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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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2,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 80
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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 nrbw23
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Surly Girl in a Piraat Tulip

A- Pours a golden amber color with a solid off-white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- Grassy, grainy, malty and with a nice bit of spice and alcohol.

T- Light honey sweetness. medium to low bitterness. A bit of clove, alcohol, and a bready malt.

M- Medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not too bad but not what I was looking for or expecting when I read Triple IPA.

nrbw23, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml crowned-n-corked feb. 07. i hope it's worth the $12

A- fizz monster! without a doubt the most foam i've ever seen, poured gently into a duvel tulip and i get about an inch of liquid at the bottom and off-white foam overflowing. big, soapy, puffy and bubbly, insanely buildable despite how loose it is, with a snap crackle and pop it holds its ground, a giant matrix of bubbles and a shriveled tight skin on top. slightly hazy honey amber body has a thick column of bubbles up the center, really grabbing onto the etchings in the bottom of the glass. very attractive beer, i can't imagine a better look. lace is very 3-dimensional an forms tiers of cliffs and rocky bubble outcrops and thick blankets.

A- aroma is off the hook too, like a nice strong tripel with a zippy grassy noble hop type aroma. banana/clove/bubblegum, the usual, with an added warmth and peppery spiciness, white raisin, nicely hidden alcohol, raw barley & wheat, coconut? lemon peel, citrus blossoms, roses, yeast still outweighs the hops by a long shot, but they're surely there, along with a fleeting fresh woodsy aroma that really appeals to me.

T- that's that shit right there. similar in bitterness to chimay cinq cents, fruity and exotic, sweet/tart, vinous, and spicy, with a lasting noble bitter finish. alcohol is evident in the taste, like white grapes, banana, pears, kiwi, apple skins, and mild citrus all macerated and soaked in vodka. very fresh grain taste has to be pale barley, and instead of being extremely flavorful , the hops seem to add little more than a green, grassy, lemony noble hop bitterness. rather sweet as well and i assume it's candi sugar and and i'm glad the hops cut it before it gets too intense. white pepper, grains of paradise, allspice, and fermented pineapple juice all come to mind as it dries out in the finish and though it's a mighty tasty brew, i don't really notice any big differences between this and a quality tripel aside from the fresh, pronounced cereal taste.

MF- explosive carbonation, i knew it from the minute i popped the cork. aggressive effervescence is stinging and prickly and irritates the roof of my mouth a little, but that's really no big deal. lots of burps make it feel better. rich body for a light brew must be candied, but with no residue feeling, just a clean medicinal dryness.

D- too drinkable for such potent stuff. i'm the captain of this ship and i have responsibilities, but eh, they might get neglected now after i spent damn near a pint and a half trying to decipher this bitch. boozed, sure. stumbley, not yet, blown away, no, but still quite impressed. i envisioned like a black & tan of sorts, equal amounts mixed of tripel and american IPA, but instead met with what seemed like a decently hoppy tripel. now i know what to expect from a BIPA and would like to further explore the style.

hustlesworth, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:golden amber with nice little bubbles and big fluffy white head and sporadic lace up the side of the glass

smell:cloves, hints of floral hops

taste: mandarin orange, sugary malt followed by the Belgian Clove finished off by a nice clean bitter hop flavor

mouthfeel: for such a big beer I am surprised with how light in body this was, lightly carbonated, and nicely astringent

drinkability: very tasty and goes down nice and smooth I expected a much bigger American hop character, and while I didn't find the big hops I was looking for I was pleased with what I did fine, a nice, big, Belgian ale with lots of hop character. I am interested to try more of these Belgian IPA's

Donnie2112, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull golden yellow, faint haze, with luxurious white head that pillows up when poured, laces well, and retains thickness throughout the duration of enjoyment.

Nose is Grenache or Mourvedre-wine like, wet black soil, chalk, and moist cave aromas. Some dark fruits peak through too, maybe herbs, but overall that complex musty note is very Grenache & Mourvedre-like (try a bottle of the wine, if you like this beer).

Palate is thick, almost syrupy, with honeyed malt sweetness, some black pepper spice, and dry herbal character towards the end and into the finish.

Finish is herbal, dry, and pleasantly chalky.

yemenmocha, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ack! How have I never reviewed this beer! A beer I typically will order at the Yardhouse to round off the night (there are some others in the rotation).

Pours a light golden yellow. Little to no foam. Smells like bananas, spice, and yeast. It has a burn to its taste, which depending on your mood you may like.

Tastes like citrus and yeast with a bit of bananas. Not much carbonation. Many fond memories of this brew.

Overlord, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 330ml or 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden color with loads of tiny bubbles. The head is very big, thick and foamy with a creamy white color. Its head hangs on till the last sip and coats the glass with lace.

Smell: It has a sweet aroma with fruity esters like apple with tropical fruit and some nice funky Belgian yeast.

Taste/Mouth feel: Up front there are sweet malts with fruity apple and pineapple notes. A strong alcohol presence moves in and adds its warmth along with smooth spice (coriander perhaps) and a sour/funky yeast flavor. It then finishes dry with herbal/leafy hops. The texture is bubblely and well carbonated yet smooth from the full body.

Notes: This is an excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is similar to their Augustijn Ale but with a higher alcohol presence.

generallee, May 31, 2008
Photo of beermebeerman
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Wow. This was awesome! Shiver me timbers and whatnot!

Poured a light golden pilsner-y color into a 40 cl tulip glass. Meringue-like head that stood proud for a long while. Lacing left at every sip.

Smell is somewhat fruity, as all belgians seem to be. Very phenolic, almost a bit too much which comes across as mediciny, but overall a warm and inviting aroma.

Taste: cloves, banana, peaches, licorice, and alcohol. My bottle says 10.5%, and I can taste it, allthough it is at least a little subdued.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a highly carbonated belgian golden ale. There is a lot to this beer and you can almost feel it running up and down your tongue.

I am about 80% done drinking this 330ml bottle and I can FEEL it. Not a beer that you will drink too much of, especially for the 4$ price but it is worth every penny. IMO nearly as good or possibly better than Duvel.

beermebeerman, May 27, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is golden and slightly cloudy. There was a fair sized head on the beer that goes away quickly.

The nose of the beer is hoppy with hints of fruits. Some spices as well. The taste of the beer is bitter, but with a nice splash of fruits and spices. The alcohol comes out fairly well, but it doesn't harm the beer. The complexity to this beer is surprising because the hops are initially very present, but the subtle spices and fruits are great. The mouth feels is nice and creamy. I don't know if I'd want to drink many of these because of the spices, but that is usually how I feel on Belgian beer.

swizzlenuts, May 19, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
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.

Lexluthor33, May 10, 2008
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.

Gehrig, May 08, 2008
Photo of donnebaby
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.

donnebaby, May 05, 2008
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.

KeefD, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of botham
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!

botham, Apr 27, 2008
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.

pwoods, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of hyland24
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.

hyland24, Apr 23, 2008
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.

MoJoe, Apr 22, 2008
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.

csmiley, Apr 21, 2008
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.

jcivetz, Apr 17, 2008
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.

BretSikkink, Apr 06, 2008
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.

HugoGrim, Apr 02, 2008
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.

dhd1491, Apr 01, 2008
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.

jenbys2001, Apr 01, 2008
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.

ROMER79, Apr 01, 2008
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.

PBRstreetgang, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of slitherySOB
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.

slitherySOB, Mar 16, 2008
Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.