Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,475 Ratings

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: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into St Bernardus Chalices

A: Dark amber gold color with a wonderfully full head that settles to a thin layer with outstanding lacing from start to finish. Just a beautiful looking beer.

S: Sweet malty upfront with a bright fresh yeast and hops followed by a little pineapple.

T: Starts a little on the sweet side with a mix of yeast, spicy pepper, clove and a hint of pineapple followed by a little bit of hops, not much but just enough to balance everything out.

M: Medium bodied with just a little carbonation going on, pretty smooth over all, with a little bite at the end, just a little bitter in the finish.. Also I'm getting a little warm from the ABV on this one.... It does not kick you in the face but it is there.

O: I'm not getting IPA out of this one, more like a Tripel to me. With a 10.5 ABV this is a sipper so take your time and enjoy, gets even better with time as it warms up. Grab this one if you see it.

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

I think this is the right Piraat. It's in a "Belgian Stubby," just says Piraat on the bottle, and it's 10.5%. There is no mention of the IPA part of the style listed here, but the Piraat 9 review all listed lower ABVs.

Poured into a Bellwoods snifter.

Looks: Pours clear, dark yellow with a big foamy white head. Lots of big bubbles.

Smells: Like champagne yeast, lots of malt sweetness, sugar, and a little sweet fruit (banana).

Tastes: Spicy (pepper), bread-like malt with a little caramel, then some light clove, banana, and mellow creaminess. A little lingering bitterness and a fair bit of heat. Overall it's fairly subtle and balanced.

Feels: Lots of tiny bubbles break up a fairly thick body. High carbonation.

Overall: A spicy and well balanced beer. Leans more on the spice than on the yeast making it more reminiscent of a spicy Duvel than like yeasty La Fin Du Monde.

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

A – A gorgeous honey-orange with a wonderful rocky yellow-white head that just floats on top. This is a very good looking beer. The carbonation is extremely tightly bubbled and the head remains firm on top of the glass. Decent lacing.

S – The smell is very nice, there is a good funk going on here as well as some malty sweetness and hops at the door as well. Slight clove/pepper/citrus as well but it really does have a nice balance of sour/bitter/funk/sweet in the aroma. Very nice indeed….It has a definite sugary element to it as well, like a caramelized tangerine or something. And this comes through more distinctly in the taste.

T – The taste is just gorgeous. Really just more of the nose. I actually really like this beer. It doesn’t overwhelm and yet it is still very flavorful. It is kind of like what would happen if you added some extra malt, hops and fruit to a Duvel…. Actually the more that I have of this beer, the more that I’m beginning to think I’m in love. This beer is glorious! I can see how this is not everyone’s cup of tea though.

M – The mouthfeel is spot on, medium with good (not great) carbonation but I even like the carbonation. The lack of uber-bubbles makes it more personal somehow. The mouthfeel is good. No doubt.

O – As I was saying I can see how some people might think that this beer isn’t phenomenal, I really can, the nose is funky and odd and entirely wonderful with it’s beautiful clashing of malt and hops and some fruit that turns into this sort of ALMOST overwhelming symphony of smells. But the clashing nature of them somehow just really works out. It isn’t too much. It is delicious. In the nose, on the palate, the mouthfeel. It’s all spot on. This is a great, and in my opinion, a somewhat underrated beer. You just gotta love it the right way.

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

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A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, thumb of big bubbled head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by sweet cloves, hints of grassy wheat and fruity pears and sour apples.

T - A sweet flavoured Belgian dominated by cloves and bubble gum, raw sugar cane and sour apples, nice bready caramel and wheat malt profile, and a dangerously hidden ABV.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A bold Belgian with loads of flavour and an incredibly well hidden ABV. This stuff is very sweet, but still easily sessioned. A great selection an well worth seeking out.

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Had this on 2012-11-09 in Danville, KY

A - Somewhat hazy orange with a 1-finger off-white head and moderate, ringed lacing.

S - Bread, overly ripe stone fruit, spice and a little hop floral. Pleasant; not very strong.

T - Forward bready malt, then Belgian yeast that is much less fruity/estery than many triple's, pepper, alcohol, candied orange and hop spice. Aftertaste is orange-sweet at first but after a bit, a goodly amount of spicy hop bitterness becomes evident.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Not overly sweet.

O - This is a good brew. I didn't know what to expect but the more I tasted it, the more I enjoyed it. Most-times, triples and quads are too Belgian estery/fruit/yeasty for my tastes and I often avoid ordering the style. This appeals enough to my love for American DIPAs to say that I'll seek this out again. Good stuff.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,475 ratings
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