Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 989
Hads: 2,232
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 107
Gots: 260 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
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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Photo of Trombone69
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I felt like I could taste every bit of the 10.5% alcohol. Maybe a little too extreme for me. I have had strong beers that I liked more, but in general, I prefer to stay under 8%. I guess there just aren't enough good flavors to mask the high ABV. (249 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

Color ranges from dull yellow at the bottom to amber near the top, using a small goblet. Hazy and subtly mottled throughout. Fine lemon-white cap of medium retention. Citrus- and balsamic vinegar-like esters, grain, and alcohol on the nose, in order of intensity. Very strong alcohol in retro-olfaction. On the palate, it has a caramelly malty tartness up front, with sugar and spice notes kicking in early but not full-throttled until nearly the swallow. Pleasantly boozy in the sides and the back, like sipping rum with curaçao. Finish is a little bready, a little sugary, and a little rindy. Full-bodied. Not too wet, not too dry. Pricks the tongue and throat for the duration, almost as much the alcohol's doing as the high-level carbonation's. Warms the throat and mouth. Better to not leave your lips clamped shut for too long after swallowing, as the fumes will go to your head. Very enjoyable beer, albeit a little too sweet for my tastes. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap as part of a Belgian flight. Color of light amber with a finger of light, loose head. Aroma is yeast, bubblegum, candied sugar. Taste follows, with fruity notes. ABV is well hidden. Another sneaky Belgian ale. Beautiful, must have. (247 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,banana,coriander,grass
T:
-Follows the nose plus moderate hoppiness and a faint sour note
F:
-typical high belgian carbonation
-like other Van Steenberge Beers very boozy
-full body
O:
without the booziness this would be close to perfect (333 characters)

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On of the best beers I have ever had. Very nice bouquet and full of flavor. Nice alcohol level as well. Wish I had had it on tap and not the bottle. I am sure I would have given it a 5 if it would have been on tap. (214 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking hazy gold brew sitting under a lot of billowy foam.

I get malty and candi sugar notes with a mild hop bitterness.

Same goes for the taste with some notes of yeast and alcohol.

Medium body, lively carbonation.

Nice beer. (241 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enthusiastic head with streaming bubbles in the Saint-Martin goblet. Clear darkish amber color. This is both sweet and yeasty with the dry finish. Tingly and highly carbonated.

This seems like the textbook example of a strong Belgian ale. Flavors of sweet malt and grain. Bread and cookie dough, and is that a vanilla taste? Deeply fruity with lemon competing with the apricot and pear. Some tannic and woody taste. All of this seems to intensify as you sip and the hot alcohol tackles the tongue.

This is a big and bruising beer, but it is a cornucopia of flavors and sensation. From the beautiful printed on glass 750 ml bottle purchased in San Diego. (655 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Head very large, rigid and durable, all the time, until the end draws wonderful patterns on glass.
Malt aroma, sweet, intense caramel with a delicate hint of raisins.
Taste is very malty, slightly sour, there is no accent raisins, sweet, plums feel.
Alcohol is a powerful but very well interacts with bitterness. Good, but not my taste (335 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

-darker strong pale ale than normal but looks appetizing
-very mellow and pleasant yeasts
-mellow fruits and yeasts with a nice warm alcohol burn
-not near as light or carbonated as other i have had great thickness for a light beer!
-overall another great strong pale ale i am becoming fond of this style (305 characters)

Photo of IPA1978
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is amazing yeasty phenols, sweet bubble gum and slight musty grains. Taste is peppery, fruity and medicinal, sweetness is tamed by medium bitterness and warm alcohol. Fantastic beer, more complex than Duvel. (215 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yeasty nose with traces of ripe and over ripe fruit and light grains. Depending on the temperature it pours either brilliant gold or gold with a slight haze. The head is enormous – 3” or more of pure white finely bubbled foam that persists and leaves ledges of lace inside the glass. The palate offers peaches in different stages of ripeness followed by an earthy hop bitterness on the finish with a layer of malt sweetness and alcohol. It is slightly warming but the alcohol is not hot or solventy. The body is suprising medium for the amount of alcohol and flavor and the carbonation is above average. (607 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully complex and balanced, sweetness and bitterness combined like yin and yang, an effervescent mouthfeel but not too cheek-puffing, an unbridled yeasty, malty, and hoppy delight. This is ale. And quite strong ale at that. Aye, mateys! (243 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yeast & dry grain on the nose, pretty carbonated, taste is mostly medium toasted malt & cereal grain, earthy with just enough hop profile to give it a pop, not bitter, lots of earthy yeast with some dry fruit, very good belgian style ale. (238 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.59/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Expected it to be similar to Duvel. Could not finish the bottle. Very sweet and boozy. There are a lot of better options for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. (151 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost clear orange amber with 1 1/2 fingers of white, frothy head with excellent retention & decent sheet-like lacing. Aroma sweet Belgian yeast, fruity esters especially banana & hints of orange & apple, some cloves & other spices, honey, faintly hoppy. Taste is sweet yeast, cherry, some banana & apple, hints of citrus, biscuity malt, honey, alcohol & hop bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Rich & complex in all categories. (439 characters)

