Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

PiraatPiraat
BA SCORE
4.07/5
2,475 Ratings
PiraatPiraat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,373
Reviews:
1,051
Ratings:
2,475
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
386
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,475 |  Reviews: 1,051
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KMillard
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, tasty, but the alcohol in the smell and aftertaste is overwhelming.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4 pack of these to try. I let them get good and cold (about 40F), and tried them. Taste is very consistent, very much like the strong Belgian Ale style, and finished clean. Could not believe the beer was 10.5%ABV, it was very sessionable-- if someone handed one of these to me beforehand, I would not believe how strong this beer is. Very good IMO.

Well, after writing all the above, I was sipping another (much slower this time around), and something very interesting happened-- the beer changed on me taste-wise! The beer now had quite a bit of alcohol warming taste throughout-- this was not present when the beer was drank at a much colder temp..... so, if this beer seems to be a bit too boozy tasting, just get the beer even more cold and re-try.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rexyphi
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy amber with lots of bubbles and a huge, fluffy off white head. The head dies down within a minute to about a third its original size, but that fluffy cap sticks around forever after and leaves rings of lacing.

S: Huge plum, cherry, and fig; sherry and port wine qualities, a big biscuity malt backbone with a hint of detectable booze, some overripe banana, and clove.

T: Overripe banana immediately upfront, but that quickly glides away into massive amounts of black and sweet cherries, dates, figs, raisins, and plums. There's a big toasted, biscuited malt backbone, along with some honey sweetness. You get a decent warmth of alcohol. There's a general port wine, sherry, or even brandy character floating around, with the massive dark fruits, dryness, and boozy kick. Finishes decidedly dry, with boozy warmth going down, and some clove notes.

F: Full-bodied, with a pushing champagne carbonation on the mid-palate, that gives a smooth sensation, but pushes to the beer to a quick, dry, and warm finish.

O: An excellent Belgian ale. This one is a heavy hitter, meant for a cold winter night or an especially bad day. (heh heh) Drinks more like a fine wine or brandy than a beer, but is fantastic nevertheless.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djl9701
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a frothy full bodied slightly cloudy amber color. The smell is fruity, nutty, and malty with hints of all sorts of other things. The taste is definitely boozy and there is a lot going on. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but it goes down smooth. Overall this was a pretty good beer and I would definitely drink again. It's very expensive here, but if I saw a good price on it I would definitely pick some up

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Photo of golf4collet
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pear, honey, banana, clove, spice. The Aroma is absolutely stunning. Can't believe I've never had (or remembered rating) this. Boozy af. Similar taste. Sweet, medium bodied. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. So well made!

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Photo of crow
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

These Belgian Strong Pale Ales pack a powerful and flavorful wallop..I'll tell ya'.... Very malty and sweet goodness. But the 10.5% ABV tempers the malty/sweet taste. This is not as good as the Chimay stuff, but comes close.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a burnished gold body with big foaming white head that pretty much sticks around
Spicy clove aroma
Spicy clove flavour

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The kind of beer you first expect to be an alcoholic mess, but just impresses you more each time you try it. Pours copper amber with a largish head that leaves good lacing. Nose is brown bread, British Xmas pudding, cola, and a touch of booze. Taste is similar, like a drier barleywine, with added vanilla to go with the strong malt fruits and some black pepper. A beer that always surprises. Better than most of the beers from this brewery, but not as good as the excellent Gulden Draak and GD 9000.

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Photo of Timtac
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of intensify
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a amber color body with moderate carbonation. Piney, sweet, bitter, bready. The complexity really makes this one shine.

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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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