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


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RATINGS: 1709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2003
(Draught) Pours a golden yellow color with a small head. Descent tasting Belgian brown ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Ahoy matey. Shiver me timbers, what an amazing grog this is. Arrr! If you don't go out and pick this stuff right up, I might make you walk thee plank.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Pours golden with huge frothy head, nice lacing and a high level of carbonation. Malt aromas with traces of hops and a large yeast/dough presence. Sweet malts hit the tongue first going into a mellow bread taste finishing with slightly bitter hops. A creamy palate makes this a pleasing BSA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4723) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2003
(33cl bottle) Thin, white head and golden body. Sour nose? Rich, thick and malt. Delicious flavour with a lasting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 20, 2003
Had this off tap at the Smokehouse on Riverside Dr. while watching the Buckeye's game; in an authentic Piraat snifter no less. The brew is a cloudy clover honey amber with no head or lacing to speak of. The nose is butterscotch, cloves and alcohol, flowers, and brown sugar. The flowery flavor has sweet alcoholic warmth in abundance. The light to medium body is slightly syrupy and flat, finishing very alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2003
A thick, pure white head with a golden color. Lemon licorice, malty aroma. The Citrus and the alcohol attack the palate at once. Sweet and very warming. Honey comes through later in the aftertaste. A good after dinner ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8277) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2003
(My bottle is called "Piraat Amber"?) Dull hazy orange colour; very sticky pearling, huge golden head, very slowly collapsing. Nose is meaty, yeasty, nearly cured ham - like, metallic to lactic sour. Smells infected! Taste is - thank God - at odds with the nose, except for the very yeasty-creamy mouthfeel. Beer is outspokenly sweet, liquorice-tinted, and with background citruszeste flavours. Bit of spices in the palate: nutmeg, coriander, but all as if below identification tresholds. Thick mouthfeel, much alcohol is obvious. Bit sticky ending. There's something amiss with the nose of my particular sample. Rest is more classic - at Van Steenberge they like sweet - alcohol punch, very politic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2003
This beer is a rich golden color, and is topped by a thin white head. There is a slight haze to the beer as well. The aroma is light, with a bit of hops and maybe just a hint of citrus. The taste is mostly a malt sweetness, coupled with a strong alcohol note. There is a decent hops bittering in the finish, but this is all about sweet, fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is very rich and smooth, and the drinkability is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Dark golden color, not much head but it laces well. Winey, bready aroma. The flavor is mostly yeasty fruit (banana and plum), but with an unpleasant dry aftertaste (diacetyl?). The alcohol is well-masked, but as <a href=ShowBeer.asp?BeerID=3962&FanofID=6872>egaj put it, the "pinchy" aftertaste brings it down a notch or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Aroma is of bananas, sour apples, and perhaps a bit of passionfruit or papaya. The appearance is a golden color. Flavor is slightly sweet up front with hints of the fruity nose. The middle is somewhat bland with a slight taste of cigarette butt nastiness. The finish is dominated by an alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is average. Overall a mediocre strong ale.

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