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:
#5,069
Reviews:
1,063
Ratings:
2,529
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
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134
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413
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Photo of RConrad
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color with big foamy head. The high ABV is hardly noticeable, this is what I think a beer should taste like. Would be my daily beer if it was under $5 bottle.

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Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

There is wonderful bubbles streaming to the top of the glass. I am getting some of the alcohol, but it's nothing overbearing or off putting. a little spicy, wheaty, very mild citrus fruit notes. Another thing that I like about these high abv Belgian Pale Ales is that hold up for a long time. You can see it on these beers for 1 year or 2 & they are still unbelievably good.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What's not to like about this beer? An excellent Belgium offering that I've always enjoyed. Fruity, malty and creamy with a full rich taste. When I see it, I usually pick up a few.

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Photo of dsippel
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwiech
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nick4444
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFS_71
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPadilla
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Exceptional head retention. An all time great

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Photo of DamienArk
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Yeah, this one is this one, ya know? Piraat - been around a while, she’s been taken for a few spins before. It’s like Belgium on Belgium. A waffle on top of a waffle. Peter Paul Reubens on Peter Paul Reubens. At 10.5%, this one is pretty smooth for being a big boy - kind of like an elephant in a tutu. Yeah, I dunno... like the E channel, this one isn’t exactly too inspiring. It’s just kind of there. It’s not bad by any means, but it ain’t doing it for Raul at this very moment.

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Photo of MonkeyLord
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Karmeliet tulip glass. Massive foamy head with superb retention, body is a delightful apricot colour, thick and hazy with a few bubbles. Looks the business.

Aroma is quite boozy, mixed with a hefty dose of bitter malts.

Taste is just as good, a lovely malty hit upfront with a lovely bitter twist at the end which lingers long after it has disappeared down the jugular.

Feel is not as harsh as expected, this is a 10.5% big hitter and given the waft of booze I was fearful of an overly dry texture, but it is surprisingly smooth.

Overall a top top beer, certainly up there with the other classics.

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

Photo of Houborg1
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Twal
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OlaB
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge top of white creamy had that dissolves slowly and leaves some really sticky lacings. The aroma is of citrus,apples,yeast,spices,sugar,caramel and tofee. The taste is fruity and dry with good malty tones in the back. It also has quite good spicy notes in the flavour. The finish has a comfortable bitterness with floral and grassy notes and the aftertaste has a good lenght. This beer is complex and has a good balance. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a high carbonation and a medium body.
A tasty and delicious beer. Would happily drink this again.

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Photo of Callednumbers
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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