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

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RATINGS: 1614   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8023) - 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 (2473) - 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 (5075) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1607) - 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 (3671) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2003
Opaque bronze with small particles of suspended yeast sediment. Excellent malty & yeasty aroma which sadly little carries over into the flavour, which is far too dominated by alcohol, even for me. Possibly better as a winter drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2003
Slightly hazy golden-orange colour with big, rocky white head - very nice. Malty, typically Belgian aroma with alcohol warmth. Flavours of malt, peppery spice and yeast, with a hop bite and too-strong alcohol burn in the finish. Not bad, but not a favourite.


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