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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Piraat AlePiraat Ale

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1,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 75
Gots: 111 | 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 blitheringidiot


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

This 330 mL bottle released a 1/2 Belg 1/2 foamy head into a tulip glass. Huge sticky head alone has a personality all its own. Gorgeous golden haze pour that has no room for improvement, while in a class all its own.

Aromatic cloves and awl-kee-hawl scents followed by afterscents of banabread, fresh from a fridge pour at the Drafting Room in Sprinhouse, PA.

Spicey cloves, peppery up-front taste. The flavor has a lasting aftertaste of mild Grannysmith apples and overly ripe bananas.

Solid tight sizzle with gracious warm suds in the feel. The drinkability factor tops off because these can not be enjoyed for more than a couple in a session.

Last swigs: What else to say other than a most excellent Belg weighing in at 10.5 % ABV...now go pray...for another.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

05-28-2004 03:48:32 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of shapudding


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured an intense amount of head into my tulip, belgian bubble bath shooting out of the glass! Beautiful! Golden and slightly cloudy, great head retention. Great aroma of sweetness and fruits, lightly yeasty and citrus. Fresh tasting. Nice bite and alcohol taste to it which I do appreciate. The more it warmed the more I taste tart apples. Also makes me think of the taste of bananas foster eaten with a beer... 10.5%, which is always nice too! Very drinkable and one I have shared with a beer newbie who just loved it!

05-28-2004 01:03:15 | More by shapudding
Photo of Skidz


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

A 330mL short, stubby bottle. Weird little bugger.

Pours out light yellow and sits a light orange/amber in the glass with a small, bubbly white head on top.

Smells of apples, pears, prunes and some maltiness. Slight grass and spice notes carry inside the aroma.

Tastes of light citrus fruits, candy sugar, malts and sweet, fruity yeast. Some herbal hoppiness carries on the finish. A delightful tasting beer. Quite sweet, but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, slightly syrupy and overall it's a fairly thick bodied beer.. Carbonation is low, but moves well through the mouth. Just the one 330mL would suit me fine. A very nice treat.

05-22-2004 03:16:18 | More by Skidz
Photo of BitteBier


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a muted lemon-straw color with a good deal of haze and persistent, active carbonation. The finger's worth of off-white head quickly dissipates, though a fine lace clings aggressively to the glass. Yeast and grass scents are prounounced, as is a soft, peppery spiciness. Some underlying malt sweetness is detectable as well. Full, honey-sweet malt flavor gives way quickly to a massive wave of alcohol warmth and some peppery spice. While the warmth persists, it gradually yields to the grassy notes that are so noticeable in the smell. Full mouthfeel is sticky but not annoyingly, cloyingly so. A unique, interesting beer.

05-17-2004 00:31:05 | More by BitteBier
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that wants to overflow the glass. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent which brags of Belgian pale malts and a fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a pale malt flavor that is very intense and warms on the finish. It has a dry, yet fruity yeast flavor that is pleasant. It goes down easy for having such a high abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good Belgian ale, but I think that it's a little too over-hyped.

05-10-2004 00:53:01 | More by WesWes
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

This heady Belgium brew pours a bright yet hazy (bottle conditioned) orange color. It has a big fluffy white head and a huge amount of carbonation bubbles of varying sizes. The nose is of malt fruityness, fresh hops and spicey alcohol. The the taste is very excellent, with an excellent balance of hop bitterness, candy sugar and interesting yeastyness (this brew has much more hoppiness than chimay red or westmalle). The alcohol is there but its hefty 10.5 percent is very well hidden beneath the other flavors. The mouthfeel is spritzery and very pleasing, also quite light for such a heady brew. This beer is excellent and if only I could find it in LCBO, I would buy several cases.


