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


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RATINGS: 1784   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2004
2/28/03 on tap-Always a treat to find Piraat on tap. Such a lovely beer-nice fluffy head and gorgeous color and clarity. Flavor is more hoppy than belgians usually are and has a slight lactic sourness that fits in nicely. Bottles of this can be hit or miss, but on tap its always a treat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tessic (1019) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2004
This beer pours a pale orange colour with a creamy white head. Slight scent of vineger with a real doughy scent. Alcohol on the nose is warm. A little orange citrus with a malty pepperish bite. First sip...Bold flavour of a mix between spices and sour milk. The finish was warm and very alcoholic with a bitter/sour flavour. Palate was medium creamy texture with a real doughy / yeasty flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2004
Golden color with a beautiful white head. The taste is sweet and fruity. Finish kind of sharp and slight alcoholic. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke (The tattooed widow), Copenhagen.
Extremely solid tan head on a dark yellow body. Aroma is quite mild fruity and sweet with an alcoholic undertone. Flavor is very smooth, fruity and sweet. Bitter finish. Nice beer that hides the high ABV very well!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours somewhat cloudy yellow-orange with a medium off-white head. Crackers and grapes in the aroma. Flavor is very yeasty with tangy, over-the-top sweetness, crackers, white grapes, pineapple juice, and alcohol. Earthy hops round out the rather cloying body. Unique but ultimately not satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
The alcohol taste was almost over powering. Had undertones of raisins, apples and bread. Hop spice and alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Pours a fluffy, thick, white, three-fingered head, fades very slowly and leaves gobs of lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is a light golden. Nose is malty and has raisin overtones. Starts and finishes fruity with some sweetness and just a hint of bitterness. Pricey, $3.79 for a 330ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 Vaguely reminiscent of Duvel, with even more alcohol. However, this is a real deceiver. Had I not known it was 10.5%, I could have easily poured a few of these down quickly and fallen over. Quite spicy, with orange peel and crystallised fruit too, and the usual bittersweet finish, but nothing overwhelmingly complex going on. Very tasty, but I can’t quite get the point of these ridiculously strong beers that drink as easily as a session bitter. Unless, of course, you want to get very drunk very quickly. Bottled. (3.4). RE-RATE. Draught at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festibal (beer #12). perhaps my tatses in belgian beer have matured a little but I found this a crude and the alcohol too dominant. I’m going off these blonde Belgians that seem to be little more than a vehicle for the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 Sort of a lemony aroma with a small amount of yeast and other light summer fruit. Pretty good but nothing too impressive. Very large head above a clear yellow body made this beer look great. Starts with a sweet syrupy lemon taste with some bitter to match. Its like thick apple juice reduction mixed with fresh lemon juice. Finish is short but a little dry and bitter which wasn't horrible, but again not impressive. However, overall it was pretty good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Pours pale yellow with thin white head. This beer really quite well rounded. Very nicely balanced flavors. The high alcohol is barely noticeable. Aroma and flavor are of your traditional belgian.

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