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Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 1,000
Hads: 2,268
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 110
Gots: 287 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001

A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.
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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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Photo of TheDM
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of fine and medium sized white bubbles with a cloudy dark yellow body. Its aroma is very mild indeed buit from what I could smell of it nice in a malty banana way. The flavor is powerful and well backed by its 10,5% ABV. It has acomplex flavor that includes nots of bread, citrous, spice, malt and maybe a few other things. It doesn't take long for the alcohol to hit you either. This is a powerful complex brew.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium off-white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. This brew had a clove aroma to it. The body was cloudy and it was golden in hue with some carbonation observed. I can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew. Wow! The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. There is a strong bitter taste that lingers with this brew. This is definitely a brew to be sipped and not guzzled unless you are looking for a good buzz!!

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Photo of daledeee
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the label. Did the pirates drink this? It would have made them very happy! 10.5% goes along way!

Pours nicely, medium golden clear yellow. No cloudiness unless you swirl the very last bit. Very clean smelling. Somewhat tart apple or grape. Can also smell the alchohol. I drank this fairly warm. Taste also had some good fruit taste backed by some malt. Not quite a tripel. Warm to the tummy. Mouthfeel was numbing and oily. I have had this before and will have again. Very tasty beer, but I prefer Duvel(for the type).

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Photo of BillSempf
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer - faded amber in color, 30% head in off white. Lace was not as rich as I expected. As far as drinking, I've got to say that the feel of the beer was better than it's taste, and that knocked the drinkability down. Not sure I would buy it again.

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Photo of SamuraiJack
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I truly love Belgian Tripels. They are incredible beers. I love the style, I love the uniqueness, I love everything about them (except, perhaps, the price). I though I'd never find a Tripel I didn't like. Well... I stand corrected.

First pour shows a gorgeous beer in the classic Tripel style. Fabulous golden honey body with amber and orange highlights, noticable floaters and a thick and rocky head.

Then... the aroma. What can I say - the first thing I thought was "dirty socks." The second was "funky over-ripe cheese." The smell is just - wrong to me. And damn is that smell strong. Yeah, I know it's the yeast, I know it's the style - just like I know that gorgonzola is supposed to smell like sweat socks aged in cheese. None the less... I don't find it appetizing to say the least.

First taste, well... to be honest on my first taste I simply couldn't get past the smell. So I then tried to taste it while holding my nose. When I did this - I found an interesting Tripel with a slightly thick and oily mouthfeel, solid fruits riding a good foundation of grains and an undercurrent of funky yeast - and culminating with strong vaporous alcohols. Tasting it while not holding my nose brought out the funky yeast flavors and made it nearly impossible to taste anything else other than the finishing alcohol heat.

Coulda been a contenda.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark golden color. I didn't know quite what to make of this beer from the get go. It has a wacky looking label with really no description of the contents inside. So, naturally it was time for an adventure. Piraat overall is a very drinkable trippel that leans more towards the dark trippel side. My main complaints about it is that its 10.5% ABV is VERY apparent, lacking a real balance. Additionally, it is very malty, which if you like that sorta thing is fine. Many do not, however. I was not disappointed in my purchase, however.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My aroma was a nice mix of lemon with phenol/clove spiciness. Big full head, active bubble action from the bottom. Some lacing. Mine was less cloudy than others have described. Rather bright gold color. Flavor is explosive and intense. Not for the faint of heart (as beer flavor goes). Taste of alcohol is present throughout and lingers. Good mix of flavors with malt, spices, some mild fruitiness and a shot of bitterness too. Intensity of the drink makes this a sipping beer, but a nice ale smoothness helps it go down more easily. Some mild carbonation action with the drink. I like this quite a bit, including the goofy picture on the bottle.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa...this was some powerful stuff. Upon opening this stubby little bottle the alcohol sneaks out from under the cap. Also is spicy and lemony. Poured a cloudy, opaque yellow with lots of chucky things floating around, yeast and grains are my guess. Gained a small fluffy white head with some divets and pock marks.
Taste is quite strong of alcohol, with a lemony/orange spice and a bit of a nutlike malt, very milky, grainy, pulpy in the feel with a smooth alcoholic bite that cleansed my head. Drink this bad boy pirate slowly.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid orange color with an ultra-thin off-white head. No lacing. Aroma is sweet spices, with a faint skunky presence here and there. Flavor is almost dominated by the alcohol, but there are nice malt and grapefruit flavors apparent as well. Overall not a bad experience but this beer isn't up there with some of the better Belgians I have had.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did not know the abv when I drank this!

First thing I noticed even before the appearance was a flowery sweet smell. This led me to the taste, which to me was of a sweet, apricot like flavor. The color was a hazy hay-like yellow. Very tasty, but I probably shouldn't have too many of these in a row.

Would get again though! And I have had this in the past, first time reviewin'.


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Photo of elmocoso
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Bj's Brewpub. It came in a 10.5 oz glass.