Photo of ranger7
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing.
A: amber, good carbonation. Terrific lacing.
S: citrus, some malt
T: malt, some floral
F: medium
This is good stuff. One of the best Belgians. (151 characters)

Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden straw in the glass. Hoppy aromas- pine, plus fruit (banana?), plus more pine. Hint of clove. Medium, smooth body. Tastes of fruits and clove. Fruits include banana and some others (tropical?) that I can't place. Midway through the swig the alcohol kicks in. And it never fades back out. (293 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -golden bronze colored body with huge white head

Smell - citrus fruit upfront orange, lemons, honey, clove

Taste - vibrant notes of citrus headlined by orange, hint of lemon, honey, ginger, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, flavors linger, bitterness in the back end

Overall - this is a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Towards the head of the class of the style

Price Point - $4.59/11.2 oz bottle (453 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark amber with fluffy khaki colored head, settles slowly to a quarter inch, splotchy rings on the glass. Smell: pear, cooked red delicious apple, peppery and spicy, orange peel. Taste: pear, candied orange peel, dried apricot, bready, caramel note, big spicy and peppery flavors and a little grassy. Syrupy-to-fluffy, peach skin finish. Huge and delicious with just a touch of warming alcohol. From corked and caged 750, no date found on bottle but judging from the label design it's 2013/4 bottling. (514 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a sampler pack; best before June 17 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy amber-orange colour, topped off with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Good retention; the froth slowly seeps away over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a lacey imprint as it settles down into a loose, bumpy cap and collar. The aroma is yeasty and sweet, immediately bringing to mind various orchard fruits - green apple, pear, peach and orange come to mind, in addition to banana, bubblegum and pithy grapefruit.

Grainy malt sweetness, peaches, apple and apricot are the first flavours that cross the tongue, followed soon after by banana and orange peel. There is some grassy, almost earthy bitterness, with spicy clove and coriander leading into a warming, boozy, yeasty aftertaste. Moderately complex flavour that opens up for the better as the beer warms. Medium-full in body, with assertive carbonation that assaults the tongue; yet a smooth, almost creamy feel on the palate. I seriously cannot believe how well the 10.5% alcohol is hidden on this one; it becomes a little more noticeable as it warms, but even then, this is a dangerously drinkable beer that does not betray its strength - until you stand up after finishing the glass, at least.

Final Grade: 4.29, an awesome A-. This is one of my favourite styles of beer, and I must say that Piraat compares admirably to many of my long-time favourites like Duvel, La Chouffe and Don de Dieu. This is a sinfully-tasty strong Belgian golden ale, and its alcohol content is so masterfully masked that I'd be likely to place it closer to 7-8% than 10-11% on a blind test. A great way to cap off Christmas 2014, and any fan of strong Belgian pales should consider this an absolute must-try. (1,766 characters)

Photo of BlazerT
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Teku glass. Deep amber/gold colour with nice, big, creamy white, long lasting head. The aroma is big biscuit, bready mixed with hops - mainly fruit aromas and some herbs, spices (coriander?), again the big grainy aroma and also grape juice. The taste is medium to heavy sweet, crackery, some biscuit, warming booze sensations, there are also some yeasty notes - clove and earthy. The aftertaste is big malty and again bready. The warming booze sensations begins somewhere in the middle till very end. The body is smooth, thick with high carbonation and smooth finish. In overall interesting belgian beer, which strikes with lots of aromas and flavours. (652 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,415 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 (253 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance: amber, heady white froth, fine carbonation

Smell: strong malt with hint of flower/bitter hops, yeast, honey , esters and faint alcohol .

Taste: Great balance of hop forward followed by Sweet, flowery malts and clean finish.

Overall: Great beer, well balanced and goes well with cheese, pizza and high fat/greasy fair. Palate cleansing. (350 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a seasonal mixed 6pk at the LCBO for a pretty kind $18.00. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and you need to watch you don't pour a ton of head. Head stays a while then settles to a nice film

S- Touch lacking here. Unusual orange peel scent. Yeast on yeast

T- Very good. Rather complex considering that it is only months old. Bite at the end when it's warm but stays still cold

M- Dry and tart. Very good but very carbonated

O- Very good beer. Enjoyable and for $3.00 for a 330ml bottle a pretty good deal. IF and that's a BIG IF there are 2 more good ones I'll buy another 6pk.

Food Pairing

This wonderful yeasty beer went well with...... Samosas. That samosa bite can't stand a chance at this nice beer

Enjoy (747 characters)

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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