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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,930 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 75
Gots: 111 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

An attractive color and tasty beer. Alcohol is high but not overpowering. Masked by fruit but then you can drink too much.
Can sub for champagne or popular preference for bubby whites at dinner party. Would have again anytime. You can smell and taste the malt and yeast.

12-05-2003 03:24:15 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, grain, fruit, honey, and citrus zest. There is an alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty damn strong.

08-28-2012 02:56:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-28-2013 20:41:36 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Bright white head sits atop a hazy dark gold brew.

S: Lots of funk here. Also, plenty of hops and Belgian yeast. Fantastic.

T: Lots going on here. Good funk from the yeast, and plenty of hops to go along. Hints of different fruits as well.

M: Good taste throughout, sits in the mouth well. Medium body.

D: A little overpowering to go through more than one of, but this is a very fine brew.

04-24-2009 05:46:25 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-17-2014 16:19:45 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden amber color into a snifter glass with a thick, white head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns. The level of carbonation is moderate.
S: The aroma smells like apple cider, hops, and malt.
T: Hops are noticeable but do not dominate the overall flavor, which is well-balanced with tastes of tropical fruits such as pineapple, citrus and banana. There are also notes of spices in the finish, which is slightly on the sweet side.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, and the aftertaste is a little dry.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and the taste of alcohol is well-hidden, but I can't see having more than one of these in a sitting given its high alcohol content.

04-04-2010 02:39:55 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Tangerine peel with buttered rum edges and a moderate dusting of small particulates. The pale gold-tinted ivory crown is four fingers to start and is exceptionally tight-bubbled and firm. It also looks to be fairly sticky, as evidenced by its semi-rocky upper surface and the respectable amount of lace that has appeared on the glass in a 'painting spatters' pattern.

There's no mistaking the nose as belonging to a BSPA. Piraat fits within the style boundaries with ease, although I wish it was more powerful and more distinctive. On second thought, it's distinctive, but not necessarily in a good way. The beer smells like sour apples dipped in butter and sprinkled sparingly with ground clove. The sourness and phenols bring it down a notch in my eyes.

The flavor is a carbon copy of the aroma. I experience a brief burst of optimism each time beer enters mouth, but the initial flavors don't really expand and intensify, they just soak the taste buds and then begin to slowly fade away. That isn't to say this is bad beer, just that it's far from special when judged against the world's best.

Piraat is big and golden malty with a fair amount of underlying sweetness. Hops answer the bell and match every sweet malty jab with a bitter-hoppy right cross. I'm not sure what hop variety/varieties are in use, but I'm not that impressed with their flavor delivery, either in terms of amount or character. This is one case where malt and hops seem to cancel one another out rather than build on one another in a constructive manner.

Alcohol is noticeable, but is easily handled. The 10.5% ABV tastes and drinks not one whit higher than 8.0%. The mouthfeel is closer to full than to medium and is, unquestionably, the highlight of this experience. Rich and silky smooth, it's a finely-tuned sports car in dire need of an accomplished driver. The word 'luxurious' comes to mind.

Piraat is better than the average BSPA, but has a long, long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath with the greats of the style. It lacks that *certain something* that puts a twinkle in my eye and a spring in my step, but I still had a good time with the bottle. Watch out for that ABV. It'll plunder your booty if you aren't careful.

01-01-2006 22:51:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a massive head; lots of splashy lace

Smell: Yeasty and hoppy aromas, with chalk, lemon pith and herbacious, floral bitterness; some alcohol on the nose

Taste: Yeasty, with tropical fruit undertones for just a split second, but the herbal bitterness, the pith and the alcohol overwhelm the palate from then on, leaving a very harsh aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation; rather boozy and warm after the swallow

Drinkability: More like a hoppy BSPA than a Belgian IPA, but I would not argue with the classification - this beer was just not to my liking as I didn't care for the boozy bitterness

07-18-2010 00:07:45 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-22-2014 06:29:50 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-02-2013 14:11:46 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

Bottle: Poured a deep yellow color ale with a huge poured white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of alcohol is a bit too intense for my liking with some good malt backbone and lots of sugar. Taste is very sweet with a subtle burning sensation from the alcohol. Body is slightly below average with too much filtration and alcohol is too intense. Yeast is quite discreet and sweet too present. This one is definitely not to my liking.

