Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,441 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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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet. This pouted a dark golden color with a short lived white head. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, some funk, hops, alcohol, bread malts. The feel is medium light. The taste is pretty good, better than most Belgian ipas, good hop bite, nice malts, some funk.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

This is an outstanding masterpiece. The head on this beer is huge and impenetrable. Has a golden glassy color. Scents of classic Belgian yeasts, graininess, and clearness. Nice see through body with a golden color. No mistakes here. A bit hoppier than the usual belgians but in no way is this some "Belgian IPA". No way, more of a belgian golden ale. Very strong, not noticeable. A top shelf Belgian classic that many need to move towards!

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of tvv375ia
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass

A-cloudy ochre with as much head as you want to pour that sticks around for a long time with lots of lacing

S-very fruity apples and bananas mostly

T-fruity here as well mostly banana but I get some apple/pear also along with a little biscuit

M-lots of carbonation

O-definitely worth trying not sure if I would get it regularly but I will get one one occasin now the 10.5% alcohol if fairly well hidden

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Philousa
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at The Rose & Crown in Palo Alto on 2/10/2012.

Served with good clarity, rich golden in color with a big foamy head in a Piraat tulip. Didn't see the guy pull it, so the big head may be due to his enthusiasm. Great bold Belgian yeast with some pepper and a good amount of lemony citrus in the nose. This is a great showcase of this yeast strain. The malt tastes like it was made for the yeast, which fades tart and then goes into full on Belgian spicy mode. Good bitterness that is lasting but not overwhelming. Good complexity in this beer's flavor, not so much in the nose. Which is fine, since it's done well. Clean=well. medium MF with a dry finish. Makes me want to move to Belgium, since this is readily available there. Can you imagine if this was our Budweiser?

This is a damn good Hoppy Belgian that showcases its yeast. It's clear and hoppy at the same time. very good showcase of what a Belgian IPA should be. I've had several Belgian IPA's from the US, but this is the real deal. Use this as a benchmark against which to judge others.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy honey brown with a two finger light tan head. The head diminishes quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles, mostly around the edges of the glass.

S: Aromas of yeast, sweetness, hops, and some citrus.

T: Flavors are very sweet - caramel + toffee malts, banana/clove, candied orange peel, and a little bit of honey.. The taste of the 10.5 ABV is extremely well hidden.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little bit of stickiness on the palate with this beer.

O: Drank this in my favorite Piraat snifter, had to enjoy the beer the glass was went to hold. A little too strong to be sessionable but the flavors and smell were very enjoyable - if I had a couple of these I would be in a bit of trouble due to the high ABV.

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Photo of sfprint
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

exp Nov 10, 2012

A: Massive rootbeer float head, dark guava fruit leather color, hazy, just a bit of rising carbonation coming from the bottom of my snifter.
S: Yeasty. I'm not so familiar with Belgian IPA's but this one is nothing like American IPA's. I don't really sense any hops. Some plastic, and implied strawberry way in the background. But as it warmed it up became much better. Honey with a kind of apricot frosting. Sweet like frosting, but also cakey.
T: Doesn't resemble the American IPA at all. No particularly strong alcohol flavor, which i find impressive given the ABV, but it is intense as one would expect. Sort of like a thick but not strong fruitiness. It's somehow intense but lacking in discernible flavors. Actually, as I let it warm up a bit, it's rounding out more. Actually, the warmer it gets, the better it becomes. A wholesome fruitiness in the apricot direction. Fermented apricot.
M: Not so carbonated, fairly light body surprisingly.
O: Quite good for the ABV. I'm usually not a big fan of this ABV range, but this one holds it down. Solid, tasty, intense. Let it warm up, don't drink it too cold.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of stevoj
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sour citrusy with strong alcohol presence. Poured into tulip with rich, fluffy head. Fine carbonation keeps the head lofty. Copper colored with musty aroma of wood, wine and licorice. Taste of apples, prunes, figs, raisins. This is a keeper!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,441 ratings.
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