Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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90
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2,466 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
Ratings:
2,466
Reviews:
1,048
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
381
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenMaalouf
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edrip222
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark orange with hints of red in it, and a small white head with rings of beautiful lacing around it.

S: Notes of dark stone fruit, mint, caramel, Belgian yeast and some hops.

T: Dark stone fruits, a little orange, some tart cherry, Belgian yeast in the end of the sip, with a little bit of floral hop, ends with a slight to medium bitterness. Alcohol is quite noticeable.

F: Medium body and very smooth

O: Alcohol is noticeable but very nice Belgian Strong ale.

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Photo of B_B
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Redscot
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KMillard
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, tasty, but the alcohol in the smell and aftertaste is overwhelming.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4 pack of these to try. I let them get good and cold (about 40F), and tried them. Taste is very consistent, very much like the strong Belgian Ale style, and finished clean. Could not believe the beer was 10.5%ABV, it was very sessionable-- if someone handed one of these to me beforehand, I would not believe how strong this beer is. Very good IMO.

Well, after writing all the above, I was sipping another (much slower this time around), and something very interesting happened-- the beer changed on me taste-wise! The beer now had quite a bit of alcohol warming taste throughout-- this was not present when the beer was drank at a much colder temp..... so, if this beer seems to be a bit too boozy tasting, just get the beer even more cold and re-try.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rexyphi
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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