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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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1,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 69
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with white high lights. The head is astounding. It is enormous and when the dust settles it remains a nice lacing. The aroma is of malts,honey,apples,yeast an peppery alcohol. The alcohol is so dominant in aroma that one could swear that this is not beer,but a mixed drink one would have at a lounge.
The flavor is spicy,pineapples,fruity,hops and strong notes of phenols with a sweet tone.The overall feel is smooth with a spicy, yet bitter ending. The finish is bitter dry and the carbonation is well balanced. There is a tingly sensation and the pepper feel has a lot to do with this.
Great brew. Something really wild!

Notes: I saw this at Whole foods and I wondered what it might be like,my attempt to simply try something new was a major discovery. Something I have never had before and something very few of my beer loving friends have ever tried. This was an experience and one that I will not forget as with only two glasses I felt the spin.Not for sessions and sip with caution.

Despite the ABV easier to drink than one can imagine.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 04:18:21 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Gehrig


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

I can't believe I didn't try this beer earlier. Somewhat cloudy orange-golden body topped with two fingers of off-white head. decent lacing on the Ommegang glass. Moderate fruit aromas, nice malt on the nose, which I'd like a little bolder.

The taster allows the boldness to emerge more, though it is very smooth and complex. There is lots of banana, berry, and apple, very rich, really delicious. The mouthfeel is really fine. While it could use a little more carbonation, it doesn't veer into the soda-like texture that can go overboard for some Belgians. This is just right, and easy to down. The alcohol thankfully catches up just after it finishes, a good hot flash as a reminder of what a delicious beverage that was. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 17:40:13 | More by Gehrig
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed apricot hues, thick, frothy head. Nose is sweet, crunchy honey, as are the dominant notes in the mouth. The sweetness is complicated with subtle malt flavor and mild spices, but the overall effect is one of balance, despite the alcohol. The brew is softly spritzy, which works. A nice style tripel that's easy to find and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 00:20:53 | More by donnebaby
Photo of KeefD


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at Whistle Binkies North tonight, poured from a stubby bottle into a tulip glass.

Thick 2 inch head springs to life, with slight lacing on the glass. Lacing all but disappeared as it warmed. Super bubbly at first but carbonation recedes as it warms

Initial smell is of bready pale malts and apple cider.

Taste is of apple cider, candied fruits and sweet pale malts. Spiciness from the alcohol comes in the end and gives a nice warming.

Highly carbonated, slightly crisp, and somewhat refreshing. Yet another delicious Belgian brew. This one's got quite a bit of alcohol, so sipping would be recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 05:29:26 | More by KeefD
Photo of botham

New York

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

11.2 oz squat bottle poured into a tulip. pours golden amber with four fingers of loose effervescent white head that dissipates in a minute and a half. light lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with a grainy character and fruit notes of citrus and apple. overall the aroma is somewhat subtle, without any richness or concentration in the nose. upon a bit of warming, the brew takes on a subtle character of a buttery malt, which sounds offensive, but somehow works well with the profile.

taste is fruity and lightly sweet up front, with notes of apricot and apple. finishes with residual apricot and light bittering hops.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp texture from CO2 and alcohol, and a semi-dry finish of a bitter quality. mouthfeel is more like an IPA than any other aspect of the brew.

drinkability is good. this is an easy going belgian brew in aroma and taste, but heavy in alcohol and CO2. regardless, this is a nicely proportioned brew that remains light on the palate. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 23:13:11 | More by botham
Photo of pwoods


3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz. stubby 'Duvel' style brown bottle. Purchased at Party Source, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice glowing blood orange color with plenty of haze. Maybe 1 finger of white head forms and falls to a thick skim within a minute or 2. Some decent lacing.

S: Smells like a Barleywine and Old Ale combo. Strong, prefumy hops with a heavy alcohol line. Rich, thick malts. Super sweet and rummy. Dark fruits.

T/M: A good dose of bitterness with plenty of yeasty esters mixed in and lingering carbonation on the tongue. Just a touch of citrus in the form of lime. Alcohol seems just a bit out of control. Thick, syrupy malts, dark fruits, very Old Ale malt side.

