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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 1739
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%

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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Kuaff


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

Piraat... poured in a tulip at cellar temperature.

An attractive deep amber-orange color and a big three-finger, puffed up, pure white head which compliments said hue nicely. Beautiful lacing as the foam recedes. I can see lots of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smells like green apples, lemons, organic herbs, funky yeast, and sourdough pancakes. It's a typically Belgian scent (not a complaint), but with some unique complexities that are quite nice.

Upon tasting, I can see why this is fit for the Belgian IPA classification. It tastes much like some of the fine Belgian strong pale ales I've enjoyed, but with an infusion of juicy citric hops. That's what hits my palate first, and it's followed by that wonderful Belgian ale quality in the aftertaste that makes me feel like I just DRANK a slice of sweet, freshly-baked bread. The 10.5% ABV is just not there at ALL. I probably would have guessed 7.5% if it wasn't on the label. Anyway, it's delicious.

The feel is pretty effevescent, but has more body to it than other Belgian ales I've had... which is kind of refreshing since so many Belgians are carbonated to the extreme.

Piraat. Ah, yeah.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 15:29:52 | More by Kuaff
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Top Hops last week, having never had this before. I figured that with the Pirates in the postseason for the first time in a generation, this would be a good time to have something with this moniker. Although this beer was quite strong, it was immensely enjoyable and much more complex than I was first led to believe. The only detraction to be found was the alcohol content, as this was quite strong both in taste and in body

Quite a pour to this, as the head filled up quite a bit of my pint glass well before I poured all of this out, as I had to let it settle before swirling the sediment out. Not completely clear either but enough light shone through it and the carbonation was relentless throughout the whole session as well. Lots of booze, fruit, and malt in the nose with all of those even more pronounced in the taste. Light fruits here like apple and apricot and enough candied sweetness to serve as a reminder of what kind of beer this was. The mouthfeel was nearly balanced and somewhat light given how potent this was and how the yeast kicked in the in the aftertaste.

To be fair, this was strong and not something that could be quickly downed. That had nothing to do with the taste however, as this was great from start to finish and had enough to like in it like so many other Belgian beers. Even with the hint of lemon in the mouthfeel, this was very aggressive and spices are minor enough not to detract from that. A great beer that deserves to be savored slowly for all that its worth.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 13:08:21 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of dar482

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a cloudy deep orange color with a huge huge white head.

The aroma is awesome of orange peel, sweet candy sugar, and lots of fruity phelonic character along with Belgian bready yeast.

The flavor follows with sweet tangerine, orange peel, the candy sugar follows. The candy sugar is bright and clean. There's some Belgian yeast character and tastes a good amount like a balance between a tripel and Duvel. Lots of carbonation. Some white wine and lemon characteristics. There's a bit of booze, but it's super hidden and really drinkable. The finish has some nice bitterness that cleans up that sugary sweetness in there.

I really enjoyed this. It has a Duvel, but also La Chouffe character along with tripel characteristics. A truly underrated Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 06:28:47 | More by dar482
Photo of patre_tim


4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Copper filtered, little to almost no carbonation, 1 finger off white large fish roe sized bubbles.

S: Glue, nail polish, sweet Belgian yeast much like those found in Unibroue’s, cologne, perfume, alcohol.

T: Belgian yeast like Unibroue’s La Terrible, then the nail polish and glue, cologne, finishes with a slight sour and alcohol note.

M: Thick alcohol body, medium carbonation with fine bubbles.

O: A really good Belgian, high in alcohol, reminiscent of Unibroue. A nice sipper with some strangeness that would make me prefer others over it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 14:50:26 | More by patre_tim
Photo of magictacosinus


3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Broken from the Van Steenberge beer pack I purchased last December. Consumed on "08/04/13." Review is from my notes. I've had this substantially fresher before, and feel bad reviewing a Belgian IPA that is 8 months old, but it should hold up alright. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours an extremely thick deep amber reddish color (one that you see often in barleywines) with a frothy head about 4 fingers high in the glass. It settles to about a finger, but doesn't seem to ever let go, which is impressive given the high alcohol, but expected given the strong yeasty qualities of the beer at hand. Not much lacing. Extremely viscous, with huge alcohol legs. Hoping it isn't a boozy trainwreck.

The aroma immediately confirms my fears. It has been over a year since I had this beer, but it really seems that I either my tastes have changed or this isn't meant to be consumed this old. Super boozy, with brandy raisin notes that seem to pierce the nostrils with sugary boozy malty notes. Maybe some stone-fruit, maybe some citrus lingers about, but it's pretty much nothing but banana smelling yeastiness topped with malty booze. To make matters worse, it's metallic as well - iron seeps in to very confusing results. At this point, there's barely enough of a dry hoppy profile to speak of. Super oppressive.

