Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,475 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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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into chalice. Orange gold in color with 2 fingers off offwhite head. Quite a bit of lacing.

S - Slight banana and green apple, various fruits, bread, sweet malt, yeast.

T - Sweet malts, sour green apple, slightly bitter hops, typical Belgian yeasty flavors. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Moderate to full bodied. Well carbonated.

O - One of the best Belgian IPAs I've ever had. Easy to drink and great taste even at its high ABV.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- the pour is typical for any Belgian golden type ale. Good amount of foam and lace on the glass.

S/t- a Belgian golden ale on steroids basically. Hoppy and yeasty with grapefruit and banana/clove. The yeast also gives the classic bubblegum flavor but with a bit of mango as well from the hops.

O- I really love this beer and it might be my favorite readily available golden ale from Belgium.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep yellow-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spice, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, fruit hop, spice, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The fruit presence on both the aroma and flavor were the dominant factor going on here and covered up what could have been quite a few subtle notes that got lost. I really hope this was not the case as this one had the potential to be a really nicely done brew for the style, but just lacked the complexity I love from some of the brews of this style. Glad this one is easy to find as I might keep a few in my fridge for future tastings/guests to enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this. I'm a malt guy who likes very few IPA's I've had. Maybe I like Belgian IPA's? I don't hate hops. In fact, the few IPA's I'm fond of are high IBU, just with great balance (a hop head might say I'm into sweet IPA's): Ballistic, Hopslam, Hop Whuppin, and the like.

What I identify in my more memorable Belgian pale ales and Belgian strong pale ales is that banana-taffy flavor and aroma. I think that might be what some reviewers call a "tropical" flavor? Wish I knew what gives it that odd sweetness. Time for research mode...

Update: I don't like Belgian IPA

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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy pee color; huge head, very good carb;
S: apple, pear, sweet and juicy aroma
T: very intense; sour grapefruit, astringent; sweet banana overtones

This is a fine, powerful, and intense brew; hard to think of anything better for its style

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep medium amber gold, fuzzy thick head with fine bubbles

S: malty, bright fresh yeast and hops; farm-fresh fruits and booze

T: clean, crisp hops and yeasts over a sweet malty pale fruits; spiciness like pepper and clove; sweet, but maintains its crispness and has a teensy touch of an apple-cranberry tart

M: delicate fizz, body closer to a tripel than an IPA, crisp with a little peppery bite for a finish; nice fuzzy smoothness; great body for the style. Drinkability? You could drink this any time and/or all the time.

O: a classic - never question the integrity of the classic Belgian beers - a strong, fresh, bright, and yet deep beer. Stronger than it drinks. Don't kid yourself, this is a high abv drink (10.5) but it is extremely delicious. It might not sound like much, but this is a Top 25 beer for me - remember, there's a lot of beers, so Top 25 is a pretty exclusive club. A true "go to" beer, like a Duvel or an Old Rasputin.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 330 ml at home, poured into a trappist glass.
Fantastic dark copper colour which reminds me of very good roze wines. One finger of off-white head, quite creamy and with very good retention.Some bubbles visible on the glass's walls.
Sweet aroma of dark fruits, yeast, and caramel.
The taste is also sweet, with fruity notes. The high alcohol is there, but very well concealed and gives you a warming feeling. You can tell of course that it has a high ABV but in no case you guess it for more than 6.5-7%.
Thick on the body with just as much carbonation as it is needed.
A magnificent beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Piraat has a thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head and a solid orange or peach appearance, with a few little streaming bubbles one can detect on the sides of the glass. There are some thin lacing rings left behind. Aroma is quite fruity, as one gets pear, white wine, sugar, white bread, and water. Taste is of pear, peaches, citrus peel, bitterness at the end and in the undertaste, alcohol sweetness, white bread, and clean water. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Piraat finishes wet and sloppy. Overall, this a wonderfully crafted beer, and I highly recommend it.


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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into large snifter.

A: Pours a nice copper color. There is haze present but no visible sediment. 1 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates to a film. Small amount of visible carbonation only.

S: Overall fruity - apple, pear, mango? - with Belgian yeast character. Less banana-y than most Belgian offerings.

T: Fruity malty sweet with some sourness behind that flavor. Dry finish with a less-than-expected bitterness at the end. As the beer warms, a bit more earthy flavor begins to develop.

M: Not overly carbonated but close to it. Overall light mouthfeel. It's a dry finish, and there is a definite alcohol presence.

O: I don't remember having this beer before. It's really not quite what I expected - thought there would be more hop/bitter character than I'm finding. The dry finish is interesting, given the sweet/fruity aroma & initial taste. Still, it's a good beer, and one that's growing on me as I drink it. As a side note - given the over 10% ABV, the alcohol is very well-hidden (although you do taste it).

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,475 ratings
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