D: Not terrible but it took me a bit to finish it. Alcohol holds this back quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 21:06:30 | More by pwoods
Photo of hyland24

New York

2.33/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass with a patch on me eye and a dead parrot on me shoulder. Poured a slightly hazy gold with a ridiculous 4 inch thick head that me dead parrot was actually able to sit on. After 20 minutes of starin at that head with me one good eye I decided she wasnt goin nowhere so I better get to drinkin. The taste was dry and way too sweet almost like drinking a wine. Warm alcohol finish with a sticky sweet mouthcoat. Way too sweet for a beer. I'd rather walk the plank than drink this swill again. Shiver me timbers this shit sucked.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 06:11:45 | More by hyland24
Photo of MoJoe


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml/11.2 fl.oz bottle.

A-Poured a golden slightly ogange color with a big frothy bone white head that kept on going till the last drop. Lots of lace.

S- Very fruity nose with some spice and plenty of malt. Tropical fruits were discernible (especially bannana) along with anise and clove.

T- Sweet malt up front lightly bittered. Kind of an herbal hop profile, mead like flavors - finishes dry with a biscuit and honey aftertaste.

M- Full bodied medium-high carbonation.

D- Definitely heavy on the drinkability. Could use a few more of these, RIGHT NOW.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 00:02:33 | More by MoJoe
Photo of csmiley


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

A - This beer pours a vibrant gold hue that has a slight amount of haze. Head was impressive and topped out at an inch and a half. Retention was good. Lacing was excellent.

S - Some fruitiness is strong in the nose. Mostly comprised of green apple. Other strong notes include yeast and grain. The background aromas are pale malt and just a hint of fruity hops on the end.

T - Starts out sweet with honey and malt. Sweetness fades quick and sour fruit starts to attack the palate. Some yeast and warm alcohol flavors start to show up too. The tail end of the flavor does have some fruity hops that show up. The hops taste like they were thought out and really stand behind and support all the other flavors in the beer. Flavors are very well balanced overall.

M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Finish is dry and does not stick around for long.

D - Drinkability is good. The high abv is hidden well and makes this one go down that much easier. I was expecting more hops in this beer but was pleasantly surprised in the way the hops were balanced with other flavors. Definitely a recommeded beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 02:08:46 | More by csmiley
Photo of jcivetz


4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

so bomb so bomb so bomb so bomb!!! this beer is by far one of the best beers I've ever had. so bomb! it's sipping material, though can easily be drunk in a gulp with its bomb tastes sizzlin your tastebuds. if I had one a day i'd live to see 92. give thanks and praise for this bomb did i say bomb? CHRONIC belgian brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 05:09:51 | More by jcivetz
Photo of BretSikkink


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange, brownish around the edge. Mildly hazy, white head leaps up a ton despite a very relaxed pour. Lots of pitting, good lacing.

A bit weak on the nose; having recently had some world class BSPAs this one suffers from lack of uniqueness. Fermented fruit, mild clove and phenolic yeastiness. A tiny bit of sour/lactic aroma which seems out of place.

Strong hopping done here, good bitterness which responds to the high viscosity golden malt bill nicely. Slightly sour again here, a little cloying in the alcohol department I feel, as it warms to room, syrupy, temperature.

Full mouthfeel, certainly, quite heavy and with the good carbonation, quite smooth. I wish I enjoyed the actual flavors in the mouth as well as the body.

Okay brew, I was hoping for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 16:49:16 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of HugoGrim


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

Served on tap at Eulogy in Philly in a large chalice.

Transparent and slightly cloudy. Thin head, minimal lace. Loads of carbonation.

Aroma of light hops, citrus, banana, and Belgian spices.

Flavor of tropical fruit, heavy spices, and rich bitterness. White pepper. As it warms the spices become stronger and the overall flavor becomes more bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2008 02:56:55 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of dhd1491


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

Poured from the squat 11.2 oz bottle.

Slightly cloudy, golden yellow-amber. Medium body. Frothy, creamy head dies down in a minute. Strong sweet malty aroma. Rich malty, hoppy IPA flavor. Creamy. Smoky. Slightly-bitter, slightly-sour caramel introduction quickly leaving pleasant sweetness, alcohol warmth. Cloves lingering, faint berries. Potent; 5-minutes and all is right in the world.

