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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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1,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 73
Gots: 108 | 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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Reviews by Dixonian:
Photo of Dixonian


4.15/5  rDev +2%

Been wanting to try this one for a very long time. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Maudite chalice.

BIG head on the initial pour-nice and white. Dissapated after a few moments-excellent carbonation. Burnt orange color you'd expect from most beers with IPA in the title. Aroma let me know I was in for something special-not as bitter/hoppy as some in the same style. Same with the flavor-getting more from the yeast than the hops. Very clean-citrus through and through. One of the most balanced Belgian IPAs i've ever had. I wish i'd bought a 750 ml bottle instead!

I will for sure be buying this again. Very exciting style of beer for me as I love both Belgians and IPAs and this was possibly the best one I've had. My next batch of homebrew just might be a Belgian IPA.

04-17-2010 19:07:09 | More by Dixonian
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

I had heard many things about this beer mainly good so had to try it on tap last night.Pours a gold/orange color with a big fluffy head,the aroma has big hop presence very herbal and grassy.Taste is very citriusy and tart with some late hop coming thru,very grassy and herbal aftertaste.A pretty nice beer but not a top notch Belgian in my opinion.

02-21-2004 13:52:55 | More by oberon
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

A lovely amber pour with a lively white head. The nose is big on candycane sweetness and malt. Very ripe and sweet fruitiness in the nose highlighted by apricot and mango. The taste is simply sweet and fruity throughout almost hiding the hopiness. The sweetness is heavy on brown sugar, honey and lolipop candy. I can't help but be reminded of Halloween. The fruits seemed toned down...or, overpowered by the bold sweetness. The finish lingers nicely and what else...sweetly. The mouthfeel was good with a decent balance between lively carbonation and a smooth, creaminess.

Somewhat too sweet for my liking but still a after dinner/sipping beer.

03-03-2004 19:07:24 | More by Popsinc
Photo of RoyalT


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance – Cloudy orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – Strong orange in the nose with classic Belgian yeast. There’s also a bit of spicing in there. I can pick up coriander and white pepper for sure.

Taste – The spices say BSPA. They step up big time in the taste. The yeast is present as well, but the huge story here is the gigantic, damn near overpowering, orange liquor and syrup flavor. This is like drinking Grand Marnier mixed with peppered vodka.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with little to no carbonation and a respectable alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This one was creamy smooth and went down nicely.

Comments – Probably too strong and alcoholic for most. Don’t make this your first of the night, and don’t make it your last.

12-02-2003 03:25:04 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.9/5  rDev -28.7%

Light yellow amber with a thin off white head. Carbonation is light. Smells of cereal, light caramel, a hint of citrus and booze. Taste/MF are slightly acidic, well hopped, very dry, and strongly alcoholic. Mild corn flavors are also present. I find the citric acid to be a bit much in this beer because it isn’t balanced by any strongly pleasant citrus flavors. Finishes sweet and thick. Body is full. Drinkability is low.

03-27-2006 21:08:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of tectactoe


4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-06-2012 02:25:28 | More by tectactoe
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Piraat Ale 10.5% 750ml bottle corked and caged.
Truthfully I didn't have a clue what kind of beer this was till I checked the site. Says Belgian Ipa but well...

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange fluid with massive two inch fluffy head that hangs around for the duration of the brew. Leaves a massive quarter inch thick head on the glass.

S- This smells like a triple... heavy Belgian yeast spice is first in the nose. Second is a light but appearent pear and citrus bite followed by strong alcohol fumes.

T-M- Has a very strong bite of warming alcohol that only leads on to the fresh bitter grass and candied citrus fruit. Last is a lingering alcohol and malt stickyness. Mouthfeel is smooth with the fact that the alcohol is so high in content. Slick and warming effect fall down the tongue letting it know a hell of a beer just went down.

D- Its drinkable but watch out or your ass will hit the floor. Excellent Belgian Ipa, Triple and Strong Pale Ale... in one.

04-19-2010 22:00:00 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of tbryan5


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-19-2013 02:48:35 | More by tbryan5
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-02-2012 01:48:57 | More by Matty-K
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Certainly a beer, in modern times, that was ahead of its time stylistically speaking and was created more on tradition rather than trend.

Carefully decanted, it shows off a glowing bright golden color and a thick, sticky white mass for the head. Yeasty, hoppy aromas of ripe fruit, chalky yeast, faint mint, wildflowers, orange peel and cooked breakfast cereal. Smooth and creamy with a bitty medium body. The bitterness is there, but lands with a modest stance; perhaps a decade or longer ago this would have been considered bitter, but tame comes to mind, which is fine as it follows the path of the English IPA. Love the dry malt foundation as the mild tropical fruitiness plays off of it. A little biscuity middle to end and, without a doubt, finishes dry with a late entrance of warming alcohol.

Only a sipper after the first few swigs, the alcohol creeps up and lets you know it is 10.5 percent. Complexities don't follow the same path and some flavors are pulled to their ends. All in all, still a very tasty treat.

09-20-2010 19:51:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%

A - Golden yellow, huge white head, tons of carbonation, very clear.

S - Cloves, phenolic, spicy hops, Belgian yeast.

T - Much like the aroma with plenty of clove, pepper/spice, with that Belgian yeast tang. This is backed up with a nice hop bitterness very different than most Belgian ales. The alcohol really stands out at the end.

