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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 2,201
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 99
Gots: 239 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001

A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.
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Ratings: 2,201 | Reviews: 1,011
Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First "high octane" beer I ever had. I quickly learned to respect those that are 10.0 and above. Still my go to beer if I see it on tap anywhere.

Photo of IckyT2012
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged 4 years into a completely different beer. Excellent

Photo of Zet
2.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The alcohol dominates too much in this beer imho.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap as part of a Belgian flight. Color of light amber with a finger of light, loose head. Aroma is yeast, bubblegum, candied sugar. Taste follows, with fruity notes. ABV is well hidden. Another sneaky Belgian ale. Beautiful, must have.

Photo of drmeto
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,banana,coriander,grass
T:
-Follows the nose plus moderate hoppiness and a faint sour note
F:
-typical high belgian carbonation
-like other Van Steenberge Beers very boozy
-full body
O:
without the booziness this would be close to perfect

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On of the best beers I have ever had. Very nice bouquet and full of flavor. Nice alcohol level as well. Wish I had had it on tap and not the bottle. I am sure I would have given it a 5 if it would have been on tap.

Photo of 50marathons
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian strong. Good balance. Noticeable sweetness.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking hazy gold brew sitting under a lot of billowy foam.

I get malty and candi sugar notes with a mild hop bitterness.

Same goes for the taste with some notes of yeast and alcohol.

Medium body, lively carbonation.

Nice beer.

Photo of CGA2
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To really enjoy the complex flavors, drink slightly warm.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice strong Belgian ale that is easy to find even at bars on tap

Photo of mactrail
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enthusiastic head with streaming bubbles in the Saint-Martin goblet. Clear darkish amber color. This is both sweet and yeasty with the dry finish. Tingly and highly carbonated.

This seems like the textbook example of a strong Belgian ale. Flavors of sweet malt and grain. Bread and cookie dough, and is that a vanilla taste? Deeply fruity with lemon competing with the apricot and pear. Some tannic and woody taste. All of this seems to intensify as you sip and the hot alcohol tackles the tongue.

This is a big and bruising beer, but it is a cornucopia of flavors and sensation. From the beautiful printed on glass 750 ml bottle purchased in San Diego.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Head very large, rigid and durable, all the time, until the end draws wonderful patterns on glass.
Malt aroma, sweet, intense caramel with a delicate hint of raisins.
Taste is very malty, slightly sour, there is no accent raisins, sweet, plums feel.
Alcohol is a powerful but very well interacts with bitterness. Good, but not my taste

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

-darker strong pale ale than normal but looks appetizing
-very mellow and pleasant yeasts
-mellow fruits and yeasts with a nice warm alcohol burn
-not near as light or carbonated as other i have had great thickness for a light beer!
-overall another great strong pale ale i am becoming fond of this style

Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boozy, fruity and a little sweet, but well done

Photo of LauraP
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Currently on tap at the brooklyn tap house

Photo of Kingfireeater
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, at The Blue Monkey

Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent strong pale ale. Slightly too high in alcohol level for the style giving it a slightly boozy taste which is really it's only flaw.

Photo of mitch3114
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- nice dark reddish brown

S- smelled interesting. Of fresh pairs, not yeasty

T- strong malty

M- good smooth

O- good!

Photo of IPA1978
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is amazing yeasty phenols, sweet bubble gum and slight musty grains. Taste is peppery, fruity and medicinal, sweetness is tamed by medium bitterness and warm alcohol. Fantastic beer, more complex than Duvel.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yeasty nose with traces of ripe and over ripe fruit and light grains. Depending on the temperature it pours either brilliant gold or gold with a slight haze. The head is enormous – 3” or more of pure white finely bubbled foam that persists and leaves ledges of lace inside the glass. The palate offers peaches in different stages of ripeness followed by an earthy hop bitterness on the finish with a layer of malt sweetness and alcohol. It is slightly warming but the alcohol is not hot or solventy. The body is suprising medium for the amount of alcohol and flavor and the carbonation is above average.

Photo of Ernie_B
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A piece of art. It brings the flavor to your mouth and you wouldn't be able to detect it's large ABV.

Photo of JasW
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully complex and balanced, sweetness and bitterness combined like yin and yang, an effervescent mouthfeel but not too cheek-puffing, an unbridled yeasty, malty, and hoppy delight. This is ale. And quite strong ale at that. Aye, mateys!

Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yeast & dry grain on the nose, pretty carbonated, taste is mostly medium toasted malt & cereal grain, earthy with just enough hop profile to give it a pop, not bitter, lots of earthy yeast with some dry fruit, very good belgian style ale.

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very sweet and boozy. Not what I want from a Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cheaper than the more popular belgian beers. Reminds me a lot of st bernardus. Definitely on my favorites list. Totally recommend it.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,201 ratings.