Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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
Ratings:
2,451
Reviews:
1,045
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
372
For Trade:
1
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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drhiii
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say. Top shelf beer. One of my 5 favs ever.

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Photo of Richie71
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours amber with a small off-white head, slowly reducing to a thin layer. Lots of everything in the nose. The mouth is struck by it all, although unlike others, I note a touch of alcohol in the bite. Wow!

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Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moneytree
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: 開瓶味道淡麥香,醒後熱帶水果
T:麥香、淡啤酒花、熱帶水果帶點栗子味,沒什麼尾韻

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Photo of APH
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andre_poursoneforu
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FZR23
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Bready belgian pale

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Photo of innominat
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of threeviews
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle with a BOD of: 07IO. Translated, that is September(letter 'I') 7th(number "Zero+7"), 2015 (Letter 'O') into an oversized, Brasserie D'Achouffe branded Belgian tulip glass (similar to Duvel, but without the nucleation). With a published shelf life of 24 months, this bottle is well within the wheelhouse of freshness...as a matter of fact, this is the most fresh I have ever encountered Piraat.

A - Using the same method as pouring a Duvel, Piraat pours with similar vigor. The beer presents itself with a deep orange hue sporting a full, 4 finger (2") rocky, white head.

S - Absolutely brilliant, resplendent with sweet stone fruits (peach, apricot, green apple), flowers, honey and cotton candy/bubblegum. Very reminiscent of La Fin Du Monde and Don De Dieu (Unibroue)...two of my all-time favorites. Alcohol is completely masked.

T - Much like the aroma, Piraat's flavor blooms with flavors of stone fruit, ripe citrus and bubblegum sweetness. Alcohol...what alcohol? This drinks half of its labeled ABV (of which I can only assume is correct).

M - Medium mouthfeel, but with its persistent and prickly carbonation, it seems the body is much lighter. It finishes amazingly dry, like that of an American IPA/DIPA...even at today's standards!

O - Piraat is juicy and finishes dry. At 10.5%ABV (and like Duvel who is 1-2points less in ABV), this is one dangerously drinkable brew...perhaps a nod to Pirates who stormed the waters. Although the price for a 4-Pack will cause you to second guess a purchase (~$16), this is a spectacular Belgian Golden Strong Pale Ale and if obtained fresh (i.e. within 6-24 months...or earlier) will provide an exceptional experience.

Postscript: Although this is my inaugural review, I have had this before (old label with an actual caricature of a pirate on the label. However, I feel that the bottles I had (with the old label) were well past its prime which resulted in a cloying, sugar-cookie aroma and flavor. I am absolutely floored by the impression left by this bottle which I used to compose this review and assume it to be to be ~9 months fresh. That said, I am beginning to appreciate "living beer" more and more...Like those who brew with whole-leaf hops, Piraat is one more offering that confirms my theory of extended freshness due to bottle conditioning.

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Photo of jmills3
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martinpfal
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For almost 6.00 a bottle it's not one to get regularly, but one I truly enjoy.
Look of dark hazy Amber. Smell was complex....yeast and bread-y sweetness. Taste is just as complex and smooth. Carbonation effervescence mouthfeel with slight sweet malt. Not boozy and very much what a Belgian should be...sipped and enjoyed. One to recommend all the way!

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Photo of JakeScully
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Strong Pale Ale are my favorite style so I might be biased here. In my opinion this is just as good as Duvel, slightly stronger. Something to be sipped after a hard days work. Cheers!

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Photo of Nazzz
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Tulip.

Look:
Hazy dark amber hue with majestic, rocky and billowy off-white head that everlastingly withstands with excellent retention, it is just slowly recedes while also yields magnificent lacing here and there, small effervescence floating actively by the push of carbonation.

Smell:
Phenol, spice, yeasty, acidic, clove, banana, bubblegum, candy sugar, big malty, aroma seems to shuffle in every single sniff. Some part of its yeasty character reminds me of German Hefe.

Taste:
It starts with ester with a sharp fruity sweetness then a touch of warm alcohol in the middle together with some spiciness, herbal and grassy notes that mingle together. Malt is also there as a significant backbone. Hop bitterness reveals at the end which gradually develops from sip to sip. The palate also senses the aftertaste with some semi-sweetness and dryness.

Feel:
The palate contacts with smoothness through the medium to bold body. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and chewy with right amount of carbonation, very dry in the finish that makes you want to continue sipping more and more.

Overall:
Complex, rich, and elegant brew, alcohol is a punch to your face but who cares? This beer is big in all aspects. Truly incredible and enjoyable.

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Photo of aufie
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dloveman
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionally deep and balanced beer

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,451 ratings.
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