Visions of being a Pirate steeling one's courage with this strong ale can't help but leap to mind whilst partaking of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 22:23:12 | More by dhd1491
Photo of jenbys2001


4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love this beer, it's one of the most unique and complex beers I've had the pleasure of trying. It pours golden and creamy with a gorgeous head. The taste is nearly indescribable and packs a serious punch. It has a strong yeasty flavor with earthy, spicy notes as well as creamy fruit tones. It has a strong phenol character, which normally I don't care for, but it lends a bold sharpness to this beer which I found very alluring. This beer has a lot of warmth to it which I'm sure is related to the high ABV. While drinking too many glasses could be dangerous, I really enjoyed this flavorful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 15:34:31 | More by jenbys2001
Photo of ROMER79


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

The pour on this beer was a gold color with a white one finger head. Citrus and honey were the only apparent aromas that I could pick up on. The taste was pretty much the same with some hops in the mix. It was an easy big beer for me to drink. It was refreshing with a little carbonated bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:13:12 | More by ROMER79
Photo of PBRstreetgang


2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden hue before the yeast pour, with a massive snow-white head that leaps out of the glass- just to let you know its Belgian. The typical stubborn head that comes with the style is here- one that forces you to wait; and admire the rocky billows of foam that slowly sink to reveal magnificent spiderweb lacing and active carbonation. The high carbonation releases effervescent aromas of candy-sugar, slightly buiscuity pils malt, and mild Saaz hops. The nose seems much more subdued than appropriate, and pales in comparison to the appearance or taste. First sip is light beet sugar and sharp pils. Some faint toasted notes and Trappist phenols similiar to Tripel become more obvious in the aftertaste, but the character is almost entirely devoted to bitterness. There is little to no hop flavor aside from a background spicy saaz and mabye a hint of floral Hallertau- but even the bitterness is lacking to balance the syrupy sweet malt and sugar. Of course this style is open to interpretation but Piraat is more sweet than bitter and has very litle hop presence(and yes- I am drinking the IPA Piraat). The medium body is made ultra light due to the knife-like carbonation that also whisks away some of the residual sweetness but further masks the timid noble hop character. Finishes sweet with mellow yet tart phenols, a bland and flat bitterness, and rosey alcohol notes as it warms. The phenols are interesting but other than that this seems to be a fairly simple beer and poor example of the style. This would score better as a hoppy BSGA.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 10:00:25 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost champagne like colour into a chalice. Very little head to speak of, but plenty of carbonation. Noticed plenty of yeast chunks got through. Will have to learn to decant better. Very tropical floral smell. Lots of citrus, bananas, and dry grass and earth. Sweet and spicy taste. Lots of fruits and malts, with some pepper, cardamon, warming alcohol and I swear I tasted paprika. Mouthfeel was a bit harsh. Overly carbonated, almost burning sensation. A decent beer that needs improvement.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 01:02:49 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of jph424


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Duvel tulip (I also have a Magic Chouffe Tulip but it could never accomodate the head of many of the Belgians).

A - Copper with a creamy thick eggshell head that leaves a nice lace.

S - Peppery with some strong tropical fruits and a little alcohol.

T - Peppery, cloves, malty sweetness, fruit, caramel, and at the end there is citrusy hops and warming alcohol. This beer is easier than most I have tried to distinguish taste characteristics. Quite tasty.

M - Great creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

D - A sipper no doubt but highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 18:02:48 | More by jph424
Photo of baos


5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz into Falstaff goblet.

I had this one in 1996 in Amsterdam, this is the first time I've had it since. I remember it being ultra potent on top of my buzziness.

A: Light golden amber with a bit of haze with a two finger head that goes down to a half finger that sticks around. Very good looking on a beer thats this boozy.

S: Clove, candy sugar, and yes pink bubble gum again, and honey liqueur.

T: I'll go out on a limb here and say this tastes like pumpkin pie liqueur. You got your clove and your sugar and a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and then you have that honey liqueur. I guess its not as dark as pumpkin pie. How about light pumpkin pie liqueur?! Yes.