05-03-2004 02:37:23 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of francisweizen


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

750ml bottle poured at the Delirium Cafe in Belgium. This is a yellow/orangey liquid with a thick white top of foam. The aromas are very sweet and consist of citrus fruits, sugar, cotton candy, bubblegum, spicy herbal hops, light doughy malts and more. The taste is quite sweet and spicy from the interesting hopping that this beer has. The malts are a bit subdued, but lend a nice bready element to this beer. The mouthfeel is not too thick, or too thin and the drinkability is good, but hindered by the extreme sweetness of this brew.

03-30-2004 19:47:22 | More by francisweizen
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I had the pleasure of having this on-tap at Eulogy in Philly. This was an very good triple, which had a nice golden color and a nice frothy, creamy white head. The taste is creamy and smooth which is completely consistent for this style. As another mentioned, it is light but not watery. It has a tad more of an alcohol bite than I've had with others of this style. But given it's 10.5% abv, it still hides the percentage pretty well. Not the most drinkable triple, but still very good.

03-28-2004 22:56:40 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of woemad


4.03/5  rDev -1%

11.2oz stubbie bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.03. Bottle pictures the odd juxtaposition of a piratical-looking fellow and what appears to be a Viking longship (I'm assuming Piraat is Flemish for Pirate, but don't know where they're getting the Viking ship from).

Poured a cloudy gold color, with a HUGE head. The head stuck around until it vanished down my throat. Enormous sheets of lacing.

Smell was of sweet, candyish malts, with a slight grapefruit tinge in the background.

Taste is mostly of mildly sweet mal. It may be sweet, but not to the point of being cloying. The slight grapefruit taste helps that out by keeping it's feet on the ground.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not in a watery way. It just seems very light.

This is drinkable enough to drink all night...but the abv would kick your ass the next day.

03-28-2004 08:58:59 | More by woemad
Photo of Tballz420


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

This brew comes out a cloudy, orange color, and has a good size foamy white head on top. The scent is citrusy and a little malty. The taste has a spicy bite to it from the warming alcohol. Sweet, citrusy tastes as well. Bitter/spicy hops. A full mouthfeel. This is a high-octane beer.

03-25-2004 07:23:46 | More by Tballz420
Photo of soper2000


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Enjoyed in a 9 ounce glass at Chumley's in Lafayette. This poured a nice golden color will a super small white foam head. Smell is very fruity and upon first sip i know why this beer smells so fruity. Massive notes of blueberry backed by a dry spiced body. Mouthfeel is just a tad above average and drinkability is not that great as this beer sits extremely heavy in your stomach. This is a quality brew but definately not my favorite for the style. Surely worth the shot though.

03-23-2004 01:27:13 | More by soper2000
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2%

Clear, sparkling yellow with a bright, white head that slumps around the perimeter, sheeting the glass with lace and leaving a mesa of foam standing tall in the middle. Streaming carbonation props up the persistant head.
Aroma is lemon butter saaazy - clean and crisp with notes of vanilla and honey.
Fuzzy foam and zesty lemon mix with a hearty malt base up front. Fresh hoppy flavors of green veggies and peppery grapefruit blend in seamlessly and then take over. Body is medium but a bit thin for the strong hop rate.
Finish is warm and a bit alcoholic with lingering dryness.
Very Duvel - like with less malt backbone balancing the big hop profile. Very refreshing for a strong ale.

03-14-2004 05:25:39 | More by Shiredave
Photo of Globetrotter


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

I found this in a 33cl brown stubbie with a silver and red label featuring a sailing ship above the name. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 10/14/05, I opened it on 3/7/04.

Mmmmm... Pours a slightly cloudy pale amber hue under a thick white 2 finger head that lasts and lasts and last, leaving some uneven spots of lace down the glass. The nose is lovely - fruit, spice, malt and hop all mixed together. The mouth is very prickly and heavy with sweetness and alcohol, but it doesn't stick at all - crisp and fresh. The taste is a cornucopia of sensations, from candy to mint to malt to just a hint of hops. The finish has a touch of champagne to it - dry yet sweet. The dry bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, accompanied by a touch of fruit sweetness. Very good brew!

