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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Cloudy golden amber. Head is not very impressive for a tripel. Nose is fruity, spicy and sweet. Sweetness in taste is bordering on cloying. Alcohol is present only in a slow burn on the way down. Only it’s sweetness prevents me from giving better marks.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Complex tasting ale due to the malt and hops. Has a strong alcohol flavor and after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Not bad... typical belgian strong; on tap, it’s pretty damn good... of course, a bit too typical... that’s all i can really say, not feeling verbose today. try it... plenty of spice and grain

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Incredibly smooth and easy to drink given the alcohol content. Unknown Belgian I would definitely recommend

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Medium blondish brown color. An unspectacular aroma that was standard Belgian. Kind of strong bite to this beer with a powerful alcohol taste. You gradually become used to it but that doesn’t make it any better. Not one of the better Belgians but still good enough to beat out most other beers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Very much like Gulden Draak, this is equally enjoyable. A little more hops and little less fruit, I’d take either one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Spicy, fruity, and sweet all at once. An interesting aroma to say the least. Like most belgian strong ales, it gets sweeter and more spicy as it warms. Also true to the style, it starts with a pillowy head which deflates into a flat lace which lingers for the rest of the drink. Almost honey like in color.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2002
A good strong ale with a sharp hops bite and a warming alcohol prescence. Arrr, me arties.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Strong banana esters. Some alcohol in the nose. Sweet fruity flavor. Creamy. Medium body. I think this is one of the most underrated Belgians. A damn fine brew. And what a funky label!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Clear golden-orange color, the head is large, frothy, and tonnes of lace. Nose is malt, citrusy, and to this old honker, acidic or astrigent? Front is sweet, the top light, the finish is dry, lightly carbonated, decent hop presence, the Alcohol is noticeable, and leaves that nice warm feeling in the ’Tummy’. Another of those beers I like, but would need a ’Sixer’ to judge how much. Ranks #562 on my current 1000 bweer master list.


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