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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,872 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 69
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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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KKB

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – A gorgeous honey-orange with a wonderful rocky yellow-white head that just floats on top. This is a very good looking beer. The carbonation is extremely tightly bubbled and the head remains firm on top of the glass. Decent lacing.

S – The smell is very nice, there is a good funk going on here as well as some malty sweetness and hops at the door as well. Slight clove/pepper/citrus as well but it really does have a nice balance of sour/bitter/funk/sweet in the aroma. Very nice indeed….It has a definite sugary element to it as well, like a caramelized tangerine or something. And this comes through more distinctly in the taste.

T – The taste is just gorgeous. Really just more of the nose. I actually really like this beer. It doesn’t overwhelm and yet it is still very flavorful. It is kind of like what would happen if you added some extra malt, hops and fruit to a Duvel…. Actually the more that I have of this beer, the more that I’m beginning to think I’m in love. This beer is glorious! I can see how this is not everyone’s cup of tea though.

M – The mouthfeel is spot on, medium with good (not great) carbonation but I even like the carbonation. The lack of uber-bubbles makes it more personal somehow. The mouthfeel is good. No doubt.

O – As I was saying I can see how some people might think that this beer isn’t phenomenal, I really can, the nose is funky and odd and entirely wonderful with it’s beautiful clashing of malt and hops and some fruit that turns into this sort of ALMOST overwhelming symphony of smells. But the clashing nature of them somehow just really works out. It isn’t too much. It is delicious. In the nose, on the palate, the mouthfeel. It’s all spot on. This is a great, and in my opinion, a somewhat underrated beer. You just gotta love it the right way.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:37:08 | More by KKB
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Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 1,872 ratings.