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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Piraat is a wickedly rich and rounded brew that packs a mighty punch. The powerful glow builds up from inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough, spices and tropical fruits.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Sweet, complex and a heavy but not overpowering taste. Beautiful flowery aroma with a sweet taste that also has room for some nice bitterness. Great aftertaste that release some of the heavy alcohol punch. Where can I get a 24 of this beauty?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is malt, citrus, some sourness and light bitterness. Has some hefeweizen aroma characteristics. Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with a small white head. Decent lacing. Light initial malt with some citrus. Sour in the middle and finishes very sweet. Light bitterness is covered up by the sourness and sweetness. Just a little too sweet for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Clear spritzy golden strong ale. Lots of pungent yeasty aromas with more hoppiness than most belgian strong ales. Flavor is sweet malt with lots of spiciness from the yeast and a great lingering bitterness in the backgorund. A little harsh towards the end, but overall a very interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (2559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
330ml brown bottle. Hazy gold, topped with a beautiful dense creamy white head. Nice lacing. Spicy aroma with yeast and alcohol, also citrus. Yeast, malt and alcohol flavours, lingering bitter finish and alcohol warming. Full body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is yeast, spice and fruit. Tangy sweet start with tropical fruit and some spice finishing with a tart dry orangey flavor. 10.5% ABV warms the face and tummy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drywallman (327) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2004
This one was light amber and "thick" looking with a white pillowy head that lasted a while. Carmelly malt, close to being overly sweet gave way to guava type flavors. Not a lot of hops here for a balance or finish. I came close to having enough after working through a big (22oz?) bottle at the Fox and Hound in Schaumburg.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
Is this Gulden? It sure seems like it. As a matter of fact there are few differences inbetween the two. Nothing too challenging... missing a few things actually, but it has some sweet syrupy flavours and a good share of malts and dates. Needs more Hops! I ainít finding lots here.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Reminds me right away of Gulden Draak. Very sweet and thick. The aftertaste is very nice and lasting slightly bitter, mostly sweet with a touch of alcohol. Caramel, too sweet aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours an ever so lightly hazy deep gold color, and is topped by an off white head that is medium sized. The aroma is dry, grassy, herbal, and has a spiciness that is a bit akin to coriander. The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a grassy finish that lingers. This beer is quite interesting in its herbal-grassy character. This beer has some bright fruitiness to it as well, evoking notes of pear, apple, white grapes, and yellow raisins. Again this is pretty good beer, if not a bit sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Nice golden color, full white head, nice lace. Spicy and alcoholic aroma, light yeast. Flavor is pretty boozy, along with some banana like yeast and pale malt. Dry and alcoholic burn, the body isnít so bad but it gets killed by the alcohol. Iím not digging this one.


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