03-07-2004 20:39:03 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

A lovely amber pour with a lively white head. The nose is big on candycane sweetness and malt. Very ripe and sweet fruitiness in the nose highlighted by apricot and mango. The taste is simply sweet and fruity throughout almost hiding the hopiness. The sweetness is heavy on brown sugar, honey and lolipop candy. I can't help but be reminded of Halloween. The fruits seemed toned down...or, overpowered by the bold sweetness. The finish lingers nicely and what else...sweetly. The mouthfeel was good with a decent balance between lively carbonation and a smooth, creaminess.

Somewhat too sweet for my liking but still a after dinner/sipping beer.

03-03-2004 19:07:24 | More by Popsinc
Photo of gnaussea


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a beautiful honey amber, with a billowy off-white head that is slow to settle. Smell: Fruity notes and alcohol over belgian hops. Some sour, acidic qualities. Flavor is a bit stronger on the alcohol, but is still not overpowering for 10.5%. A very nice brewThe acidity lasts throughout and the fruity, almost berry notes mixed with the alcohol are very pleasant. Very worthwhile.

03-03-2004 07:42:34 | More by gnaussea
Photo of belgianbeerlover


4.03/5  rDev -1%

750 ml bottle, stamp on cap was illegible

Poured a rich golden/amber color. 2 fingers of head that looked light, but hung around until the end of each glass.

Yeasty, complex aroma of citrus fruits with a subtle background of malt and alcohol.

The first taste was sharp and fruity, but balanced with mild hops. I find this gives the beer a certain refreshing quality. As this flavor dissipates there's a lingering maltiness, with a slight burn on your tongue to remind you just how strong this beer is.

Comments: I don't think I could say this beer is easy to drink; it certainly demands respect, for both its strength and it's complexity. However, I certainly had no problem easing my way through an entire 750ml bottle, but the sheer power of this beer prevents it from being anything you would likely drink all night long, as sooner or later you'll fall off your chair.

03-02-2004 17:34:05 | More by belgianbeerlover
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

I had heard many things about this beer mainly good so had to try it on tap last night.Pours a gold/orange color with a big fluffy head,the aroma has big hop presence very herbal and grassy.Taste is very citriusy and tart with some late hop coming thru,very grassy and herbal aftertaste.A pretty nice beer but not a top notch Belgian in my opinion.

02-21-2004 13:52:55 | More by oberon
Photo of Bighuge


2.4/5  rDev -41%

This beer is clear golden. Streams of CO2 surface at a nice clip. The head is fluffy and airy and eggshell colored. Retention is very good. Aroma is of must, lime peel, dough and yeast. Mouthfeel is too gaseous. Makes me burp too much. And it's hard to swallow. The flavors really do not do much for me. Harsh citric tones of lime and lemon. Very little yeast or dough contributions. And there's a husky astringency to it as well. Not a beer I'd buy again.

02-11-2004 05:50:28 | More by Bighuge
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a fluffy, thick, white, three-fingered head, fades very slowly and leaves gobs of lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is a light golden. Nose is malty and has raisin overtones. Starts and finishes fruity with some sweetness and just a hint of bitterness. Pricey, $3.79 for a 330ml bottle.

02-10-2004 00:49:31 | More by jdhilt
Photo of bditty187


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hazy, peachy honey-yellow hue, it was served with a very small white head, about half a finger in height. The bartender filled my glass to the maximum with this nectar; I guess I can’t fault him for that. The head that was presented did last for the entire consumption. As I quaffed a good amount of lace was produced. This is a fine looking beverage. The nose is plenty pleasant with fresh cut grass, hay, spicy alcohol and yeast, peppery, and fruity, it is a well-rounded nose, albeit typical for the style. The palate is wonderfully complex, grass, marijuana, pears, grapes, pepper, spice, and notes of wheat, apples, and hot candy yet sweet. This is an absolutely lovely drink; I can’t help but sip and savor. The alcohol heat becomes great as it warms, oh it hurts so good! The hops bitterness is very noticeable on the back of the tongue, especially at the finish. Medium-full mouthfeel, this was surprising at how filling it was, modest and natural carbonation, what a very enjoyable quaff. I don’t think this is comparable to Duvel or Orval; it is damn good and unique. Recommended.