The flavor is considerably less alcoholic, but is still considerably sweet and layered as well. Notes of green apple (perhaps acetaldehyde?), raisins, stone-fruit, and some light orange peel come at the front, which isn't too bad. Then, I find myself kicked in the face with the extra booze and hearty malts to the point that three sips in I was already feeling tons of heat and tipsiness. Contains the properties of barleywines, but has some off aromas and too much booze that isn't canceled out by the residual sugars. Not difficult to drink, as it is thick and robust, but way too intimidating in the same manner that many of these super boozy, sugary Belgian offerings I used to love have grown to become a chore to drink.

I am sad to have to have finished halfway through this without going on any further, as I remember I used to love this one a lot. I hold the belief that this brewery makes great offerings (Gulden Draak), but I'm going to start opening all these remaining bottles from the gift pack that I negligently stored away. However, I feel that overall this isn't much better fresh - it simply lacks the subtlety of dried hops I enjoy in the style, and seems to be way too over-boozed for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 04:23:51 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of Murrhey


4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger offwhite head with large bubbles and active carbonation. Cloudy orange beer with very active carbonation. Nice looking ale.

S- Funky cold medina. Got that Belgian funk, alcohol and golden malts. Complex aroma.

T- Boozy, slightly tart but with a clean, crisp finish. Very nice flavor composition.

M- Vinous, boozy feel.

O- Great ale. Alcohol is hidden more so in the flavor than the aroma. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:36:41 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Ryan_Graham


4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great pour. Three finger head that sustains. Good lacing. Dark amber color. Smells great. I love the bottle cap artwork. Very very good beer. The taste is outstanding. Does not taste like a 10.5% beer. It goes down very smooth followed by a malty and thin but strong aftertaste.A great after dinner beer. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 02:19:30 | More by Ryan_Graham
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4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into Chimay Chalice.

A: Foam is exceptional. Sticks around the whole way. It is a mix of tiny and medium sized bubbles. Sticky. The color is a deep amber to orange. Hazy in spots.

S: Candi sugar. Bready, Belgian yeast. Toasty carmel at moments. Slightly hoppy.

T: WOW. Malty. Warm alcohol. Carmel. Candi Sugar is very obvious and pronounced. Hops are there... but overpowered in some respects. Each sip takes me to a different taste in the profile. Bready yeast present as should be. 5/5.

M: FULL bodied. Lots of carbonation. Expanding bouquet.

O: Wonderful. May have found a new favorite. I had this listed as a 4.5/5 in my tasting book... but now getting to review, this may go higher. The burning alcohol in the throat lasts a while. I don't know if that helps or hurts this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:24:47 | More by ahommell
Photo of artoolemomo


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up mostly foam in the tulip but there doesn't seem to be much retention. Some spotty lacing but this stalls at about a finger. The head is a cotton white while the body is a hazy light amber which glows a dull orange and brown when held up to the light.

Nose- Most of the usual suspects of Belgian beer aromas are present in Piraat's nose. The bottle starts off with powerful spices (coriander, some lemon peel, lots of yeast) which are borderline astringent. Lots of fruity esters as well- apple, lemon, banana, and oranges. Some clove figures in there as well. Lots of presence and complexity.

Taste- Initially, fruit esters are the first notes that I get- apple, banana, lemon, and orange followed by a robust spicy yeast profile. No harshness or bitterness from the yeast but lots of spice. There is a slight woody finish that seems more like hops bitterness than yeast bitterness. Lots of coriander, lots of clove- a very herbal/floral/perfumy beer. The bitter finish builds as I drink it more and balances well with ester and spice forwardness of this beer. Some touches of honey and nectar in the flavor profile as well. Some white grape hints give it a slightly vinous character. Very solid beer with lots of balance. Extremely robust. Some caramel notes (which are more of a negative than a positive) start to come out on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Lots of tingle from the spicy yeast. Most light bodied but has some syrup, vinous qualities. Light zip of carbonation.

Drinkability- Despite flooding the palate with a lot flavor, this is dangerously easygoing. At times, the yeast and accompanying bitterness slow you down but not much. Not a bad price at around 5 or 6 bucks.

Overall- Very solid beer. The style may not be my favorite among Belgians but Piraat seems to represent it well. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:41:00 | More by artoolemomo
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer that left nice lacing on the glass. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, vanilla, apple, pear, spices, boozy alcohol,

Taste: Such a tasty beer. Tripel by nature and IPA by heart. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: boozy, spicy, full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy. Such a delicious and drinkable treat.

Overall: You can't go wrong. One of the best. More please.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:39:12 | More by Flounder57
Photo of spoony


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces a tall, three-finger head of dense, pillowy, off-white head. The retention is pretty good and it leaves a chunk or two of lacing on the glass. The color is dark gold and active carbonation is visible.

