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


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RATINGS: 1649   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 7, 2003
The appearance is a almost transparent yellow. very little head. The smell is definitly odd...a sour apple smell, perhaps some esters... possible a pineapple note. The flavor is initially sweet and mild but is quickly broken into by a sour, alcoholic, and bitter taste. The finish returns this beer to grace with an excellent aftertaste, and a warm felling that travels from the stomach to the feet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Slightly murky yellow. Smells like lemons, some spices, coriander, alcohol and peaches. Very carbonated, initially sweet, like apricots and peaches and lemons. Middle of the drink has a sharp hit of alcohol, with the finish a little bubble and abrasive, tasting like cigarette smoke and lemons.

Rerate blind: Clear gold. Bright, sort of green flavor, green celery and wet, damp hop leaves, but not pungent or forward… nose is almost all straight candy sugar, semi-sweet, some sort of balance between candy sugar sweetness and medium harsh grain astringency. Too much alcohol in the nose, bright and fresh flavor, but strikes the back of the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Pours a hazy off color of gold with a moderate head and strong lace sheets. Aroma is one of citrus and/or pineapple. The flavor is hoppy with definite fruit overtones and a bit of alcohol warming. The palate seems clean to me. This is very refreshing in one aspect, but it is also very warming in another. It attacks from two fronts. I like this beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Extremely sweet. Tons of apple in aroma. Very sweet; lots of pineapple ice cream flavor. I wish there was more malt. Sticky palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This one pours an amber color with a large head that dies off into a rocky shape and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little grassy and hoppy with some sweet fruits. The taste is very strong and is composed of peppery spices and some sweetness. The flavor seems a little too aggressive for my tastes compared to the others by this brewer. Not smooth enough to thoroughly enjoy.

   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 (4843) - 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 (5401) - 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) - - 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.

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