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Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Cloudy orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – Strong orange in the nose with classic Belgian yeast. There’s also a bit of spicing in there. I can pick up coriander and white pepper for sure.

Taste – The spices say BSPA. They step up big time in the taste. The yeast is present as well, but the huge story here is the gigantic, damn near overpowering, orange liquor and syrup flavor. This is like drinking Grand Marnier mixed with peppered vodka.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with little to no carbonation and a respectable alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This one was creamy smooth and went down nicely.

Comments – Probably too strong and alcoholic for most. Don’t make this your first of the night, and don’t make it your last.

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Photo of nomad
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a snazzy Allagash glass this looked like a soft yellow hay color, with a super soft head, bubbly but soft and miniscule. It glowed like a permanent soft crown, showing great lacing from it, of course.

Smelled of soft malt, sweetly, and with a soft texture bordering on oats and wheat notes. Strong presence of floral scents, and an edible yeasty presence, too.

This beer had a sweet triple body of soft and juicy malt with a smooth presence of nice yeast. But unlike others, its taste had spicy flavors perking up and spreading through out it, and strengthening as it spread. For me, I could taste the alcohol on the way down.

An aggressive triple? This is less complex and refined than some triples, namely the more trappist-styled, but not a loss because of it. A good turn on a classic style, hoppier and thinner in taste than most, but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color. Moderate head. Smells of mostly alcohol and hops. Tastes very strongly of alcohol, which is not a good thing. This is the fourth beer I had out of this sampler, and it the least pleasant one to date. Still very good, comparitively (better than 100% of the macro brews out there),

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

Pours pale golden with an ample white head. Yeasty aroma with tropical fruits (especially pineapple). Medium-bodied. Extremely flavorful. Very sweet malt tasting, and very fruity. Turns a little spicey with alcohol and hop bitterness. The warming is incredible. Very smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is a great Belgian, but not one of my top favorites.

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Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a low head with large bubbles. Chunks of sediment were floating in the drink. Decent carbonation. The aroma was a combination of alcohol, yeast, hay, grass, and sweet malt.

The flavor was full of sweet malts and yeast. Serious bitterness arrived on the tongue as soon as you swallowed. Some fruitiness and sourness were other sensations detected. The aftertaste lasted for quite a while.

Drinkability is scored as average as the heavy body and very noticeable alcohol makes this as a one or two beer session.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not overly impressed by this triple IPA. I found the alcohol taste to be overpowering of the finer points of this beer.
This brew arrived a deep orange colour and murky in substance.
Also, a very short crown which quickly left leaving a very small glass ring and minimal island lace.
Carbonation consisted of a host of well spaced large bubbles.
The body was a medium/light.
The nose was reminicent of a freshly cut hayfield.
Taste initially of lemon, but soon the alcohol began to overpower this citrus like offering.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peachy orange in color with a creamy white head that seems to last. Smells like most triples. Lemon, orange, grass and some alcohol notes come through. Nice steady stream of bubbles coming up from the center.

The taste is smooth. Orange, citrus and hay (?) are things that hit me in the beginning. The middle is where the alcohol comes through. It leaves rather quickly and you are left with a warming feeling. Very good, very complex.

This 330ml bottle has been aging in my basement for about 1 year now. I just love drinking beer out of it's own glass and I am lucky enough to own this one.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice showing from the get go here. Super fluffy beige head with gloriously artistic lacing-hey nice legs on this one eh! Deep in the nose with an over-abundance of malt syrup and caramalized pear. The mouthfeel continues in the malt syrup direction, yet proves to be more enjoyably rich than flabby. More malt and sweet pear in the mouth. Man this is a real fun beer to warm up to! The concentration of malt,and the subtle entrance of fruit in the way of roasted pear, tart cherry and red berry make for a complex taste experience. Pretty to the end with washes of vanilla and bittersweet hop. I'd love to be on this pirate ship-cept during a storm maybe! Finishes moderately candied and warm-check your reviews for spelling to see if your not quite buzzed and beginning to make errors!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden slightly hazed nice creamy vibrant white head lacing Belgian webbing fine lacing. Aroma: Aroma is rich sharp sweetness clean candy-like tone blended with alcohol just the way I like it, the hops actually exist in this sweet rich alcoholic beverage. Taste: Syrupy layers of malt profile nice bitterness Euopean hoppin going on, hey I'm a fan of this one flavorful as all hell, with zesty citric tones thrown in there and a warming tone of the alcohol of this 10.5% wow. Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied syrupy texture makes it rich and warming, the secret of the Belgian strong ale make it lighter bodied and excessively good so everybody will always have a buzz even if they don't want to. Drinkability: Way to easy to sip and consume chalice after chalice, Piraat can serve up one hell of an unwarranted buzz quicker than you would expect.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden,somewhat hazy color.Fairly decent sized head that quickly diminishes.Aroma of orange,spice and apple.Nice sweet flavor-the alchohol is definately there.Very slight hop bitterness.Flavor of malt,somewhat grassy-hint of coriander.Full bodied mouthfeel-slight burn from the alchohol on the back of the throat.Very nice triple indeed.Can see this one sneaking up on you very easily.

