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Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale, re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,415
Reviews:
1,054
Ratings:
2,480
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
390
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,480 |  Reviews: 1,054
Photo of StanleysCup
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of huthuty
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown/yellow with a small head compared to, say, duvel
Smells spicy and sharp
Taste is reminiscent of apple juice and cough syrup, pepper is noticeable
Overall a great beer, I liked duvel more but maybe bc I'm a wuss and this one is a bit darker

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color, really good head for such a strong beer. Nose is estery, malty, dark sugar, nice. Flavor is dark sugar, sweet, slight bit of booze, slight bit of cough drop on the back. Pretty tasty Belgian beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply a beautiful beer to look at and drink...

Looking at the beer in the glass is an experience unlike any other. The beer is lightly colored at the surface and at the bottom, then darkly colored in-between - very unique. The smell has a light boozy scent that translates to a light boozy flavor to the taste. I was also noted honey, spice, and even a fruity undertone. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy and overall this is truly an special beer.

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

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

Nice find at specs!

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Photo of Walnut
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcbroome
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandy14
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) into a conical pint glass; no clear production information.
A: Pour a slightly hazy, honey amber color with very robust head formation (>2 inches), solid retention, and some lacing.
S: Fruity and spicy bouquet with aromas of caramel and biscuit.
T: Sweet. Flavors of honey, apple, anise, and pepper with bitterness intensifying over the course of consumption. Aftertaste a little bitter.
M: Full bodied and mouth filling. Solid, persistent carbonation. Boozy without being overwhelmingly so.
O: Really a nicely designed and executed brew. Was worth trying, although nothing beats Van Steenberge's Gulden Draak.

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Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold, dark honey body; thick, billowy, creamy white head. Crystal malt aroma; honey-like on the nose. Sweet flavor; fruity; pit fruit like pear and light peach; notes of caramel; sweet with a deceptively mild alcohol presence lurking in the background. Heavy body; bright and sweet with no cloying qualities; some alcohol warmth.

A fine, tasty strong ale bringing some restrained malty sweetness to the glass along with a noticeable yet mostly balanced alcohol presence amidst the grain sweetness. Excellent balance and depth for the style; a very approachable boozy sweetness. Liking this...

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Date code: FP06


A:
Pours a golden amber that is fairly clear with a massive off-white head that sticks around. Great retention; some swooping arcs of lacing. (4.25)

S:
Spiced and candied oranges, crusty bread, old wood, dried apricots, lime zest. (4.25)

T:
Rich, layered bready sweetness with an citrus/stonefruit-like alcoholic warmth that finishes it off. (4.25)

M:
Full body with fluffy carbonation and a lingering, warming, complex finish. (4.5)

O:
This is a really nice, huge, well-balanced beer.
It looks smells and tastes awesome with a nice head and lots of fruity and earthy notes. It was not at all like what I had expected, and was an enjoyable, complex sipper that really showcased a fruity and faintly earthy malt-yeast-hop combo while still being an awesome fireside beer.
I'd definitely have this one again. (4.25)

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LorileiVeloren
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenMaalouf
2.46/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Foley67
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of txx675rx
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the classic squat, single-serve bottle emblazoned with the iconic ship into a tulip. Enjoyed more than once in the past, but reviewing, finally, for the first time. Time to settle the personal Duvel vs. Piraat battle.

Pours with a fabulous rocky head that lingers, giving way to a thin but persistent lacing. Though it's a Belgian Strong Pale, it's nearly amber and rather translucent for the style.

The aromas are wide, varied, and complex. Hops and fruity malts, mostly from the citrus class assault the nose in equal measure with inviting spicy yeast notes in the background. Floral notes appear as the brew warms. Just a hint of booziness completes the nose.

The brew hits the palate with a very defined set of flavors. Malts very forward, but with a mix of dry and sweet notes. Dry biscuit notes play with classic Belgian phenols, mostly from the tropical end of the spectrum--I'm thinking mandarin orange and pineapple And then--the hops and yeast arrive at the finish to provide spice and bitterness as a counterpoint Balance, balance, and more balance.

The mouthfeel is outstanding, but just a titch boozy and burned. Very light, and well carbonated, but a fabulous dry, crisp finish, but the boozy burn is just a shade heavy-handed.

Overall, this exercise will not settle my own internal battle---Duvel vs. Piraat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden amber color with a big, full frothy bright white head, lots of retention, lacing, and carbonation.

A: Not getting much on the aroma, Belgian yeast, honey, malt, slight note of pepper and spice.

T: Strong alcohol presence in the finish, slight bitterness, Belgian yeast, cherry, overripe banana, spice, pepper, clove, lots of depth and complexity.

M: Full bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, dry finish.

O: Nice beer, lots of depth and complexity, great mouthfeel but the alcohol comes through really strong, nice Belgian yeast notes as well, really enjoyed this but the strong alcohol presence was a little too much.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,480 ratings
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