When this beer came, i did not know what to expect from it. The first thing i noticed was the aroma. How could I not? It was bursting with the smell of fruit and alcohol and cloves and spices. Very powerfull.

I lied. The first thing I noticed was the appearance. It was a cloudy orangish tan with little head on it.

The flavor was right there with the smell. Sweet, malty, tart, yeasty with an underlying taste of alcohol.

Overall, this was a good beer, though definatly not a session beer. I had it for desert and i would do so again.

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Photo of aaronh
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich golden color, and is topped by a thin white head. There is a slight haze to the beer as well. The aroma is light, with a bit of hops and maybe just a hint of citrus. The taste is mostly a malt sweetness, coupled with a strong alcohol note. There is a decent hops bittering in the finish, but this is all about sweet, fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is very rich and smooth, and the drinkability is good. I was surprised to see this was an IPA. It is a very good beer that malt lovers will enjoy.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle in my valentine 6 pack sampler, was this offering. A pirate beer? Golden color with a good head, the hops were outstanding. It head a spice, perhaps cloves, that was odd at first, but grew on me as I continued drinking. Excellent beer, well worth it.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah yes, nothing like spending Valentine's Day alone with a Pirate (in addition to a few other Belgians inhabiting my fridge). This brew is a swirling, hazy golden orange with a decent white head. The aroma reminds me of days of early spring when I was younger, sweet and of freshly cut grass. Exxxxxcellent.

Very Duvel-like in character, but a tad sweeter, which this BA doesnt mind in the least. Extremely smooth and well balanced, with a touch of carbonation and warming alcohol at the end. Strong citrus flavors abound as well with the hops. It seems to me to have a lot of orange flavor. I wouldn't know this was a 10.5% ABV beer either, unless I looked at the bottle, or most likely, until I finish it ;-)

A very good brew...I will thoroughly enjoy this one!

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Photo of Rocko
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's impossible for me not to compare this with Duvel, one of my favourite beers. The bottle is the same and the appearances
are quite similar.

The beer looks damp golden together with a nice growing, off white head that faded quite quickly for me. Medium carbonation. This beer smells a bit like Duvel but not as complex I think. It's smell isn't as bready either, it has more of a fruity estery smell. The high abv also makes it smell it bit of alcohol.

It's taste is very fruity with a touch of clove, the estery essance is also present here in the same way as Duvel. I have to say it's not impressing me overly much but it's still a good and complex brew.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish gold in color with a proficient eggshell colored head. Not as thick as most Belgians that I have sampled and it fades to about 1/8 of an inch that is fed by the carbonation. Aromas of spice, cloves, maybe even corriander. Citrus and melon scents are also present. A bready maltiness too. There is a lot going on with this beer.
Very spicy first sip. Cloves are most dominant. Much drier than I was expecting. The alcohol is hidden very well. You know it's there, but you can barely taste it. Finishes slightly bitter, but nicely so. Very well balanced. Left a lingering lace on my glass. Mouthfeel is very nice, slightly creamy and excellently carbonated. Way to drinkable for 10.5% ABV.

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Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mouth-watering nose of melons and lime in a burlap bag that once transported peppercorns. Starts sugary, but the sweets are soon snagged up by a brutal alcohol bully and his sadistic hop sidekick; they're ruffians, sure, but troubled youth always has a softer edge that warms one's soul. Deep toasted golden fields under fleecy clouds edging a spritzy river of carbonation that's quick yet mellow and my mind lazed back for a picnic lunch of Piraat.

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Photo of MJR
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a head that takes up half of my Belgian goblet. It shrinks down to a respectable 1/2 inch size and laces really well. Has a light honey-colored body with a touch of orange here and there. It's a bit hazy, from the yeast dregs.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of fruits, clove, a general spiciness, and honey. There's a bit of an alcoholic sharpness present too.

Taste: Very full-flavored with lots of spicy fruit, clove, honey, and malt flavors. The high alcohol makes itself known from beginning to end, but never overpowers: it hangs beautifully in the background. Very well-balanced and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Has a medium thickness, with a soft, flowing mouthfeel. Finishes with an alcohol note, but a laid-back one. The 10.5% isn't hidden, but it is softened and made gentle on the palate.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night, but the next morning would be ugly, with it's high alcohol content! Goes down waaaaaay too smooth for such a strong brew.

Simply put, an outstanding beer, and one of my new favorites of the Tripel style. Wow...

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, light yellow beer with a wonderful head. The foam is creamy, soft, dazzlingly white, and tremendously stable. Aroma is spicy and fruity....full of citrus and hints of acidic tartness. There's pronounced alcohol warming beginning in the foretaste, which contributes to the overall taste. Very slight sweetness and a bit of hops (and a nice finishing hop bitterness), but the alcohol remains in the forefront. Peppery spiciness in the taste, and serious carbonation.
Although it's certainly a good brew, this beer wasn't nearly what I expected. It didn't seem particularly well-rounded. There are plenty of strong Belgian ales out there that have much more depth of flavor

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.