Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,459 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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3.5/5  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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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear, dark honey color. A dirty white head forms and is flattened out quickly, which leaves a bubbly pancake on the top of my beer the whole way down. Strangely, not much lacing.

Smell is big, yeast, lightly spicy, big malt and sweet bananas.

Taste is malt, caramel and toffee, plenty of booze, lightly fruity, and overall very deep and complex.

It has a medium body, lightened by being very bubbly, yet made heavy from the huge burn of the alcohol. Not super drinkable, as I could see not wanting to finish too many of these, thankfully. At 10.5%, any more than two, and it's light's out.

I really enjoyed this beer, a little hot, but extremely complex, will definitely have again.


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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber body with a dense soapy head. World-class lace.

Honey-glazed biscuit aroma with a fleshy orange and apple fruit toward. Delicate estery yeast in the nose. Benevolent in aroma. Alcohol very well hidden.

Rich honeyed sweetness following the nose. Chewy, raw bread crumb, some ripe banana/clove, candied orange peel, and aged hop oils. The booze is right here, too, but complements the flavor profile nicely.

Medium body, a little sticky. Nice bubble burst.

World-class for the style. A Belgian on-tap 'must'.

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3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Appearance is a very dark yellow/orange with a finger of head that dissipates quickly and isn’t exactly pretty. Murky. Aroma is that of other Belgium strong ales, flowery, citrusy, yeasty, complex, and obviously sweet. Palate has a decent carbonation, and is very drinkable. Taste is amazingly complex. Masks the 10.5% very well, but there is still a warming alcohol burn. Spicy and not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Overall it’s a great beer that I’m glad I had the chance to try. I think it might have been too complex for me. It was still a great treat though.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a 750mL bottle-
Pours with a nice lasting head that mildly laced the glass.
Through the course of the 750mL experience the head eventually receded from whence it came.

Has a slightly bucolic nose-- hints of yeast, hops, some citrus.

Flavor is more than expected-- a Belgian ale-- sprightly, light but with a strong up-front stance. Tart and dry characteristics make this a in my opinion a no questions Belgian ale. Hoppy but not over powering. Yeast and malts flesh out the flavor profile. The higher alcohol content is hidden behind a well balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is cordial with a long finish.

Overall a wonderful Belgian Ale even though I down-grade it for the higher than average alcohol content.

Definitely worth a try!

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,459 ratings.
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