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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 2,161
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 85
Gots: 215 | 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 ILikeGoodCider
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 05.23.09 from a squat 330ml Belgian squatter...

A: A thick monstrous head that will not dissipate rests over this opaque brew. It is a ruddy copper color.

S: Strong floral notes - lilies. Dates, fig and a bit of elderberries and coriander underneath, as well as a harsh pine hop odor. Real good.

T: A slight caramel malt flavor. But the dominant taste is bittersweet more accurately. The intensely bitter hops mesh with the subtle sweeter flavors to form something very pleasant. The aftertaste; bitter, lingers long.

M: Medium viscosity, not frothy, not drying; perfect.

D: I really like this one. It is an intense ride for sure, but well worth it.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very nice, slightly dark tinted, golden orange color. Almost three-finger head of fluffy white foam sits on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is spotty but quite sticky.

Very nicely yeasty smell. Orchard fruits. Apples, pears and peaches, mostly. Light hint of cloves. Hint of banana bread.

Big yeastiness is still out in front. Orchard fruits are joined by tropical fruits, now. Pineapple, papaya and passion fruit, among others. A thick flavor of honey. Just when it seems that the sweetness will overpower your palate, you get a nice pepperey hops kick that takes you to the finish.

Not quite full-bodied, but a strong medium body. Nice level of creaminess. Could stand to be just a little bit smoother, though.

A nice, drinkable belgian blond. Personally, I'd probably reach for something else, though. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat hazy golden blonde... not quite murky or foggy... just a light haze. White head lasts the whole glass through, leaving tiny patches of sparkling lace.

S: Quite grassy, with an intriguing yeasty scent and funkiness.

T: I was taken back by the bitterness... something more along the lines of what I might expect from an American styled IPA, but with those nice Belgian characteristics of candi sugar over the peppery, herbal, grassy kick. Almost a little hint of pineapple in there, as well. Alcohol is more present as it warms a bit.

M + D: A sharp twang of carbonation to start, smoothing out into a slick body, slightly sparkling, and finishing quite nice and dry. Nicely done, with a lasting flavour left in the mouth for some time, along with a touch of alcohol warming.

Photo of Breedlove
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge amounts of head from this beer. Looks like the mountains. Medium amber in Color

S - Smells very sweet. Bread, hops, candy sugar. Smells very nice

T - What and intresting beer. So much going on here. I taste dates and apple up front, Then the hops come through and give it a nice spice. This beer just keeps getting better as it warms.

M - Thicker than it looks. Wonderful mouth feel.

D - Very high drinkability for a %10.5 abv. All in allthis is a fantastic beer. i am just getting into Belgian beer and I think this might be my new favorite.

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The head is a towering, two and a half fingers of bone white foam. The body is deep golden colored and perfectly clear. The carbonation supports the head well, but it eventually settles down and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Spicy hops with pine and citrus notes, backed by peppery yeast and rich malt.

T - Some citrus hop notes up front that are quickly overwhelmed by phenolic yeast. Pepper, cloves, anise, and a hint of vanilla. Sweet malt comes out briefly in the finish and is more than balanced by smooth hop bitterness. Lingering flavors of tropical fruit.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A strong golden belgian with a distinctly spicy yeast profile. Pretty drinkable for what it is, and it hides its high alcohol content well. There is a nice hop character, but the yeast dominates, and I wouldn't put it in the same category as other Belgian IPAs that I have had.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - Spicy

Appearance - Cloudy yellow. Poured produced a huge head that was long lived, but not much carbonation afterward.

Taste - Lots of spice clove at first. Not much of a balance with the taste profile skewing to astringent sometimes. Alcohol was noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel - Not a bad medium bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkability - For me too many things were working against this beer. This wasn't offensive but the levels of alcohol and spice really didn't work together on this beer.

Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to buckeyesox for this one.

Poured from a brown stubby itno an oversized wine glass. 1 finger cola fizzy head, reduces to a thin cap and slick thin lace drapes. The color is a pale transparent dull golden orange.

