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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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2,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 80
Gots: 160 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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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Photo of rangerred
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

rangerred, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

MrIncognito, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of HuskerTornado
4.48/5  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.

HuskerTornado, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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.

Homers_Beer_Odyssey, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Shawnxa3
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Shawnxa3, Thursday at 05:25 AM
Photo of AlexFields
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%

AlexFields, Thursday at 04:41 AM
Photo of JLBeaugh
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

JLBeaugh, Thursday at 12:52 AM
Photo of DaliQualiti
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DaliQualiti, Wednesday at 01:42 AM
Photo of okono
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%

okono, Wednesday at 01:23 AM
Photo of jmryan8
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jmryan8, Wednesday at 12:02 AM
Photo of BrianQuinn
3.5/5  rDev -14%

BrianQuinn, Tuesday at 04:06 PM
Photo of Vegeta446
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%

Vegeta446, Monday at 07:07 AM
Photo of ThreeEcho7
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ThreeEcho7, Sunday at 08:02 PM
Photo of ninkasibrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ninkasibrew, Sunday at 03:41 PM
Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (03JM):
Pours a cloudy orange yellow, with a large amount of head on a fairly aggressive pour. The head was larger, soapy on initial pour, but reduced to fluffy off white head that remained thickly on the surface, also providing a ton of lacing. The nose is a bit candy-like in one respect. Sweet notes of honey and caramel pair with a faint waft of grapefruit (I think) to counter it slightly to produce a fairly unique scent. Beyond that are some classic Belgian notes, including some funk, some hay, and some saison-like dry notes. I also get a strange light neutral smoke note, though I have no idea why,.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, except the Belgian notes are a bit stronger in the taste, making it overall a bit less sweet. The specific taste that I get is that the grass/hay flavors are more prevalent than I noticed in the smell. I can take the malt profile in the nose, but the flavor is just slightly off-putting to me in this taste. The body is maybe a little fuller than medium, with a decent amount of carbonation adding some bite.

I think I might have rated this slightly higher (3.85 or 3.9) if I did precise (and based on previous experiences with the beer). This particular taste I rated down the taste because it didn't sit as well with me as it has in the past (I wavered b/t 3.5 and 3.75). Will continue to grab this occasionally, as I feel I do still enjoy it.

cjgiant, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

lillitnn92, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Evidence837
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Evidence837, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of PalatePilot
4/5  rDev -1.7%

PalatePilot, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Good but at least in my opinion it's not duvel, the sheer brute force and stature of this beer may make it a tad difficult to appreciate some of the finer subtleties present, these flavors will fade before you are done reeling from the size of this beer

JackRWatkins, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Biggcatch
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Biggcatch, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of jeffaroo95
3/5  rDev -26.3%

jeffaroo95, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of mjacquard
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%

mjacquard, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of aklude
4/5  rDev -1.7%

aklude, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of dantezeull
3.5/5  rDev -14%

dantezeull, Nov 17, 2014
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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.