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


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RATINGS: 1795   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Banana/clove aroma with a spicy belgian hop backing. Pours golden with a tall white bubbly head. Taste starts a bit sweet and fruity with a good amount of spice. Finishes with a kind of funky bitterness and leaves an interesting spicy hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2004
(drft) Nice and thick with very good lacing. A slightly different apple taste than Iíve had with other Belgians - maybe some caramel in there too? A very good beer that would probably kill me if I had more than two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - SEP 10, 2004
pours a cloudy golden- thick, persistant white head, sticks around for a while. Aroma is a bit funky at first, but takes on a spicy, sort of candy apple smell. Flavor is also a tad funky, fading to apples. Pretty sweet, almost sickly. Finishes warm and winey. Very smooth in the mouthfeel, probly itís best aspect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 This ale has a beautiful look to, nice cloudy amber, small bubbles, and a thick white head that soon dimishes, yet manages to coat the glass as you drink. The aroma is that of spices with an underlying whiff of pome-family fruits. The drink is not too sweet, somewhat thick with a heavier spice and perhaps apple flavor. Surprizingly not too strong of an alchohol flavor. It leaves a tart, winey taste in the mouth.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
750ml bottle Appearance:. Golden-amber color, translucent with small carbonation, and a large rocky head that diminishes to a thin layer. Smell: The aroma is earthy, with fruity, tropical (bubblegum) overtones and hints of apples. Taste: The taste is sweet, somewhat syrupy and piney, with a strong presence of alcohol, and a dry peppery (hop bite finish lingers for quite a while). Mouth Feel: The feel is rich and full bodied: creamy, and effervescent with a hoppy-peppery finish. IMHO: An enjoyable brew, but its intensity overwhelms the drinkability and it is lacking in a well-balanced character. Somewhat two-dimensional: a very sweet start and a very dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 On draft at Eulogy Tavern in Philly. Cloudy golden ale. Rich and spicy - fennel? ginger? Lots of candi sugar, hint of pears? Spice lingers long after finish. Revisted on 12/31/2004 at the Abbaye for happy hour. Delicous brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 From a bottle at Yeomanís Road Pub in Tampa. Sweet to the point of being cloying and thin on mouthfeel. Decent, but if Iím paying the money this costs Iíd have something a little more well rounded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Copper in colour, voluptuous white head. Aggressive hops and spice, strong malt flavor with copious amounts of Belgian candi sugar obviously added. Mouthfeel is full and robust. Alcohol bite of 10.5% isnít too noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kendog (16) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Light subtle apricot aroma. Hazy honey color. Definite hop characteristic probably low Alfa acid. Overall impression of the beer is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Pours hazy gold-orange with a very large white fluffy head. Nice spicy aroma. Strong alcohol and pepper taste. Not real complex, but very warming.

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