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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,869 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 70
Gots: 96 | 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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Reviews by jerryjeff:
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jerryjeff

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma
Nice toffee and caramel overtones with bits of a sweetish scent in there somewhere. Possibly some orange peel, if not I'm getting that pillowy scent I like that's in a number of ales that I think is orange peel.

Mouthfeel
Bit of a warming sensation with the beer, some residual presence on the palette light to drink but a bit of oiliness. Not overly hoppy or bitter, but there is a firm bitterness. Lower end of carbonation scale, nice and doesn't hide flavors.

Appearance
Poured amber with possibly hints of red with a defined stark head. Started 3/8" or so but fell pretty quickly to 1/8" or less and is lacing fairly well.

Taste
Getting some hints of the alcohol, but mainly a sweetish maltiness comes through. A bit of bitterness after the fact, but the toffee/maltiness is to the forefront.

Drinkability
For a 10.5% abv beer this is pretty drinkable. I don't know if it's quite as drinkable as Duvel. ABV is hidden enough (my biggest problem with many big beers is tasting the alcohol) that I could drink a few.

Overall
This is an excellent high gravity belgian with a very good aroma. I like the lower carbonation, nice maltiness even though an IPA that offsets the higher hops and nuanced way the alcohol is there but not to the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:20:37 | More by jerryjeff
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MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Lots of carbonation, light, not syrupy.

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Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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