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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 69
Gots: 99 | 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 Rumrunner


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

A quality ale. It pours a slightly unclear gold. Very nice creamy head with great lacing. Tons of carbonation can be seen heading to the top of the glass. The scent is a heavy grass with yeast and sweet malt. There is some fruit but it is mild and the carbonation also hits the nose.

The flavors are tangy. A sweet carmel malt flavor and a wheat grassy taste as well. There is a clove flavor in the middle of the taste just before the swallow. It has a hop finish. The high alcohol is distinctive but trying to hide. It feels heavy in the mouth and has an unappealing aftertaste that happily diminishes.

It drinks pretty well but I do not think I would not want to drink more than one at a session. If just feels a bit heavy even though it looks light.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 04:22:07 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

This Belgian ale poured a hazy, orange-amber color with white foam that clung to the glass and left lace. The smell was sweet and malty, with candy sugar, citrus, and hints of fruit flavors. The taste was slightly sweet and malty (with the characteristic Belgian ale tangy flavor). There were also hints of fruit: figs and raisins. The mouthfeel was smooth and airy on the tongue. The body was medium and the carbonation feel low. The finish and aftertaste were slightyl hoppy. This was a very nice and drinkable strong ale (deceptively easy to drink).

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2003 19:51:15 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of alexgash


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, dark-orange, with a large creamy-white head. Smells of yeast and alcohol, and clove(?). Bubbly on the tongue, yet explosive and chewy as it hits the back of the mouth. Great mouthfeel. Taste starts with noticeable alcohol. Corn-syrupy-sugar-sweet, raisins, caramel in the middle. Sweetness balanced by a strong, lingering bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is very present and not well hidden. I drank all 11.2 oz, but one's enough for me!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 10:29:12 | More by alexgash
Photo of TheDM


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of fine and medium sized white bubbles with a cloudy dark yellow body. Its aroma is very mild indeed buit from what I could smell of it nice in a malty banana way. The flavor is powerful and well backed by its 10,5% ABV. It has acomplex flavor that includes nots of bread, citrous, spice, malt and maybe a few other things. It doesn't take long for the alcohol to hit you either. This is a powerful complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 22:15:54 | More by TheDM
Photo of hotstuff


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium off-white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. This brew had a clove aroma to it. The body was cloudy and it was golden in hue with some carbonation observed. I can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew. Wow! The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. There is a strong bitter taste that lingers with this brew. This is definitely a brew to be sipped and not guzzled unless you are looking for a good buzz!!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 17:28:17 | More by hotstuff
Photo of daledeee


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

Like the label. Did the pirates drink this? It would have made them very happy! 10.5% goes along way!

Pours nicely, medium golden clear yellow. No cloudiness unless you swirl the very last bit. Very clean smelling. Somewhat tart apple or grape. Can also smell the alchohol. I drank this fairly warm. Taste also had some good fruit taste backed by some malt. Not quite a tripel. Warm to the tummy. Mouthfeel was numbing and oily. I have had this before and will have again. Very tasty beer, but I prefer Duvel(for the type).

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 14:09:29 | More by daledeee
Photo of BillSempf


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer - faded amber in color, 30% head in off white. Lace was not as rich as I expected. As far as drinking, I've got to say that the feel of the beer was better than it's taste, and that knocked the drinkability down. Not sure I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 09:00:44 | More by BillSempf
Photo of SamuraiJack


3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I truly love Belgian Tripels. They are incredible beers. I love the style, I love the uniqueness, I love everything about them (except, perhaps, the price). I though I'd never find a Tripel I didn't like. Well... I stand corrected.

First pour shows a gorgeous beer in the classic Tripel style. Fabulous golden honey body with amber and orange highlights, noticable floaters and a thick and rocky head.

Then... the aroma. What can I say - the first thing I thought was "dirty socks." The second was "funky over-ripe cheese." The smell is just - wrong to me. And damn is that smell strong. Yeah, I know it's the yeast, I know it's the style - just like I know that gorgonzola is supposed to smell like sweat socks aged in cheese. None the less... I don't find it appetizing to say the least.

First taste, well... to be honest on my first taste I simply couldn't get past the smell. So I then tried to taste it while holding my nose. When I did this - I found an interesting Tripel with a slightly thick and oily mouthfeel, solid fruits riding a good foundation of grains and an undercurrent of funky yeast - and culminating with strong vaporous alcohols. Tasting it while not holding my nose brought out the funky yeast flavors and made it nearly impossible to taste anything else other than the finishing alcohol heat.