Aroma of fruity pinneaple juice, a spicie hop aroma, typical belgian yeasty aroma and hint of bubblegum and honey.
The taste is sweet and fruity with a real good crack of carbonation, its slick across the tounge. No heat on this at all, kinda dangerous. A bittering of mild hops through the middle. More honey, similar to a kolsch. A bittering tangy finish lingers.
As it has warmed there is some milder warming down the esaphagus, but none picked up in taste.

Its a super clean and delicious brew. Very easy drinking. I enjoyed the sweeter honey flavors here, as well as the toasty white bread.

Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Piraat Ale is hazy, bubbly and golden with a thick, fluffy, frothy, yellowed head that has great retention and lacing. It has an aroma of bread, pepper, clove and bubblegum. It has a smooth and fluffy medium body with a clean finish. There are notes of leather and black pepper in the flavor. The alcohol is quite prominent. There really doesn't seem to be much bitterness or sweetness. Other flavors slowly reveal themselves, notably pear. The flavors are well blended and well balanced, but the alcohol flavor is a little distracting.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold with a slight haze, solid one finger head.

S- Cirusy/piney hop aroma coupled with banana/clove esters.

T- Biscuity malt makes up the backbone. Fruity esters couple beautifully with the hops. A slight alcohol note pops up before the smooth estery finish.

M- Light yet rich, good carbonation.

D- I'd check it out again.

Quite good, but not the hop pressence I was anticipating.

Photo of TheTrevor
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color witha big fluffy head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell sweet malt with some yeasty presence with a hint of grassiness and spices. The taste starts off with some sweet honeylike malt that gives away to a huge blast of alcohol that finishes off with some slight bitterness and spiciness. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some moderate carbonation and some warming from the alcohol. This is a very tasty and surprisingly drinkable beer for having such a high alcohol content.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip glass, half beer half very thick foamy head. Solid medium golden color.

Spicy, peppery, banana, citrus, and sweet sugars in the smell. It is kind of hard to pick up but it is there.

Very boozy burn, but mixed in with some interesting sweet malty flavors and slight hops bitterness. Alcoholic honey, but with some bitterness balanced in.

This is pretty strong and noticeably strong at that. It is very tasty and interesting.. I've had the Belgian take on the IPA a few times before and have found it to be a nice change of pace.. what happens when a monk gets their hands on a heavy load of hops. Very solid beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weazal
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Unsweetened dried apricot. Real thick, bready/straw like. Not bright. There's a herby, almost mentholy spearmint. Definitely mild citrus too - orange & spice or lemon. There's elements to pick out but it's not the most alluring.

T: Starts off earthy and grassy, but a surge of sugary candy sweetness joins in halfway that really helps liven the experience. Sweetens as it sits, taken on more fruitiness - apples, pears, mild citrus.

It's fine. Relatively interesting, but not enough appeal for me to go back to it.

Photo of rye726
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden-brown with a nice beige head. The nose has bready malts, tropical fruits, peppery alcohol and spicy yeast. The taste is quite sweet, but well balanced. I would call this more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than Belgian IPA as the hops presence is very subtle. Medium body is well carbonated. Tasty stuff, just lacks the complexity of other examples of teh style.

Photo of medic25
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, served in a tulip glass. Copper color, with a huge frothy white head, looking almost like ice cream. Great nose, hops and sweetness. Taste is quite interesting; nicely balanced hops and malt, a little peppery and the alcohol warms my insides quite nicely. Definitely worth sampling again.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 23/05/09. Hazy orange with a two finger foamy white head. Generous very small bubble carbonation under the surface. Sheet lace. Fresh peach smell with yeast, pitted fruit impressions, pomegranite whiff.

On tasting, one is struck first by a velvet smooth mouthfeel and delightful texture. Taste is not up to the same standard however with a bitter sourness, yeasty notes and lots of grapefruit. The alcohol comes out in the finish and it feels like I've had a good shot of an 80 proof liquor, not all that pleasant. I'm not sure what it was that was missing, that would make this a really good beer, maybe it was malt gone AWOL in the finish, it had an unsettling drop off on the swallow that took away from the drinkability of it all. Maybe a freasher bottle might be a good idea, I'll give that a try.

