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


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RATINGS: 1815   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
A rather sweet, moderately spicy and noticeably alcoholic (10.5%) Belgian golden ale with a mild bitterness lurking behind the standard Belgian flavor; A metallic flavor puts a slight damper on an otherwise solid beer; Only complaint with the flavor is that it seems to be overbalanced toward the sweet end and thus a bit one-dimensional; The nose is sweet and lightly spicy; Apricot in color; The rise-and-fall circulation of the sediment puts on a magnificent display; Pours with an absolutely huge white head with superb retention and lacing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2004
11.12 oz bottle. Intensely malty nose, with lots of sugary and citrus fruits, yeast and bubble gum. Flavor much similar to nose, lots of sweet candi sugar, cotton candy, waffle cones, lemon, sweet orange, light vanilla and hints of banana and yeast. Maybe some clove in there as well. Warming, but the alcohol isnt out of place for being so high. Good fiery orange color with a big white head. Quite good, very sweet, would probably age fairly well. Not anything overly adventurous here, but quite solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 19, 2004
In the bottle. Butterscoth candy color. White foamy head the size of a body pillow. Maybe itís not beer foam at all, but that spray foam crack filler "Good Stuff." At least thatís how long the head seems to last. Remarkable. Iím experiencing a malty, hoppy aroma, but nothing exotic (and no alcohol nose burn) at first pour. But WOW!!! Just taste the stuff! Now hereís your ethanol. Burns down to your caecum. Tangy. Sweet, but a hop-balanced sweetness. Amazing light body to pack such a flavor punch. In fact, itís like a mead without the honey. Does that make sense? This grabs your tongue as it warms and rakes it like an arroyo casaba. I drink this slowly. I donít want it to end. I probably like DT slightly better, but not much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Fruity tasting beer. Probably my second fav of the 6er of Belgiums I had. Interesting taste, lots going on. I like this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
An attractive color and tasty beer. Alcohol is high but not overpowering. Masked by fruit but then you can drink too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Explosive head, thick and creamy. Golden colored. Aroma of tortillaís (god help me for that). Aroma didnít do it for me but taste was much better. Medium bodied, candi sugar and malt with a long mild hop finish. Alcohol present throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
Bottle. Golden, slightly cloudy, big frothy white head, that lasts. Alcohol nose. Warming alcohol, pleasant íburní.... quickly becoming unnoticeable as you get used to it, slightly fruity, slightly sweet. Grape aftertaste. While the alcohol was clearly there, it was still far more drinkable than other beers with a far lower ABV. This is a really good belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
Aroma: Straw/hay notes. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing and not in the forefront. Some noticeable malt as it warms, with banana and pineapple notes. Appearance: Clarity good, darker gold color, with beautiful lacing on sides of the glass. Pours with a huge head, that lasts throughout the drinking session. Flavor: Some light malts present, with candi sugar quality and slight toffeish note that was odd for such a pale beer made with paler malts. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel w/ alcohol warmth. Overall: Rather complex beer. Very good, and dangerously drinkable. Nice Belgian yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2004
Many thanks to Jazz88 for sending me this BSA many, many, months ago!!!

Rating # 455
My Piraat pours a glowing golden / orange-ish / bronze colored body and an exceptionally pillow-y snow capped head. The aroma brings notice of orange zest, clove, coriander and a sweet lovely yeasty biscuit-y-nessÖ.
WOW, the flavor is more well-defined than I was expecting! Outstandingly lathered in yeast, orange peel oils, clove and coriander. I positively find a more sweet and spicy blend of Rye, some crystal malt nuttyness, some dry Saaz hop characters, a small note of a smoky but very sweet molasses presence. This beer is very good! The palate is so very oily and stickyÖ far more texture and character than I was expecting. The finish is quite sticky, fruity, sweet and WARMING!!Ö Which I Love in a beer!
This beer far exceeded my expatiations!

Now Iím Pissed! Why is it that here in Florida, Land of the Many Belgian Beers, we Do Not have distribution of this beer! I WANT THIS BEER HERE!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2004
Light, fresh aroma of plums. Warm hints of berries and warming alcohol. Fairly easy drinking and very nice.

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