02-09-2004 21:25:51 | More by bditty187
Photo of Zorro


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a mildly cloudy gold color.

Smells fruity and tart with a bit of spice. Reminds me of the hard apple cider I brewed up in High school.

Tastes sweet and fruity with spice. Lots of alcohol, very warming slightly tart. Reminds me a lot of mulled apple cider, with a slight bitter bite. Also has a slight prune flavor.

Honey smell and flavor real comes out after this warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is OK.

More of a specialty beer than a drinking beer. Bet this would be great hot with a cinnamon stick. It tastes a LOT like spiced mead!

02-08-2004 23:24:54 | More by Zorro
Photo of AudioGilz


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

330ml bottle pours out a hazy golden orange colored beer. The head forms to a moderate depth and thickness, and has wonderful staying power. A strong aroma here....and odd in a great way....it's a bit musty, also pungent citrus and penetrating alcohol. Alcohol dominates the flavors of this beer. Also well noticeable is a dark spicyness and dark fruityness. The mouthfeel is fizzy while being a bit syrupy. I can't really say I would want another one after having just one small bottle of it. It's very strong with alcohol flavor, and warms my stomach up enough to be pleased with just one. But everything else about it is great.

02-05-2004 01:33:55 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of Crosling


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

I've been thirstin for an ale all day and at last I get to have on

Bright golden hue with a nice two finger white head that is lacing quite well. Head retention became and issue towards the end of the beer.

Very aromatic nose with light peppers and citrus fruits especially lemons.

Yummy! The nice bitter hop finish on the palate pleases me. I couldn't find a chilled IPA and that is what I wanted but this satisfied my need for a hop monster for now anyway. I think this is a very well done, solid and fantastic tasting ale. The alcohol is very well hidden but still is quite warming in the mouth on the finish. Lots of tropical fruits, but still somewhat bready and yeasty with an interesting malt flavor.

02-04-2004 05:59:33 | More by Crosling
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Hazy golden orange with a moderately sized, long lived head and good lace. Good looking beer, tempting.

Lots of stuff happening in the aroma. Fruit and yeast, honey and grass, pepper and more. One of those beers you spend as much time sniffing at as you do drinking.

But you gotta drink it of course and it's just as interesting in the mouth as on the nose. Honey sweet malt, fruit and pepper, with a nice touch of hops to finish. Great alcohol warming.

Super beer to linger over for all kinds of reasons. Enjoy!

01-31-2004 02:50:32 | More by TerryW
Photo of Jason


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Presentation: 330ml odd sized fatty brown bottle with a picture of a pirate and a Viking ship!?

Appearance: A powdery, white, creamy head that does not want to go away covers a lightly hazy-amber liquid. Decent lacing effect.

Smell: Horsey, grassy, peppery and funky. You have to love Belgian yeast as this one is quite lively.

Taste: Explosive in its profile! A smooth, crisp, honey-like malt flavour turns grassy, peppery with strong alcohol lining and intermingled hop bitterness. A tad thick in the medicinal phenol department. Juicy fruit in the middle with hints of ripe papaya and pineapple. The aftertaste holds more grass flavours that settle into an almost minty note.

Notes: This is a wonderful Belgian Strong Pale Ale, goat cheese and roasted red pepper on slices of a toasted baguette is a quick and perfect pairing.

01-24-2004 21:32:25 | More by Jason
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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