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

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RATINGS: 1710   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 On draft at Eulogy Tavern in Philly. Cloudy golden ale. Rich and spicy - fennel? ginger? Lots of candi sugar, hint of pears? Spice lingers long after finish. Revisted on 12/31/2004 at the Abbaye for happy hour. Delicous brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 From a bottle at Yeomanís Road Pub in Tampa. Sweet to the point of being cloying and thin on mouthfeel. Decent, but if Iím paying the money this costs Iíd have something a little more well rounded.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Copper in colour, voluptuous white head. Aggressive hops and spice, strong malt flavor with copious amounts of Belgian candi sugar obviously added. Mouthfeel is full and robust. Alcohol bite of 10.5% isnít too noticeable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kendog (16) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Light subtle apricot aroma. Hazy honey color. Definite hop characteristic probably low Alfa acid. Overall impression of the beer is good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goblincat (387) - Westland, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Pours hazy gold-orange with a very large white fluffy head. Nice spicy aroma. Strong alcohol and pepper taste. Not real complex, but very warming.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2004
Found this to be too harsh on the palate: not because of the alcohol but because of the lack of malt character. Not well crafted and left a lame aftertaste like cheap champagne would. Get something else. E.g. had a Duvel right after and it kicked Piraatís arse.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1439) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Dark golden in color with a mostly dissipating egg white head. Aroma is fruity with some hops, whereís the yeast? Flavor though is quite enjoyable. Very fruity, candy sugar, big ABV is very well hidden. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Clear gold with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of hops, spice and a touch of alcohol. Tastes slightly sweet, fruity with a warming alcoholic/hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
trappist glass: spicy alcohol on the lips then a sweet and great doughy and banana aftertaste. i like it. if only it were more together on the tongue, rather than after i swallow it. oh! ARRRGGHHH! Iím a Sea Dragon.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2004
Clear golden body with a large frothy white head. The head lasted the distance and left good lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma was of spice , alcohol and cinnamon. Taste was sweet, buttery/oily, light pepper, spices again and the alcohol is certainly present and warming but not offensive.


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