11-14-2006 18:50:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

After resisting for quite some time because I thought the bottle version was way too alcoholic, hot, and spicy, I decided to order the tap version. Though very similar to the bottled version with it's fruity, spicy, and Belgian-y characters, the fruits seem riper and fresher in flavor. The alcohols seem to hide behind better creaminess, fuller body, and a rounder malt flavor. Don't get me wrong, the beer is very hot and spicy, but alcohols are not all I taste when on tap. A good alternative to Duvel and Tremens.

07-17-2006 01:43:42 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-06-2011 17:42:05 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-20-2012 06:21:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-11-2013 06:02:49 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-06-2014 14:52:16 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Single finger thick head with a little lace and excellent retention on a hazy golden amber head. Nice candy, spice and fig aroma which isn't as strong as some others in the genre but still nice. Flavor is strong with a sour dark fruit, mostly cherry note dominating with a nice yeasty and spicey note as well. Very high carbonation a n medium bodied. This is a decent tripel. Not the best I have had. The carbonation was way too much for me.

01-22-2012 02:27:06 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-hued body with a large, last, white head. Gobs of splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sugary, spicy, delicately grainy malts served up alongside a tray of juicy, fresh-cut fruits and a single shot of clean alcohol.

Taste: Initially, you're greeted with a sugar sweetened, clove-spiced doughy malt character. Next up is a blitz of fruit flavors: peach, pineapple, and banana. Additional taste of bitter orange zest with a medium-low bitterness. Peppery alcohol character remains for the warming, dwindlingly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high, finely-textured carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired well with "Lazy Confessions" by the Moldy Peaches. Though the alcohol is noticeable it's not glaring or, as a wise man once said, "It drink pretty good, don't it?" However, when the plummeting US economy drives me to a pirate-based livelihood, I'll probably stick to dark rum instead of Piraat. That's just me though!

02-15-2009 03:23:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-17-2013 18:22:01 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer pours out as a nice hazy golden yellow color. The head is bit a fluffy. The lacing it leaves behind isn't too bad. The smell of the beer has a good amount of hoppy aromas coming off of it. The other aromas are a little spicy and has some floral qualities. The taste of the beer brings all those qualities together in a very spicy flavored IPA. The aftertaste has some nice bread flavors also. The mouthfeel is a sharp and tingly. Overall it's a pretty good Belgian IPA. I still prefer the Valier Extra over this but this is still a worthy try.

06-22-2011 14:57:31 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

02-21-2004 13:52:55 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Still rackin' my brain tryin' to figure out what this beer's name means... Stupid foreign names! Anyway, it pours a clear golden amber topped by a stoic bit of white froth that eventually succumbs to the deleterious effects of gravity, leaving only bubbly rubble in its once proud place. The nose comprises hoppy florals, orange peel, and a touch o' that lovely Belgian spicy quality. The taste ups the spice ante a bit, focusing on pepper and cardamom, while still maintaining a firm presence of hoppy citrus bitters and a Belgian farmhouse-like yeastiness. The body is a very light medium, with a light-active carbonation and a finish that really wants to be crisp and dry-ish. Overall, a steady, solid Belgian offering. 'Nuff said.

07-07-2010 06:24:04 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-25-2013 07:22:54 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a light, fluffy, bubbly, off-white head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast, lemon and some caramel malt. Some floral notes and hints of grasses.

T - It tasted very grassy and citrus. Light touches of pine, too. It had a nice sweet caramel flavor providing a strong backbone. Also, some hints of alcohol flavor.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. Nicely balanced and surprisingly easy-drinking despite the high ABV.

11-17-2008 01:19:23 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-24-2013 12:56:35 | More by largadeer
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Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.