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


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RATINGS: 1812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Straw with a multitude of miniscule bubbles. Aroma is mostly flat malt, yeast, doughy bread and spice. The second layer is overipe fruits, wet firewood, grandma’s fruit cellar and morning dew. Some alcohol as well. First sip is deep, rich and complex. Starts with loads of malt and moves to a fruity dryness that spreads evenly, and vigorously, across the tongue, throttling taste buds along the way. This is really thick compared to other BSAs that I’ve had, which is nice. Warms some in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2005
A dense, golden-wheat body beneath a fully-lasting, creamy white head. Yeasts and malts merged to produce a banana-cake batter aroma, replete with requisite spices. Alcohol was very noticable in the tasting... liqueured banana bread! Very pleasing. Spicy, sour finish, leaving a tingle in the cheeks like the zing from A-1 steak sauce.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
From the 33cl bottle. Pours a clear bright copper with a thick frothy ivory head. Lots of fine lace. Smell grassy and spicy. Some light hoppy bitterness evident in the nose. Also yeasty and fruity smelling. taste is spicy, peppery. Followed by fruitiness from apple and raisins. Vinous flavors, black grape. A slight alcohol burn in the finish. Hints of pepper and clove. Dry in the mouth at first and then a sticky aftertaste. Rounded, sweet flavors. Very drinkable. Tasty and smooth for a high ABV beer. This one is fun. Really hits the spot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours yellow golden with a thick white head. Aroma has a tartness to it. Taste is complex and spiced. Somewhat sweet with a dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2005
A true contender and the best of the Van Steenberge/Bios lot. Not as sweet as other 10%+ heavyweights--but it opens with a potent cotton-candy suggestion that gives way to a bit of hop and yeast. Not as sweet as Kasteel Tripel but very similar otherwise

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
Yellow and hazy with a loose thin head. Sharp and acidic aroma with toasted cracker, yeast, light caramel, a little pear. Very strongly flavored, reflecting the aromas. Quite sweet with a tart and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Myklanjlo (3) - California, USA - APR 8, 2005 does not count
11.2 fl.oz. bottle. Pours a fairly cloudy, pale orange, like golden rust. There is a tiny head with relatively good retention (and a little lacing), mostly do to the bottle conditioning. The bubbles have a moderate saturation but are quite large. The aroma is one of Belgian yeast and slightly-soured citrus sugar. Orange peel, lemon, sagebrush and coriander are all present, as well. Initial mouthfeel is fairly astringent and acidic, due to the high alcohol content and citric flavor profile. The malt is present only a little, briefly tasting like toasted wheat, before it finishes slightly sweet and hoppy. The aftertaste, however, is thoroughly unforgiving as an oily syrup coats the back of your tongue and mouth, tasting of bad grapefruit juice that just won’t go away. This, I’m afraid, is a deal-breaker. There are far better choices available among this style of ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2005
Incredibly huge white frothy, long lasting head on a golden beer.Nice citrus aroma, sweet tasting easy drinking and it hides its alcohol well.I doooo like Belgian Strong Ales!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe pours pale golden, slight haze, large white foamy head, strong carbonation, with attractive lacing.   Pale malt aroma, slightly yeasty, but really its rather pale.   Sweet malty flavor, slightly yeasty, airy *BURP*, but not terribly complex.   Feeling a bit of heat off this one.   Very mild fruity flavor.   Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average, unfortunately.   Finishes strong, with quite an alcoholic kick.   Very warming.   Not bad, but might be better should it not be so high in the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Golden, almost pilsner colour but hazy with some white head, which turns into a ring with heavy lacing. Taste is like a malty ipa, it might be too sweet for me...and the alcohol stands out too. Thick mouthfeel. Interesting, but not really the right balance for me.

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