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

Special Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum BarrelsSpecial Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum Barrels
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #115
Ranked #19,514
3.83 | pDev: 13.32%
Apr 02, 2022
Sep 30, 2016
Very Good
Special Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum BarrelsSpecial Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum Barrels
Notes: Belgian strong golden ale aged in Rum barrels, that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle from Brouwerij Van Steenberge
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Photo of janubio
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by janubio from Spain

75 cl. corked bottle from altopalato, served at home in a trappist glass.
Yellow colour, big head with long retention, non compact lacing.
Aroma of rum, marzipan, tangerines, bananas, cloves.
Medium to full body, thick texture, average carbonation. spicy finish.
Taste of rum, marzipan, tangerines, spices, honey.

Apr 02, 2022
3.16 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
Photo of Captain68
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Captain68 from Russian Federation


Nov 16, 2021
4.02 by howardnss from Pennsylvania on Sep 12, 2021
4.04 by robotic_being from Florida on Feb 20, 2021
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden colored with a mild haze. Massive rocky white head has the ultimate staying power. Lacing cements itself all over the glass in a thick layer.

S: Herbal hop pull and some strong clovey/medicinal phenols. Pear and some tropical esters too. Honeyed malts and some musky grain. Soft oak and if whiffs of spiced rum. If the aroma is any indication, this one’s gonna be pretty over the top.

T: Big pull of spiced rum right out of the gates. It’s rather overwhelming, actually. Woody and oaky too. The base beer does pull forward with a lot of clovey and medicinal phenols and a very herbal bent. Punchy alcohol. Honeyed and husky malt. Confectioners sugar. Flashes of tropical esters. Finish brings back rum and barrel.

M: Rich and weighty with a heft that presses into the tongue. High carbonation does provide a lot of lift and scrubbing action though. Pervasive alcohol heat.

O: There is no grace or nuance to this at all. It hits hard, and repeatedly, with brute force and a lot of roughness. It’s honestly a tough drink overall, particularly with the medicinal phenols getting overbearing and the aggressiveness of the rum character.

Sep 30, 2020
4.21 by arzt from Germany on Aug 30, 2020
4.21 by igl from Russian Federation on Feb 27, 2020
Photo of stortore
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 11/24/18.

Pours a clear golden color, with a two and a half inch creamy head with great retention and lots of foamy lacing. The aroma is really floral, almost soapy. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, rum, wheat, light malt. Not what I expected. The flavor is rum, light Belgian yeast, spices, some wheat, light oak. At least the funny stuff didn’t carry over to the taste. Smooth, a good light to medium body, maybe a little over carbonated.

It’s certainly different, but really not that good. Seems like this should be better, as it has a pretty solid base beer. Disappointing. Would normally recommend trying because it is different, but the price point is high for what you get.

Feb 05, 2020
Photo of keithmurray
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by keithmurray from Connecticut

Appearance - slightly hazy bronze body with white head

Smell - apple, rum, caramel

Taste - apple, caramel, rum, oak, alochol burn

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, apple upfront, booziness in the middle and on the back end

Overall - decent variant of the Piraat base beer, but the booziness and astringency will make this a 'one and done' for me

Price Point - $5.99/750ML bottle

Oct 04, 2019
3.76 by WynnO from Florida on Jul 26, 2019
Photo of TonyLema1
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

L: hazy gold/amber color, tons of head and lacing
S; Belgian yeast and sweetness
T: the rum is all upfront, followed by a Strong Belgian Ale, slightly sweet and earthy
F: great mouthfeel, alcohol on the finish
O: this is a wonderfully balanced and unique beer

Jun 11, 2019
Photo of SLeffler27
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Oct 07, 2018
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 04, 2018
Photo of PicantePinguino
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PicantePinguino from California

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.

Jul 14, 2018
3.71 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jun 04, 2018
4.49 by Tstromer from Texas on May 28, 2018
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Feb 09, 2018
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pat61 from Minnesota

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

Feb 03, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mwilbur from Minnesota

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.

Jan 06, 2018
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

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

Dec 31, 2017
4.01 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 24, 2017
3.58 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 09, 2017
Photo of thwinger
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by thwinger from Mississippi

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.

Dec 05, 2017
3.73 by user785335 from Florida on Oct 25, 2017
Photo of bobv
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by bobv from Vermont

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!

Oct 24, 2017
3.35 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Sep 26, 2017
3.99 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Sep 16, 2017
4 by archero from Texas on Sep 07, 2017
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 02, 2017
Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Sep 02, 2017
3.82 by QuakeAttack from California on Aug 28, 2017
3.86 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Aug 20, 2017
Photo of razorsdescent
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 10, 2017
4 by 2GOOFY from California on May 20, 2017
Photo of donspublic
2.12/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by donspublic from Texas

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

Apr 27, 2017
4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Mar 27, 2017
Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Opens with a resounding pop! Pours like Champagne honey colored with a ton of ivory colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Some figs, white grapes & pears, all fairly muted

T: Figs, honey, sweet breadyness & Golden Delicious apples with just a lit bit of boozey bite & a little dryness. Pear, honey, white grapes as this warms. Finishes fruity dry, a little spicy & sweet ( breadyness & honey) & just enough dryness to tie it all together

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Interesting & tasty brew that doesn't you forget it's a bruiser, but still easy to drink

Mar 14, 2017
3.71 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Mar 08, 2017
3.97 by jaydoc from Kansas on Feb 27, 2017
Special Reserve Piraat Ale Aged In Rum Barrels from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 66 ratings