Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
84.9%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 2,471 ratings
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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:
#2,356
Reviews:
1,051
Ratings:
2,471
Liked:
2,099
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
12.04%
Alströms:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
385
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,471 |  Reviews: 1,051
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 Bighuge
2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is clear golden. Streams of CO2 surface at a nice clip. The head is fluffy and airy and eggshell colored. Retention is very good. Aroma is of must, lime peel, dough and yeast. Mouthfeel is too gaseous. Makes me burp too much. And it's hard to swallow. The flavors really do not do much for me. Harsh citric tones of lime and lemon. Very little yeast or dough contributions. And there's a husky astringency to it as well. Not a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of JackRB
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Didier
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Matero
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Kiniey01
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of SATBMan
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of tatums1984
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of 3nlightenedfool
2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I paid $13 U.S. (Oct. 2011) for this. I got it based on it's rating on this website. This was a weird beer. At first I told myself that I would like this beer no matter what because "I am a beer connoisseur and I can appreciate anything truly unique and interesting"....I was wrong.

This beer was uncomfortable. It was way too carbonated, which was the strangest part of it. It fizzled in my mouth and this made it hard to swallow. If I tried to just get it down it made me gassy before the next sip and I just couldn't bring myself to keep going. As for the taste, I found it obnoxious. It wasn't an IPA and it wasn't a double anything. The malts were just weird and the hops took a vacation to visit better breweries.

To give a point of reference...Chimay Blue/Grand Reserve. If Chimay was a perfect 5 (which is close to the truth) this beer would define the bottom end of the style...1/5. But since this beer exists in a world with Bud Light, it obviously deserves more than a ZERO score.

The truth/bottom line....I didn't finish my bomber...I tried, but it went down the sink.

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Photo of travolta
2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Large pillowy head with minimal retention. Head swirls back up easily. Lightly hazy orange in color. Mild lacing.

Nose:
Malt, candied fruit, slight alcohol at the end.

Taste:
Mixed between mild hops and malt at first. Alcohol sweeps in and changes everything. Malt and mild hops tries to linger through the alcohol.

Notes:
Nothing exceptional fights the alcohol in this ale. The alcohol is overpowering with no reward, minus the obvious.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden hue before the yeast pour, with a massive snow-white head that leaps out of the glass- just to let you know its Belgian. The typical stubborn head that comes with the style is here- one that forces you to wait; and admire the rocky billows of foam that slowly sink to reveal magnificent spiderweb lacing and active carbonation. The high carbonation releases effervescent aromas of candy-sugar, slightly buiscuity pils malt, and mild Saaz hops. The nose seems much more subdued than appropriate, and pales in comparison to the appearance or taste. First sip is light beet sugar and sharp pils. Some faint toasted notes and Trappist phenols similiar to Tripel become more obvious in the aftertaste, but the character is almost entirely devoted to bitterness. There is little to no hop flavor aside from a background spicy saaz and mabye a hint of floral Hallertau- but even the bitterness is lacking to balance the syrupy sweet malt and sugar. Of course this style is open to interpretation but Piraat is more sweet than bitter and has very litle hop presence(and yes- I am drinking the IPA Piraat). The medium body is made ultra light due to the knife-like carbonation that also whisks away some of the residual sweetness but further masks the timid noble hop character. Finishes sweet with mellow yet tart phenols, a bland and flat bitterness, and rosey alcohol notes as it warms. The phenols are interesting but other than that this seems to be a fairly simple beer and poor example of the style. This would score better as a hoppy BSGA.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Expected it to be similar to Duvel. Could not finish the bottle. Very sweet and boozy. There are a lot of better options for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of clvand0
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one pours an amber color with a large head that dies off into a rocky shape and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little grassy and hoppy with some sweet fruits. The taste is very strong and is composed of peppery spices and some sweetness. The flavor seems a little too aggressive for my tastes compared to the others by this brewer. Not smooth enough to thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Meh. I had high hopes for this beer, I really did. However, what I found was a product that could have been produced by Avery. That's no knock 'ta' Avery, they make mighty-fine alco-bombs but . . . I expected more from this brew.
How did it look? Fantastic! Truly one of the best looking beers I have even seen! A nice, light amber colour with tiny, delicate little bubbles flowing into a rock-like head. The head! Now there was something to behold! That was worth the price of entry, solid, dynamic, beautiful. Niiice.
But then we get onto the smell. This was a victory beer for me, so I drank it in a stall after a final. Not the best arena to guage the smell of a beer, so I gave it an 'average;
The taste . . . soak a good piece of nice, german bread in some good vodka, carbonate, and there you have it. Sure, there is a noticable hop nose that affects the flavour, but, not enough. Bready, yeasty, and above all else, boozy. Not pleasant, the booze dominates.
The mouthfeel is pleasantly bubbly, with just enough body to make one quite happy. The head helps here as well.

Overall: Not a beer I'd repeat. Totally disappointing, 100% forgettable to everything except my pocketbook. If I want a booze bomb, well, I suppose its all-right, but, that's what distilled alcohol is for . .

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh aromas and bitter Saaz hops. The mouth is very powerful and contrary to what one thinks, this is not the hop that brings that strength but alcohol, which is not really a good thing. The hop feel, of course, a slightly spicy, but it is overwhelmed by an alcohol too pervasive, mixed grain hereby makes the beer a little too heavy. Little aftertaste of almonds and finishing a warm mouth, almost suffocating. Damage to the power hop, that is, it must be said, almost absent.

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Photo of dqrull
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with a crisp, airy white head that sticks nicely to the glass and leaves lots of fine lacing.

Alot of yeast and white bread in the nose, slight fruity notes, a bit sickish, dont like it.

Taste is pretty much the same as the nose, but the sickish taste grows in the mouth and isnt very pleasant at all, a zesty fruitiness makes up for it a little though.

Feels alright and light in the mouth, okay carbonation but nothing special.

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Photo of Zet
2.74/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer was a huge disappointment for me. It looks very promising, but the alcohol dominates too much in this beer in my humble opinion. A lot of flavour goes lost in both smell and taste. It was quite an endeavor to finish my glass. When looking at other reviews, i can't help but get the feeling i had a bad bottle or something. Might give this beer a second chance in the future.

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Photo of Kitsune
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of John_Squires
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I like most Belgian beers. This is not one of them. Flat, strange tasting beer. Plenty of alcohol, which is well hidden. It just has a weird taste that I can't describe. There are so many great beers of this style, don't bother with this. Even the Bier du bouccanier (if fresh) blows this away.

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Photo of Resuin
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of kvnstfrd
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Steve188821
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a golden colour with a large fluffy head. the smell is of spiced yeast and fresh fruit. Alcohol is dominant in the taste, esters are also present as well as a hint of grass. The mouthfeel is too aggresive for me, far too gassy making this beer undrinkable for me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Plenty of yellow color, not the most clarity by any stretch of the imagination. Small 1/4" white head. Aroma was massively big on the alcohol. WTF? Why do people dig this? A little bit of fruity yeast ester, but damn if that isn't extremely hidden because of the alcohol.

No hops, some bitterness from the alcohol heat, not much in the way of malt to cover up this beast. So hot. Vodka boilermaker up in this. Mouthfeel just totally enveloped by the heat of alcohol. Tastes like it is 30% abv.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 84.9% out of 100 with 2,471 ratings
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