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

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RATINGS: 1723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Appearance- Pours up mostly foam in the tulip but there doesn't seem to be much retention. Some spotty lacing but this stalls at about a finger. The head is a cotton white while the body is a hazy light amber which glows a dull orange and brown when held up to the light. Nose- Most of the usual suspects of Belgian beer aromas are present in Piraat's nose. The bottle starts off with powerful spices (coriander, some lemon peel, lots of yeast) which are borderline astringent. Lots of fruity esters as well- apple, lemon, banana, and oranges. Some clove figures in there as well. Lots of presence and complexity. Taste- Initially, fruit esters are the first notes that I get- apple, banana, lemon, and orange followed by a robust spicy yeast profile. No harshness or bitterness from the yeast but lots of spice. There is a slight woody finish that seems more like hops bitterness than yeast bitterness. Lots of coriander, lots of clove- a very herbal/floral/perfumy beer. The bitter finish builds as I drink it more and balances well with ester and spice forwardness of this beer. Some touches of honey and nectar in the flavor profile as well. Some white grape hints give it a slightly vinous character. Very solid beer with lots of balance. Extremely robust. Some caramel notes (which are more of a negative than a positive) start to come out on the finish. Mouthfeel- Lots of tingle from the spicy yeast. Most light bodied but has some syrup, vinous qualities. Light zip of carbonation. Drinkability- Despite flooding the palate with a lot flavor, this is dangerously easygoing. At times, the yeast and accompanying bitterness slow you down but not much. Not a bad price at around 5 or 6 bucks. Overall- Very solid beer. The style may not be my favorite among Belgians but Piraat seems to represent it well. Definitely worth a try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Achel (111) - GREECE - JUN 29, 2015
Clear golden color with a white head and lace around the top of the glass. Very hoppy, bitter, and with a high alcohol taste. The finish is a little sweet which balances the intense initial bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggiebob (227) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Draft. Clear golden color with a white head and lace around the top of the glass. Very hoppy, bitter, and with a high alcohol taste. The finish is a little sweet which balances the intense initial bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamaty (1144) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2015
Ambar. Espuma bonita. Muy carbonica. Aroma neutro. Tras un primer gusto dulce y frutal (albaricoque?), sale progresiva e imparablemente el alcohol y un amargor seco que llena la boca y perdura. A medida que se calienta... ya casi sólo queda el alcohol (parece un licor)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patdelichte (44) - - JUN 15, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2015 Complexe smaak met wat fruit en caramel achtig. Lekkere smaak met een wat bittere afdronk. Mooie witte schuimkraag.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
colui72 (172) - HONG KONG - JUN 11, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2015 Copper amber, white head, caramel, something flowery, fruits. Yeasty taste. Full bodied and complex.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (506) - SPAIN - JUN 5, 2015
Copper-amber colour, with a big white head that leaves great ring and lace. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, herbs, spices, mint, coriander, cardamom, pine. Almost full body, thick palate. TAste of chocolate, dark fruits, cardamom, caramel, spices. This is a great one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgundydrinker (7) - - JUN 4, 2015 does not count
Bouteille de 33 cl dans son verre attitré. Belle couleur ambrée avec un énorme col de mousse blanche et de très nombreuses bulles. Un nez sur les fruits jaunes, les confiseries (caramel, bubblegum) la levure et des notes de malt grillé. La bouche confirme le nez, avec une présence de l’alcool importante et une forte carbonation. L’alcool est un peu trop présent en fin de bouche, mais c’est une bière des plus honnête. Pas la meilleure de sa catégorie, mais loin d’être la dernière. Plaisante après une rude journée!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TrefwoordPunk (830) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear copper/golden with a pretty big white head and an aroma of grass, herbs, caramel, roasted malts, overripe fruits, chocolate, alcohol and raisins. The taste is heavily sweet with some herbal and bitter complexities. Far better than I thought it would be!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermaris (97) - - MAY 29, 2015
A bit dark, but not too dark. Strong hoppy taste, bitter - sour. Strong in percentage.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drmet (218) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
L: -pours a hazy amber with a big white head -low-medium carbonation visible S: -caramel,toffee,banana,coriander,gras the nose plus moderate hoppiness and a faint sour note F: -typical high belgian carbonation -like other Van Steenberge Beers very boozy -full body O: without the booziness this would be close to perfect


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