Coulda been a contenda.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 17:02:55 | More by SamuraiJack
Photo of ChrisBowers


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

Pours a rather dark golden color. I didn't know quite what to make of this beer from the get go. It has a wacky looking label with really no description of the contents inside. So, naturally it was time for an adventure. Piraat overall is a very drinkable trippel that leans more towards the dark trippel side. My main complaints about it is that its 10.5% ABV is VERY apparent, lacking a real balance. Additionally, it is very malty, which if you like that sorta thing is fine. Many do not, however. I was not disappointed in my purchase, however.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2003 18:24:37 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of garymuchow


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My aroma was a nice mix of lemon with phenol/clove spiciness. Big full head, active bubble action from the bottom. Some lacing. Mine was less cloudy than others have described. Rather bright gold color. Flavor is explosive and intense. Not for the faint of heart (as beer flavor goes). Taste of alcohol is present throughout and lingers. Good mix of flavors with malt, spices, some mild fruitiness and a shot of bitterness too. Intensity of the drink makes this a sipping beer, but a nice ale smoothness helps it go down more easily. Some mild carbonation action with the drink. I like this quite a bit, including the goofy picture on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 14:40:58 | More by garymuchow
Photo of tavernjef


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

Whoa...this was some powerful stuff. Upon opening this stubby little bottle the alcohol sneaks out from under the cap. Also is spicy and lemony. Poured a cloudy, opaque yellow with lots of chucky things floating around, yeast and grains are my guess. Gained a small fluffy white head with some divets and pock marks.
Taste is quite strong of alcohol, with a lemony/orange spice and a bit of a nutlike malt, very milky, grainy, pulpy in the feel with a smooth alcoholic bite that cleansed my head. Drink this bad boy pirate slowly.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 08:06:39 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Dogbrick


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

Pours a solid orange color with an ultra-thin off-white head. No lacing. Aroma is sweet spices, with a faint skunky presence here and there. Flavor is almost dominated by the alcohol, but there are nice malt and grapefruit flavors apparent as well. Overall not a bad experience but this beer isn't up there with some of the better Belgians I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 07:55:28 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of PatandDavid


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

Did not know the abv when I drank this!

First thing I noticed even before the appearance was a flowery sweet smell. This led me to the taste, which to me was of a sweet, apricot like flavor. The color was a hazy hay-like yellow. Very tasty, but I probably shouldn't have too many of these in a row.

Would get again though! And I have had this in the past, first time reviewin'.


Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2003 18:29:57 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of elmocoso


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Bj's Brewpub. It came in a 10.5 oz glass.

When this beer came, i did not know what to expect from it. The first thing i noticed was the aroma. How could I not? It was bursting with the smell of fruit and alcohol and cloves and spices. Very powerfull.

I lied. The first thing I noticed was the appearance. It was a cloudy orangish tan with little head on it.

The flavor was right there with the smell. Sweet, malty, tart, yeasty with an underlying taste of alcohol.

Overall, this was a good beer, though definatly not a session beer. I had it for desert and i would do so again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2003 15:33:36 | More by elmocoso
Photo of aaronh


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

This beer is a rich golden color, and is topped by a thin white head. There is a slight haze to the beer as well. The aroma is light, with a bit of hops and maybe just a hint of citrus. The taste is mostly a malt sweetness, coupled with a strong alcohol note. There is a decent hops bittering in the finish, but this is all about sweet, fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is very rich and smooth, and the drinkability is good. I was surprised to see this was an IPA. It is a very good beer that malt lovers will enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2003 10:23:12 | More by aaronh
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


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

First bottle in my valentine 6 pack sampler, was this offering. A pirate beer? Golden color with a good head, the hops were outstanding. It head a spice, perhaps cloves, that was odd at first, but grew on me as I continued drinking. Excellent beer, well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 07:57:38 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah yes, nothing like spending Valentine's Day alone with a Pirate (in addition to a few other Belgians inhabiting my fridge). This brew is a swirling, hazy golden orange with a decent white head. The aroma reminds me of days of early spring when I was younger, sweet and of freshly cut grass. Exxxxxcellent.

Very Duvel-like in character, but a tad sweeter, which this BA doesnt mind in the least. Extremely smooth and well balanced, with a touch of carbonation and warming alcohol at the end. Strong citrus flavors abound as well with the hops. It seems to me to have a lot of orange flavor. I wouldn't know this was a 10.5% ABV beer either, unless I looked at the bottle, or most likely, until I finish it ;-)

A very good brew...I will thoroughly enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 17:12:15 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Rocko


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's impossible for me not to compare this with Duvel, one of my favourite beers. The bottle is the same and the appearances
are quite similar.

