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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Piraat AlePiraat Ale

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1,868 Ratings

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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

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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-15-2012 08:05:56 | More by specialiste
Photo of Soozy


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into a snifter.

Good pour, light golden in color with a dense white head. Looks pretty good. Smell is decent without mixing in the yeast. I mixed in the yeast at the end of the bottle and it just exploded with citrus, clove, and slight banana.

The taste has a slight bubblegum, slight banana flavor, and a mild orange. Not as complex as I was expecting. The alcohol sets this off. The bite is far too harsh. The body is pretty thin.

Overall, this is a decent beer. I was expecting more to it though. It has some of the great Belgian yeast character and balanced bitterness, but it's almost ruined with the bite of alcohol. I probably would not buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:05:19 | More by Soozy
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

01-15-2012 01:21:13 | More by halo913
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy brownish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that sticks for a while and settles into a single finger layer. Lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: Very spicy and fruity. Big aroma of Belgian yeast with bananas and cloves. Also a pretty noticeable scent of citrus orange, mango, pear, and apple. Some floral hops, pale malts, and a bit of pepper round things out. Pretty full and complex.

Taste: Full flavored and complex. Starts out with a typical Belgian explosion of yeast, cloves, and banana. Than comes a pretty good dose of citrus and floral hops. Good hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, pear, and apple. Not as bitter as a American IPA but fairly hoppy. Some bready malts are tasted towards the end. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Chewy and slightly sticky. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very good Belgian ale here. Packed with flavor and great balance of spice, sweetness, and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 06:15:18 | More by MattyG85
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from an LCBO giftpack, 330ml into a chalic. Best before May 3, 2013.

Poured a hazy golden brown with a couple fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing. Nose is spicy, some fruits esters, a bit of banana and big yeast notes. Taste is spicy as well, drying yeast notes, fleshy white fruits and a significant bitterness in the finish. Sweet malts with a chunk of alcohol for good measure; substantial heat from this. Medium high carbonation, chewy with a medium heavy feel. Pretty good, but doens't stand out. The flavour profile to alcohol content ratio is too low to thoroughly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 19:51:58 | More by liamt07
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3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

An intensely sweet mix of bananas, cloves, and sweet sugary elements. The beer really takes one Hef like elements though the weight and power are clearly something else.

Intensely sweet, sugary, and full of cloves and bananas…oh and alcohol. Very flavorful and intense, but hardly the complexity I would expect. This is NOT an IPA or Belgian IPA by any stretch!

Wow this is harsh. A lot of alcohol and rather hard to drink. Still the carbonation and mouth feel seems impressive given the style and abv.

This would be a lot better with less alcohol. Still pretty good flavors and decent carbonation to make it work.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:25:01 | More by bobhits
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-12-2012 21:45:23 | More by MarshallMan
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-11-2012 22:09:42 | More by TexAggie011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-11-2012 11:44:23 | More by cosmonick
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

01-08-2012 04:21:04 | More by dcbike
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

01-07-2012 23:41:09 | More by fmccormi
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange shiny body, finger white head,
fine lacing

S: big citrus, spicy, yeast, malt

T: citrus, malt, boozy/smooth/spicy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth
plenty of carbonation

O: I would get this again and highly
recommend it. Really enjoy this brewery
and looking forward to trying more
of their brews.


Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 21:17:07 | More by BeerLover99
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-04-2012 11:58:03 | More by hogrider
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-04-2012 07:26:24 | More by cacher77
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-04-2012 01:02:44 | More by brewbaker
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-03-2012 05:38:32 | More by Gregwa
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper gold in color, an aggressive pour into a tulip was needed to produce a half inch foamy head that quickly dissipated to a ring. Not much lacing to this one.

Nose is light bready malt, sugar, caramel, pears, apples, and tropical fruits, coriander and ginger.

This tastes of light bready malt, and is quite spicy, with loads of coriander, toffee, sugar, tropical fruit punch, orange peel, a metallic cola flavor from the yeast, and a mild hop finish with a long note of ginger. The alcohol level is boozy. I enjoy the yeast flavors and the spice, but this is a bit sweet.

This bottle seemed a bit less carbonated than others I have enjoyed. Still, the body is medium, and the carbonation is crisp with a refreshing, cleansing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a good belgian pale ale, it is spicy and sweet, with some noble variety hops, and is quite boozy.

This was one of my favorites as I first got into belgian ales, but it was only available in 750 ml bottles which I found hard to handle. Then it came out in the 330 ml stubby format which I am enjoying now.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:45:38 | More by Beerenauslese
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-01-2012 21:06:55 | More by SATBMan
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-01-2012 21:00:43 | More by salinasa
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-31-2011 05:13:42 | More by Magikarp
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-31-2011 04:07:38 | More by hawkmage
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle (no date) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Careful pour left almost all of the sediment in the bottle which yielded a hazy orange-yellow/dark amber/wildflower honey color. Off-white head upon pouring died down to a ring at the edge and very thin skin across the top. Tiniest bits of lacing here and there.

Smell: Yeasty, citrus/sweet orange, grape - rich and complex.

Taste: Sweet malt quickly moving into a yeasty and bitter finish. Bitterness is citrus and strong, but not mouth-puckering bitter. Actually kind of hard to pull out what the bitter flavor is exactly - a lot going on here. I think there is some pine, orange citrus, and earthy/spicy hops in here as well.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and creamy with prickly/spicy carbonation. Chewy almost with a little bit sticking to the teeth. Very nice.

Overall / Drinkability: I had this beer around 2003/2004 well before I knew what I was drinking and I could not stand it. It tasted like solid skunky bitter hops, so I'm beginning to think it was a bad bottle. But now I'm more educated and after trying it again, I can say it's good, but one is enough and I'm not sure I can see buying this again for the price. The mouthfeel is amazingly good, and the beer is nice to look at and inhale, but the taste...well the taste is something that is way too complex and difficult to tease out to my tastebuds. The alcohol is well hidden, but it's not a drinkable beer. I find that I sip and savor and once it's done I feel that I'm glad I tried it, but I need to wait another 5-10 years for my palate to get more educated before trying again. So overall - a good beer and I think there is more to this beer, but one per sitting is more than enough with this beer and I feel that maybe, just maybe, it's too much in a beer. Too much going on for it to be really just drank and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:44:26 | More by damndirtyape
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-30-2011 04:18:39 | More by MacStinson
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-28-2011 19:14:48 | More by Brushkanna
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-28-2011 17:19:48 | More by cdwil
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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