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


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RATINGS: 1747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Pours a golden color with a thin head. Aromas of citrus/lemon, sweet and some spice. Flavor is sweet, malty and alcoholic. Light to medium body with nice warming effect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Aroma when I first opened the bottle was like Coca-Cola, but in reality it’s more like grapes, sugar, spice. Very fluffy head, with gold body. Very malty, sweet, alcohol laden belgian strong. Cinnamon, apple, caramel, and alcohol dominate the flavor. Pretty good belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Off white tiny head. Alcahol and yeast is the dominant scents in the aroma. Some light spices as well. Flaovur is very alcaholic. Notes of malt and spices. The dominating alcahol leads to a sugary alcahol burnt in the end. Quite onedimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bright golden hue with a nice two finger white head that is lacing quite well. Head retention became and issue towards the end of the beer. Very aromatic nose with light peppers and citrus fruits especially lemons. Yummy! The nice bitter hop finish on the palate pleases me. I couldn’t find a chilled IPA and that is what I wanted but this satisfied my need for a hop monster for now anyway. I think this is a very well done, solid and fantastic tasting ale. The alcohol is very well hidden but still is quite warming in the mouth on the finish. Lots of tropical fruits, but still somewhat bready and yeasty with an interesting malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Color is a hazy gold, with a small and short white head. Aroma is full-on citrus, with loads of lemon zest, and plenty of sugar and spice. Palate: small amount of hops, big malt, smooth and citrusy, recalling weizens and witbiers quite a lot. Light body. The heaviness of the citric component soured the experience for me, and lessened my enjoyment of this beer. I have no ill memories from those I’d consumed before I began reviewing. Could something be amiss?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2714) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Thanks Cheri for sharing this. I had to chug back most of the bottle because she doesnt like Belgian Blonde Ales. What a snob. Anyway a golden apperance with a moderate white head. The flavor is fruity with some pineapples and a decent spicy finish. The alcohol is hidden quite well. Not a bad sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Golden with aroma and flavor of lemons, pineapple, light fruit, and spices...I’m freaking experiencing belgian blonde-induced convulsions...sorry, had to share.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Terminus (3380) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Thin look but thick and strong taste. This one will suprise you. Very complex, almost too much for me. Interesting but not exactly something I would want to sip very often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Opening the bottle released a bouquet aroma of strong pine, fruit, and spice. Carmel green apples, citrus, bananas, and alcohol spiciness for flavors. This has a hearty maltiness and the alcohol makes itself known. Acidic, slightly tart. Very complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1898) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Arrrrr! Pours hazy golden with a nice, fluffy white head. Head is 95% diminishing except for an uneven film and a ring of lacing. Sour fruits in the aroma, rather lambic-like, rounded out by some medicinal alcohol notes. Creamy, cob-webby flavor, malty sweet, musty, and lightly fruity. Plums and gingersnaps dancing in my head. Wonderful mouthfeel, pillowy soft and lightly tingly. Finish is slightly sweeter than the brunt of the flavor. Each sip is more delicious than the last. Underrated, for sure. Yo ho, yo ho! A Piraat’s life for me!

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