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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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2,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 80
Gots: 155 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Bisho
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a white 330ml bottle into a Tremens tulip glass.

A: Pours with a white creamy head thats close to 3 fingers. Golden amber hue with lots of lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast! Hints of pepper, wheatgrass and spice.

T: Explodes in the mouth with Pineapple, malted honey and pepper. Quite a bit of hop bitterness that masks the high (10.5%) ABV very well.

M: Yeasty natural carbonation in the mouth. Medicinal phenols mixed with a little bit of spicy pepper and a dry finish.

D: A beer that quenches and keeps me going back for more. But I am wondering just how much more before I'm flat on the floor? :)

This beer was a nice surprize to me as it was bought on a curious impulse!

Bisho, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer sampled at Roman Market's beer tasting.

Poured from a 11.2 oz stubby bottle, the same bottle as the 11.2 oz Duvel bottles. Color is straw yellow, slightly hazy in nature. A large off white head is produced on the pour, and has great retention. It leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is Belgian yeast and malts, spices and light floral hops. I have to say, I had this pegged as a Belgian Pale Ale, never thinking it was a Belgian IPA. The hops just weren't as noticeable as they should have been.

Tastes distincty Belgian, much like other Belgian Pale Ales. Sweet and fruity, with a solid malt backbone and spicey hops.

Mouthfeel is light, with a low carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Overall, not a bad Belgian IPA. I would not categorize this as so, but thats not my call. I graded it as a Belgian Pale Ale, and it's a good one at that.

Mistofminn, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours hazy deep golden color with a 2.5 finger white head that leaves havy lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Lots of yeast, with slight candy sweetness and herbal hops.

Taste: Sweet and sour apple and farmhouse yeast, with a balanced, bready bitterness at the end. Hints of alcohol in the finish. Has sort of a wine taste about it.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth body with light, natural carbonation and a dry finish with warming alcohol.

Drinkability: A good sipping beer. Interesting flavors and a nice drink overall. My first Belgian IPA, and this is a style I want to look more into.

Mosstrooper, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a thick, fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves copious lacing.

Smell: Smells interesting. Smells of hops crossed with the typical Belgian yeasty smells.

Taste: Starts with sweet malts and bitter hops. Finishes spicy with a crisp, clean bitterness. The spiciness and bitterness linger and give this beer a very heady quality. The alcohol is also very noticeable here. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing carbonation bite.

Drinkability: An excellent and very intriguing beer. I'm honestly not quite sure what to make of this one. The Belgian IPA style is certainly complex and interesting. I'll certainly look for more in this style.

wahhmaster, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of pweis909
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of a 4-pack of 12 oz stubbies given to me as an Xmas gift (thanks Jane).

Deep yellow with dense, 2" foam that stayed pretty healthy and left lacing on the glass.

Aroma was grainy with a slight hint of bubble gum that complemented the taste, which initially seemed tart but got sweeter as the beer warmed. Although hop aroma was not strong, there was a robust hop bitterness, even a slight astringency, to the finish.

Although it doesn't have a particularly alcholic taste (maybe that is contributing to the bitterness?), it's 10% abv is nothing to sneeze at, which is to say, I shouldn't drink more than 1 of these at a sitting

pweis909, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the small bottle into a Belgian-pale-style glass.

Hazy yellowish golden ale. Amazing, slightly off white head, pillowy with lacing like polyester stuffing or foam rubber.

The nose is tart and fruity, undercurrents of spice, vinegar and cider smells. Yeasty.

Taste is sweet and fruity, like apple pie and apricots.

Mouthfeel is full and very well carbonated. Almost perfect. Sweet start and slightly sweet finish.

Well balanced. Tart and clean. Even the high alcohol is not a deterrent to drinkability.

I love beers with with allusions to pirates. They are invariably more complex than IPAs and in the same, happy, high alcohol vein.

meeekyh, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Source/serving: 330mL bottle, no expiration date
Smell: tart pears, horsey, honey, and actually a little floral to me. Delightful!
Taste: Taste much like it smells. Fresh and crisp honey apples rush at you under high carbonation. A wave of bitterness and slight sourness and pepper replaces that in the middle along with fruitiness. Very dry, bitter finish.

Notes: Very interesting and wonderful. Amazingly drinkable too

4000qtrap, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber and has a small head but strong one.
Smells of wheat, almost like it is a wheat beer. Has a bit of a peppery smell.
Tastes a lot like a wheat beer but with regular malty sweetness, this beer is confusing but delicious!
Along with the taste being peppery and wheaty, I get the feeling it is a mixture of malts, probably not though.

I like this a lot and will buy again.

Spineypanda, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Jprebs
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly I'm a hophead DIPA kind of guy, so I'm trying to expand my tastes with this one.

Thick head climbs out of the 750ml bottle as soon as the cork comes off. Pours lighter than I guess I was expecting, more yellow than amber.

