. Medium-full in body, with assertive carbonation that assaults the tongue; yet a smooth, almost creamy feel on the palate. I seriously cannot believe how well the 10.5% alcohol is hidden on this one; it becomes a little more noticeable as it warms, but even then, this is a dangerously drinkable beer that does not betray its strength - until you stand up after finishing the glass, at least.

Final Grade: 4.3, an awesome A-. This is one of my favourite styles of beer, and I must say that Piraat compares admirably to many of my long-time favourites like Duvel, La Chouffe and Don de Dieu. This is a sinfully-tasty strong Belgian golden ale, and its alcohol content is so masterfully masked that I'd be likely to place it closer to 7-8% than 10-11% on a blind test. A great way to cap off Christmas 2014, and any fan of strong Belgian pales should consider this an absolute must-try.

Photo of PeterJBr
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sai1orgirl8
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johnroby
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlazerT
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Teku glass. Deep amber/gold colour with nice, big, creamy white, long lasting head. The aroma is big biscuit, bready mixed with hops - mainly fruit aromas and some herbs, spices (coriander?), again the big grainy aroma and also grape juice. The taste is medium to heavy sweet, crackery, some biscuit, warming booze sensations, there are also some yeasty notes - clove and earthy. The aftertaste is big malty and again bready. The warming booze sensations begins somewhere in the middle till very end. The body is smooth, thick with high carbonation and smooth finish. In overall interesting belgian beer, which strikes with lots of aromas and flavours.

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1.52/5  rDev -62.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Alcohol is very subdued. Ingesting beer.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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