Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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90
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1,035 Reviews
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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): 10.80%

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
Reviews:
1,035
Ratings:
2,423
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
367
For Trade:
2
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Photo of HamdenHector
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a very thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: lemon, apple, black pepper, yeast;

T: pear and apple; a little sweet through the middle; a little lemon creeps in at the finish; mildly bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated - effervescent; lightly dry finish; ABV is well hidden - a little warming;

O: complex aroma and flavor; very good;

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another beautiful looking Belgian, this pours an orange-gold with lasting, clingy, lacing, finger of dense white froth. Aroma is yeasty, full of esters and slight sweetness. Flavor is different with some spice and bitter from the hops finishing this clean and dry.

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Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from AJ's Beer warehouse, Dec 2015. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

Look: Opaque dark peach, white head, decent lacing

Smell: Noble hops, Belgian yeast

Taste: Orchard fruit, touch of cloves

Feel: solid

Overall: very well made beer

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Photo of Capn_Offal
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This feisty Belgian is akin to going to a lavish ball attended by nobility such as Lord Draak of Tilden and the Ladies Chimay, and then meeting a rollicking, burping, more "punk" party crasher taking way too many turns at the punch bowl. This is Piraat. A fantastic time that makes you feel young despite its own age. As a lover of strong beers AND Belgian brews, I was ecstatic to find another powerful contender for top spot in my bar. While it lacks the sublime harmony that a Draak brings to the table, it is by no means lacking in any way. I would recommend this as a great starting point for anyone ready to walk the plank into darker Belgian territories. Happy drinking all!

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick white head. Mild on the aroma. The flavor is nice and a little sweet not over bearing at all. Piraat retains a nice head until you finish beer with a mild pour. This would be a great beer to get a friend into the style but at 10.5 ABV it is a beer to slowly enjoy. Cheers all.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat dark amber with huge head that sticks around. Aroma is very yeasty with spicy and fruity notes of raisins. Some banana and a faint hint of honey. Taste is fairly boozy and sweet. Medium body. A nice beer but not one I could have very often as it's too heavy (both ABV-wise and flavor-wise) for a lightweight like myself.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a burnt orange color with a slim cap of a white foamy head. It dissipates nice and slow leaving some thick stringy lacing clinging to the glass.
The smell started off with crisp sweet apples, light pear, some Belgian sugars, Belgian spices and then had some light sweet orange to blend nicely.
The taste was fixated on the sweetness in the Belgian sugars, apples and pears. The spices seem to maintain an integral part in the background.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with some sticky sweetness sitting on my tongue. Spices do hit my tongue but in a nice way.
Overall, what a really nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale, definitely would have again.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised this beer is not rated higher. The ABV is masked extremely well and the taste is very balanced (sweet but not too sweet). Great carbonation and pour as you would expect from a BSPA with incredible lacing. This stuff is on the shelves year round in my neck of the woods and available in single bottles...can't believe it took me this long to try it but now that I have, it's going to become a staple in the fridge.

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Photo of dcotom
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a goblet. Hazy, light caramel color. Warm pour yielded a voluminous white head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Complex spicy and flowery aroma, sweet malts and a burst of tartness on the palate. Nothing subtle about the alcohol in this one, with a slight burn up front and a lingering heat on the finish. Kind of spendy, but well worth the expense.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into antique German pilsener glass

Clear Amber liquid, steady carbonation, massive , thick, creamy, white dense foam cap

Aroma of fruit -apple, banana and flowers- daisy

Sweet taste of honey, burnt sugar, caramel malts, peppery spice

Definitely some alcohol in this glass, no sudsing,

Good beer as an after dinner dessert beer

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

Pours a dark amber colour with a good sized beige head. Aromas of yeast, burnt sugar and fruit. Tastes of fruits & spice. It's fruits flavours are peaches, mango & papaya with sultanas, dried currants, honey also present. Aftertaste has a bitterness coming out along with the hops. Overall a very powerfull cocktail.

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Photo of L0ne
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From backlog. 330ml bottle, December 2014.