The smell is very sweet, strong Belgian malt with the alcohol busting through. Makes me wonder a bit about the taste.

Taste is sweet with the malt dominating; I guess I was expecting (or hoping for) more hops. The alcohol seems to take over on the back end, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in my book.

This one certainly packs a punch and is light and smooth enough to sneak up on you. Not my preferred style, but a very solid brew that I will undoubtedly go back to at some point. One of the better Belgians I've tried, as the ratings suggested it would be.

Jprebs, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very loose and easy to pour yeast clouds the translucent amber orange body of this ale. Thick, tightly formed white foam clings to the walls of my chalice, leaving delicate crochet lace in its wake.

Aromas of over-ripe banana and pineapple battle for dominance as the beer warms, hints of cotton candy, booze, and hay. I love the barnyard quality this beer shows around the edges. Juicy tropical and orchard fruit flavour with a complimentary pepper note. Faintly sweet; followed by a lingering dry, bitter finish. The moderate bitterness is slightly grassy and medicinal, while also reminding me of citrus rind.

Medium bodied and finely carbonated; feels round and soft. An exceptional beer showing great depth of flavour. I enjoyed this one a lot.

mintjellie, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ugh, pours a dank yellow, lots of little bubbles, minimal head.

Smell, alcohol blast, some fruity essence.

Taste, no hop character, alcohol dominates, probably some typical apple, pear flavors, tastes like someone dropped some diluted pucker into some vodka. Thin, yet strong.

Mouthfeel, alcohol dominates again, throughout. Not very drinkable.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of OskarL
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - A hazy/cloudy amber beer with a big head that stiicks for a while and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Yeast, bread and fruitiness. Also a smell of alcohol and a note of some thing that's not very pleasant, kinda like iron/chlorine.

Taste - Yeast, bread, fruity with some phenols and esters. Also a lot of bitterness in the finish and alcohol which is warming.

Mouthfeel - A medium body with average carbonation.

OskarL, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of dqrull
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with a crisp, airy white head that sticks nicely to the glass and leaves lots of fine lacing.

Alot of yeast and white bread in the nose, slight fruity notes, a bit sickish, dont like it.

Taste is pretty much the same as the nose, but the sickish taste grows in the mouth and isnt very pleasant at all, a zesty fruitiness makes up for it a little though.

Feels alright and light in the mouth, okay carbonation but nothing special.

dqrull, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized head that is white and bubbly. Body is a dark orange, and extremely clear with just the slightest evidence of haze.

S: Lots of yeast and bread coming through here. The aroma also has a fruitiness to it that is quite pleasant.

T: Sweet, fruity, and yeast, with a very slight twinge of bitterness in there as well. The finish is dry, with a slight alcohol warmth as well.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: A very good beer, but I don't know if I would have recognized it as a Belgian IPA; mind you, I've never had this style before, and I would expect their IPAs to be less in-your-face then many in North America.

berley31, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear golden-light orange w/one finger head that rapidly dissipated.

S-Sweet pale malt, pear, apple, spice and clove, pepper, alcohol penetrates the sinuses.

T-Sweet w/fruity esters midway, a moment where I thought I tasted a cognac- or whiskey-like flavor just before the finish. Finish is dry and spicy.

M-This brew flirts w/extremes. Very sweet upfront, and bone-dry finish. Body is slightly heavy and sweetness is cloying, but there is still a harmonious finish.

D-Decent, but not easy to drink. This is the first big beer I've had in a while, so I might have lost my taste for them.

BoitSansSoif, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As I poured the 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass, I didn't get much head. But, I kinda screwed up the pour, so that's my fault. Although, the little head I did get still created some nice lacing.

The color was an orangey gold, and hazy.

I smelled grapefruit, grapes, and a sharp aroma resembling sparkling cider.

I tasted tropical fruits. Each sip has a real kick of alcohol at the end, touched with leafy spices. I liked how the hops aren't so dominant in this brew.

Its Mouthfeel is very crisp, quite carbonated, and almost prickly on the tongue. It feels bright, reminds me of sunshine, and I like how its taste matches the pirate theme on the bottle.

Drinkability is high for the style, but it would be hard for me to drink more than 2.

I don't think I've tasted anything out of Belgium before that didn't have a musty aroma or a taste that reminded me of a monestary, or place of worship. This is a first. A pretty cool beer...definitely unique.

jbertsch, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 11.2oz stubby into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a golden straw with a 2inch white head that leaves lacing that reminds me of Lorianne Swiss cheese. Odd mental picture but that's the one drawn for me. The aroma reminds me of most BSPA's. Sweet pears and apples, a bit of hops and a bit of Belgian candy sugar. I really wish the hops were a little more prevalent in the nose but they really play second fiddle to the malt that's used to push the alcohol up to 10.5%. The flavor is almost exactly the same. Orchard fruits, big malty sweetness, with just a bit of hops at the tail. I think that if this beer wasnt so sweet, the booze would be almost untouchable. It still shows it head but its mostly covered by the big malt body to this beer. The mouthfeel is rather syrupy. The carbonation is light leading to the syrupy body. All and All, I'm not really impressed with this beer. i wonder if maybe this is an older bottle. I'll definitely be trying to get a fresher bottle and will re review.

hwwty4, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. And not just because of the cool label, but it helps.

