Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 2,226
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 102
Gots: 255 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 Kingfireeater
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, at The Blue Monkey

Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent strong pale ale. Slightly too high in alcohol level for the style giving it a slightly boozy taste which is really it's only flaw.

Photo of mitch3114
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- nice dark reddish brown

S- smelled interesting. Of fresh pairs, not yeasty

T- strong malty

M- good smooth

O- good!

Photo of IPA1978
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is amazing yeasty phenols, sweet bubble gum and slight musty grains. Taste is peppery, fruity and medicinal, sweetness is tamed by medium bitterness and warm alcohol. Fantastic beer, more complex than Duvel.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yeasty nose with traces of ripe and over ripe fruit and light grains. Depending on the temperature it pours either brilliant gold or gold with a slight haze. The head is enormous – 3” or more of pure white finely bubbled foam that persists and leaves ledges of lace inside the glass. The palate offers peaches in different stages of ripeness followed by an earthy hop bitterness on the finish with a layer of malt sweetness and alcohol. It is slightly warming but the alcohol is not hot or solventy. The body is suprising medium for the amount of alcohol and flavor and the carbonation is above average.

Photo of Ernie_B
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A piece of art. It brings the flavor to your mouth and you wouldn't be able to detect it's large ABV.

Photo of JasW
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully complex and balanced, sweetness and bitterness combined like yin and yang, an effervescent mouthfeel but not too cheek-puffing, an unbridled yeasty, malty, and hoppy delight. This is ale. And quite strong ale at that. Aye, mateys!

Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yeast & dry grain on the nose, pretty carbonated, taste is mostly medium toasted malt & cereal grain, earthy with just enough hop profile to give it a pop, not bitter, lots of earthy yeast with some dry fruit, very good belgian style ale.

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very sweet and boozy. Not what I want from a Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cheaper than the more popular belgian beers. Reminds me a lot of st bernardus. Definitely on my favorites list. Totally recommend it.

Photo of Mrose78
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

good beer! Glad I was able to try.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost clear orange amber with 1 1/2 fingers of white, frothy head with excellent retention & decent sheet-like lacing. Aroma sweet Belgian yeast, fruity esters especially banana & hints of orange & apple, some cloves & other spices, honey, faintly hoppy. Taste is sweet yeast, cherry, some banana & apple, hints of citrus, biscuity malt, honey, alcohol & hop bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Rich & complex in all categories.

Photo of ranger7
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing.
A: amber, good carbonation. Terrific lacing.
S: citrus, some malt
T: malt, some floral
F: medium
This is good stuff. One of the best Belgians.

Photo of CraigP83
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of a trippel with the bubblegum taste. It's hot with the ABV but tasty

Photo of Tejon
2.29/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Too much alcohol flavour. Worse than GD or San Agus.

Photo of dgoldwas
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost has a cider sweetness to it

Photo of snowman17
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting but finish not quite as smooth as I was hoping
for. I got spoiled and bought the best first. Can't replace a
perfectly crafted Ale.

Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the style is not my favorite but it is a very good beer

Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden straw in the glass. Hoppy aromas- pine, plus fruit (banana?), plus more pine. Hint of clove. Medium, smooth body. Tastes of fruits and clove. Fruits include banana and some others (tropical?) that I can't place. Midway through the swig the alcohol kicks in. And it never fades back out.

Photo of HannahLN
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and malty. Great for a cold winter evening when you need to warm up.

Photo of keithmurray
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -golden bronze colored body with huge white head

Smell - citrus fruit upfront orange, lemons, honey, clove

Taste - vibrant notes of citrus headlined by orange, hint of lemon, honey, ginger, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, flavors linger, bitterness in the back end

Overall - this is a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Towards the head of the class of the style

Price Point - $4.59/11.2 oz bottle

Photo of babaracas
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark amber with fluffy khaki colored head, settles slowly to a quarter inch, splotchy rings on the glass. Smell: pear, cooked red delicious apple, peppery and spicy, orange peel. Taste: pear, candied orange peel, dried apricot, bready, caramel note, big spicy and peppery flavors and a little grassy. Syrupy-to-fluffy, peach skin finish. Huge and delicious with just a touch of warming alcohol. From corked and caged 750, no date found on bottle but judging from the label design it's 2013/4 bottling.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a sampler pack; best before June 17 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy amber-orange colour, topped off with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Good retention; the froth slowly seeps away over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a lacey imprint as it settles down into a loose, bumpy cap and collar. The aroma is yeasty and sweet, immediately bringing to mind various orchard fruits - green apple, pear, peach and orange come to mind, in addition to banana, bubblegum and pithy grapefruit.

Grainy malt sweetness, peaches, apple and apricot are the first flavours that cross the tongue, followed soon after by banana and orange peel. There is some grassy, almost earthy bitterness, with spicy clove and coriander leading into a warming, boozy, yeasty aftertaste. Moderately complex flavour that opens up for the better as the beer warms. Medium-full in body, with assertive carbonation that assaults the tongue; yet a smooth, almost creamy feel on the palate. I seriously cannot believe how well the 10.5% alcohol is hidden on this one; it becomes a little more noticeable as it warms, but even then, this is a dangerously drinkable beer that does not betray its strength - until you stand up after finishing the glass, at least.

Final Grade: 4.29, an awesome A-. This is one of my favourite styles of beer, and I must say that Piraat compares admirably to many of my long-time favourites like Duvel, La Chouffe and Don de Dieu. This is a sinfully-tasty strong Belgian golden ale, and its alcohol content is so masterfully masked that I'd be likely to place it closer to 7-8% than 10-11% on a blind test. A great way to cap off Christmas 2014, and any fan of strong Belgian pales should consider this an absolute must-try.

Photo of BlazerT
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Teku glass. Deep amber/gold colour with nice, big, creamy white, long lasting head. The aroma is big biscuit, bready mixed with hops - mainly fruit aromas and some herbs, spices (coriander?), again the big grainy aroma and also grape juice. The taste is medium to heavy sweet, crackery, some biscuit, warming booze sensations, there are also some yeasty notes - clove and earthy. The aftertaste is big malty and again bready. The warming booze sensations begins somewhere in the middle till very end. The body is smooth, thick with high carbonation and smooth finish. In overall interesting belgian beer, which strikes with lots of aromas and flavours.

Photo of kw_pip
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Alcohol is very subdued. Ingesting beer.

Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,226 ratings.