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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,868 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 70
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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:
A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001)
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csmit942

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-05-2014 15:49:50 | More by csmit942
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-03-2014 19:26:06 | More by ramrod666
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brett_arneson

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.9%

06-03-2014 05:05:57 | More by brett_arneson
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koladiola

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-02-2014 21:02:48 | More by koladiola
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timmynyc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-31-2014 02:28:26 | More by timmynyc
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2014 03:34:02 | More by Localdrinklax
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-29-2014 23:39:18 | More by muskiesman
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ThaHealer

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-29-2014 01:51:49 | More by ThaHealer
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Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2014 13:59:57 | More by Gottesverachter
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Noelito76

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-26-2014 13:53:02 | More by Noelito76
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-25-2014 01:02:23 | More by Latarnik
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A robust tan head throws a thick blanket over this orange brew. Smells of mostly light fruits (pear, green apple, peach), Belgian yeast and very faint hops, if any. Big fruits and subtle hops mix quickly on the tongue and play together nicely, forming a pleasant, creamy, medium body. Alcohol heat flickers across the back of the throat. Flavorful and consistent all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 23:36:34 | More by stephens101
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-22-2014 23:52:57 | More by mdaschaf
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cufarley

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

05-22-2014 03:42:29 | More by cufarley
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-21-2014 14:14:00 | More by thampel09
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-19-2014 18:51:33 | More by PappyVans
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pandow

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-19-2014 00:06:50 | More by pandow
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a generous buff head and orange-amber color. Aroma is clove, fruit, spice, bubblegum, aged hops and sugary sweet grains. Flavor is complex, strong on alcohol and esters and finishes boozy yet balanced. Mouthfeel is effervescent and medium. Overall a very good belgian ale. I don't think "IPA" fits here.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 21:39:19 | More by EagleTalon
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kguard

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-17-2014 04:56:56 | More by kguard
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-15-2014 01:57:57 | More by CraigTravor
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nineworldseries

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-13-2014 00:30:39 | More by nineworldseries
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doktorhops

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Next brew on my history lesson trot is Piraat, Arrrgh! [couldn't resist throwing in good "arrrgh"]. Everyone knows what a pirate is so I'll be brief: the Spanish got to Latin America first, plundered the shit out of it, the rest of Europe was like "Hell no!" and the monarchies at war with Spain gave "letters of marque" to bad ass dudes with ships which was essentially a licence to attack Spain and take as much booty (note: 'booty' meant treasure back then not a 'fine ass') as they could. They were otherwise known as "privateers" from which we get the word pirate. Eventually the Spanish began sending out pirate hunters, also bad ass dudes with ships, and began to protect their galleons with more ships/guns, and thus the golden age of piracy ended.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Cloudy amber bodied with a light slightly off-white lacing for a head, generally most brews over 10% ABV have a very minimal head and this one is no different.

S: This Belgian IPA has quite a boozy brandy-like aroma that assails the nostrils at first whiff. A second more deliberate inhalation reveals pear and apple esters along with pepper and grape bubblegum fragrance. There are some nice yeast notes at play as well giving this ale a touch of bread and clove as well.

T: Glad I let this warm to 8 degrees as the label recommends, what a symphony of flavours at play here: grape bubblegum, pear and apple esters, pepper, warming alcohol (more Rum than Brandy) and clove wrapped up in a medicinal hop finish. The thing about this bold Belgian ale is how it slaps you in the face like a glove in the hand of a pirate challenging you to death by cutlass. That Rum hint only adds to the sensible and righteous naming of this fine brew.

M: Medium bodied with some dense/harsh carbonation. A touch on the gassy side.

D: One glass of this brew makes one want to sail the Spanish main in search of plunder and fine Caribbean booty, booty in the modern sense, preferably from a tavern wench. In all my years drinking I have never tasted any beer that fits its name as well [slight exaggeration for effect there]. Really this is a fantastic ale. Minor cons - the carbonation isn't as smooth as expected from a Belgian ale, and the alcohol really lets you know that this is 10.5% ABV. Otherwise a solid effort from Brouwerij Van Steenberge *cough*notasgoodasGuldenDraak*cough*.

Food match: Tavern wenches... but seriously this bold ale would have to be paired with a bold meal - char-grilled meats, bold cheeses, large Cuban cigars and gunpowder, yes gunpowder... (these food match things I write are getting rather silly now aren't they?).

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 07:56:32 | More by doktorhops
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-11-2014 03:31:13 | More by Georgiabeer
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Belgian IPA? Really? I’m not sure it’s regarded as such in Belgium.

A: Poured into my Duvel glass I get an interesting dull, darkish amber body with a huge foamy off-white head. Strings of fine bubbles shoot vigorously up the centre.

S: Dull malt and bread. Metallic. Esters of sorts, liquorice. It’s probably a bit too cold.

T: Solvent-like with dank, herbal, and fruity hops and a prickly malt backbone eased by just enough sweetness. In fact I get a nose full of fruity sweetness every time I gulp. Also some shower gel like quality which at first I thought were my hands. In the aftertaste I get dank, herbal hops.

O: It’s in the same vein as Duvel and I'm guessing the hops are Saaz? Just as I was getting bored of Belgian beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 02:54:12 | More by Hoppsbabo
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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