Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge thick head that dissipated quickly. Sticky glue-like lacing. Ipa orange like looks , with cloudiness in the glass. Smells of sour yeast, banana cream pie, Twinkies, and apple pie.

Tasted of bitter hops, alcohol, banana, sour cherries, sour candy, and overall nice sweetness.

Nice sticky mouth-feel with a bitter burn of alcohol and hops that lingers.
Great brew! Want more!

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330mL Bottle into a Tulip.

Appearance- Pretty big ~yellow head that settles down quickly, but it stays on top forever. Hazy orange in the glass, very nice looking. Edited to add: haze clears up as it warms up.

Aroma- Light sweetness, apricot, light banana. Faint. Can smell some darker fruit on there, too, that comes out with the taste.

Flavor- Light alcohol, more apricot, pepper, nicely bitter. Long alcoholic finish. Prune?

Mouthfeel-lively, medium on the palate.

I think that the mouthfeel is the best part. Not my thing.

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Stubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: hazy copper with a nice three-finger white head

Nose: yeasty, wheat bread, candied lemon, pine needles and orange zest. Became more vinous as it warmed up and I started to get almost Gewurztraminer-like lychee and white flowers from it

Taste: Croissant, bright lemon zest, toasted pine nuts fades into a pine needle finish. The lack of alcohol on the palate is amazing. Like the nose, a vinous, sweet and floral taste comes through as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: the biggest let-down. Kind of watery.

Overall: Complex and interesting, really worth sipping slowly and identifying different flavors and aromas. The alcohol is invisible until the very end. Mouthfeel lets it down a bit, but its still a top Belgian pale in my books.

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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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