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


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RATINGS: 1598   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.

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   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silvan7 (649) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 24, 2014
bottle @ home. giallo dorata con riflessi ambrati. limpida. Schiuma bianca fine e persistente. aroma intenso, fruttato, di frutta esotica (ananas), albicocca matura. alcool, lievito belga e zucchero candito presenti. dolce amabile, poco amara e poco acida. calda, rotonda, poco carbonata ed abbastanza corposa.equilibrata ed armonica, perfettamente in stile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalfaro86 (238) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 23, 2014
Pours a clear light amber brew with a big white head with good retention, aroma is heavy sweet and low bitter with clove, banana and caramel, medium to robust bodied, flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a bittersweet finish. Good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1478) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Nice beer. Pours a clear golden. Smooth and slight bitterness. Slightly boozy, but overall, a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomerBeerOdysy (2) - Springfield, - JUL 20, 2014 does not count
APPEARANCE - Pours coppery red, with a huge, five-finger beige head that lasts a long time. It leaves a floaty yeast lump up till the last sip. SMELL/AROMA - Herbaceous, sweet, a little piney. TASTE - Sweet, herbaceous, piney. Definitely not bitter as advertised. ABV only a bit hidden. MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Lots of carbonation, light, not syrupy. OVERALL - A bit boozy, but a nice beer, sippable, not quaffable. Advertised as bitter, but it’s not at all bitter IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LetsGoState (580) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Appearance is large white head and deep amber. Aroma is sweet. Taste is a very nice blend of sweet malts, spices, and a strong alcohol undertone. Overall a good Belgian.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lownote (44) - USA - JUL 18, 2014
Gorgeous white foamy head from tap. Not much aroma. Very caramelly with some hops sweet and citrus. Nicely thick mouth feel with some carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unglaublich (7) - - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
Ap: caramel, bread, citrus, herbs Ar: amber, cloudy, white foam, Ta: medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, Pa: full body, lively, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (209) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours a hazy golden with a substantial foamy head. Nose is Belgian yeast, bready, spicy yeast, a bit of booze. Taste is Belgian yeast, doughy, bready, sweet and some dryness, some fruity esters, spicy, lively carbonation. Overall I really like this, it's well balanced and complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (618) - CROATIA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml at Tituš, Zagreb. Pours yellow with white head. Malty and yeasty aroma and taste. Caramel and bit spicy. Presence of alcohol not that hidden. Not a favourite of mine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CBucher (1) - Monterey, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014 does not count
Mild, complex flavor. Drinking straight out of the bottle, so unable to judge appearance. Unusual distinction of getting better as it sits (and warms). IBU is a little higher than my preference, but worth another round.

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