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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Piraat AlePiraat Ale

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1,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 73
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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 andjusticeforale


3.35/5  rDev -17.7%

Pours into a Duvel tulip- and it really mimics the look of all the Belgian strong pale ales.

The color is pale straw-to yellow orange; and there is a loose head that can be recreated at any time by swirling the glass.

The smell is Belgian malt and yeast. Perhaps some citrus in the nose.

The taste is quite good and complex. Strong maltiness; some lemon; lots of sweetness and some bitterness to balance. There is fantastic mouthfeel, too.
There is a problem; the alcohol content is very noticeable here. This ruins the beer. This is why Duvel and Delirium Tremens and La Fin du Monde and La Chouffe and even Westmalle Tripel and Troubadour and Saisons are all good. The alcohol is not the major dominating thing.

Here it is a detriment, the same way it ruins, IMHO, “Dolle Teve.” Just a thought- drop it to 7-8%. Or find a way to mask it.

09-16-2005 18:37:42 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of arizcards


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Bought a 330ml bottle from AJ's at the end of July for $3.59.

Pours a dark golden color with a relatively thin fluffy head leaving quite sticky and fine white lace. Nose is a complex mixture of spices, malts, and somewhat fruity. Taste is very malty and sugary at the beginning, with the belgian yeast and fruityness in the middle with a warming alcoholic smooth finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but is nice and lively. Overall frinkability is OK, the ABV is very present at the beginning and takes some getting used to. I'm glad I tried it but it is a bit expensive.

09-10-2005 23:48:15 | More by arizcards
Photo of baugherlager


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours an amazing bright but deepish yellow. Huge fluffy head that would never leave. Lace stuck to the glass all the way down.

Smell is complex but well balanced. Candied apples, pears, and damp field grass. Also a nice blast of alcohol.

Taste was not as complex as the nose but I think that it could be due to the beer being fairly high in carbonation. Again Fruitiness of apples, and pears all incorporated with alcohol. With just an amazing candiness.

Mouth feel wasn't heavy. very crisp again because of the carbonation.

This beer is scary because it is so easy to drink even with its high alcohol content. I had to force myself to try to just sip on this one.

An excellent beer I just wish it wasn't so carbonated.

08-29-2005 04:04:11 | More by baugherlager
Photo of karst


3.13/5  rDev -23.1%

Shared a 75 cl bottle with Shultzerdugen and cja711.

Pours orange with half a glass white head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet spices. Flavor is fusel 10.5% abv of boozy alcohol moderating a little with breathing and warming. But I never recovered much flavor except a sugary sweet thin drink that was a little too cloying and fusel.

Arrrrhhh!! keep the Piraat, I will take Duval.

08-14-2005 15:06:25 | More by karst
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

330 ml bottle. This beer pours out hazy yellow with a small head. Sugary fruity aroma. Smells like pineapple orange juice. Sweet malty flavor. Very fruity, perhaps a little too much. Finishes with some spicy hops. I would like this more if the hops were more assertive. The alcohol content is high, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is average. This beer had a very strange flavor. It wasn't bad, but I doubt this is a beer I will buy again.

08-10-2005 07:59:54 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle and split between my wife and me over dinner. No freshness dates observed on the bottle or the cork. Glassware used were two chalices.
Piraat had a slightly murky peach coloring, a ton of vibrant fine carbonation, and a remarkably resilient bone white head that left copious sheet lace behind.
The nose had a zesty spiciness and a strong alcohol component. Sugary notes akin to warm caramel-coated fruit. The taste laid an immediate alcohol punch to the tongue and tussled mightily with a softening spicy bite which waned as the beer warmed. Some mild graininess made a token appearance but the warm sugariness of the alcohol and soft spices reigned here. The feel was medium-full, bourgening into a real mouthful as it warmed.
Overall, Piraat was pretty tasty and a nice pairing with a dinner of seasoned swordfish steaks, rice and a garden salad. My wife liked the draft version she had a couple weeks ago better, saying this one was a bit too sweet. I'd have to agree but it's still a worthwhile version of a Belgian strong pale ale.

