Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Privateer Belgian Ale By PiraatPrivateer Belgian Ale By Piraat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 10-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
74
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.72%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
22
For Trade:
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Photo of Ltdsaint
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slipperysoup
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This starts my rating of beers that I cannot find my tasting notes for.
Bought perhaps three years ago within a Van Steenberge sampler pack from, I believe, its distributor Global Beer.
As I recall, too carbonated and the hops could be less.

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Photo of f1nke
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiny blood red. Has a huge foamy head that breaks apart slowly.

Aroma of ripe fruits, plum, persimmon, spice and vanilla cake.

Sweet, ripe fruit, phenolic, big alcohol and grain on the tongue.

Medium to heavy and creamy. Rich. No big complaints, more substantial than expected.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Provner
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not for me- strong after taste

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At Ashley's (Ann Arbor) from a 330 ml bottle

The beer pours a golden orange with scant head. There is some sweet fruit (orange) in the aroma with some barnyard funk. The taste is sour and sweet (candy?). The hops are practically non-present, though there is a slight astringency. The beer was crisp even though is was served a bit warmer than it should have been. The carbonation was lively but with a foamy smoothness. The body was medium.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Co365030
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This came across initially as a seductive dark quad, and it delivered both with aroma and overall flavor experience. Wonderful world-class parts in my mouth!!!!

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mamute2007
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 33cl brown bottle poured amber; slightly hazy; very large and durable bone-colored head; bands of sticky lacing. A full pour still left some dark brown sediment in the bottle. Very appealing aroma with brown bread, ripe fruits and a hint of toffee. The flavor follows largely, with intensity building through the finish and into the aftertaste. Very good sweet/bitter balance with an overall slightly sweet character. High ABV is well hidden in the nose, but only partly hidden in the feel and obvious upon tasting. Nice hints of raisins and brandied dates, along with some hop notes, in the aftertaste. Tastes considerably darker than it actually looks.

O: less well known than Piraat but worth seeking out.

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Photo of spitonamyth
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Relayer10
4.96/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Dwoodard71
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Mhpendleton
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of vidisad
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%

Review taken summer 2014.

330ml brown bottle in typical short Van Steenberge style. Label resembles other Piraat ales with white and gold and vintage ships. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tall tulip glass.

A - golden orange with a pretty massive creamy head on the pour. Forever in settling, but finally a splotchey ring of creamy lacing coated the walls of my glass. Some haze and funk to the body color.

S - sweet biscuit malt with some bright and bursting fruity hop aromas. A bit of candied light fruits with some spices and pepper.

T - fruit filled front. sweet fruitiness with belgian hop spices. A touch of pepper. Biscuit malt and a very nice Belgian style yeast funkiness provide a very good flavor.

M - bigger side of medium bodied with a nice Belgian feel. Texture is good and is highly drinkable for its size. A hint if alcohol heat as it warms but honestly adds to the spices.

O - a nice offering from Van Steenberge. I've yet to drink a Piraat or Draak I didn't overly enjoy. A touch of Belgian craft and a touch of class give a good experience. Another addition to Steenberge's brilliant collection.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

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Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.93 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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