Photo of cnally
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

radiant orange with slight head retention.

boy oh man, I have reviewed this before and slipped on how floral and aromatic this is...very strong orangey, citrusy scent. hint of hops on the backend. wow.

flavors of malt are huge. alcohol is well hidden. sweet like an orange and dried apricot on the aftertaste.

creamy and full feel. great.

wow. too much hidden alcohol. bombastic, delicious and full bodied. wow.

Photo of sjclay00
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice gold with a good two finger white head. Carbonation rises rapidly to the top
Smell of hops and a certain spice hard to pinpoint along with a sweet aroma
Taste of alcohol with a crisp but more bitter finish. Mildly sweet
Mouthfeel full of carbonation but blended nicely with a light texture
As far as drinkability this would be a good beer to have a few but no session beer.

Photo of gyllstromk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear and golden. Aroma is bananas, cloves, nutmeg, light fruit. Flavor starts with more light fruit (cantaloupe?), and finishes with a tart, slightly bitter, tart kick and a spicy clove exhale. Feel has a nice carbonation which contributes to the kick. The alcohol is quite high and is felt.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, cloudy, deep amber in color. Foamy one finger head. Smells like alcohol, almost like malt liquor and a little bit of piney hop. Rich and heavy in the mouth, little spice, fruity and alcohol with a dry finish. One or two would be more than good enough for me.

Photo of greg202stewart
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as Belgians go this was a great beer. It had a great head and the beer looked full of life. It smelled great with lots of fruit and spices. I expected a bitter beer for 9%, but Piraat Blonde was nice and mild tasting. It was one of the best Belgians I've had thus far

Photo of LauraAlberts
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden Amber

Smell: Toasted Pineapple - Alcohol - Honey

Taste: Honey, Toasty, warmth, flight fruit. Well balanced - but hint of alcohol - almost too much.

Mouthfeel: Incredible soothing/refreshing/dryig sensation

Drinkability: A sipper - Unless your tolerance is that of an Irish sink drain. This is the perfect beer to have while watching a sports event - one beer that feels like you've had three when you're finished!

Photo of wescj
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Color is light, golden amber. Huge white head which billows well above the rim of the glass. I can see clearly through the bottom half of the body, while the top is cloudy with sediment.

Aroma has belgian yeast and is citrusy, with an odd touch of sourness.

There's something funky in the initial taste, though I ultimately warm up to its honeyish malts and fruity hops. Alcohol introduces itself, but isn't obnoxious.

Pretty good, overall.

Photo of marcpal
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz chubby stubby bottle poured into a Weyberbacher tulip.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Maybe it was too closer the freezer part of my designated beer fridge but we had a gusher. The pour came out nice. Rambling carbonation, huge foamy head and a landscape of puffy shaving cream on top. Meringue like head made a couple pours needed to a glass well too big- like a good Belgian should need.

S: Ample spices and sweet fruit smells. Pear comes through the most but also a sense of orange marmalade. There is a touch of bitterness but nothing that screams IPA or even Belgian IPA. The sweetness forewarns the alcohol contained within.

T: Very sweet, nothing much by way of hops on the early going. Sweet fruit and sugar tastes dominate the palate. There is something of a burn when it is cold and this thing when it warmed up was valiantly improved. Layers of complexity tingle your tastebuds- hops, spices, sugar, malty flavors all intermingle well.

M: Intense carbonation, would have liked it a bit toned down but that may have been my fault. The sweet and slighty burning feel comes with a smooth finish.

D: Among the better I have had of the style, something where I would not necessarily choose this over a hop-delivery vehicle like Hopslam but you can't compare. For what this is and what it tries to be, it is spot on. Well crafted and fully enjoyed.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of squat, brown little bottle this beer was a gold/amber color with lots of visible rising carbonation. The three-finger head was off-white and retained well as a fluffy cap leaving bands of lacing like garters as I drank it. The aroma was of Belgian yeast, pale malt, floral hops and a light spiciness. The flavors were complex, well developed and balanced. I tasted floral and citrus hops first, followed by Belgian yeast, white pepper, light cloves, some fruit esters, alcohol heat and then both caramel malt and some doughy pale malt towards the end. Left a slight slick on my tongue but the palate was pleasant. The mouthfeel was creamy and luxurious, the body medium and the carbonation delicate. Great overall and a joy to drink.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,161 ratings.