The beer looks damp golden together with a nice growing, off white head that faded quite quickly for me. Medium carbonation. This beer smells a bit like Duvel but not as complex I think. It's smell isn't as bready either, it has more of a fruity estery smell. The high abv also makes it smell it bit of alcohol.

It's taste is very fruity with a touch of clove, the estery essance is also present here in the same way as Duvel. I have to say it's not impressing me overly much but it's still a good and complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 11:11:11 | More by Rocko
Photo of cretemixer


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

Pours an orangish gold in color with a proficient eggshell colored head. Not as thick as most Belgians that I have sampled and it fades to about 1/8 of an inch that is fed by the carbonation. Aromas of spice, cloves, maybe even corriander. Citrus and melon scents are also present. A bready maltiness too. There is a lot going on with this beer.
Very spicy first sip. Cloves are most dominant. Much drier than I was expecting. The alcohol is hidden very well. You know it's there, but you can barely taste it. Finishes slightly bitter, but nicely so. Very well balanced. Left a lingering lace on my glass. Mouthfeel is very nice, slightly creamy and excellently carbonated. Way to drinkable for 10.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 15:43:17 | More by cretemixer
Photo of inebrius


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

Mouth-watering nose of melons and lime in a burlap bag that once transported peppercorns. Starts sugary, but the sweets are soon snagged up by a brutal alcohol bully and his sadistic hop sidekick; they're ruffians, sure, but troubled youth always has a softer edge that warms one's soul. Deep toasted golden fields under fleecy clouds edging a spritzy river of carbonation that's quick yet mellow and my mind lazed back for a picnic lunch of Piraat.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 20:40:41 | More by inebrius
Photo of MJR


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

Appearance: Pours with a head that takes up half of my Belgian goblet. It shrinks down to a respectable 1/2 inch size and laces really well. Has a light honey-colored body with a touch of orange here and there. It's a bit hazy, from the yeast dregs.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of fruits, clove, a general spiciness, and honey. There's a bit of an alcoholic sharpness present too.

Taste: Very full-flavored with lots of spicy fruit, clove, honey, and malt flavors. The high alcohol makes itself known from beginning to end, but never overpowers: it hangs beautifully in the background. Very well-balanced and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Has a medium thickness, with a soft, flowing mouthfeel. Finishes with an alcohol note, but a laid-back one. The 10.5% isn't hidden, but it is softened and made gentle on the palate.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night, but the next morning would be ugly, with it's high alcohol content! Goes down waaaaaay too smooth for such a strong brew.

Simply put, an outstanding beer, and one of my new favorites of the Tripel style. Wow...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 21:59:52 | More by MJR
Photo of Suds


3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, light yellow beer with a wonderful head. The foam is creamy, soft, dazzlingly white, and tremendously stable. Aroma is spicy and fruity....full of citrus and hints of acidic tartness. There's pronounced alcohol warming beginning in the foretaste, which contributes to the overall taste. Very slight sweetness and a bit of hops (and a nice finishing hop bitterness), but the alcohol remains in the forefront. Peppery spiciness in the taste, and serious carbonation.
Although it's certainly a good brew, this beer wasn't nearly what I expected. It didn't seem particularly well-rounded. There are plenty of strong Belgian ales out there that have much more depth of flavor

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 17:41:44 | More by Suds
Photo of DerKaiser


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

This is an overwhelming beer. It pours powdery golden with a fluffy thick head. The smell is wonderful, with fruit and honey notes.

The flavor is immense. Big, spicy and peppery, with clove, doughy Belgian yeast and some citrus. The 10.5% abv carries the flavors all through the mouth and nose. Finishes dry and strong. This is a massive Belgian triple. It’s also one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Outstanding.

This beer is a treat, sip slowly and enjoy. Beware, it will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 18:05:14 | More by DerKaiser
Photo of Mark


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

I might be nuts but the first impression in the aroma department was of baked beans! After a few minutes the yeasty clove accented smell came through. A very impressive head adorned a hazy golden liquid. As expected lacing was plentiful. I have tried to get in to Belgians and I think I can take em or leave em. This one was my favorite of the three I have tried. I know that's not a big sample but I really think they are not for me. This was a good brew though and I liked it more than this review leads on. Surprising drinkability at 10.5%

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 20:26:50 | More by Mark
Photo of Jdiddy

Rhode Island

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

This was one of the best Belgian beers I have had. Light hazy yellow color. Major spice (cloves, bananas). Refreshing taste as well. Slight head. Sometimes the spiciness of the Belgians prevent me from drinking many at one sitting. These are normally my dessert beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2002 07:46:02 | More by Jdiddy
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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