08-09-2005 02:07:50 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of DogFood11


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

unbelievable beer. White frothy head. Fruity taste that is balanced by some truly light and powerfull hops....I've had this in the bottle many times but today I had this on tap at the library ale house in santa monica....so excited to have a beer I love on tap and hard to find...orange color with a meaty head that retreats somewhat quickly...taste is a strong belgian yeast with some fruity (Apricot/plum) taste...you gotta try it to believe it ...especially on tap.

07-26-2005 03:38:02 | More by DogFood11
Photo of jettjon


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

From the Belgium sampler pack. 330 ml/11.2 oz bottle, 10.5% ABV. Pours an amber or orangish color with a gargantuan white head of various sized bubbles which fades slowly. The head can only be described as “sudsy.” Lots of bubbles in the pour, with some yeast visible at the end of the bottle. Vaguely fruity nose with barley. Taste is sweet and quite reminiscent of a decent mead. Definite alcohol bite detracts. There’s a nice acid bite as well, though. Bubbly, watery mouthfeel. Alcohol finish with a bite, not too pronounced. Overall like an average mead… unusual but not remarkable. I don’t see where the 88 rating comes from. Perhaps it’s too alcohol/yeastish/meadish for me.

07-23-2005 04:25:34 | More by jettjon
Photo of KarlHungus


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a mammoth white head. Aroma is very complex: fruity, buttery, spicy. The taste is dominated by a high alcohol presence. I like a slight warming of the back of the throat from high alcohol beers, but this beer burns. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fairly good beer, but I've had belgain strong pales that are a lot better than this one.

07-20-2005 17:19:51 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of granger10


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

A very pale golden color with amber around the sides. Large egg white head sits atop this beer. Sticky lacing is formed as I drink it. Aroma is of pineapple and spices and there's a yeasty quality to it. Somewhat acidic as well. Flavor brings a Belgian candi sugar sweetness upfront followed by a yeasty bready content. Hops are quite noticeable and stronger than most Belgians I have encountered. Finish has an alcohol drying linger to it. Nicely done but nothing amazing about this offering. I am surprised to see this beer is 10.5% abv, seems like 8% at most.

07-19-2005 12:37:09 | More by granger10
Photo of warriorsoul


4.15/5  rDev +2%

Picked one of these up at Luke's Liquors in Rockland, MA.
Pours a very cloudy citrus color w/ two full fingers of sudsy off-white head w/ a gentle pour...this one was ready to come out.
Lacing is thick and has nice cling to the side of my Rapscallion snifter.
Aroma was faint at first, but within one minute a fine malty sweetness hits the nose w/ butterscotch up front...a slight dose of alcohol as well but still very inviting.
The taste fantastic...some oranges, cherries, and even a hint of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is quite thick but the carbonation is a tad too high...it helps calm the alcohol, but I'd rather have the burn w/ out effervescence. Nice bitter finish and very clean...quite drinkable for the style. I will look for this one on tap...I believe I've seen it at Redbones once or twice...will need to compare.

07-10-2005 21:56:08 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of BrewMaster


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Served in a goblet at the Yardhouse in Pasadena. It has a glowing orange color with a fine, white, even, whispy head. Very good head retention and very nice spider webbing of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Crisp malty scent, strong green apple scent and a very light alcohol scent.

Taste: This beer is very malty with notes of apple and some citrus. Lots of spicy flavors contribute too, including some clove. This beer is sweet with fruity esters but not overly sweet. It's chewy and slightly warming.

Mouthfeel: I think this may have one of the best feels of any beer out there. Usually mouthfeel is an after thought but with this beer the mouthfeel stands out as being wonderful. It catches my attention even moreso than some of the flavors. It feels nice and coats my mouth with a very nice feeling. It's tingly, smooth, light to medium bodied and well carbonated. The carbonation does not bite at my mouth, but rather it caresses it tenderly. This beer feels exceptionally good in the mouth.