D: As this mama warms she gets good good good. I improved the marks above a couple of times, because of this. Very strong yes but like I've said before men drink strong brews and men would be just fine with a jar of this in front of all of ye night. Definitely wear this! It fits so nicely. She will fit you like two latex mittens. YES!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:21:55 | More by baos
Photo of Atch


3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly cloudy, golden. little carbonation and minimal head.

Smell: Sweet and spicey, little citrusy.

Taste: For me, it tastes very sweet, I would like it more dry.

Mouthfeel: Feels very chewey and a little rough.

Drinkability: Not my favorite Belgian. But it was alright.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 23:41:43 | More by Atch
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at a house warming party, no glasses to pour it in yet. Rather rich and warm in flavour. Nice mixture of carbonation and hops up front, but not overpowering. A little sweet, but once again a good balance and not overpowering. No distinct alcohol flavour, despite its high percentage. As it got warm the quality decreased.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 17:33:31 | More by KiltedCulinarian
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle at my local store.

This beer reads 10.5% abv. I have a feeling this was sitting on the shelf for quite some time as there was dust all over it. No freshness date anywhere.

A- Massive foamy white head. A bright golden color with really deep orange hues and bright spots. Nice amount of spiderweblike lacing around my entire glass.

S- Smell was quite floral, perfumey, earthy, and hoppy.

T- The taste was very strong with alcohol, banana, pepper, spice, maybe some cardamon. Overall it was very peppery with some fruity undertones and a huge alcohol presence.

M- Mouthfeel was as warm as can be, almost burning all over my throat.

D- This is rated lower due to the really big ABV. Drank one and realized I probably would not be able to have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 22:14:04 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of bacabuck


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a bottle while watching the "Three Sheets" Beligum episode for the billionth time. Poured into a traditional Belgian glass it had a terrific 1 inch creamy white head that stayed throughout. Nice lacing on the glass as I slowly drank. The beer is a deep amber in color. Beer syrup comes to mind during the first few sips. Almost sticky sweet with banana and molasses. Finishes slightly bitter.

After letting the beer warm up a bit and getting past the 10.5% alcohol taste, it really starts to open up. Deep flavors of malt. Light dancing of carbonation. A really fine drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 06:15:02 | More by bacabuck
Photo of larsee01


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz stubby brown glass bottle poured into glass goblet.

Deep gold, hazy beer with a small white head that lingers respectably. Strong bubbly carbonation.

Not a really strong scent, but fruity, citrusy. A hint of yeasty sourness. Not a powerful smell to this one.

Phenols and some non-floral hoppy bitterness up front. 10.5% ABV is pronounced in this one! Sweet graininess emerges after first impression. tropical fruit here... Lingering alcohol and mild bitterness prominient throughout. Pleasant & sweet peppery finish.

Bubbly mouthfeel. Alcohol clings to the mouth.

If I were a pirate, I assume this would be my beer. Tropical, and boozy enough to cure the pain in my peg-leg. I haven't had too many forays into the 10.5 range yet. AL-CO-HOL! I'm not knocking this beer at all--it's good--it just reminds me of the malt-liquor kick experienced as an 18-year-old. I'm feeling pleasant and warm after one of these. If 10.5 can be drinkable, I guess this has good drinkability. Proceed with caution!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 23:32:13 | More by larsee01
Photo of Slynger


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, pale gold, slight haze, big rocky white head.

Bold and malty sweet nose. Fruity with spicy alcohol as well.

Heavy golden maltiness that is fairly creamy and smooth, but not overly sweet. A small amount of fermented honey sweetness comes through along with lemons and apples peeking in along the edges. Fairly heavy spiciness and alcohol slowly fade away after this one goes down.

Now this was to be my first of the style which I thought a Belgian IPA, not a BSPA. Maybe it is mislabeled. As a BSPA it is unspectacular. It isn't overly complex, but is heavy, malty, spicy, and alcoholic; which probably ranks it as one of the best pirate grog's available. yargh.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 05:05:10 | More by Slynger
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.