Pours golden/amber with a pillowy white head. Spicy, fruity esters and yeast, grainy malts with some caramel, lots of alcohol. Not bad, but too much alcohol for this beer to handle, in my opinion.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into tulip.
Pours murky copper-amber beer with rocky beige head, utterly long retention. Smell - booze, banana, some yeasts, some sourish ham. Taste - hellish load of alcohol under thick layer of sweaty malts, too boozy, too meaningless. Good candidate for drain pour.

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Photo of jk175d
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's what I hoped for when I found it in a grocery store in Budapest. At 10.5% I don't expect the alcohol to be masked so no complaints about that. It tastes to me what I imagine a strong beer made by monks in an old Belgian monastery would taste like. Rustic and bold. There's also a nice thick foam head that lasts until the final sip.

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Photo of rxmk
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color, with a thick creamy head that holds for a long time.
Alcohol and hops dominates the taste. Moderate carbonation. Very little
Fruit and flower on the nose. Good after dinner drink in a 'duvel' glass.
Strong yeasty belgian ale.

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Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber, which is surprisingly dark for the style. massive head that sticks around. nose; boozy belgian yeast and slight banana. taste; stinging booze, thick alcoholic yeast funk, and some slight fruit sweetness. i'm not understanding the high scores here - this beer jut isn't appealing to me - no usual fruit complexity and the 10.5% shows every step of the way. the yeast /grain profile is dominantly flat and just keeps building with every sip. not terrible, but not exemplary.

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Photo of Saviour
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours cloudy ambery golden, white two-finger-head.
S - honey, carnations, grain.
T - a little bit too alcoholic, bitter-sweet, strong and flower-ish.
F - Full-bodied, medium carbonization.
O - good, but too strong beer for this style. Definetely not for everyday consumption.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From El Corte Ingles, Club del Gourmet. In Duvel glass. After dinner. Good sugary aroma and taste. Leaves a nice ticklish sensation in the mouth. Repeatable

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Photo of Trombone69
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I felt like I could taste every bit of the 10.5% alcohol. Maybe a little too extreme for me. I have had strong beers that I liked more, but in general, I prefer to stay under 8%. I guess there just aren't enough good flavors to mask the high ABV.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

Color ranges from dull yellow at the bottom to amber near the top, using a small goblet. Hazy and subtly mottled throughout. Fine lemon-white cap of medium retention. Citrus- and balsamic vinegar-like esters, grain, and alcohol on the nose, in order of intensity. Very strong alcohol in retro-olfaction. On the palate, it has a caramelly malty tartness up front, with sugar and spice notes kicking in early but not full-throttled until nearly the swallow. Pleasantly boozy in the sides and the back, like sipping rum with curaƧao. Finish is a little bready, a little sugary, and a little rindy. Full-bodied. Not too wet, not too dry. Pricks the tongue and throat for the duration, almost as much the alcohol's doing as the high-level carbonation's. Warms the throat and mouth. Better to not leave your lips clamped shut for too long after swallowing, as the fumes will go to your head. Very enjoyable beer, albeit a little too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Zet
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
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 Tripel_Threat
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap as part of a Belgian flight. Color of light amber with a finger of light, loose head. Aroma is yeast, bubblegum, candied sugar. Taste follows, with fruity notes. ABV is well hidden. Another sneaky Belgian ale. Beautiful, must have.

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Photo of drmeto
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,banana,coriander,grass
T:
-Follows the nose plus moderate hoppiness and a faint sour note
F:
-typical high belgian carbonation
-like other Van Steenberge Beers very boozy
-full body
O:
without the booziness this would be close to perfect

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On of the best beers I have ever had. Very nice bouquet and full of flavor. Nice alcohol level as well. Wish I had had it on tap and not the bottle. I am sure I would have given it a 5 if it would have been on tap.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking hazy gold brew sitting under a lot of billowy foam.

I get malty and candi sugar notes with a mild hop bitterness.

Same goes for the taste with some notes of yeast and alcohol.

Medium body, lively carbonation.

Nice beer.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,423 ratings.
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