S-The smell is alcoholic and aggressive. The malts are fruity and sweet. I detect lemon in particular, as well as some doughy/crusty bread.

T-The taste is also aggressive and warming. The initial punch is sweet and alcoholic, but things dry out on the finish. Again, I detect lemon and other light fruits that fold well into an herbal, mildly peppery kick at the end.

M-The feel is wet and alcoholic at first, but the soft, creamy carbonation eventually takes over. Medium body.

O-I love Belgians but I had never tried Piraat until now. I am glad I did. This beer is not for the timid...it shows all of the 10.5% ABV in both smell and taste, but it certainly is fun. The hoppy bitterness, like many of Piraat's Belgian counterparts, is not in-your-face, but it creeps in towards the finish and provides just a bit of balance for the pale malty sweetness that mostly dominates. Brash and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 18:38:11 | More by spoony
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy light brown with a nice big white head.

The smell is pretty weak, there's some yeast and spices.

The taste is Belgian yeast and pepper. No hint at the huge abv.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated.

Overall I wasn't all that impressed, the abv was very well hidden but apart from that this just tasted like a standard Belgian style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 23:41:16 | More by Dave1999
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Caramel. Slightly cloudy amber. A thick, frothy head.
Smell: Pepper and something I can't place; grape maybe.
Taste: Pepper, alcohol, honey, hops, and maybe something fruity (grape).
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

This is excellent. I had a difficult time ascertaining the smell and taste particulars, but had no trouble at all enjoying this brew. The pepper and alcoholic content were the most noticeable to me. I really thought it was beautiful to look at, and the taste was very unique. I will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:45:36 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of Blindpigbiz


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell: honey and hops with herbs (I'm not a chef so all I know is that they smell like the 'green' kind)

Taste: honey with tart sweetness, smooth hops with a slight bite, herbs, and a slight effervescent mouthfeel; sweet black tea and rose pedals are prevalent

This is one of my favorite beers and I highly recommend purchasing this in a 750ml bottle and age it for a couple of months; it'll blow your mind away.

Pair this beer with aged sharp cheddar, black grapes, and peppered triscuits; this beer is also fantastic with an everything or meat pizza

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 08:50:11 | More by Blindpigbiz
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United Kingdom (England)

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

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's a little out of date. Picked up ages ago from Lidl as part of a box-set of Belgian beers. It has been stored quietly in my garage, so hopefully it has aged gracefully. A toast to pirates everywhere....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A clear orange-amber hue with plentiful carbonation - it's been sat so long the yeast is fixed to the base of the bottle. Produces a vast head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with hints of banana, clove, mild spice, brown sugar and faint earthiness. A major whiff of warming booze in the backgound. Nicely rounded.

Tastes of sweet, fruity yeast esters with a dry finish. Notes of banana, mild clove, subtle dried fruit, brown sugar, faint caramel, a touch of earthy yeast and hints of stewed hops. A significant alcoholic flavour in the background, though it integrates nicely into the beer. No bitterness to speak of. A mild, dry quality upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with tingly carbonation and a lovely, velvety body. Quite astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, mild sugar and warming booze.

Superb - goes down a treat. Looks great, and the aroma and flavour are wonderfully smooth and mellow. Plenty of booze yet it complements the character perfectly. The body envelops the palate. Not sure how it got listed as an IPA; not much going on in the way of hops. A fantastic strong Belgian ale - I really shouldn't have put this off for so long. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:54:37 | More by jazzyjeff13
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into snifter

A- Caramel color. Hazy, not clear at all

S- Smell of fruit and yeast

T - A sweet, dark fruity taste. The malt dominates this one, but hops and yeast still balance it out nicely.

O - Good Belgian IPA that I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 19:15:46 | More by ESeab
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/20/2012. Cork blew off into the cage as soon as I removed it. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, floral, and light earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with malt sweetness. Taste of pear, apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, floral, honey, candi sugar, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, prickly, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters and malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for 10.5%. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:59:50 | More by superspak
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark gold with cascading carbonation that continuously rebuilds three inches of creamy, off-white foam that slowly turns rocky to eventually leave thick patches of lace but never dissipates below a pillow.

The Piraat tulip glass presents the sweet, fresh, Juicy Fruit aromas with light, yeasty funk. The background contains honeydew melon and faint clove.

Much like the character on the bottle, this ale is equal parts sour and bitter. Sharp bitterness lingers in the back of the throat while lots of apple fills the palate. Some honey comes out after warming, as does something reminiscent of Riesling wine. The finish is long with a light bitterness.

A full body with lightly warming alcohol. Piraat is dryer than anticipated, with a satin texture and explosive carbonation.