Drinkability: Clean and refreshing. This beer is an old favorite that I have had many times and finally decided to take notes and review it. I also think this beer is an excellent beer to give people who are now to good beer. It's not offensive at all and it is very gentle and welcoming to new palates.

07-01-2005 21:11:23 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev -1.7%

This was my first above 6% beer, WOW excellent. It poured a golden yellow with a huge head. Not sure if this is right, but that's what happend. Waited a little while for head to dissipate. Taste was kind of sweet, alcohol was definitely present, but not overwhelming. The aftertaste was very nice, kind of gave me a warm feeling. For a brew with a high abv, it was very drinkable. Will buy more in the very near future.

06-26-2005 15:06:05 | More by Wasatch
Photo of neonbrown82


3.48/5  rDev -14.5%

This is one of the first Belgian beers I ever tasted... Straight from the bottle. When I was 17... Oh, the wonder years.

I thought it was the greatest thing ever back in those days. A beer with actual taste with an ABV over 10%? If only it were cheaper it would have been a wino's dream. Anyways, now that I view beers in a more contemplative light than simply as something to get fucked up off of, I think this beer is fairly average for a Belgian Strong Pale.

The appearance is quite attractive, but nothing out of the ordinary. It pours to a glowing golden orange color with a thin and wispy white head and no carbonation. Looks quite typical. No sediment poured in, though I remember in my youth I used to describe this as the "strong pirate ale with the floaty shit in it." My friends thought it was disgusting that I drank such wholesome brew, but they all agreed it tasted fine if you could tune out the chunks of sediment.

Smells very sweet and fruity, like belgian candi sugar and hints of grapes and berries. Has a bit of a spiciness if studied carefully. The taste reflects the smell quite faithfully. It conducts an Operation Shock & Awe on your tastebuds, making this a very difficult brew to actually DRINK as opposed to sipping. Has a moderately dry finish to it.

Recommended for the sweet-loving Belgian heads out there, but for some people, such as myself, who love the well-roundedness of beers such as St. Bernardus or the trappist brewers, this can be a bit too much.

06-20-2005 04:05:04 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of maxpower


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a bright cloudy golden with a decent off white head of large bubbles that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready, fruity citrus and spice aromas, fruity pear, apple, lemon and spicy flavors. Full bodied with a mildly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, sweet finish with alcohol present, very drinkable for the alcohol content.

05-29-2005 20:06:24 | More by maxpower
Photo of NordikWolf

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Let's practice our Pirate alphaber. Aaye, Aye, Arrr.
Arright matey, shiver me timbers and let's rate dis bloke.

Dere be a billowy head like the sails on me mizzen mast that stands steadfast against the sides 'o me tankard. The color is like the golden sun and clear as the Carribean waters.

We got fruit here matey and lots of it. Spices from the islands abound. Arr but dere be the sweetness of honey to please me heart.

Aftertaste gives me a lasting spicy warming like the tradewinds of St Maarten..

We got a winner here mates, I lift me tankard to this one and will drink it with all the bravado a swarthy pirate of the Carribean can muster.

05-06-2005 02:25:59 | More by NordikWolf
Photo of ypsifly


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from an 11.2oz with no dates into a chalice.

Medium amber with a tall white head that clings nicely to the glass. Lots of active carbonation.

Yeast, green apples, green grapes coated with sugar, spices and just a little dry hop make up the nose.

Has a lot of bite upfront. Briefly tart with a slightly puckering finish. The alcohol is present, but in a way that adds complexity to the taste. Its also noticable by the lingering warmth.

I found the mouthfeel to be a bit course. Possibly from the abv and carbonation. I might have another after this one.

05-04-2005 04:00:03 | More by ypsifly
Photo of ken3c


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Big rocky head stays diminishes only slightly throughout the beer. I struggled to fit the whole 12oz bottle with head into my pint glass. Very clear to the point that I can read big words through the glass. Golden color.

There's a decent whiff of noble hops. Nothing special, but wait...there's a hint of honey and melon.

Sweet honey like flavor. Spicy hops come next and then a crisp finish. The aftertaste subtly melds the honey and spice.

