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


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RATINGS: 1812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Well I’m almost sure this is the right beer Piraat on the label, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 10.5% alcohol...but amber triple IPA? I think that is a misprint. The beer I have is a straw yellow color with a slight yeast cloud and a solid whit head. It has a great spicey yeast aroma, peppery with perhaps a little corriander, balanced with mild floral hop and sweet malt. The flavor is well balanced, slightly bitter with a good amount of sweet malt, with a wheat malt and yeast finish. The body is good, and it seems to hide the 10.5% well, this is a smooth beer. This beer seems like the textbook definition of a trippel, and based on that I think it is a good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
11.2oz bottle. Cloudy golden pour. Aroma is sour with strong lemongrass and some malt. Really does have a doughy taste. The rest is sour fruit and there is a little, tiny bit of hops detectable in the aftertaste. Light alcohol taste, but I guess that is to be expected given the style and high content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
This beer poured an orange color w/ golden brown highlights and thinlasting head w/ thick lacing. The aroma was full of soury fermented dark fruit and slight orange and flower notes. The flavor was dark w/ fermented fruit and flowers and oranges. The mouthfeel was creamy and light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2005
Gloden beer with a hazy touch and a big white foam. Aroma of wheat and pilsmalts, also some yeast in the nose. Touch of herbs and white sugar. Full taste, malty light citrus fruits pepper and some alcohol in the end. Slight bitterness of hops in the afthertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Pours a cloudy, golden color with an eggwhite-like head that retains throughout. Wet bread, yeasty aroma leads to a sweet, fruity palate with minimal alcohol taste. After the first few swallows the warming alcohol makes itself evident. One of the best of the style, but a little pricy at $10.99 per 750 ml bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Dark straw pour, with huge fruit aromas. Tastes fruity, spicy, hoppy, with a semi-doughy, hefe-ish finish. Lots of fruit in here, with hops and malt, and a dry, yet firmk, candi sugarish finish. Well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Magnum, aged 1.5 years, tulip glass. From my tasting, I would say this beer is grossly underrated. From the beginning of the pour to the end of the bottle, this was a joy. Smell was of melon, lemon, orange rind, and corriander. Orange gold in the glass with visible effervesence, the head was yellow-tan and retentive, with good lacing and good "racing." The taste was more acrid than acidic (which was unexpected), buttery, melony, spicy. The only complaint was on the mouthfeel: it was a bit watery in the finish. Other than that, this was very good. Maybe the flavors were a bit underdeveloped, but it had nice complexity and strength. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
I was going to save this one for Talk Like a Pirate day this coming September but that is just too long to wait! 750ml botle Sparkling clear golden body topped by a frothy white head. Glass lace is decent. The aroma is peach, candi sugar, light alcohol, and a bit of Saison-esque spiciness. The flavor is a bit more alcoholic than the aroma leads on to. Sweetness is only moderate while the peachy fruitiness from the aroma is back with some tropical fruitiness. Medium dry alcoholic body. The finish is medium bitter with light acidity. Decent enough but it needs a bit more complexity to take it to the next level.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Yellow with nice head. Slight skunky aroma. Full flavor. Balanced sweetness with some bitter bite. There is a faint pineapple under tone. There is also A little alcohol taste , but not over powering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1332) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
Dark yellow in colour,another scary head,richer and more warming than the 9,plenty of summer fruits and spices,harder to finish.

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