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


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RATINGS: 1597   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Strangely sweet, but still dry. At first, it seems to hide the alcohol way better than some more highly-touted triples, IMO. Later, the alcohol strikes you blindsided! Quite spicy, very effervescent, and the only beer that has ever made me feel piratey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Clear golden ale with frothy head. Spied fruit aroma with light maltiness. Definite alcohol finish. A little dry for me but still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Syrupy hail storm of sugary coriander...Tongue is lashed through and through and bleeds the fruit salad acidity you had eaten for dessert tonight...Hanging for dear life, heavily inebriated by the hot alcohol, on a raft of yeasty bread crumbs...Brash sweetness and spiciness tangle, never peaceful...An almost exhausting ride...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2002
Tropical fruit flavoring is very noticeable along with some spice. Different and very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
parkerman (13) - New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Great spicey triple. I enjoy this one every time I have it. Although the sweetness seems to vary every time I have it - which may be attributed to itís age or what Iím eating with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Dark golden color with a tall light head. Bready and flowery aroma. Very sweet. Flavors of taffy and maple syrup. Seemed cloying to me. Alcohol was warming. Not one of my favorite belgian strongs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Yes, truth in advertising. It was very active when I opened it, foaming slowly out of the bottle. THe aroma was flowery and fruity, and oddly, a little like toasted bread. Golden and hazy like a heffe weis. I wondered if it was anything like a Buccanneer (a Belgian fav of some of my friends that carried the same cheesy colored pencil style label). No, it is its own beast, closer to Gouden Carolous Tripel. But the hops are quily countered, mellowing in on the back end, into that toasty, faintly toffee ending that might give certain íHop Hatersí hesitiation, before dismissing it as too bitter. Savor the finish on this one. I may be completely of the mark too as I have a horrid head cold, but at 10.5%, its damn fine cough syrup. Iím sure I will be back to speck it out again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Pretty golden amber color, rather like honey. Huge head. Pleasant aroma. Good body. A more bitter finish than I like in a fruity pale ale (though I love monstrously hoppy dark ales -- go figure). A good ale overall, but not something Iím likely to drink often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 Rating #1 Tap (7 3 7 4 16). A very light yellow beer with some rising bubbles. Somewhat lacking in complexity for a Belgian. Rating #2 Bottle ( 8 4 8 3 16) 10/10/08. A hazy golden orange color with a light foamy white head. Sweet fruity aromas with banana, pineapple, flowers, bread, and alcohol. Semi-sweet, light and airy on the palate with high carbonation, and a light fruity finish. Quite a nice strong triple like beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2002
A pale ale that packs a punch. Decisa frizzantezza that lasts for the entire glass. Hints of hops, basil and lemon. It rolls gently down the tongue with itís tempting honey taste and then the bitterness drops in your lap like a dead cat. A good summer sipping beer that will drop you like a Lewis KO.

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