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

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RATINGS: 1697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Healthy creamy head. Medium orange with hazy cloudiness. Good lacing and lasting head. Enticing aroma. Slight grapefruit taste. Nice oily palate. Initially light sweet taste, ends with soft hop bitterness. Alcohol level hardly noticeable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2005
A beautiful Golden color with a good clean white head. The flavor had a sweetness I associate with ripe pears but then the alcohol hits you and really warms it up nicely. I think this brew is underrated... I will enjoy it again hopefully sooner than later. (Bonus points for the sweet lable!)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Bottle from my favorite Clearwater ale shop. Pours a cloudy bright golden, massive undying head. Aroma is sweet fruits (oranges and apricots), and spicy cloves, honey, and molasses. Big alcohol push up front. The taste follows up with a malty sweetness, with a light dry finish. Pretty decent. Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoyed this one a lot more across the big pond.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Pours golden straw color with good white head. Spicy, yeasty aroma. Flavors of the same with some light fruits as well. The strong alcohol content is disguised pretty well. Not bad, but other Strong Belgians that I like better.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Very nice sweet fruity aroma. Tastes much the same, like I am down chilling on an island or something. Warms you up a little bit too. Not a bad belgian at all, you gotta slow sip it though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Well I’m almost sure this is the right beer Piraat on the label, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 10.5% alcohol...but amber triple IPA? I think that is a misprint. The beer I have is a straw yellow color with a slight yeast cloud and a solid whit head. It has a great spicey yeast aroma, peppery with perhaps a little corriander, balanced with mild floral hop and sweet malt. The flavor is well balanced, slightly bitter with a good amount of sweet malt, with a wheat malt and yeast finish. The body is good, and it seems to hide the 10.5% well, this is a smooth beer. This beer seems like the textbook definition of a trippel, and based on that I think it is a good example of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
11.2oz bottle. Cloudy golden pour. Aroma is sour with strong lemongrass and some malt. Really does have a doughy taste. The rest is sour fruit and there is a little, tiny bit of hops detectable in the aftertaste. Light alcohol taste, but I guess that is to be expected given the style and high content.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
This beer poured an orange color w/ golden brown highlights and thinlasting head w/ thick lacing. The aroma was full of soury fermented dark fruit and slight orange and flower notes. The flavor was dark w/ fermented fruit and flowers and oranges. The mouthfeel was creamy and light.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2005
Gloden beer with a hazy touch and a big white foam. Aroma of wheat and pilsmalts, also some yeast in the nose. Touch of herbs and white sugar. Full taste, malty light citrus fruits pepper and some alcohol in the end. Slight bitterness of hops in the afthertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1519) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Pours a cloudy, golden color with an eggwhite-like head that retains throughout. Wet bread, yeasty aroma leads to a sweet, fruity palate with minimal alcohol taste. After the first few swallows the warming alcohol makes itself evident. One of the best of the style, but a little pricy at $10.99 per 750 ml bottle.


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