Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,466 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bump8628
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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Photo of yamar68
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of HarrySTruman
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jsisko01
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The production code on the bottle reads 28GJ. I have no idea if this is expired or not. Judging from the place I bought it from, it most likely is..

Appearance - Pours an orangish-copper color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head. The head dissipates after a few minutes.. leaving a thick film over the top and a lot of lacing.

Smell - Sweet and malty, cloves, banana, and bitter yeast.

Taste - Has a very strong alcohol bite.. somewhat like whiskey. Tastes like it was aged in an oak barrel. Other than the overwhelming taste of alcohol you can taste everything I mentioned in the smell. A little more on the sweet side though.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - I won't be trying this beer again.. it's a little too hardcore for me aha.

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,466 ratings.
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