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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4.32/5  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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4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at sunset grill and tap, allston, MA. served in a tulip.
(review from notes)

pours a golden-light amber tone while yielding about a finger of frothy off-white head. decent retention and lacing. nose offers some belgian yeast, spice, and fruit (apple, some citric characters). secondary notes of earthy/floral hops. nice aroma, though falls short of spectacular.

flavor mostly follows the nose with big fruity/spice notes up front, fairly sweet, then joined by a more subtle presence of hops. alcohol is a player but it's not overwhelming by any means. medium-bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall i enjoyed this one. very tasty and flavorful, though nothing transcendent. will buy again. next time though will pick up a bottle to take my time with at home where i can give it my full attention.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burn orange marmalade in color with some hazy. Thin lace of head. Massive sweet candy like malt profile, fruity jams, caramelized sugar with touches of tropical fruit and nail polish.

Very interesting and very unlike Amricanized Belgian IPA's. Lots of subtlety here. Despite this, almost no alcohol detection bsides what you can feel in your throat.

Huge syrup like mouthfeel. Sweet caramel, toffee and belgian candy sugars up front. Rolls across the tongue with some medicinal and tropical fruit flavors. Follows up with an earthy and herbal lemon grass like hop profile that creates dangerous drinkability on this gigantic Belgian brew. Pretty good.

A very good beer, just compared to some others it isn't as smooth, but then again this is one of the higher ABV belgian IPA's ive had. So its a different monster all together.

No freshness date. Tastes like their could be age since the hops play a very small role, either way, this'll age with the best of them.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A harbinger of a style that has really taken off the last few years. But Piraat still does the trick. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a massive, sticky, head of white bubbles. Hops are big, but the ethanol is bigger. Smack of herbal, grassy, bitter, peppery hops that gets cut by a warming note of alcohol. Malt just gets the hell out of the way. Dry as a bone. More complexity emerges once the palate starts to warm up...chalky gypsum, papaya, and mint.

Both American and Belgian brewers have refined this style over the years and there are certainly better examples on the market these days, but this one is still seriously good and on the aggressive side.

Cool label too.

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright burnt honey gold with a proper Belgian head - thick and creamy, with stubborn lacing. A lively looking beer.

Smell and Taste: wheaty citrus, mix of hops, velvety smooth Belgian yeast notes, perhaps the most refreshing 10+ ABV beer I've had. Very good stuff.

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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper, slightly dark. Huge head, near three fingers. Looks amazing in my tulip glasses.

Smells malty, almost like a sweet malt.

The taste is fantastic. Finishes with a banana flavor. Has other citrus flavors to it, possibly pear, hard to put my finger on it. Also, a little bit of spice is detectable.

The alcohol can be detected, but with such a high ABV it would be near impossible to hide the alcohol completely. That being said, it is a pretty smooth drink. Easy to drink too many of these given the high alcohol content.

Really a great beer. Not just one of the best Belgian IPA's, but one of the best IPA's I've ever had, regardless of style.

The only draw back to this beer is the price. I can't find a 4 pack for under 18 dollars, nor can I find a 750 ml bottle for under 13 dollars.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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