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


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RATINGS: 1809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Definitly has a georgeous head. Incredibly sweet and obvious notes of alcohol. Not too shabby, but maybe a bit sweet for me. The sweetness tends to be a common complaint for me with this type though, i am more of an IPA guy. But, still not complainin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2005
330ml bottle - pours a very hazy, deep gold amber color with a nice three finger, creamy head, but is disapates quickly. Lacing is average for a quality Belgium Beer. Aroma is nice and complex, mostly malts, lemon, citrus, yeast and other semi-sweet fruit. Flavor is full of smei-semi-sweet fruits, apricot, orange and hints of spices and vanilla. The alcohol, although well hidden, does come to the front now and then. This is a powerful brew and can sneak up on you quickly. Aftertaste is very full, rich and spicy. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle. Presents with a hazy, deep golden, fizzy pour. Big, fluffy white head, but dissapates quickly. Complex rich aromas of fresh dough, yeast, lemon, apricot and malt. Even though this ale is well carbonated to style, its hefty body presents a full, smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of citrus, yeast, vanilla and a fruity sweetness are quite assertive but blend well and are pleasantly accentuated by the high alcohol content. Late palate transforms into a nice moderate hoppy bitterness which cuts down the ale’s sweet side and results in a long pleasing finish. An excellent Belgian and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
An excellent Belgian Ale. This has a sweet aroma, pours out a nice golden-amber color with a great white head. The flavor is strong, fruity and spicy, and the palate is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3051) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pours out a cludy golden color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is smooth for the content, but it was missing something. Notes of fruits and some citrus with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - DEC 18, 2005
cloudy golden ale w/ huge white head. aroma of citrus, hops and grapefruit. thick and strong, the alcohol is apparant. it is sweet, but not to the point of cloying. a nice sipping drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (933) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
A lot better than your usual blond beer. And strong too, without being overwhelming. Sweet malt flavours. Goes down smoothly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
I was hoping more from this one. Typical blond really. Gold hazy body with a white fluffy head, nice lacing at the start. Lots of lemon, soft fruits, and nice yeasty malts. It took a while to open up and even though it doesnt attempt to shine through, it worked well while playing video games.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2005
I don’t know about the product description, and looking back on notes from a beer judge in the early nineties, this seems to have evolved away from it’s complex routes to become the simplistic epitome of modern Belgian Golden Strong’s. That said, and with an open mind to that huge alcohol, I found this to be a tasty easy sipper. Poured into a Piraat tulip, quite cool. Brilliant orange gold body with fine wispy carbonation raising up a thin, yet dense and creamy white head that lasted and left trails of lace down the glass (attractive little bugger!). Spicy, lemon/lime cordial, vanilla and candi sugar nose with notes of bread crumbs and prickly alcohol. Quite soft and smooth in the mouth; big in body and with the first mouthful brings on that huge ABV. Flavours were simple and seamless, between vanilla and lemon-candi for sweetness, doughy yeast, a light hint of herbs and spicy white wine towards the back, before a warming vodka like swallow reminiscent of lemon flavoured ’Absolut Citron’. Overall, I didn’t mind this one, the alcohol managed to mellow as it warmed and it showed a little more fruit. Surprising!!! (33cL, 24BE 09:17)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
On tap at Eulogy’s, Philadelphia, PA. ABV 10.5%. Clear golden yellow Belgium stong ale having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Nice sweet malt and fruity ester aromas. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet malt and fruity grape flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. Definite alcoholic warmth. Excellent drinkable Belgium strong ale.

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