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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 97
Gots: 239 | FT: 1
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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: 2,200 | Reviews: 1,010
Reviews by ledemie:
Photo of ledemie
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at 55 in my trusty tulip glass. 33 cL bottle.

A: Cloudy dark golden liquid with a small white head..

S: smell of pepper, and complexity, raisin, biscuit .

Taste: full, malty,full body. Very interesting.

M: full bodied with alcoholic warming. The taste of booze is masked, though.

D: does not taste hoppy like IPa ( good), I love this beer I could drink this everyday.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.47/5  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.

Photo of rangerred
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dmann
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Todd
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of SamuraiJack
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of shapudding
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml odd sized fatty brown bottle with a picture of a pirate and a Viking ship!?

Appearance: A powdery, white, creamy head that does not want to go away covers a lightly hazy-amber liquid. Decent lacing effect.

Smell: Horsey, grassy, peppery and funky. You have to love Belgian yeast as this one is quite lively.

Taste: Explosive in its profile! A smooth, crisp, honey-like malt flavour turns grassy, peppery with strong alcohol lining and intermingled hop bitterness. A tad thick in the medicinal phenol department. Juicy fruit in the middle with hints of ripe papaya and pineapple. The aftertaste holds more grass flavours that settle into an almost minty note.

Notes: This is a wonderful Belgian Strong Pale Ale, goat cheese and roasted red pepper on slices of a toasted baguette is a quick and perfect pairing.

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz stubby bottle with the ridiculous pirate on the label. Pours into a tulip glass a slightly hazed, canary yellow/orange body with a plump, vanilla hued head that lasts forever. Enormous carbonation is appparent in the glass, and some sheets of lace are left on the glass.
Tropical fruits front the aroma, with mango, orange, and pineapple. Also, a note of lemon, and some spicy clove and coriander. A whiff of fusel alcohol is impossible to ignore.
Good mouthfeel is typical for style, with explosive carbonation and a medium body.
Taste begins with sweet banana and mango, clove, and some white pepper. Danky, dry yeastiness and hops creep up in the middle, as does some raw alcohol bite. Finish is even between the tropical fruit sweetness and hop and yeast bitterness, but the high alcohol presence distracts.
This is a pretty good strong pale ale, but the alcohol could have been tucked away a bit more cleverly.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from its delivery to American beer in Brooklyn, I picked up this 11.2 oz. stubby bottle.
Pours orangy golden with a tiny bubble puffy head, dissolving to a sheen and of course leaves some nice lacing. Nose is strong medicinal, phenolic, alcohol, yeah baby, I love this style! first taste is pure bliss. Strong alcohol, melon, lots of pepper, more medicinal notes. As it warms, malty flavors and character come foward, This is 10%, but all the flavors and body conceal the alcohol well. Complex, tasty, strong, full of character and interest. Glad I went for this one, seek it out and enjoy. Sante...

Photo of warriorsoul
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up at Luke's Liquors in Rockland, MA.
Pours a very cloudy citrus color w/ two full fingers of sudsy off-white head w/ a gentle pour...this one was ready to come out.
Lacing is thick and has nice cling to the side of my Rapscallion snifter.
Aroma was faint at first, but within one minute a fine malty sweetness hits the nose w/ butterscotch up front...a slight dose of alcohol as well but still very inviting.
The taste fantastic...some oranges, cherries, and even a hint of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is quite thick but the carbonation is a tad too high...it helps calm the alcohol, but I'd rather have the burn w/ out effervescence. Nice bitter finish and very clean...quite drinkable for the style. I will look for this one on tap...I believe I've seen it at Redbones once or twice...will need to compare.

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: orange-yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: citrus, bread, and Belgian spice

Taste: alcohol, Belgian spice, bread, and hops.

Mouthfeel: smooth, bitter, medium bodied, it has some heat due to the high abv.

Drinkability: I can really feel the high abv here, so this is a one per sitting beer.. The flavors are good, if not slightly muted due to the alcohol. I will most likely not search for this again.

Photo of Byeast
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep , slightly hazy golden/amber , with a massive foamy/frothy white head with good retention , and a fair amount of lacing left.

Smell: fairly strong phenolic esters , fruity aromas , belgian yeast , hint of grassy hop, and bit of alcohol.

Taste: BiG flavors in this brew! Lots of medicinal/ phenolic qualities showing throughout , sweetish malt profile morphs into some yellow fruity flavors , pear , papaya , starfruit, warming and slightly peppery alcohol presence , with just a bit of bitter hop flavor.

Mouthfeel : carbonated and creamy.

Drinkability: A really tasty and fairly strong Belgian Strong Pale Ale. If you want to know what phenolic esters taste like , try this one on for size. But seriously , this is a great beer - try it.

Photo of magictrokini
2.22/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Awful. Pours clear gold with a fizzy white head. Orange peel, spice, and malt in the aroma. Taste was a metallic straw flavor with some malt and spice. A dirt-like finish. Judging by the other ratings, I may have got a bad one. But the one I got does not make me want to find out for sure.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.