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: 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 +3.2%
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 +8.8%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a deep golden brown brew with a fat three finger head. This has fantastic retention, leaving chunky cakey bubbles and sticky sheets of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears high, and there is a mild haze, but no sediment. The nose is wrought with steely malts and soft wheat. There is a tropical fruitiness with bright banana esters, fusel booze, biting clove, and stinging plastics. It is insanely complex in the snout, but nicely blended. Our first impression is that this guy is sweeter and more tart than expected. As we sip, clean apple sweetness and even grain start things off. The malts are steely and wheaty, just as in the nose. Alcohols are sweeter and add to the flavoring, rather than cutting it. The middle peaks with white sugar and booze. Musky grassiness works in, adding a bitter side to things. We finish with fruity bubblegum esters, booze, and clovey bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of light honey sweetness, mineral, wheat, and finally the fusel booze takes over, toasting the buds. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. The mouth is left with a steely wet coating, but it quickly dries and puckers. There is nice creamy slurp and smack, and the beer is easy drinking and warming. The abv is up there.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the nice head, as expected for the style, and the wildly complex aroma. The smell here really does trump the taste, with beautiful spicy inclusions that translated into more puckering sourness in the taste, rather than enhancing and deepening the grain. Nice and complex, and tasty for the style.

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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy golden orange with a slowly dissipating off-white head, but a half-finger length of head remains. There are visible tiny streaming bubbles on the side of the glass. The aroma is floral, fruity, and sweet. There is good expression from the Belgian yeast and the candi sugar. The alcohol is also detectable in the aromas. The malt brings some breadiness to the smell. The taste does follow the nose here, but I wish I could get it fresh to really appreciate the hops even more.

Despite all that, the flavors are still solid and there is still a good hop presence. The front end is sweet from the candi sugar and malts, bready from the malt and yeast, and that hop bitterness follows as well. The booze also comes through in the flavor. There is some faint fruitiness as well, but it is mild and takes a back seat to the other flavors. The body is medium with abundant carbonation. The higher alcohol can definitely be felt here, but it should at 10.5%. The finish is slightly dry. This is an excellent beer.

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2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Huge frothy white head, with noticeable air pockets leading down to the brew itself. Once the head calms down, the brew reveals to be an orange/bronze color. A bit murky, and carbed to the hilt. Patches of lace all over the glass.

S- Strong floral notes, but most of hop presence faded. Some honey, and a strong candy belgian yeast. Good pale malt backing. A bit of esthers and some booze. A bit of carmel on the backend of the nose.

T- Sweet candy sugar flavor upfront, leading into a belgian influenced yeast. There is some carmel apple, and a good amount of bitterness to this yet. After those flavors it does take a turn for the worse and becomes quite boozy.

M- Alcohol induced burn. But body of the brew is medium, and suprisingly smooth for all the carbonation that was evident.

O- I don't know why I expected more from this BIPA, I keep reviewing this style that I clearly don't enjoy. The only exceptions being Belgian Monk and I did like Tramp Stamp. This one could tone down the booze a bit and probably receive a better rating from me.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml into a tulip.

A: Dull brass with a big white head, nice retention.

S: Musty yeast and grape esters.

T: Very strong vinous character. Grape, perfumy apricot and peach esters, pale malt, big dose of tropical hops. Small wave of bitterness and a hint of the ABV on the backend.

M: Medium-bodied with spritzy carbonation.

O: A very grapey, sweet BIPA. Could use more balancing bitterness.

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

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into an Orval glass
A-Golden orange, just like the style should look. Almost no lace on the glass
S-Citrus, some booze, clean, floral
T-Oh yeah, this is the real "here we go." I have a very limited selection of true Belgian IPA's in the middle of the country, a bit pricey but at 10.50%, one will do. Sip this one, enjoy the Belgian flavors with a slight IPA kick and then, this one lingers.
M-Hides the booze, you can smell it and feel it. This ABV helps a little go a long way.
O-I love this style and this is an awesome example. The hops really balance this out. Hopefully, we get some more Midwest examples of this style.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler to a piraat tulip glass.

A- pours a golden orange with a lively 1/4 inch head that doesn't quit. Pours clear and clean with visible carbonation.

S- Belgian yeast strain hits the nose first. Banana bread, bubble gum, followed by citrusy hops.

T- floral hop bitterness, tons of Belgian yeast flavors, finishes on a spicy/peppery note.

M- highly carbonated medium bodied, drinks smooth and finishes dry.

O- tons of flavor, nice hop balance. Great beer belgo ipa, 10.5% is completely hidden except for a slight warming.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,492 ratings
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