Looks light but it feels medium-bodied. medium carbonation really adds to the experience.

I think I like it a little more than duvel but it's close.

03-31-2005 05:19:34 | More by ken3c
Photo of OatherS


3/5  rDev -26.3%

Presentation: Short stuby bottle with pirate on front.

Smell: Strong, interesting, difficult to pin point and describe.

Appearance: Pours golden translucent. Short lived head..

Taste: Strong alcoholy flavor. No decernable aftertaste. Does not really have a distinct flavor. Somewhat sweet.

I personally am not bowled over by the beer.

03-31-2005 02:15:19 | More by OatherS
Photo of GreatLeo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Came in a 33cl stubby brown bottle with best before date 07/2006. The appearance is a deep cloudy golden color with a real thick head poured into its traditional glass. Not nearly as complex as its similar counterpart Duvel and the alcohol content isnt as well masked either. Still it gave a warm pleasant feel to the stomach afterwards so its worth a try if you are bold enough to try.

03-18-2005 22:16:53 | More by GreatLeo
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

330ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body, foggy, hazy body, creamy off white head, good retention

Smell, sweet, hints of maple syrup, almonds, full of strong yeasty odours

Taste, sweet, nutty satay. Some almonds again, alcoholic warmth but not overpowering considering the abv. Crisp boozy tinged fruity hops, almost white winesque character. Spicy alcohol on the finish

A fantastic belgian pale ale, nice crisp hops really pick everything up. A very tasty beer

03-18-2005 15:53:33 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Naerhu


2.93/5  rDev -28%

How is this an amber triple ipa?
Ingredients on label read: malt, hops, sugar, and orange peel.

Appearance: Pure while sticky head. Semi-hazy yellow body with carbonation apparent.
Aroma: Huge yeasty aroma fills the room (very small room) upon opening. An abundance of soft malt on the nose.
Taste: An explosion of weird flavors. Sweet and bitter. Yeasty and malty. Floral hops and huge alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy alcoholy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Far to sweet to be an IPA and far too weird to be pleasant.

03-02-2005 11:27:14 | More by Naerhu
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12%

looks like Duvel and drinks like Duvel but shiver my timbers it is not Duvel. Piraat is a decent take on the Blonde genre and suffers a little bit from the intial alcohol taste that hits the palate too early. The beer mellows more the further you drain the glass. A decent beer but alas lacks the complexity and grace that Duvel provides.

02-28-2005 03:32:40 | More by canucklehead
Photo of redmosquito


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Well I'm almost sure this is the right beer Piraat on the label, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 10.5% alcohol...but amber triple IPA? I think that is a misprint. The beer I have is a straw yellow color with a slight yeast cloud and a solid whit head. It has a great spicey yeast aroma, peppery with perhaps a little corriander, balanced with mild floral hop and sweet malt. The flavor is well balanced, slightly bitter with a good amount of sweet malt, with a wheat malt and yeast finish. The body is good, and it seems to hide the 10.5% well, this is a smooth beer. This beer seems like the textbook definition of a trippel, and based on that I think it is a good example of the style.

02-26-2005 16:50:03 | More by redmosquito
Photo of Andreji


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Another decent brew from my Steenberge christmas pack. The pour is amberish, more orange and quite bright, translucid mostly with the same opacity as say an SNPA. Extreme carbonation, the beer spilled over after a minute or so, despite quite a good pour. imressive, so was the head, a long-retaining bright white head, medium density that for the first five minutes grew more than it faded.

The smell was characteristic of american IPAs I've tried, malty, with a sort of fruity sweetness and a blend of alcohol within. decieving, because the flavour wasn't quite as much: I'd say the basic american IPA comparison point wouldn't be the first part in the tasting (a sweet, fruity and bread like sweetness, even possibly a tripel or a belgian pale), but rather the harsh (in a good way) bitterness coming right behind it. The only beef I have is that it overwhelms the rest of the beer's properties and makes it less drinkable. All in all, though, a good purchase.

02-10-2005 02:08:29 | More by Andreji
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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