Special Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum Barrels | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Special Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum BarrelsSpecial Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum Barrels

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian strong golden ale aged in Rum barrels, that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle from Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Added by LiquidAmber on 09-30-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of SLeffler27
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A three-inch rocky to creamy head is off-white with an orange sherbert tint. That head just sits there, never diminishing, over a hazy deep amber SRM 11-14 beer. Eventually the head becomes rocky, leaving a thick creamy pillow and sticky lace. This beer looked great in a Gulden Draak Golden Egg snifter.

This beer has lots of subtle aroma. Opening with floral notes such as honeysuckle, hibiscus, and possibly lilac. Rum comes out in the middle and is unmistakeable. The aroma continues with lemon, pears, and Autumn spices. This is all mesmerizing in that it is subtle and distinct.

Rum is immediately present on entry, followed by strong floral notes that are elevated by the aroma. Lemon is also present but this beer showcases the floral and rum flavors throughout. The finish lingers with light bitterness in an otherwise well-balanced sweet/bitter combination. Warmth reveals melons such as cantaloupe and honeydew.

The full body and satin texture work well with ample fine carbonation. Alcohol is as high as expected without any heat.

This is a major sipping beer. It is excellent below optimal temperature and improves with warmth. I enjoyed a bomber while out on the deck during a cool, drizzly Sunday afternoon. This beer elevated my senses and was just exquisite.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicantePinguino
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes strongly of honey, rum, oak. Not something I’d drink regularly as the rum flavor is a bit overpowering, but certainly an impression leaving brew that’s worth revisiting occasionally.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tstromer
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle.
Pale gold colored body, murky. Bottle overflowed with foam upon opening. Each pour brought forth a frothy white head which persisted. Lacing remains on glass from each pour.
Lots of rum in the aroma, with some fruity esters.
Taste is slightly sweet with caramel and spicy, fruity esters. And lots of rum also, but no oak barrel. Some have mentioned a nail salon acetone, and I can, now and then, catch a passing taste similar to this but it is not dominant and is not causing a taste distraction. Some candied sugars toward the end of the taste profile. Higher ABV is mostly hidden, but it is a warming drinking session. As the beer warms, more of the sweet fruit esters enter the taste profile (banana, pear, and green apple).
Medium, and dry mouth feel.
True to style, but rather hot. The rum barrel is a change from the more prevalent bourbon barrel aged type.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gold-amber with a light haze and a persistent massive rocky off-white blanket of foam that gradually settles down to 2" thick

S: smells like stone fruit, apricot to peach, fruit, pears, dark dried fruit and earthy hops soaked in a rum barrel with traces of light rum, vanilla and a hint of nuts.

T: stone fruit, traces of caramel, vanilla, banana, rum, alcohol, bubble gum, hard candy, peach, and a blend of orange and tangerine. It has an assertive bitter finish accented by a dash of astringent oak tannins.

F: The body is just shy of medium and the carbonation is medium high.

O: This big delightful beer is deceptively easy to drink

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Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with moderately active carbonation jets fueling a 1-2 inch frothy white head with excellent retention.
S: Spicy Belgian yeast, rum (woody and kinda harsh), chewy raisin, honey, and hints of toffee and a herbal/floral note. With warming, a banana note emerges.
T: Honey, sweet rum, raisin, a harsh barrel note, peppery spice, and hints of caramel apple and herbal mint.
M: Light-medium body. At turns sweet, spicy, and harsh (from the rum barrel aging). Lingers on the palate.
D: Beautiful pour. Maybe I'm just too used to bourbon barrel aging, but I wasn't a fan of the rum barrel aging. The base beer is solid, but the aging added a harsh note that didn't do it any service.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head.
S: Moderate aromas of rum and burnt candi sugars are present in the notes.
T: The taste follows the smell and seems to be well hopped, with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like it is a little strong, but nothing like something that is 10.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thwinger
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Murky golden color with ample white head, it is pleasing to the eye. It bears a yeasty, sweet smell. The smell is faint and thin. Heavy alcohol content is noticeable in the taste. The taste of rum overpowers any subtle tastes, but the rum taste is pleasant in its own right. Mouthfeel is impeccable: full-bodied but goes down crisp and cleanly. Overall, a balanced beer- the crispness contrasts well with the full-body and high alcohol content. Taste leaves room for improvement. Good beer, but not great.

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Photo of user785335
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobv
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged.
Slight gusher upon opening; caught in time to pour a 1/4 inch creamy white head over a semi-bright yellow body with sticky lacing. Nose of rum overpowers almost everything else. Some aromas of fruit sneak through as well as bit of spice. Taste of base beer plus loads of rum. I wonder how much rum was left behind in those barrels? A great feel, like the base beer. Overall, a nice try, but too much rum!

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Photo of liamt07
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. "Piraat Special Reserve (Rum Barrel Aged)"
$8.25/goblet on tap @ Yard House, King of Prussia, PA

Notes: The body is a hazy yellow gold beneath a short head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The aroma displays rum clearly over golden malt and yellow fruits, but there's also a bit of an unusual side that smells a bit like a nail salon. It's secondary to the rum, and not full blown Ethyl acetate, but it doesn't help it out. The flavor follows, loaded with rum to the point that I have to question where it came from - surely it didn't come from aging in used rum barrels unless they'd been freshly soaked with rum just before filling. The Ethyl acetate remains but it's low level, and oddly no oaky dryness is found - which again makes me curious as to how all of that rum got in there. Piraat itself is a fairly hot and aggressive beer and in that sense the added rum works, except that the Piraat itself seems to be lost, awash in the mix. I give it credit for its appearance, and for the way that it displays the rum, but it's basically a one-trick pony that doesn't improve upon the original beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap

Smells of straight alcohol, Rum, rubbing alcohol. Taste is very similar, very boozy, some spicy Belgian yeast, Rum and booze on the finish. Medium-light body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. The barrel overpowers in every aspect

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of razorsdescent
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Do you like dish soap in your Belgian beers? Acetone doesn't just dominate, it suplexes the other flavors into cowed submission.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from tap into tulip, nice 1 finger cream colored head, nice lacing. Clear bright golden in the glass. Smells really weird, guessing it is the rum barrel character, it overrides anything else going on. Taste is muted fruity esters, and some rum notes, but getting a bit of acetone here that is making it hard for me to go forward with this. I am thing of tasting what it smells like when u walk pass a nail salon. Not good

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Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 54 ratings