Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,443 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the first thing i noticed, after looking at the BA site, is that this is referred to as a Belgian IPA. on the bottle it says 'Belgian Ale'. is this a mistake on BA's part or is this qualified as a real IPA? i have come to expect IPAs to be very hoppy (i prefer maltier recipes)and this is not coming close to being hoppy. at 10.5% ABV, though, this is a very drinkable beer. it came in a sample pack from the local Total Wine store and all have been excellent.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer!!!!

A: orange amber pour, hazy, with a thick and foamy off white head.

S: herbal, tart, yeasty, fruity- pineapple, oranges, & peaches.

T: a lot going on here. Malty with herbal spices. Slightly bitter and dry. Everything in the aroma comes rushing through in the taste.

M: nicely carbonated. Slight bite from alcohol, very warming.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass. There was a sudsy white head that soon dissipated to clots leaving Brussels lace. The beer looks like a heavy apple juice. Piraat smells like a yeasty banana, pear and apricot concoction. In the taste there is also a light citrus peel-like quality. There is a smart tingle in the tip of the tongue, a complex fruity flavor, and, true to a good Belgian, a perfect hop balance. Forget the grog. Piraat will chase away the scurvy.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third of a Van Steenberge variety pack. From a 330mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold. A clumpy, two-finger, cream colored head had great retention settling into a clump of foam. Decent soapy lacing.

Spicy Belgian yeast, some fruity esters, malty grains, whiff of booze.

Follows the nose. Spicy, some floral/fruity notes in the middle with a nice malt backbone. Well balanced with the exception of the alcohol. Definite kick of booze in the finish, you can almost feel it evaporate off the back of the tongue. It lets you know it's over 10%.

Medium in body, with nice carbonation. Well balanced in the finish, and on the bitter side of Belgian beers. The high ABV lessens the drinkability a bit.

Overall this was a tasty and decently complex Belgian IPA. By no means the hoppy Belgian-style IPAs we have here in America, but a more traditional take on the style. I feel the ABV was a touch high, and started to detract from the overall flavor profile; but the alcohol was very clean and was in no way offensive. Recommended to any fan of Belgians, or a fan of IPAs looking to try something different. Cheers!

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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