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

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RATINGS: 1609   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2003
Cloudy bright golden, massive billowy undying head. Aroma sweet, oranges and apricots, cloves, honey, molasses cookies. Alcohol seemed way too much to the front, but after you get through that it settles into a nice simple malty sweetness, with strong but not overpowering pepperiness at the end. Definitely not at the top of its class, but drinkable and in the USA very cheap for a Belgian Strong.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2003
Medium sweet hop aroma.Medium golden appearance.Hoppy bittersweet flavors of mild grapefruit,cumin and coriander and orange.Hides the alcohol well.A moody beer Ive tried some bottles that were as dry as Duvel.This one was on the sweeter side.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2003
Pours a cloudy orangish gold color with chunks of yeast suspended through the beer. The head is small, off-white colored, and does not linger long. It has a strong, nutty aroma of malts, spices, orange, and alcohol. Full body with low carbonation, the flavor is rich and chewy with malt, vanilla, orange and spice tones all intermingling on the palate. The finish is sweet and spicy with just a hint of alcohol. An excellent beer, it hides the alcohol well and is very complex with fruits, spices, and malts all battling it out in the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1012) - 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 (2561) - 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 (7959) - 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 (2470) - 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 (5055) - 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 (1513) - 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.


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