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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,874 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,874
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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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The head on this thing is monstrous! The creamy beige foam is currently at five fingers plus with only a few ounces in the snifter. This has been in my beer fridge for over a month, I didn't knock it around before I poured, and I poured relatively gently! The beast takes it's sweet time shrinking to a luscious two fingers, and forms a mashed potato mesa in the middle of the glass ("This means something.") Lots of dry white lace sticks to the glass, and the brew beneath the beast is a cloudy tangerine orange hue. I can see chunky sea monkeys of lace floating around in there too.

S - Creamy yeast is the first thing I smell, with loads of sour-cream freshness and an abundance of fresh summer fruits. Mango, melon, kiwi, tangerine, apricots (both fresh and dried), and some banana. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden, but I can feel it in my nose if I stick my nose in the glass and snort like a coke-head. I don't really catch any major hop notes like I though I would...it's smells more like Orval or a Westmalle tripel than an IPA or even an American pale ale.

T - Sweet, luscious and fresh with loads of fruit (just like the nose), and chock-full of sweet bready bakery malt flavors. Honeydew melon, and dried apricots drizzled in honey. I'm reminded of honeycomb cereal also....maybe even with honey on top. The hops here are a little more prevalent than in the nose, but they aren't any more powerful than any other pale Belgian style. This is actually a malt-focused beer IMO. In fact, I've had hoppier tripels...it still tastes excellent, but I was expecting something unique from a "Belgian IPA."

M - Honey-thick and viscous in the mouth with lively champagne carbonation that helps keep the full oily body from being too heavy. Sugar coats the palate after swallowing, and the nice alcohol astringency and herbal bitterness reminds me of gin.

D - This is IMO nothing other than a good BSPA. Why is it listed as a Belgian IPA and called an "Amber Triple IPA" under the title? This is a damn fine beer that reminds me of the interesting Atomium that I had a few weeks ago in that it's main flavor component seems to be honey and sweet summer fruits. Although it doesn't stand out in any way, it's a really nice and boozy (but still fresh and breezy) Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 20:41:57 | More by pmcadamis
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Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.