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:
#2,756
Reviews:
1,060
Ratings:
2,512
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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131
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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

Photo of -steve-
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Capt_Grog
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: SRM 5, quite clear, a very generous quantity of bubbly white head, with decent retention
S: A strong aroma of sweet fruit sugars with hints of belgian yeast and spice. an overall quite pleasant bouquet
T: A complicated flavor, with dominant flavor of musty grapes, very similar to DFH's Midas Touch beer. The sweet grape flavor is complicated with moderate levels of Belgian yeast and spice flavors. While its definitely an artfully put together and well-balanced beer, I'm not sure if I dig the grape flavor. I do like DFH Midas Touch quite a bit though, so it's not that alone. Overall, I guess this particular combination of ingredients doesn't turn my taste gears.
F: This beer feels great. Medium bodied. A slightly-above-average level of high-intensity carbonation. Minimal bitterness.
O: Overall, a decent beer, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of emincems
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of George2744
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amsett10
2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of beergorrilla
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StormAles
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the "Pirate Ship" bottle cap, a keeper!
Plenty of smoke from the bottle, good omen!
11.2 fl. oz. poured into a big mouth wine glass.
Enjoyed with walnuts, blueberries and lemons.

Golden-orange, foamy two finger head, of bubbles large and small, plenty of carbonation and lacing.

A dry, malty scent, of fruits most subtle.

Creamy, crisp and floral. Cellared citrus fruit. A bit tangy, earthy-mellow.
I would not say the booze is hidden, rather presented like a gentle, sunlit wave, in a sour sea of spiced honey bliss.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,512 ratings