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


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RATINGS: 1815   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is yeast, spice and fruit. Tangy sweet start with tropical fruit and some spice finishing with a tart dry orangey flavor. 10.5% ABV warms the face and tummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drywallman (359) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2004
This one was light amber and "thick" looking with a white pillowy head that lasted a while. Carmelly malt, close to being overly sweet gave way to guava type flavors. Not a lot of hops here for a balance or finish. I came close to having enough after working through a big (22oz?) bottle at the Fox and Hound in Schaumburg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
Is this Gulden? It sure seems like it. As a matter of fact there are few differences inbetween the two. Nothing too challenging... missing a few things actually, but it has some sweet syrupy flavours and a good share of malts and dates. Needs more Hops! I ainít finding lots here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Reminds me right away of Gulden Draak. Very sweet and thick. The aftertaste is very nice and lasting slightly bitter, mostly sweet with a touch of alcohol. Caramel, too sweet aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours an ever so lightly hazy deep gold color, and is topped by an off white head that is medium sized. The aroma is dry, grassy, herbal, and has a spiciness that is a bit akin to coriander. The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a grassy finish that lingers. This beer is quite interesting in its herbal-grassy character. This beer has some bright fruitiness to it as well, evoking notes of pear, apple, white grapes, and yellow raisins. Again this is pretty good beer, if not a bit sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Nice golden color, full white head, nice lace. Spicy and alcoholic aroma, light yeast. Flavor is pretty boozy, along with some banana like yeast and pale malt. Dry and alcoholic burn, the body isnít so bad but it gets killed by the alcohol. Iím not digging this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Poured nice, golden color with a thick, lasting head. Aroma of bananas and some cinnamon. Flavor was a bit lacking: light spice and hops with an awkwardly dry finish. I was disappointed after the promise of the pour, but would be willing to try again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Just lacking all around, faint nose, spicey, yeasty. Light malt flavors, lightly vinous with a distracting astringency. Appearence being the only redeeming value here. Nice rocky white head with good retention and a fair amount of lace. Unpleasent dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Pours a golden color with a thin head. Aromas of citrus/lemon, sweet and some spice. Flavor is sweet, malty and alcoholic. Light to medium body with nice warming effect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Aroma when I first opened the bottle was like Coca-Cola, but in reality itís more like grapes, sugar, spice. Very fluffy head, with gold body. Very malty, sweet, alcohol laden belgian strong. Cinnamon, apple, caramel, and alcohol dominate the flavor. Pretty good belgian.

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