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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 2,112
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
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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 Manoftyr
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice

Appearance-Pours a hazy golden color with a big white billowy head that recedes very slowly leaving very thick lacing all along the sides of the glass that remains as I sip. I would guess it's the combination of the Belgian yeast and the hops that give this such a magnificent head and head retention.

Aroma-Belgian candy-sugar upfront followed by fruity and estery notes and Belgian yeast, the hops linger around the edges but certainly make their presence known.

Taste-This is where the hops come through lending a floral, spicy bitterness to contrast against the heavy Triple-like sweetness of malt and sugar. Flavors of sweet honey and alcohol mingle towards the middle rounding the whole thing together in a way that I find rather delicious. The alcohol is definitely detectable on the palette but it doesn't detract from the flavor, if anything it adds to it.

Mouthfeel-Big, lush and pillowy with a fine, crisp carbonation; personally, I find this beer to leave a superb feeling in one's mouth.

Drinkability-I shared this bottle but I'd have had no problem finishing it off by myself, I could have had another to be honest; it's damn drinkable.

Photo of scottyb88
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured into a Duvel glass; cloudy orange/copper color with a lingering 1.5 finger head; some lacing

S-tropical handsoap, lemongrass, yeasty, sourdough; it was a little muddled, hoping for more prominent citrus

T-lemon, pepper; not very typical american ipa taste of grapefruit or other citrus; has a sweet start with a nice dry, and slightly bitter yeasty finish

M-a little too aggressive for my liking; not sure if it was the carbonation or a combination of that and the alcohol; the bitter dry finish was nice though

D-I'm still confused by this style; I've had a few versions of belgian ipa and they vary so much from beer to beer; this version is definitely nice and refreshing; it's a bit spicy and the carbonation might be a bit much for some; 10.5% i believe, is noticeable at the end of the sip

Photo of GregPearson33
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell/Appearance: Deep golden blonde with a slight murkiness topped by a tall fluffy head of tightly laced foam that leaves fantastic lacing as it recedes. Smells floral-sweet and citrusy with the classic spice notes Belgian yeasts impart.

Taste/Drinkability/Mouthfeel: Sweet and delicious! The taste is bready and sweet, balanced by light citrusy hops in the background. The finish is pleasant though there is little heat and a lasting mouth-coating. The carbonation level is medium-high, which is probably responsible for its fluffy texture on the palate. It also helps lighten the body and certainly boost drinkability.

Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a decently clear honey/amber color with hints of gold. The head is foamy, rocky, and white and sticks around for a while before leaving some nice lacing.

It doesn't smell hugely hoppy, this is a fresh bottle. It is very much floral and grassy with a huge yeast kick.

The hops are more represented in the flavor. It is thick and sweet but also mildly hoppy. It isn't bitter at all just a lot of flowery, grassy, spicy hops with a pinch of grapefruit peel and pine. The yeast is big too providing even more spice and a hint of fruitiness. The malts are sweet and slightly cloying with the alcohol which isn't completely hidden, but not overly so. It gets better as you go.

The carbonation seems right on but the flavors don't pop on the tongue due to the sweetness. The alcohol isn't hidden but it never become a nuisance.

This is a high gravity BIPA, perhaps it is a bit too malty, if you love Belgian strong pale ales this one is for you.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 10.5% ABV, no date, "Tripel by strength, IPA by nature and history."

Thanks to my cousin Dan for bringing this over!

A - The pop of the cork signifies strong carbonation that's mirrored by the constant stream of bubbles through the beer. A full three-finger head is totally white and loosely packed. Great retention and classic Belgian lace make the head even better. The beer is a hazy golden yellow color.

S - Awesome yeasty nose with a delicious citrusy lemon characteristic to it. Hints of clay and earthy notes appear in the background. Pale malts and a touch of honey balance well with an awesome low hoppy citrus and floral kiss.

T - Lots of citrus and yeast in the flavor with a bold backing of clay and pale malts. The main thing that stands out to me is a punch of alcohol. Not boozy or paint-thinner, solvent-like, it's just alcohol. Hints of light fruit poke in and out of the whole beer flavor. The alcohol fades through the course of drinking it and the taste really grows on me.

M - Crisp and refreshing with a medium-body and a well-balanced dry, crisp finish. Subtle warming alcohol finish. The carbonation is bold in this beer giving it a sharp bite the to the finish.

D - Just fantastic. After a few sips it takes a little getting used to since it's so unique, but it really comes through and gets very enjoyable. A solid beer that's fantastic and getting me nice and saucy while listening to a quality vinyl.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail on 29-Apr-10.

A: The Belgian IPA is a golden straw color, a fuller yellow color that is several shades lighter than an egg yolk (although it is nearly opaque like an egg yolk). A small ring of head, no more than a band, circles the rim of the snifter. [Yeah, I said circle the rim.]

S: The nose is far more tripel than IPA, with a sweet candi sugar scent that barely hides its fusel strength. The more I search for hops, the more I come up empty. A solid tripel nose though!

