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


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RATINGS: 1614   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2005 Large, dense, white head - leaves a beatiful lace. Little dark, golden colour. Sweet, fruit (banana, peach), yeast, pepper, alcohol... complex. Full.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2003 Hazy gold color, with a fair amount of head that lasts and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is yeasty and spicy, along with an astringent alcohol quality. Quite sweet, finishes with a little tiny bit of bitterness. The alcohol overwhelms the other flavors a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4718) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Hazy golden-orange colour with a small (< 1 centimetre) off-white head. Smells of yeast, wheat, spices and an odd savoury aroma (think Worcestershire sauce). Medium to Full-Bodied; Strong alcohol presence in addition to a bunch of malt, a healthy dose of lower a.a. hops and tons of sweet flavours. Finishes with a pineyness and an alcoholic kick. The taste from start to finish is packed with flavour and is very strong. Overall, this tastes much more potent than it smells, but in both respects it is about average for the style. Worth trying, because it is a bid odd...given the aroma and the tate. I was given this 33 cL (11.2 ounce) bottle from fellow Ratebeerian JonR888710 which he purchased at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, Virginia. I sampled this beer on 30-August-2003.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5313) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 Poured murky brown with a very quickly diminishing white fizzy head. Sweet aroma of grapes, citrus fruits, and bread. Spicy dry tongue pincher.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 23, 2003
11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle. $3.49 each at Rick's Gourmet in Alexandria, Va. Poured out a hazy, dark yellow color, with a billowing, foamy white head. Aromas are pretty much non-existant. Slight bubble gum aroma. Not much in hop aroma or malt aroma either. Tastes sweet, peppery, and bread like. This is one powerful beer, and it will sneak up on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaBeer1972 (1293) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Deep golden color and very fruity-complex aroma. The 10.5% is well hidden. (Perhaps better than some 7% beers I have tried). This would be great on a cool Winter's night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3282) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Odd. Individually I gave this decent marks, but then snubbed it overall. Great aroma, tropical fruits, bananas, very estery. Deep gold, decent substantial head. Flavor starts off fruity and yeasty. As it warms, flavors of orange, banana, guava present, along with a definite yeast flavor and a peppery finish. Somehow it is a bit disjointed. A bit of a bite on the tongue as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2003
Nice dark/ruby color with a huge white head. Fruity, malty and yeasty aroma, some chocolate too. Flavour of toffee, yeast, sweet chocolate and alcohol. Long warming and peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 7, 2003
An amber miracle. Strong fuity aroma above huge white head. Notes of malts and alcohol, fruits and honey, spices and even pepper... It was bloody impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Beautiful color, like the sun as it sinks into the Pacific on an August Sunday evening. Hazy but not opaque. The nose is sweet and a malty. Fruity esters and bread are foremost, with a slight background of alcohol. The mouth feel is rich but not heavy, fruity and forward like a Viognier with carbonation. Fig, caramel, butterscotch, and slight pear flavors coat the mouth and last for over 30 seconds. These flavors became more pronounced as the beer warmed, reaching their pinnacle at 58 degrees fahrenheit. Also, I most recently tried Piraat while eating some of my notoriously spicy Red Beans and Rice, so certain flavors might have seemed inhanced (sweetness) while others may have been suppressed (astringency). Nevertheless, a great strong ale (A-), and a good Belgian (B).

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