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


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RATINGS: 1753   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8793) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 7, 2003
The appearance is a almost transparent yellow. very little head. The smell is definitly odd...a sour apple smell, perhaps some esters... possible a pineapple note. The flavor is initially sweet and mild but is quickly broken into by a sour, alcoholic, and bitter taste. The finish returns this beer to grace with an excellent aftertaste, and a warm felling that travels from the stomach to the feet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Slightly murky yellow. Smells like lemons, some spices, coriander, alcohol and peaches. Very carbonated, initially sweet, like apricots and peaches and lemons. Middle of the drink has a sharp hit of alcohol, with the finish a little bubble and abrasive, tasting like cigarette smoke and lemons.

Rerate blind: Clear gold. Bright, sort of green flavor, green celery and wet, damp hop leaves, but not pungent or forward… nose is almost all straight candy sugar, semi-sweet, some sort of balance between candy sugar sweetness and medium harsh grain astringency. Too much alcohol in the nose, bright and fresh flavor, but strikes the back of the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Pours a hazy off color of gold with a moderate head and strong lace sheets. Aroma is one of citrus and/or pineapple. The flavor is hoppy with definite fruit overtones and a bit of alcohol warming. The palate seems clean to me. This is very refreshing in one aspect, but it is also very warming in another. It attacks from two fronts. I like this beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Extremely sweet. Tons of apple in aroma. Very sweet; lots of pineapple ice cream flavor. I wish there was more malt. Sticky palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This one pours an amber color with a large head that dies off into a rocky shape and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little grassy and hoppy with some sweet fruits. The taste is very strong and is composed of peppery spices and some sweetness. The flavor seems a little too aggressive for my tastes compared to the others by this brewer. Not smooth enough to thoroughly enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2005 Large, dense, white head - leaves a beatiful lace. Little dark, golden colour. Sweet, fruit (banana, peach), yeast, pepper, alcohol... complex. Full.

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