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Piraat | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Piraat... poured in a tulip at cellar temperature.

An attractive deep amber-orange color and a big three-finger, puffed up, pure white head which compliments said hue nicely. Beautiful lacing as the foam recedes. I can see lots of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smells like green apples, lemons, organic herbs, funky yeast, and sourdough pancakes. It's a typically Belgian scent (not a complaint), but with some unique complexities that are quite nice.

Upon tasting, I can see why this is fit for the Belgian IPA classification. It tastes much like some of the fine Belgian strong pale ales I've enjoyed, but with an infusion of juicy citric hops. That's what hits my palate first, and it's followed by that wonderful Belgian ale quality in the aftertaste that makes me feel like I just DRANK a slice of sweet, freshly-baked bread. The 10.5% ABV is just not there at ALL. I probably would have guessed 7.5% if it wasn't on the label. Anyway, it's delicious.

The feel is pretty effevescent, but has more body to it than other Belgian ales I've had... which is kind of refreshing since so many Belgians are carbonated to the extreme.

Piraat. Ah, yeah.

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

Picked this up at Top Hops last week, having never had this before. I figured that with the Pirates in the postseason for the first time in a generation, this would be a good time to have something with this moniker. Although this beer was quite strong, it was immensely enjoyable and much more complex than I was first led to believe. The only detraction to be found was the alcohol content, as this was quite strong both in taste and in body

Quite a pour to this, as the head filled up quite a bit of my pint glass well before I poured all of this out, as I had to let it settle before swirling the sediment out. Not completely clear either but enough light shone through it and the carbonation was relentless throughout the whole session as well. Lots of booze, fruit, and malt in the nose with all of those even more pronounced in the taste. Light fruits here like apple and apricot and enough candied sweetness to serve as a reminder of what kind of beer this was. The mouthfeel was nearly balanced and somewhat light given how potent this was and how the yeast kicked in the in the aftertaste.

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Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,485 ratings
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