Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

2,460 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 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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Photo of jakea
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DanC007
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

I've had this many times over the years, but I'm finally just getting around to reviewing it. Pours a slightly hazy bronze color with a firm white head, varying in size, but usually displaying decent retention and lacing. Aroma is grainy, with notes of Belgian sugar and yeast, moderately hoppy. Biscuity malts in the taste, yeasty, candi sugar and light spice, with an indistinct dark fruit sensation, and a lingering herbal bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable for the style. Good beer overall.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber color into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Nice 2 fingered head with good retention and a little lacing.

Smell is very fruity. Lots of lemon and clove.

Taste is very fruity and sweet. Cherries, bananas, and yeast are present. Mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall this is nice. A little sweeter than I was expecting.

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Photo of getbehindthemule
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HopHeadMerlin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of THEriksen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single finger thick head with a little lace and excellent retention on a hazy golden amber head. Nice candy, spice and fig aroma which isn't as strong as some others in the genre but still nice. Flavor is strong with a sour dark fruit, mostly cherry note dominating with a nice yeasty and spicey note as well. Very high carbonation a n medium bodied. This is a decent tripel. Not the best I have had. The carbonation was way too much for me.

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Photo of fultonj
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of MisterGrizz
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of InvertedSaint009
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of joshwalt
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of tatums1984
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of specialiste
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Soozy
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into a snifter.

Good pour, light golden in color with a dense white head. Looks pretty good. Smell is decent without mixing in the yeast. I mixed in the yeast at the end of the bottle and it just exploded with citrus, clove, and slight banana.

The taste has a slight bubblegum, slight banana flavor, and a mild orange. Not as complex as I was expecting. The alcohol sets this off. The bite is far too harsh. The body is pretty thin.

Overall, this is a decent beer. I was expecting more to it though. It has some of the great Belgian yeast character and balanced bitterness, but it's almost ruined with the bite of alcohol. I probably would not buy this one again.

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Photo of halo913
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy brownish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white head that sticks for a while and settles into a single finger layer. Lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: Very spicy and fruity. Big aroma of Belgian yeast with bananas and cloves. Also a pretty noticeable scent of citrus orange, mango, pear, and apple. Some floral hops, pale malts, and a bit of pepper round things out. Pretty full and complex.

Taste: Full flavored and complex. Starts out with a typical Belgian explosion of yeast, cloves, and banana. Than comes a pretty good dose of citrus and floral hops. Good hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, pear, and apple. Not as bitter as a American IPA but fairly hoppy. Some bready malts are tasted towards the end. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Chewy and slightly sticky. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very good Belgian ale here. Packed with flavor and great balance of spice, sweetness, and bitterness.

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Photo of liamt07
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from an LCBO giftpack, 330ml into a chalic. Best before May 3, 2013.

Poured a hazy golden brown with a couple fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing. Nose is spicy, some fruits esters, a bit of banana and big yeast notes. Taste is spicy as well, drying yeast notes, fleshy white fruits and a significant bitterness in the finish. Sweet malts with a chunk of alcohol for good measure; substantial heat from this. Medium high carbonation, chewy with a medium heavy feel. Pretty good, but doens't stand out. The flavour profile to alcohol content ratio is too low to thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of bobhits
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

An intensely sweet mix of bananas, cloves, and sweet sugary elements. The beer really takes one Hef like elements though the weight and power are clearly something else.

Intensely sweet, sugary, and full of cloves and bananas…oh and alcohol. Very flavorful and intense, but hardly the complexity I would expect. This is NOT an IPA or Belgian IPA by any stretch!

Wow this is harsh. A lot of alcohol and rather hard to drink. Still the carbonation and mouth feel seems impressive given the style and abv.

This would be a lot better with less alcohol. Still pretty good flavors and decent carbonation to make it work.

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Photo of MarshallMan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,460 ratings.
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