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Photo of Todd
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml brown bottle.

Pours a hazy amber topped with a massive white foam head. Great lace and retention. Faint malty sweetness in the aroma with some grass and soft white pepper. Flavours are big on this one! Huge malt profile of sweet malts with a massive honey-like character and notes of tropical and candied fruits. Alcohol rips the palate with warmth and a sting of spice, then gives way to a smooth grassy bitterness and big dose of pepper. Prickly carbonation accentuates with a sharp edge. Some sappy pine notes lurk. Dirty yeast in the finish with a tea-like flavour, spice and lingering alcohol fumes on the palate.

One of my favourites. The incredibly bold flavours and massive alcohol warmth always makes this an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is herbal, and spicey. The flavor is fruity and herbal with pepper-like spiciness and a bit of tartness. It is medium-full in body and warming. A very nice Belgian that will sneak up on you.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed by the draught version of this beer. I have had the bottle, and it didn't rank as high for me. I would not class this as an IPA, though. To me, it should be classified as a Belgian Strong Ale like La Chouffe.

The appearance was golden in color with a very white head that had some lacing with staying power. The smell was fresh, a little hint of fruit with a definite alcohol aroma. After all, it is 10.5%. The taste was exceptionally clean with hints of spices, especially coriander and some fruitiness seemed to be citrus in nature.

The bartender had warned me that the beer tended to be a little flat compared to the bottle version, but this was not the case with this keg. It had a light fee in the mouth with some nice fizziness. Overall, this was a very drinkable, if not excellent draft beer. If it had not been 10.5%, I would have gone back for another one.

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Photo of clvand0
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one pours an amber color with a large head that dies off into a rocky shape and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little grassy and hoppy with some sweet fruits. The taste is very strong and is composed of peppery spices and some sweetness. The flavor seems a little too aggressive for my tastes compared to the others by this brewer. Not smooth enough to thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in my trusty Duvel tulip. Stubby 33 cL bottle with a picture of a pirate who looks like he's into disco on the label. Where's the stubble? The scarring? The eyepatch? Must be the cabin boy...

Appearance: Cloudy dark golden liquid with a small white head. Poor retention for a Belgian beer. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Sour medicinal smell with a good wallop of pepper. Faint herby hops.

Taste: Tart and peppery slap with a sweet medicinal backing. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with alcoholic warming. The taste of booze is masked, though.

Drinkability: I got this as a belated yen from Talk Like A Pirate Day. Wish I had had it then. It's not a bad drink. It's got some character and is worth giving a shot. A nice average BSPA.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper gold color, large head. Aggressively hoppy and spicy. Strong malt flavor, Added cane sugar evident. Complex taste. Interesting amalgam of flavors; sweetness, tartness, almond nuttyness. Mouthfeel is full and expansive, creamy. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some alcohol bite at 10.5%. Interesting beer. A warming afterglow, taste smoothes with time.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Appearance:. Golden-amber color, translucent with small carbonation, and a large rocky head that diminishes to a thin layer.

Smell: The aroma is earthy, with fruity, tropical (bubblegum) overtones and hints of apples.

Taste: The taste is sweet, somewhat syrupy and piney, with a strong presence of alcohol, and a dry peppery (hop bite finish lingers for quite a while).

Mouth Feel: The feel is rich and full bodied: creamy, and effervescent with a hoppy-peppery finish.

IMHO: An enjoyable brew, but its intensity overwhelms the drinkability and it is lacking in a well-balanced character. Somewhat two-dimensional: a very sweet start and a very dry finish.

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Photo of Brian700
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one turned me into a piraat last night and I almost got in trouble. I hope my girlfriend lets me drink it again.

