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

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RATINGS: 1674   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.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2003
The aroma is very sweet and alchoholic with notes of fruit. The color is a clear amber and it has a beutiful head, though it disappears. The flavor is very powerful and fruity. The alchohol content is hidden but gives it a great palate and prickles your tongue. It ends on a dry note instead of bitterness. A really great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
Piraat Amber
Cloudy light amber color, creamy head. Strong, persistent malt aroma; sweet. Smooth taste, malty, quite sweet; very well balanced in the end. Powerful and wrapping. Perfect afterdinner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Full of flavor and aromatic surprises. Medium bodied and complex, spicy and tangy with very little achohol taste considering it is 10.5%. I just found myself wishing it came in a bigger bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Medium amber color with lots of head, little lacing and some chill haze. Aroma of wheat banana and clove, very belgian. Full belgian flavors, very complex with lots of fig. Mouthfeel is alcohol, dry and refreshing. This is very unsuspecting from the bottle, don't ask me why.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2003
A pretty boring Belgian. The alcohol is masked by some clove and plum notes, as well as the bready yeast flavor. I noticed a bit of sugar and spices, but nothing too exciting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Poured a medium off-white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. This brew had a clove aroma to it. The body was cloudy and it was golden in hue with some carbonation observed. I can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew. Wow! The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. There is a strong bitter taste that lingers with this brew.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4997) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 20, 2003
This brew pours a large head of fine and medium sized white bubbles with a cloudy dark yellow body. Its aroma is very mild indeed buit from what I could smell of it nice in a malty banana way. The flavor is powerful and well backed by its 10,5% ABV. It has acomplex flavor that includes nots of bread, citrous, spice, malt and maybe a few other things. It doesn't take long for the alcohol to hit you either. This is a powerful complex brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3132) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Pours a bright golden with a huge creamy head. Big foamy sheets of lace. Bready, yeasty nose. Slightly thin on the palate but no major complaints. Sweet and citrusy. Notes of banana in the dry finish. Damn, this has some alcohol in it. It burns my belly. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Another one that I was dissappointed by. Way too strong of an alcohol taste on this one. That combined with its heavier body made it a bit of a chore to drink and enjoy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2003
This was very good ale I thought. A nice belgian strong,with a citrusy fruitness too it that I liked. I have had several beers from the Van Steenberge brewery and I have yet to be dissapointed. Nice rich golden color with moderate carbonation, there was indeed a doughy flavor to it, that made it slightly chewy. It also had a good dry tartness that increased as the beer warmed, I hope to be able to come across another one of these.


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