Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,460 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an ommegang brewery snifter.

A: Light copper color with a huge white head that dissipates quickly and leaves lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of pears in syrup and a peppery alcohol note.
T: Sweet apples, pears and plums up front with a peppery carbonation followed by a nice drying bitterness at the finish that lingers.
M: Nice, medium-full-bodied beer with high carbonation that keeps it crisp and drinkable despite the strength.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, grain, fruit, honey, and citrus zest. There is an alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty damn strong.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A- Pours slightly hazy brilliant orange. A large three finger white head with really dense bubbles. A beautiful beer.

S- I get a slight hop bitterness and a nice presence here. There is a very slight pine and fruit you would expect in an american IPA. Some herbal and floral notes as well. Some spice and earthiness. A very pleasant IPA.

T- A good bitterness up front. Fills the mouth with oily resinous hops flavors. A bit of spice and a very earthy hop. Some of the yeast flavors come through. A complex and spicy hop flavor. The malt profile is subtle, its slightly bready and slightly sweet but none of the flavors are too bold and they all really work well together.

M- I didn't pick up on any alcohol flavor but I can certainly feel it. The body is well carbonated and has a nice feel to it. Leaves behind a spiciness.

O- Superb Belgian style IPA. I had this a year ago (with questionable freshness) and I didn't like it but I am very impressed with it now. Amazing how much your palate can adapt in a year. Certainly worth checking out by any IPA or Belgian beer fan. Watch out for freshness however, I really enjoyed the hop profile in this beer.

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourites, not top 10 but very close. This amber coloured strong blond ale can be enjoyed with our without adding the yeast from the bottle. Personally, I prefer to add, it gives the beer that extra 'punch'. Complex & rich taste, starting with an 'in your face' hoppy biterness, followed by a caramel-like sweetness with a peppery finish which is washed away by light sweetness again, kicking in a bit stronger then first ! It has a little sticky mouthfeel afterwards so it will not be your preffered thirst-quenching drink but still very enjoyable on a warm summer evening outside.

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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy copper golden, tower of head lasted forever and left all kinds of lacing
S - fruity aromas of pear and plumb, light buttery bread and fresh leafy greens
T - rich yeasty phenols of grape and spice, sweet pear syrup, light butter, and a nice building leafy hop presence
M - medium body with a big creamy carbonation presence, a nice mix of rich fleshy fruit, creamy smooth, and a pleasant hop dry finish, amazing feel
O - the best Belgian IPA i've tried to date, bar none!

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,460 ratings.
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