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

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RATINGS: 1664   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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Draught: Clear gold white a white head. Strong fruity green apple aroma, with overpowering esters. Excessively sweet estery flavour, with heaps of pepper and alcohol. Medium bodied, but too much alcohol for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 2, 2005
Deep gold with a white head that forms an island in the center. The aroma is interesting with a yoghurty softness over tropical fruit (banana and pineapple). It has a big body with plenty of warming alcohol, a crisp apple attack and a caramel finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Bit of a surprise. Odor is just a bit off, canít quite place it. Vaguely fruity, yet yeasty. Cloudy appearance, with bits of fluff floating in it. Flavor is the real shocker. Big first flavor, almost spicy, with a bit of citrus in the finish. Not what I expected, but Iím happy with the results.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2005
Hazy orange, fairly decent white head. Fruity, yeasty nose. Sweet, fruity flavour with hints of apricots. Citric, banana taste. Full bodied. Bitter palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Wow, so... whereís the beer? This thing poured over 80% head! And it doesnít go anywhere, either. Once you manage to get past the head though, youíll find a fruity, very alcoholic tasting beer. Aroma is bananas, citrus, cloves, some pepper. Pepper in the taste too rounds out with a long, round, warmingly dull finish. Strong carbonation also tasted, and I couldnít help but notice that the carbonation in the glass (at least little liquid beer was left) was almost thick and chunky. This is a crazy beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottle from somewhere in France. Pours a cloudy golden color. Huge head, alcohol is easily noticeable. This one has some bite. Enjoyable beer, but perhaps too much alcohol and not enough hops/malt balance. It was still enjoyable but nothing amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy and golden with a huge head. Impossible to pour in one shot without making a mess. Initial aroma of banana, sweet citrus, alcohol and yeast. Pretty good. Not much in the way of spices, though ... interesting. First sip reinforces the aroma, except that the alcohol surges to the fore, but it fades quickly (or it just numbs my tastebuds) Once the alcohol subsides, it becomes pretty sweet and dry. (Mostly banana and yeast) Letís see, high ABV, golden in color, rather fruity, sweet and dry ... are they sure this isnít a triple?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 I must confess, I bought this beer on a whim becuase It had a sweet label on it and its spelt funny. Silly Belgians. Anyways, it was my first Belgian strong so it all worked out in the end. Poured a hazy golden yellow. Lots of wheat and banana(?) present int he aroma. Smells good is about all I can say. The taste doesnt let down either. Tart and acidic with a definte hop presence. Somewhat of a dry fruity aftertaste that becomes bitter at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25079) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Have been looking for this for quite some time and found it in "De Hopduvel" in Gent. So far I havenít been that fond of the beers from Bios/Van Steenberge, but this fares a lot better. Pale golden, somewhat hazy with lots of sweet malt. In spite of the strong alcohol and full body this is pretty easy to drink. A pleasure. 070896

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2005
750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a bright cloudy golden with a decent off white head of large bubbles that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready, fruity citrus and spice aromas, fruity pear, apple, lemon and spicy flavors. Full bodied with a mildly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, sweet finish with alcohol present, very drinkable for the alcohol content.


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