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


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RATINGS: 1599   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jice (91) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 14, 2014
Nez:Alcool très présent. L’alcool prend le dessus sur le reste.             .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
agent_persik (370) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 11, 2014
Clean golden color, big white head. Aroma of malt, wheat, yeast, apple, pear, banana, spice. Taste has similar notes and is sweet with mild bitterness and warming alcohol burn in finish. Medium body and fizzy carbonation. Nice Belgian ale, strong and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (2060) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Standard strong Belgian blond beer. Bit like duvel, but without the dryness that makes Duvel just a little bit better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fabioanselmo (173) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - MAY 10, 2014
Aroma deliciosamente frutado. Aparência de cobre e sabor com toques de cravo. No paladar, uma leve percepção do álcool. No geral, uma bela belga.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (549) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 10, 2014
Couleur ambrée, bonne mousse blanche. Nez fruité sucré, note de levure. Gout de fruits mûrs et alcool, amère en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msnelling09 (149) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2014
The beer pours a rich, golden amber and sits in the glass as a dark orange. A head of off-white bubbles forms above the beer but quickly whittles to a scrim. In body the beer is dark and opaque, with hints of cloudiness swirling before the eyes. When washed against the sides of the glass, it leaves a nice set of legs. On the nose, the beer smells of musty grains, honey, fusel alcohol, and cidery fruit notes. Hints of herbal and minty hops work their way into the scent as the glass is agitated, as well as subtle sherry. The smell is not particularly strong for a 10.5% ABV beer, but is instead richly subtle and restrained. On the tongue, the beer tastes smoothly sweet with a warming, grainy, alcohol heat that builds to just before the finish. The finish splashes slight herbal hops and just a whisper of acidity and salinity, rounding the beer into a subtly complex giant. In flavor, the beer tastes of sweet cereal grains, which move into rich, silky clover honey before introducing sweet, grainy alcohol. The alcoholic heat builds into the finish of the beer, briefly skirting on cloying and then on to fusel notes, before it mellows into a minerally-sweet finish that blends the honey malts with herbal, minty hops, booze, very faint lemongrass, and a touch of salty bread. The aftertaste is of lingering honey and herbal, bitter hops that linger in the mouth for quite some time. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body with a crisp, sharp, yet smooth mouthfeel, and silky carbonation. The mouth is left tingling from the alcoholic heat when the beer leaves, but is then doused in a torrent of spittle that pours from the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a beautifully restrained Belgian Strong Golden Ale. The yeast character is soft, though subtle phenols and esters do start to sprout as the beer warms. This is a beautiful sipper, and a wonderful example of how to brew with a restrained hand (quite the opposite of most American brewers these days…). The more I drink this beer, the more flavors I unravel, which is excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Petite bouteille de 330ml. Bière blonde dorée avec une mousse blanche. Un nez de sucre candi et blanc avec beaucoup d’alcool et du malt pils. Une bouche chaleureuse par l’alcool, le corps est mince, simple mais peu goûteuse. Une finale sèche.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (838) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
Hazy golden orange with a creamy white head. The aroma is a nice blend fruity esters and spice. Some sweet malt and a touch of alcohol are also present. The flavor mimics, and is very drinkable. A little on the sweet side, with a slightly dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfb (3701) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 28, 2014
(bottle) pours a hazy golden-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of peanuts and yeast, with a hint of alcohol, some herbal hops and sugar icing. flavour is more alcohol and herbal hops, rather bitter, with a light sweetness, a hint of talcum powder and apricots. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdb84 (79) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 First sip is sour, strong hint of alcohol. This cools down and the subsequent tastes are strong with hops and malt, still relatively sour though. Little too much alcohol for my taste.

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