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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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2,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 993
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 86
Gots: 209 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
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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Ratings: 2,158 | Reviews: 993
Photo of emelies
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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 Walbert_Neto
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwmson1
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BraveMountie
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 desint
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Atom_Bomb
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dweedlebug
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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 Chris7482
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blandmath
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 JMUduke
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hglad724
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfcaa193
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tedho21
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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: 4.3, 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 PeterJBr
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sai1orgirl8
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 2,158 ratings.