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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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1,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 77
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of rangerred
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear dark copper with just the smallest bit of sediment from the bottle sneaking into the glass. Huge solid two finger white billowy head that hangs on the entire time the beer is in the glass.

Aroma is quite spicy with hints of coriander and peach along with a whiff of alcohol. Not incredibly deep but it is true to style.

The flavor continues with the spiciness with coriander but the peach is a bit more subtle. A touch of dark fruit and caramel underneath along with a touch of caramel. The alcohol definitely makes its presence known but it never becomes overwhelming. Very dry mouthfeel with just a light touch of sweetness in the end.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It is not top of the line but it isn't very far off. Love that it packs a decent punch and is not overly sweet.

rangerred, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Amazing. Hazy golden body with a thick, lasting white head. Smell of lemon peel, a little herbal hop, candy sugar, and yeast. Fantastic taste that is smooth and sweet with just enough bitterness to prevent any sticky, cloying sweetness. There is a nice malt backbone to this with a smooth honey and candy sugar sweetness.

MrIncognito, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of HuskerTornado
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a mountainous cream colored head that very slowly dissipates to over a quarter inch thick with some spots much thicker that remain and leaves behind thick lacing.

Smell is of sweet honey and malt, floral hoppiness, and the Belgian yeast always brings a fruitiness to the table. A lot going on here.

Taste impressively complex. Big floral hop presence combined with honey sweetness right off the bat. Lots of hops here, but the bitterness is not overly intense. In the middle comes a mixture of lighter fruits like pears and dark fruits like plums. In the finish, the 10.5% alcohol makes it's presence felt and there is a grassy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, a great Belgian strong pale ale. I've had this bottle a while, and poured darker than usual, but the flavor profile seemed to be about the same.

HuskerTornado, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - Pours coppery red, with a huge, five-finger beige head that lasts a long time. It leaves a floaty yeast lump up till the last sip.

SMELL/AROMA - Herbaceous, sweet, a little piney.

TASTE - Sweet, herbaceous, piney. Definitely not bitter as advertised. ABV only a bit hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Lots of carbonation, light, not syrupy.

OVERALL - A bit boozy, but a nice beer, sippable, not quaffable. Advertised as bitter, but it's not at all bitter IMHO.

Homers_Beer_Odyssey, Jul 21, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +15%

kyulfo, Sunday at 09:08 PM
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Flip_Smash, Sunday at 06:19 AM
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

misaltas, Saturday at 11:18 PM
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4.62/5  rDev +13.5%

Vyvyan, Sep 18, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +16%

BIRTC, Sep 18, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

CBack465, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

KevChiTown, Sep 16, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%

KrissyHillier, Sep 15, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

ordybill, Sep 14, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

Beer_Chief, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

csurowiec, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

cfadams17, Sep 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Robyn, Sep 08, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Antiantianti, Sep 07, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

PrendUnVerreDeBiere, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Lucnifter, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Lovely hazy amber pour with an aggressive but loose head. Settles quickly with good lacing.
The booze hits you first, with a fruity, toffee undertone.
Flavor is alcohol upfront with a smooth malty hoppiness, dry and bitter with fruit finish.
Feels good in the back of my mouth, a little warm from the alcohol. Mmmmmm.

PaulietheBrit, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

constantine_272, Sep 04, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -18.4%

Scott_Thomas, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

brywhite, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tjtjd, Sep 02, 2014
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Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 1,956 ratings.