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

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RATINGS: 1723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Golden, almost pilsner colour but hazy with some white head, which turns into a ring with heavy lacing. Taste is like a malty ipa, it might be too sweet for me...and the alcohol stands out too. Thick mouthfeel. Interesting, but not really the right balance for me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2005
A hole lot of sediment. Hard to drinkl. Very fruity and alcoholic. Sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Misty gold, white micro bubble head. Aroma of malt, breads, yeast, and hops. A very nice balance between malt and hops on the toungue, thick in the mouth, hard to notice the heavy alcohol present in this beer. Flavor reminds me slightly of some maltier Pilsners even though this is a Belgian Strong.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours a golden yellow with frothy white head. Smells of bread and hopps. Taste is smooth then hoppy and bitter at the last second. A very solid brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 pours golden with huge head. taste is malt and hops. has a nice alcohol warming in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2005
This shivered my timbers. Itís a muscular Belgian, a tad heavy on the grog at 10.5%, but with plenty of redeeming features. Poured a muddy tangerine colour with a good lasting head and some lace. Thereís some licorice and cloves in the nose, as well as peppery alcohol and some fruit. Full-bodied and thickly alcoholic. Begins with some sweet caramel malt characters but these are soon swamped by the alcohol. Havenít tried the 9% version but wonder if it might not have a better balance? (bottle)

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 (780) - 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 itís 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.


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