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


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RATINGS: 1589   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Nose of spicy clove-banana, light bubbles on the palate, cloudy. Intricate lacing on the glass. Yeasty sweet malt. Alcohol apparent at the finish. I liked more and more as I drank it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3288) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Kick-ass brew. The most noticeable aspect is the pineapple aroma. I was thinking it would be overpowering, but the pineapple is barely tasted. It looks like a regular beer like bud. I would have never guessed the content was so high, though. RE-RATE. Yeastly, some sour notes, maybe some fruitiness but not as much as I initially remember. Has a hoppy bitter finish with hints of sweetness and spices sprinkled in. Good, but not as good as I thought. Decreasing the aroma from a 10 to a 7. Increasing the appearance from a 3 to a 4. Decreasing the flavor from a 9 to a 7 and decreasing the overall from an 18 to a 15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Huge frothy eggshell colored head. The beer is a slightly hazy orange color. Very different kind of aroma. It had hints of alcohol, bread, musk, sweetness, and some sourness. The flavor was sweet, with a sour/musky aftertaste. Actually, I didnt taste the alcohol much. Another interesting brew that leaves me a little confused.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. Coriander, coriander, coriander. Sweet malt and banana and orange in abundance. Beautiful golden color and great head. But too much of everything. Probably should not drive or operate machinery of any sort after even handling the bottle. Four of us in a bar had a great laugh over this and we thought we liked the beer but we could not finish the bottle. Duvel on steroids?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 23, 2002
The look of Piraat Amber could not be any better with just right amount of gas, pleasant tonation bright orange-brown with thick, thick white crown. Very nice, soft gentle aroma. With alcohol content that is over 10 % is very hard to hide its presence. It is not too sweet or aggressive. Sweetness travels well into warming smooth aftertaste. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 I poured so vigorously that I hurt myself and the head exploded above the cloudy orange mess...yeast infected banana gum...stupendiously spicy!!!...a tad too much although not in a sweet way..dryness but spicy..lingering spices...moldy banana bread and flemmy throats..leaving me infected!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2002
pours hazy golden orange with a thick white head and furious looking carbonation. yeasty, bready, orangy aroma. sweet fruity and slightly spicy flavours in this big malty beer. tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5160) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Nov, 2002 There was a comforting familiarity about this, like being given your favourite teddy. I embraced it. I smothered it in warm kisses. Sweet. Alcohol. Bitter after-taste. Like the end of a relationship. My whole life was here. The bed moved. Clap if you believe in fairies. [2.9]
Nov, 2011 Part of a wooden case of Belgian beers bought in Carrefour Nice late at night just as they were closing. This is part of my Nice-Cannes Marathon experience. The beer is clearly like Duval - pale, strong, perfumy, chalky dry. These blonde strong Belgian ales are so much like strong Euro-lagers that there isnt a huge difference. You get the high alcohol notes, and you get high. This is sweeter than Duval so I liked it a bit more, but there were still some unpleasant alcohol flavours. [2.9]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Cloudy golden color, slightly bitter taste. nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Complex aroma showing a hefty amount of malt sweetness, yeast which imparts a weizen-like aspect with cloves, spice and banana as well as a distinct doughiness, some melon and citrus fruit and noticeable alcohol. Medium to dark golden color with a hint of amber. Opaque, with a goodly amount of effervescence and a very dense, impressive, long-lasting off-white head. Lacing is also thick and liberally coats the glass. Flavor is very interesting, with citrus and tropical fruitiness, peppery alcohol, a slight cheesiness, light but sugary sweetness, and to balance this some spicy hop flavors. Initially sweet palate that turns acidic but not tart or sour. Finish is alcoholic, peppery and spicy, and very long with some malt and acidity as well. Very different beer, but respectable.

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