T: Again, a fusel alcohol presence is immediately evident. Behind the strength, plenty of tripel flavors, candi sugars and pepper and distinctive yeast, linger around. There is a more assertive hop presence in the taste but it isn't nearly strong enough to punch through the tripel. The strength of the beer would be more manageable if the hops were more forward.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the delicate strength of the tripel, sweet and heavy. That sweetness is dangerous, making me want to sip it faster. Bold hops would help quell that urge.

D: One snifter for me, thanks. The ale is too boozy and needs to add a little more hop oomph.

Photo of tim9887
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml (11.2oz) bottle poured into glass..

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden-orange. Nice thick white foam head. Aroma and taste are sweet at first - honey-ish malt character followed up nicely by lemony & peppery hop bitterness. Very good all around. Mouthfeel is of a typical Belgian IPA - nice subtle carbonation. WAY too easy to drink for an ale of 10.5% abv. Oh well, I'm not complaining - give me two more and I'll be ready to take a nice long nap.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterzooi, Garden City, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an ocean air aroma with some fruit and esters.

The taste was upfront herbal with a grassy hop and earthy malt. A nice ester present as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a residual spice.

Overall a tasty user friendly ale.

Photo of mwa423
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy gold color with a finger of off white head.

S - The up front aroma is lots of Belgian yeast with the very typical dried fruit aroma that goes with the typical trippel.

T - Taste is rich, complex, and impressive. First, the alcohol and Belgian yeast hits, followed with a flat dried fruit flavor and a slight sour note that really leaves a bite.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich, thick and gives a bit of a bite on the end. Carbonation is heavy but doesn't negatively affect flavor. This is drinkable only because the bite at the end makes the mouth want the next flavor. This isn't a beer you drink two of.

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

Piraat Ale 10.5% 750ml bottle corked and caged.
Truthfully I didn't have a clue what kind of beer this was till I checked the site. Says Belgian Ipa but well...

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange fluid with massive two inch fluffy head that hangs around for the duration of the brew. Leaves a massive quarter inch thick head on the glass.

S- This smells like a triple... heavy Belgian yeast spice is first in the nose. Second is a light but appearent pear and citrus bite followed by strong alcohol fumes.

T-M- Has a very strong bite of warming alcohol that only leads on to the fresh bitter grass and candied citrus fruit. Last is a lingering alcohol and malt stickyness. Mouthfeel is smooth with the fact that the alcohol is so high in content. Slick and warming effect fall down the tongue letting it know a hell of a beer just went down.

D- Its drinkable but watch out or your ass will hit the floor. Excellent Belgian Ipa, Triple and Strong Pale Ale... in one.

Photo of Dixonian
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for a very long time. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Maudite chalice.

BIG head on the initial pour-nice and white. Dissapated after a few moments-excellent carbonation. Burnt orange color you'd expect from most beers with IPA in the title. Aroma let me know I was in for something special-not as bitter/hoppy as some in the same style. Same with the flavor-getting more from the yeast than the hops. Very clean-citrus through and through. One of the most balanced Belgian IPAs i've ever had. I wish i'd bought a 750 ml bottle instead!

I will for sure be buying this again. Very exciting style of beer for me as I love both Belgians and IPAs and this was possibly the best one I've had. My next batch of homebrew just might be a Belgian IPA.

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at the malt house last weekend

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a piraat chalice out of the nifty pirate tap, bright golden body, huge white froth and superb retention

smell: lush citrus hops, fresh yeast, lemon zest, honey, pepper

taste: definitely one of my favorites of the belgian ipa style - ideal blend of citrus hops, yeast, honey, pineapple, lemon, orange

mouthfeel: well carbonated, very lively, head retention adds a lot here

drinkability: good

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a honey golden with a large frothy head that slowly reduced into a thin film that left a decent amount of sticky lacing.
S: Peppery and spicy with notes of earth and grassy hay.
T: Very full strong flavors! A sort of Belgium yeasty funk with a ton of syrupy honey sweetness hits you up front followed by a spicy, peppery barnyard taste of hay, sour fruits and alcohol. There is a decent amount of bitterness in the finish as well from the hops, and also a bit of an overall medicinal taste to the beer.
M: Carbonation is sharp and lively, mouth is medium-heavy, and has a cough syrup quality to it. Alcohol is present but not uncomfortable.
D: This was a surprising little beer that I bought on a whim. The flavor is definitely heavier and bolder than one would think from looking at it. Flavors are bold yet refreshing and crisp. Pick one up, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass of this today and was told it was a belgian pale. I immediately knew it wasn't that but I also would have never guessed an IPA. It definitely wasn't hoppy enough for that but I did enjoy it. Good pale golden color, light colored head, clean but belgian-y flavor. I would recommend it.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Morey
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very hazy orange/copper color. HUGE fluffy white head that seems to be going nowhere fast. Head consist of thousands of tight tiny bubbles. This beer appears to be very carbonated with tons of bubbles rushing up towards the top of the beer.

Smells is very sweet (almost like rock candy). Some hops are noticable, but this smells more like a trippel than an Ipa.