It has a golden, hazy color with some suspended sediment. (Drink it in the shade) The head is frothy white and isn't going anywhere. It stays around throwing its smell right up your nose. Good lacing all the way to the bottom.

It's loaded with aroma. Its got a great grassy hoplike aroma and the alcohol and and spice come through in it as well.

Its got a crisp Hop bite with a sweet flavor. Sort of spicy, and an excellent aftertaste. As it warms a bit, the prevailancy of the sweeter flavors come out more. I would have to say its a medium to full-bodied beer with a thick finish. Definately a must try and then try it again just to make sure

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's appearance is totally awesome. Rich, thick, billowy, creamy plumes of white froth top this little beauty. The head lasts all the way to the bottom and laces in a way not often seen in many beers. The foam imparts a very sweet flavor followed by the deliciousness of the amber-hued body. The flavor is indeed complex giving the impression of many different foods. In there are raisins and plums, a little spice, some herbal hops and fruit from the vine. Unbelievably, late in the glass the smell of pure honey begins to emerge and mask the malty goodness. Truly a lovely feel and great drinkability. Complex...

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Photo of JISurfer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definately a solid 4.0er+. It's got a beautiful rich head that lasted forever! That is one of my biggest things. It's gotta have a good head to even begin to get somewhere with me. Here it is like 15 minutes after I poured it and the head still thick and frothy. I guess the only bad thing about the appearance is the fruity looking "pirate" on the bottle, with a viking ship. What's up with that? Oh well, guess you can't have everything. The taste was a nice complexion of various fruits, ie citrus and grapes, mixed with maltiness. It also had to presence of alcohol, but i dig that. The smell was similar, but still had the alchololiness to it. It's cheap, so i think I could drink this some more! Arrr, shiver me timbers!!!

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've been wanting to try for some time and I am not let down in the least..

It pours a regal looking gold...looks rich in the glass...cloudy....small bubbly white head on top....the nose is very sweet...Like sweet tropical fruits and sugars....very fresh smelling too...the body is medium and is very charged up....a huge amount of carbonation which seems ot balance the sweetness of this beer nicely...

A pretty complex flavor...at first the tropical fruit and sugar sweetness is dominant....then a spicy, herbal wave rides in..some of the spiciness comes from the alcohol but not entirely.....and then on the long finish there is a hint of hops trying to emerge but then the alcohol slams the door shut and closes the deal.....

I think this is a very good Triple...the more you drink it the more evident the 10.5 % alcohol becomes....It is sweet but the carbonation and the alcohol slice it down nicely...

A top tier triple in my book...

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

330 ml bottle

Poured out a golden wheat like color. Smell is malty with a touch of yeast overtone. Taste is complex, with the fruity hints melding with clove and honey. A little hop kick in the end. Quite drinkable despite the ABV. One of the best triples I've tasted to date. Just delicious!!

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

A quality ale. It pours a slightly unclear gold. Very nice creamy head with great lacing. Tons of carbonation can be seen heading to the top of the glass. The scent is a heavy grass with yeast and sweet malt. There is some fruit but it is mild and the carbonation also hits the nose.

The flavors are tangy. A sweet carmel malt flavor and a wheat grassy taste as well. There is a clove flavor in the middle of the taste just before the swallow. It has a hop finish. The high alcohol is distinctive but trying to hide. It feels heavy in the mouth and has an unappealing aftertaste that happily diminishes.

It drinks pretty well but I do not think I would not want to drink more than one at a session. If just feels a bit heavy even though it looks light.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian ale poured a hazy, orange-amber color with white foam that clung to the glass and left lace. The smell was sweet and malty, with candy sugar, citrus, and hints of fruit flavors. The taste was slightly sweet and malty (with the characteristic Belgian ale tangy flavor). There were also hints of fruit: figs and raisins. The mouthfeel was smooth and airy on the tongue. The body was medium and the carbonation feel low. The finish and aftertaste were slightyl hoppy. This was a very nice and drinkable strong ale (deceptively easy to drink).

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Photo of alexgash
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, dark-orange, with a large creamy-white head. Smells of yeast and alcohol, and clove(?). Bubbly on the tongue, yet explosive and chewy as it hits the back of the mouth. Great mouthfeel. Taste starts with noticeable alcohol. Corn-syrupy-sugar-sweet, raisins, caramel in the middle. Sweetness balanced by a strong, lingering bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is very present and not well hidden. I drank all 11.2 oz, but one's enough for me!

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.