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 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 (2807) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11369) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Off white tiny head. Alcahol and yeast is the dominant scents in the aroma. Some light spices as well. Flaovur is very alcaholic. Notes of malt and spices. The dominating alcahol leads to a sugary alcahol burnt in the end. Quite onedimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bright golden hue with a nice two finger white head that is lacing quite well. Head retention became and issue towards the end of the beer. Very aromatic nose with light peppers and citrus fruits especially lemons. Yummy! The nice bitter hop finish on the palate pleases me. I couldnít find a chilled IPA and that is what I wanted but this satisfied my need for a hop monster for now anyway. I think this is a very well done, solid and fantastic tasting ale. The alcohol is very well hidden but still is quite warming in the mouth on the finish. Lots of tropical fruits, but still somewhat bready and yeasty with an interesting malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Color is a hazy gold, with a small and short white head. Aroma is full-on citrus, with loads of lemon zest, and plenty of sugar and spice. Palate: small amount of hops, big malt, smooth and citrusy, recalling weizens and witbiers quite a lot. Light body. The heaviness of the citric component soured the experience for me, and lessened my enjoyment of this beer. I have no ill memories from those Iíd consumed before I began reviewing. Could something be amiss?

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