Taste is well balanced with fruit, hops, and malts all blending together nicely making for a complex, yet somewhat smooth beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and not nearly as carbonated as I had expected.

I could drink this bottle, and that's about it as far as drinkability goes.

Morey's Bottom Line: Belgians aren't typically my beer of choice, but this one is pretty quaffable. Would definitely drink again, but due to the price, I'd prefer that I wasn't the one paying for it :)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy blonde with mild carbonation, a thick white head with some mile lacing and look absolutely beautiful when held up to the light. There were some light citrus smells (lemon rind and oranges) along with some wheat and malt undertones. It has a semi light mouth feel to it and seems to thicken up after a second or two. It's mildly tart on the tip of the tongue and gets a little more bitter when it hits the corner of your mouth. You can taste the malts flavors in the aftertaste. It maintains a crisp feel overall.
I'm looking forward to drinking this one again!

Photo of mudbug
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark yellow with very little head, I'm beginning to think this bottle is aged a bit.
Aroma is sweet peaches with sugar, there is some hop spiciness but just a hint, and of course the Belgian funk
Sweet up front with a tantalizing sour note, Honey like sweetness and hop spice mix it up, complex for sure.
Creamy and smooth, lots of sweet aftertaste and a little booze.
Could drink a lot of this, Very nice brew.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours golden orange with an extremely long lasting rocky white head with nice Belgian lace.

S: Peaches, candied orange, booze.

T: Ale fruit, orange, peach, Bosc pear, some medicinal alcohol in as well. Earthy hops to finish. Very tripel like.

M: Smooth and remarkably light and easy on the palate for its size. Elegant alcohol character.

D: A sipper for sure, would make a nice warming after dinner brew. One of the first Belgians I ever tried, I'm glad I revisited it.

Photo of tone77
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Smell is of fruits and alcohol. Taste is of overpowering alcohol with just a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is definatly not a session drinking beer. Overall I found this to be a mediocre offering.

Photo of NStLincoln
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange with a big, craggy, white, head.

This is one complex beer. On the nose I'm getting Runts banana flavor, lots of spicy notes, some buttery baked goods and a little bit of earthy stink. There's also some alcohol coming through.

This is one big beer. Bananas and alcohol, with some buttery caramel. Yeah, that's right.

A supremely balanced beer. As I'm getting to the bottom of the glass the alcohol is getting a bit hot, but nothing major.

I loved this beer when I tried it a few years ago and it's still really really good.

Photo of hackmann
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my chalice with a nice white head and hazy orange body. The lacing is clinging to the chalice.

The smell is very good. If the aromas are moderate at best my nose does not pick them up until I taste the beverage. Before I taste this ale I smell citrus and rich spice profile.

Taste: now I really like this ale. It is a complex beer, it's like eating a great salad. Enjoy it as it changes as it warms up. The tropical fruits are right up front with a little honey dip that follows. The sharp spicy edges battle for attention as the bite of the hops hit the tongue. Along with those sharp spices there is a little peppery taste. Just like that great salad, there is so much going on in its flavors that you just eat and enjoy and savor every bite.

Mouthfeel: all those tasting notes just mingle together and with each taste you say, nice sharp edges then, nice bitter note, nice citrus zip so, I am saying the mouthfeel is complex as well. The tastes linger for a little while.

Drinkability:I want to say 5 because a beer like this you want more of it, but the 10.5% I am only drinking two for the night. It is a sipping experience that you will enjoy.

Photo of sitarist
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange sunset/honey color. Beautiful inch and a half white frothy head. The head drops to about half an inch and remains. Some spotty lacing and steady carbonation.

S- There is a lot going on with this one. spice and sweet fruits dominate but there is a musky/earthy funk going on also. Bubblegum/circus peanuts.

T- Apple, spice, pear, banana, white pepper. The malt and yeast provide a sweet and fruity start while the hops provide a spicy, peppery finish. Full flavored with balance.

M- The carbonation is strong but balances well with the body. Thick and creamy at first, peppery dry finish.

D- Full flavored and balanced, just a little to sweet/sticky. It is alluring to the senses. Taste great but one bomber in a night is enough. ABV 10.5 %

Notes- Its a nice mood setter.

Photo of jlapennas
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Caramel and toasted malt have kind of an oktoberfesty quality blended with some apple/pear fruitiness. Some clean alcohol in the background. Seems sweet and malt forward. No real hop character detected.

Appearance: Deep golden color, very good clarity, moderate head with poor retention.

Flavor: SmartiesTM, fruity and slightly tart. Sweet, caramel, candy-like malt character. Maybe there is a bit of sherry character. Lingering clean firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a creamy slick character. A bit cloying.

Overall: The sweetness and candy character take away from the drinkability. I've had this beer a few times before and this bottle doesn't resonate with my memories. Could be this bottle was oxidized or old. If it always tasted like this, I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of yeast, herbal hops, some spice, and apple.

Tastes of apple upfront with a sourness to it followed by a touch of herbal hops. A peppery and clove like finish caps off everything. Hoppiness has some grassy notes, but is not prominent. Good balance though.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy.

Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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