A - Brassy, slightly hazy golden amber. Moderate head, good, sticky retention.

S - Sweet yeast with no specific flavor or disposition, and a very slight hay / straw funk.

T - It tastes good, but not spectacular. Clean with a tad of bitter and ester, but not banana. And phenol / medicine, but not clove. Amazingly well-hidden 10.5 ABV.

M - Very smooth, but slightly 'hot'.

D - Hell yeah I'll drink it.

ktrillionaire, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, golden color forming a massive, ever growing, white colored head, that condenses to a marshmallow cream thickness, staying on the beer for the entire duration of it's consumption, pulling down thick sheets of bubbles which deposit on the glass as the beer recedes. A champagne-like level of carbonation cascades towards the surface.

The aroma reminds me of green fruits, mostly apple and grape, basically a plethora of fruity esters, and candy-like sweetness. There is a wonderful, peppery quality form the hops adding a great complimentary spice to the up front fruitiness.

the flavor is also heavy with fruity esters, sour apples and quite sweet. However the hoppiness is right up there to totally destroy the upfront sweetness giving way to a rather dry, acidic finish that leaves a spicy twang on the palate. The alcohol is non-existent. I had to check the bottle twice to make sure this was 10.5% ABV.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, sparkling and bright, almost refreshing. This is so easy drinking its scary. It would be very easy for me to have one too many of this beer. Just a great representation of the style. So delicious and the alcohol only shows itself via a slight warming effect.

Soneast, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330 ml stubby into a Duvel glass.

Pours cloudy yellow orange with thick creamy foam indefatgiable white foam. Puffy islands float amidst the beer that lasts long after the broader recession. Laces/sticky.

Malty, spicy smell. Funky Belgian yeast strain.

Taste is light fruit balanced by a bitter hop - and the hop wins out. Pear taste, and notes of the 10.5 alcohol.

Creamy, bitter, and mild carbonation in the mouthfeel. Good taste, but packs a punch with heat and hops.

KTCamm, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piraat is a hazy oraange in color with a two finger, creamy white head that dissipates to a lumpy skin covering. A citrus hops aroma. The taste is orange citrus right off the bat, with a large malt sweetness. There is a bitter after taste, but like an orange rind rather than a grapefruit rind. There is a bit of an alcoholic pop too. The feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is good, I would love to have another, despite the 10.50 ABV.

When I first began to delve into craft beers, I avoided Piraat for several month, probably still would if it hadn't come in a Belgian holiday sampler pack. My mistake. Piraat is excellent, though in a different way from other Belgians.

kegger22, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive style and this is worth a try. I really, really like Piraat... but not love yet...

Great lacing after the dense fluffy head recedes to a thin layer - a welcomed effect from higher hopping. This one is a golden hazy glower.

The aroma has what you'd expect for the style: Belgian candy malt, fruit (banana, tropicals), yeasty bread, bubblegum, phenolics; IPA-like hops and spiciness. Not boozy but maybe a little medicinal.

Smooth and creamy to start and then transitions to slightly course from the high, fine carbonation and alcohol level. It's this courseness that I think I find detracting from the overall quality. This will warm you up quickly.

Found the tastes as in the aroma and also some minerals. Citric grapefruit in the semi-dry bitter aftertaste. Lots of hops here but the flavours are not overpowering ...and the ABV is dangerously well hidden.

ecoastman, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

tigg924, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This looks like it should, a clear golden orange with a lily-white head that fades down to a thin blanket of foam. Laces elegantly.

The aroma is really nice, mildly like apricots but mostly caramel with a nice peppery Belgian funk to it.

Really nice, full flavored taste that is all at once equal parts honey sweetness, yeasty, fruity esters and thick grassy bitterness. Finishes semi-dry. Pepper lingers in the aftertaste. The taste of alcohol is assertive but not completely off-putting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, very satisfying.

Overall enjoyable enough, but perhaps just a tad too much alcohol in the taste for me.

MeisterBurger, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Husslerc
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

love this beer...plain and simple!!

hue- yellowish with hint of amber
good carbonation.
pour- perfect 2 finger head

nose- sweet malt with a subtle hint of hops....almost burnt

mouth - very inviting open with a mouthfull of hop bite....defenitly a high recomendation!!

Husslerc, Dec 01, 2009
Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.