Piraat 9
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
3.95 | pDev: 16.46%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of Auraan
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful cloudy amber with little head. Looks nice, but more head would raise it higher. Scents of slight bubblegum, grain, some alcohol, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Quite nice, complex and Belgian in character. Flavor was boozy with a very heavy initial hit of alcohol but also flavors of Belgian yeast, apricot, dark fruit, slight white raisin, slight hints of straw and a somewhat grainy flavor on the finish. Very nice, with flavors of both a Belgian Dark and Belgian Golden. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a slight burn of alcohol. Very good and sippable. Overall this is an excellent beer. It's complex and unique, combining the best of Belgian flavors into a very drinkable whole. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rrski198
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Massive white mountain head. Stuck around forever and grew in the glass after the pour. Golden color and slightly cloudy.

S: Spiciness, dark dried fruits (plum/raisin) but still crisp, alcohol came in stronger as it warmed, Belgian yeast funk.

T: Sweet and spicy. Huge amounts of dried fruit, you name it cherry/fig/plum. Alcohol and hop spice round it out. To much going on to really explain in words. Slightly dry and sweet on the finish

M: Full. Med to high carbonation, syrup like. Bitterness kicks at the end and the alcohol bite lingers as it warmed. Spicy on the gums.

O: This beer falls somewhere between a Belgian Dark Strong and a Belgian Golden Strong. The appearance would tell me it is a golden, but the flavor and scent says something else. I don't think this beer was designed to fall into our contemporary "categories." Anyway you slice it, this is a very complex beer that should be experienced by all.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a clear reddish-copper with a two-finger head of white sea foam. Rings of sticky lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of tropical fruit esters, Belgian yeast funk, spice, and booze. Booziness comes out more in the nose as it warms.

T - Complex blend of fruity phenols (melon, banana, bubblegum), honey, and musty/earthy funk. Spicy herbal hops keep things interesting in the finish. ABV noticeable but not in a bad way. Sweetness fades in by the mid-palate as horse blanket funk takes hold. Malts are sweet, subdued, and take a huge backseat to the other flavors.

M - Light side of medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation. Oddly creamy.

O - A tasty, rich, complex BSPA, although I must admit, I found it just a little too "barnyard" for my tastes. Would have to be in a special mood for this to be a rebuy.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color forming a huge white bubbled head. Clear. Good retention and tons of lacings formed and left

S: Very sweet in the nose. Very fruity and bready too. Notes of raisins, vanilla and honey. Yeasts are very bready and Belgian. A bit metallic. Alcohol can be felt in the end

T: Sweet upfront, sweet malts, mainly. Quite fruity, with notes of grapes and raisins. Earthy yeasts. Light hops bitterness in the end

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste

O: Strong but quite good beer. Very Belgian. Recommended

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Photo of Jetulio
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Big Tulip glass (Judas glass) from 330 ml bottle.

App / golden colour , a bit hazy. White head (1,5 finger)

S / clear but not too much strong: sweet fruits with a little bit of spices and alcohol

T / sweet but not at the same level as a tripple abbey, you can taste malt inmediatly , and, being a 10,5º ale, alcohol it is not as predominant as you could think

M / medium body with medium/low carbonation. In mouth the feeling is very enjoyable, strong but not in excess. Well balanced.

O / another great ale from Van Steenberge, the balance between sweet and alcohol is amazing, I really liked this belgian and even a ‘hoppy ‘ fan like me will repeat with this style of ales (gulden draak, piraat...) very very soon.

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Photo of stephens101
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a billowy white head with fair retention. Color is reddish-orange. Froth leaves the mortal coil leaving thick lacing all around.

Has a sweet malty aroma with orange peel, fresh baked vanilla cake and spicy rum. Tastes spicy and malty up front with slight dark fruits mixed in with big light fruits, bubble gum, taffy and distant hops.

Goes down creamy with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. A little alcohol is noticed (I'm guessing in the 8% range).*

This is a very welcomed addition to the growing Belgian line of brews to make it to Oklahoma.

* A bit off on that one.

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Photo of minnesotaryan
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours golden, lively bubbles and about one finger of fluffy white head that stuck around.

Smells of bready malt, spicy yeast, banana and some fruit.

Spicy yeast, sweet fruits and bready malt, very Belgian. Lots of banana and a boozy alcohol burn at the end.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a large head 3 finger head which is lingering in a delicate large bubble. Streams of bubbles rise, similar to champagne. Slightly hazy and deep golden.

Smell: the first smell is of alcohol on account of the 9%. White french bread yeast scent with hints of very ripe pineapple and cream. a tiny bit of spiced cloves

Taste: Noticeable alcohol, which while the alcohol is upfront in the flavour, it's pleasant and warming. Malty biscuits and a faint after taste of bananas and cream. Leaning towards the flavours of a good oaked chardonnay, rich and smooth and slightly creamy.

Mouth feel: This one is thick, coats the mouth thick and lingers. One of my favourites for mouth feel. Rather highly carbonated, even manages to develop a new head when swirled in the glass.

Overall: Malty warm (on account alcohol) smooth round flavours -this one is worth drink all by itself.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow appearance with lots of foamy head that slowly settles down leaving good lacing. Smell consists of malt, various fruit (pineapple, bananas) and yeast. Nothing strong though.

Taste consists of malt, yeast, tropical fruit and sweetness that could be compared to candy. Picked up pepper and spices as well. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is a sweat, booze taste that rounds everything off.

Very well rounded beer; nothing strong but tasty, refreshing and highly drinkable. The sweet, fruit flavor is a plus. Would recommend for the summer.

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Photo of brewymcgee
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear golden body with a fine bubbly white head.

Aroma: Light malt with a bit of toastiness and yeast.

Taste: Sweet malt with a tropical hint and slight, pleasantly sour tang. Strong pear flavours on the finish similar to a good poire william.

Mouthfeel: Tiny bubbles abound in a pleasant manner. It is creamy but not thick and there is a bit of alcohol heat on the finish as well.

Drinkability: Really quite enjoyable. It is rich but not overpowering, good on a hot day when you still want a Belgian. This was one that I had frequently but never really sat and focused on before, I am really digging that pear flavour now that I've found it!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1" white head that left a nice lacing over top of partially cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Yeasty with a bit of a pineapple smell to it.

T: Somewhat tart at first but not unpleasant, yeasty, with some malt and alcohol toward the end. The 9% ABV does not unbalance the taste.

M: Medium level of medium carbonation. Good mouth feel.

O: I quite enjoyed this Belgian ale, would make for a great summer patio beer.

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Photo of ericj551
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the local BC Liquor Store. I'm guessing that it is a BSPA and not a 9% version of the Belgian IPA with the same name. The beer pours a bright blond with a bubbly head that fades like champagne. The aroma is dry, pale malt with a slightly tropical fruitiness and some mild yeasty phenolic character. The flavor is sweet candy like malt upfront with more fruity esters, some tart apple and pear creep there way in. The finish is dry with plenty of yeasty, chalky phenolic character. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but it starts to creep in as the beer warms.

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Piraat 9 from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 93 ratings