Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 5 of 6 from the Belgian Taster's Pack at LCBO. Served cold and poured into oversized wine glass. Awesome label and bottle cap i should note.

Appearance - Semi transparent golden copper color with 2 big fingers rocky white head. the head lingers for a while and leaves some streaky lacing alongside the glass. Visually impressive.

Smell - Funky Belgian yeasts, gentle but potent hops and floral nose as well. Well crafted due to the interplay between these notes but not the most complex aroma, Booze is extremely well hidden in the nose.

Taste - Sweet & savory at first, then hops and spicy presence take over. Finishes slightly bitter. Only indication of booze again is due to a combination it makes with the spiciness inherent in the beer. Not quite as refreshing as I hoped. As the beer warms the lack of booze flavor diminishes and the alcohol stands out a lot more.

Mouthfeel - Rich with well hidden alcohol and a dry finish. A good blending of the IPA and various Belgian Styles Ales to create something that makes my mouth sing.

Overall - While I really enjoyed my beer (third best of the six pack), I found it a touch overly refined and less extreme than I hoped for. Would never turn one down as this remains one of the best in the style.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Belgian Ale

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: When held to the light, the body is a light amber with orange hues. A frothy, two finger amount of head that stays around for awhile. Upon a small amount of swirling, it dissipates, but much like another Belgian: Duvel, it never dissipates fully and leaves bubble remnants among the glass until completion.

Smell: Hints of citrus, diced green apples, a very fresh and refreshing aroma.

Taste: This one from Van Steenberge slightly reminds me of Gulden Draak, although this is not nearly as dark. There is a complex variety of flavors present: Red apple, plum, and orange peel flavors hit the pallet and it finishes slightly bitter, but mostly clean. Booze-taste is present at times but is very well hidden as many of the flavors unwrap.

Mouthfeel: Despite the 10.5abv in this Ale, the heat is wrapped nicely with a silky and smooth profile that is stunningly easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fine presentation from Van Steenberge. I acquired this beer in a Van Steenberge mix 6 pack that I carry at my shop. I was hoping for a more complex profile similar to Gulden Draak (triple). However, this beer is a great Belgian Ale that delivers and will definetly be carried now as its own item in my shop. It is very drinkable on any occasion (not too complex, but absolutely not bland either).

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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 330 mL bottle with the distinctive bottle shape similar to Duvel. Didn't think to locate the dating (if there was any) because I had this one at dinner and didn't want to be a total jackass. Poured into an oversized wine glass, and the waiter was kind enough to leave about a third of it in the bottle for me to pour at my leisure.

Appearance - Pours a a rich reddish orange that is mostly opaque and hard to see through due to the haziness of the yeast sediment. Atop the body sits a pillowy foam of about a finger thick, the color of parchment. Slowly dissipates, but never gets to be less than a generous drifting of foam around the edges of the glass and ample foam across the top.

Smell - Dominated by fruity phenols and the more astringent bit of alcoholic esters. The strength of this beer certainly isn't hiding in the aroma. Nose definitely gives me more of a "tripel" feel than it does IPA. The hop aromas that are present tend to be more tropical, with mango and pineapple, and it gets lost in the yeasty components.

Taste - Not quite as hot as the aroma, but still packs quite a wallop. Most of the bitterness I get seems like it's coming from the alcohol, rather than the generous hop profile that one might expect from an IPA--even a Belgian variety. It's at this point that I am now more curious about the date, because if I had to guess, this bottle has a little age on it, letting the fruitiness of the yeast overtake any of the hop characteristics.

Mouthfeel - On the slightly heavy side of medium bodied, with ample carbonation and a semisweet and bitter finish with the alcohol lingering like it would with a spirit drink.

Overall, I'm glad to have sampled this beer, but it's not one I'm likely to get again. In many ways, it reminds me of Green Flash's Le Freak, but it's a bit more unbalanced than that version, even though both are quite strong.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,503 ratings