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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark, vibrant, honey-copper coloring with a foamy, frothy, small bubbled white head that has a great cling along the glass. Nose is subtle, with some light spicing atop the boozey and rich, malty backbone. Smells solid and strong. Flavors are more heavily spiced, with a strong clove and grains of paradise character along the rich fruit and boozey backbone. Fruits range from pineapple to pear, and grapefruit to apple. Slightly cloying, resiny sweet aftertaste with a mild hopping. The finish is rich and slick, with an oily mid-linger. Great lacing left behind as you drink, and the spices leave a pleasant, cleansed feeling on the palate. The increased ABV is blended well into the beer, making it very easy to drink. Solid brew.

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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliantly clear yellow-orange colored beer with a bubbly shock white head on top and tons of visible carbonation feeding it from the bottom. It dissapates slowly with big bubbles and a good amount of lacing. Somewhat vinous in the aroma with notes of bright citrus and subdued citrusy hops. A bit musty as well, with hints of lemon zest, orange peel and belgian candi sugar. Not super aromatic, but definitly a well-rounded smell.

Very complex in the taste, and yet simple enough to be very relaxing and enjoyable. It starts off pretty sweet and citrusy with a nice dose of that candi sugar. The sweetness is of lemons, lemon rind and orange peel with a touch of coriander and spices. These spices let off a little and just let the citrus shine, aided by a Belgian yeast that lends slight notes of banana and clove. The sweetness also has a sharpness to it, almost a tartness but just short. This is especially noticeable in the latter half of the bottle. Juicy in the middle with a big burst of orange, then it dries out big time in the finish. Also a touch of mustiness in the back. The hops are not in your face, but very pleasant, lending an easy-going bitterness that balances out the drying sweetness perfectly. The carbonation is on the higher side, giving a certain soft prickle that cleanses the palate. It still manages to be smooth however, making this highly drinkable. Not much more than a hint of that 10.5% ABV, mostly just noticeable in the breath of the aftertaste. Otherwise, it is perfectly hidden and almost forgotten even, hiding behind those great flavors of citrus.

This is a very nice beer, easily enjoyed equally for its sippability and its complexity. I definitly recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian ales with a good note of hops. I do wish I had this a little fresher as this bottle is probably about a year old. I think that the hop notes would not be as subdued, even though that was not a negative for my tasting. This was a very enjoyable drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick white foam head. Beautiful honey , amber slightly hazy color. Nice earthy , hoppy , slightly caramel , clove like scent. Lacing sticks to glass long after head dissipates. Tastes crisp , spicy, Rasiny ,slightly bitter. Medium body warm mouth feel. A very nice Belgium IPA. The yeast makes this beer very funky while the hops balance the flavors with bitterness. This is an excellent Belgium IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage served in a Piraat tulip

Loud pop as the cork pops off. Pours clearer than a fresh version, though a minor haze remains. Slight amber with an aggressive head with a moderate pour. Aroma from this beer has faded into obscurity. Faint yeast and malt smell bounce off a surprising amount of foam. Taste of nearly over-sweet malt and robust esters from the yeast. All hop presence has vanquished. Impressive lacing for a beer of this age. Overall, not something I think I would cellar again as this beer is far superior fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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