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


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RATINGS: 1649   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
The alcohol taste was almost over powering. Had undertones of raisins, apples and bread. Hop spice and alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2431) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Pours a fluffy, thick, white, three-fingered head, fades very slowly and leaves gobs of lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is a light golden. Nose is malty and has raisin overtones. Starts and finishes fruity with some sweetness and just a hint of bitterness. Pricey, $3.79 for a 330ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 Vaguely reminiscent of Duvel, with even more alcohol. However, this is a real deceiver. Had I not known it was 10.5%, I could have easily poured a few of these down quickly and fallen over. Quite spicy, with orange peel and crystallised fruit too, and the usual bittersweet finish, but nothing overwhelmingly complex going on. Very tasty, but I can’t quite get the point of these ridiculously strong beers that drink as easily as a session bitter. Unless, of course, you want to get very drunk very quickly. Bottled. (3.4). RE-RATE. Draught at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festibal (beer #12). perhaps my tatses in belgian beer have matured a little but I found this a crude and the alcohol too dominant. I’m going off these blonde Belgians that seem to be little more than a vehicle for the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 Sort of a lemony aroma with a small amount of yeast and other light summer fruit. Pretty good but nothing too impressive. Very large head above a clear yellow body made this beer look great. Starts with a sweet syrupy lemon taste with some bitter to match. Its like thick apple juice reduction mixed with fresh lemon juice. Finish is short but a little dry and bitter which wasn't horrible, but again not impressive. However, overall it was pretty good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Pours pale yellow with thin white head. This beer really quite well rounded. Very nicely balanced flavors. The high alcohol is barely noticeable. Aroma and flavor are of your traditional belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2004
11.2 oz capped bottle: pours a murky, pine colour. The creamy foam atop settles into a patchy work of white lily pads. Sweet lemony, yeast aroma with some artificial tangerines, cloves and bananas. Spicy palate, with fresh ground pepper, cloves, a bit of ginger, and plenty of esters that jump quickly to the back of the throat where they hang out before falling down into the throat. I like the carbonation, but it borders on too fizzy. A moist sour lemon flavour finishes a fair brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2009 2009-10-09. Bottle gushers upon opening, golden body, large off white head fades. Sweet pale malt aroma, light yeast and alcohol. Flavour is similar, warming alcohol precedes and follows the sweet pale malt middle. Dry finish, touches of toasty malts and light caramel. Average palate is fairly carbonated. Decent triple/golden ale, simple. 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5 Bottle from the LCBO

2004. Bottle pours a pale golden yellow with a smallish head. Tasted right after the Bornem Tripel and didn’t find a whole lot of differences, though I did prefer the Piraat slightly. Perhaps a less weary palate might have discerned more but it seemed to have the same yeasty aroma a sweet alcohol profile to it. Not entirely pleasant aftertaste. 7/3/7/3/13 - 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Bottle. Poured golden orange with a small white head that diminished to a mere ring. Aroma is nice, spice, rich malt, bready yeast, alcohol and a slightly tart note. Flavor is rich and sweet with a prominent yet pleasant alcohol burn and dry finish. Smooth, full mouthfeel. I'll buy this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
purchased in an lcbo gift pack. very sweet aroma: very yeasty/bananas. flavour is strong, alcohol pushes through right to the end. It's fairly easy to drink though despite it's high content. Very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (786) - Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Fluffy white head and golden pour with nice carbination. This packs a wallop behind the spicy aroma and flavor. Crisp flavor with a coating mouthfeel.

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