M - Highly attenuated, lots of warmth of the carbonation and alcohol. Wish it actually had a little more body to stand up to the hops.

D - Enjoyable but I think some more malt flavors and/or body would help. The hops are not harsh, but almost stand out too much and don't seem quite balanced with the rest of the beer. Still very good.

05-27-2010 23:10:02 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Dmann


4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

A outstanding beer from top to bottom. This one poured a very nice golden color with a huge pillowy white head that stuck to my glass till the last drop. The smell was good with a touch of grass, a hint of pepper and a bit of bready yeast. The taste was exceptional with a nice sweet, not overly thick maltiness to start out with, followed by a very nice peppery flavor mixed slight hops and finnished with a great fruity aftertaste that was made up of a great pinnapple flavor. At 10.5% this is one to sip and savor for sure. Very highly recommended.

10-31-2004 09:03:06 | More by Dmann
Photo of danthehopslamman


4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-17-2013 18:19:32 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of sellmeagod


3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

A real pirate's belgian brew!

It is a powerful ale, made to get you twisted quickly at 10.5 abv. And the sweet taste and inviting smell will make you get in over your head before you can even think that this is a beer to drink slowly.

Nothing lingers too long in the aftertaste, and it is a bit strong to be drinking all night, and it may lose points on originality. But for a hearty, manly beer that gets it all done right: I'm going to go to this one regularly.

09-13-2010 00:41:21 | More by sellmeagod
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-27-2013 09:19:55 | More by freshflesh
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-30-2014 21:00:37 | More by SD-Alefan
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-19-2014 15:21:59 | More by csmartin6
Photo of DWolf


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-01-2013 20:09:26 | More by DWolf
Photo of Todd


4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

330ml brown bottle.

Pours a hazy amber topped with a massive white foam head. Great lace and retention. Faint malty sweetness in the aroma with some grass and soft white pepper. Flavours are big on this one! Huge malt profile of sweet malts with a massive honey-like character and notes of tropical and candied fruits. Alcohol rips the palate with warmth and a sting of spice, then gives way to a smooth grassy bitterness and big dose of pepper. Prickly carbonation accentuates with a sharp edge. Some sappy pine notes lurk. Dirty yeast in the finish with a tea-like flavour, spice and lingering alcohol fumes on the palate.

One of my favourites. The incredibly bold flavours and massive alcohol warmth always makes this an enjoyable beer.

10-15-2003 23:03:21 | More by Todd
Photo of SamuraiJack


3.05/5  rDev -25.1%

I truly love Belgian Tripels. They are incredible beers. I love the style, I love the uniqueness, I love everything about them (except, perhaps, the price). I though I'd never find a Tripel I didn't like. Well... I stand corrected.

First pour shows a gorgeous beer in the classic Tripel style. Fabulous golden honey body with amber and orange highlights, noticable floaters and a thick and rocky head.

Then... the aroma. What can I say - the first thing I thought was "dirty socks." The second was "funky over-ripe cheese." The smell is just - wrong to me. And damn is that smell strong. Yeah, I know it's the yeast, I know it's the style - just like I know that gorgonzola is supposed to smell like sweat socks aged in cheese. None the less... I don't find it appetizing to say the least.

First taste, well... to be honest on my first taste I simply couldn't get past the smell. So I then tried to taste it while holding my nose. When I did this - I found an interesting Tripel with a slightly thick and oily mouthfeel, solid fruits riding a good foundation of grains and an undercurrent of funky yeast - and culminating with strong vaporous alcohols. Tasting it while not holding my nose brought out the funky yeast flavors and made it nearly impossible to taste anything else other than the finishing alcohol heat.

Coulda been a contenda.

05-03-2003 17:02:55 | More by SamuraiJack
Photo of shapudding


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured an intense amount of head into my tulip, belgian bubble bath shooting out of the glass! Beautiful! Golden and slightly cloudy, great head retention. Great aroma of sweetness and fruits, lightly yeasty and citrus. Fresh tasting. Nice bite and alcohol taste to it which I do appreciate. The more it warmed the more I taste tart apples. Also makes me think of the taste of bananas foster eaten with a beer... 10.5%, which is always nice too! Very drinkable and one I have shared with a beer newbie who just loved it!

05-28-2004 01:03:15 | More by shapudding
Photo of generallee

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a 330ml or 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden color with loads of tiny bubbles. The head is very big, thick and foamy with a creamy white color. Its head hangs on till the last sip and coats the glass with lace.

Smell: It has a sweet aroma with fruity esters like apple with tropical fruit and some nice funky Belgian yeast.

Taste/Mouth feel: Up front there are sweet malts with fruity apple and pineapple notes. A strong alcohol presence moves in and adds its warmth along with smooth spice (coriander perhaps) and a sour/funky yeast flavor. It then finishes dry with herbal/leafy hops. The texture is bubblely and well carbonated yet smooth from the full body.

Notes: This is an excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is similar to their Augustijn Ale but with a higher alcohol presence.

05-31-2008 21:48:25 | More by generallee
Photo of TimoP


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-05-2012 21:09:51 | More by TimoP
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-01-2014 13:53:23 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Beerswag


3/5  rDev -26.3%

10-15-2013 14:10:12 | More by Beerswag
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Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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