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

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RATINGS: 1596   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1011) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2003
An average looking Belgie, with slightly cloudy color and decent head. The aroma is better than the color, quite pleasant, and somewhat complex. The flavor is nice, with a little spiciness to the finish. A pretty good one!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2544) - GERMANY - MAR 30, 2003
Yeasty nose with a heavy dose of alcohol, heavy near opaque orange color, big spongy head. Big, chewy maltiness with tastes of apricots, sugar, maybe vanilla tones and an orange/corriander and pepper finish. Alcohol kick in the swallow. Complex, but not convinced of the balance. Some flaws but I liked this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (7627) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Pours a solid orange color with an ultra-thin off-white head. No lacing. Aroma is sweet spices, with a faint skunky presence here and there. Flavor is almost dominated by the alcohol, but there are nice malt and grapefruit flavors apparent as well. Overall not a bad experience but this beer isn't up there with some of the better Belgians I have had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 Spicy aroma with a fresh smell. Large white frothy head. Hazy yellow / amber in color. Very sugary with a nice malty taste. Really quite good!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2444) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Grape, orange and koriander nose - rosee pepper like. Dark orange with hints of red, little head leaving laces. Peppery tabacco taste. Almost to spicey - kills all other flavors. I think this is the most peppery beer I ever had - but it is somehow still a nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (4946) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2003
Dark yellow color, lasting head, but not as big as the piraat 9%. Also not as spicy and citrussy as the 9. Overall this is a pretty good brew, but it lacks some complexity.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Orange color with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast and citrus. Flavor is very sweet and acidic, Alot of Alcohol warmth and finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1605) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Bottle. Clear, amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of flowers, hops, liquor, sweet white wine, vanilla. Quite nice, well balanced flavour with a good complexity. Lightly bitter intiai flavour. Moderately caramelish sweet, lightly bitter finish. So all the sweetnes is in the finish. It’s a quite sweet, but very ok beer. Good balance, but not tremendously complex.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2003 oooo, wow. i like this but it had a really strong alcohol presence in the taste that i found a bit distracting. may have to try it again when i'm not already a bit topsy. other than the alcohol, it is very strong and a bit bitter. it poured nicely without too much foam. give it a whirl if you like lager or wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3664) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Golden color, with much less white head than other beers by the brewery. Sweetness up front, and good basic flavors, though one vein of metallic flavors struck me uncomfortably. Some spiciness--much better flavor balance when it was warmer. Good palate all around, full of life and full in the mouth.


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