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


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RATINGS: 1619   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 Bottled, blind tasting session, 3.5: Nice aroma of sweet yellow apples and apricot. Very sweet, nice bitterness, apple, apricot, sugary and malty. Alcohol well hidden. Not too complex but if you like a sweet triple it’s not bad at all. Bottled, Dec 2001, 2.8: Not much aroma, some caramel. Amber colour with beautiful head. Fruity, alcohol (with it’s bitterness), some malt sweetness. Too heavy alcohol taste for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Thick white head that lasted for entire beer. Malty, sweet, slightly fruity aroma. Malty, caramel, sweet, grassy, nutty flavor explosion with slight hop bitterness. Sort of tastes like a combination of two of my favorites: Chimay Blue and Duvel. Extraordinarily flavorful beer + 10.5% alc. = euphoria.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Einned99 (61) - Rozenburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2001
Hmm, it kindda .... sucks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (773) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 10, 2001
Nice white foamy head with very tight bubbles. Looks like it will last for hours (if I didn’t drink it sooner!). Dry finish, with a hoppy aftertaste. Much more pronounced smell in the glass than the Chimay Blue I had earlier tonight. Color is mixture of gold and tan. Very gassy taste. Sort of rough on the pallate with the gassiness. The higher alcohol content is masked with the Chimay ’tasting’ stronger than the Piraat, which is 1.5% stronger! It was interesting to do a side-by-side with the Chimay, but I don’t think its something I’d buy by itself. But then again, I prefer Barley wines!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2001
Bit of a weird one. Like the normal Piraat with less hops and heaps more chocolate. Rich mango and brown sugar sticky flavours. Big stolichnaya alcohol note that goes up yer nose. Bitter only at the very finish. Heavy going, but well-made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2001

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hutch914199 (107) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2001
Smoke a cigar with this beer to truly appreciate its greatness. I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6695) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2001
pretty drinkable considering its strength. quite fruity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2001
A very good Belgian. Quite a strong citrus malt prescence, but lacks spice in the hops and this results in a somewhat dry finish, The malt is very enjoyable and there doesn’t seem to be an overwhelming prescence of alcohol, which is amazing at 10.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kodos (200) - USA - SEP 25, 2001
A great golden Tripel. Looks like a novice lager, but the sweetness and balance of hops and malt will suprise. Then the alcohol kicks in.....

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