Enjoyed on a bitterly cold night, while fine white snow accumulates outside, classical music fills the hush and low light splashes across the room.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 14:50:37 | More by SLeffler27
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a darker golden yellow with high carbonation producing a massive 3-4 inch frothy white head (almost meringue-like). Excellent retention. Nice lacing too.
S: Citrus hops, belgian yeast, and a whiff of caramel malt. Milder spices (e.g. white pepper).
T: Dark dried fruit (e.g. raisin, fig), molasses, citrus hops, bready yeast, cinnamon, and a hint of caramel malt.
M: Soft and slightly creamy feel. Nice carbonated effervescence tingles the tongue. Light body, which seems impossible given the ABV. Appealingly dry and slightly bittersweet finish leaves your palate ready for the next sip. Subtle, but pleasant, lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: A very nice brew indeed. Excellent example of style. Well crafted with good complexity and yet extremely drinkable. ABV is tremendously well hidden...nigh unbelievable. The more I drink it, the more I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:08:34 | More by mwilbur
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice from an 11.2 ouncer.

A- Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with quite a magnificent head. Lots of retention and great lacing

S- I love how floral Belgian ales are and this is no exception. The hops really add to that perfumed quality. I noticed quite a bit of alcohol on the nose, however.

T- Wildflower honey up front, with a yeasty mid-palate. The hops are there, but super delicate and are almost masked by the high fermentation and sweetness. A nice dry finish, with notes of toast and citrus.

M- Great carbonation here. This really helps to balance out the rich texture.

O- An interesting Belgian ale, for sure. I think the balance here is impeccable and there's a great layering of flavors. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:26:19 | More by bunni
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4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a magnum. Burnt orange/dark golden color with a huge head that never completely disappears. Good lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell is lemony citrus with Belgian yeasty goodness maybe a little grassy. Nice. The aroma is somewhat understated but really nice. The hops don't hit you like an American ipa.

Taste is sublime. Crisp lemony start with a slight citrus hop finish that is super clean. As with most Belgian ipas the hoppiness is very understated. Coming from a hophead who loves super hoppy American ipas, it surprising I like this beer as well as i do but its a Belgian ipa not an American imperial ipa. The taste is in the same ballpark as Duvel, which is the highest compliment I can give it.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Great carbonation with a smooth finish. Really nice.

Overall this is a spectacular beer. The high abv is not noticible in the taste but its definitely there. It sneaks up on you. This is a super beer. This is one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 22:45:55 | More by dbell23
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The main goal here is to control the head because even the softest pour produces an abundance of thick dens head. It fades leaving carverness empty spaces, interesting.
The color is of brilliant golden sunshine clarity. Carbonation is most robust.
Aroma is pretty much your basic spicy yeast and malts.
Taste is quite good with a dry spiciness, pale and pil malts. It's bitter alittle sweet and not a hint of alcohol, while drinking it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 12:24:29 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of TaySuth


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Poured into a pint glass from 750ml bottle.

Appearance:Nice amber color with an enormous, off-white head that slowly dissipates while leaving behind loads of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet malt dominates the nose with some nice, but not overwhelming hop aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt with decent bitterness and delicious belgian yeast flavor. Very tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Highly carbonated. Very sweet.

Overall: Just an amazing and delicious Belgian IPA. Not quite as hoppy as the American IPAs that I love but an excellent example of the Belgian IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 01:15:43 | More by TaySuth
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District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

a-deep, dark cloudy amber with two fingers of off white head, visible lacing.

s-sweet, citrus funky yeast

t-belgian yeast with sweet citrus notes and a hoppy finish

m-very lively, medium body

o-really great belgian ale, writing this review with a bit of a cold so i'll come back and edit when i can appreciate it more fully

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:16:33 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
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3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, slightly burnt golden orange with a slightly off-white, creamy looking finger width head. Fair retention.A film of bubbles stays ever present on top. Solid lacing with good stick.

Smell - Aroma is sugary, spicy and most definitely funky. Hints of citrus. Faint malt character.

Taste - Hits on sugar and honey at the forefront, followed by some funk and sourness mid-taste. Green banana. Sour apple. Rich, bready notes near the finish. Finishes sour, with a touch of citrus; almost like tangerine.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Bubbly, soft carbonation. Finishes dry, almost like champagne.

Overall - A good beer, certainly, and quality throughout. That said, I just don't think most true Belgian brews are my thing. I've had more than my fair share, and most of them don't hit that 'Ahh, I gotta have that again!' feeling. I probably wouldn't buy this beer again, but if this is someone's favorite beer, I can understand why. There's just too much sugar character for me. I think I'll steer clear of Belgians for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 05:04:45 | More by TheSixthRing
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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