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

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RATINGS: 1613   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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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


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hrc_Cro (50) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 30, 2014
0.33l bottle. Amber color with white foam. Aroma of spices and peach with alcohol present, maybe too much. Medium to full body with dry finish that leaves alcohol taste( after a while it becomes strikingly unpleasant). Would be better if alcohol was better hidden. Well, this is a beer for pirates, guess i’m too soft for it :)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (625) - SPAIN - AUG 29, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar. Sabor a malta, levadura, dulce, alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6128) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Tap at Broders Terzo Vino Wine Bar in south Minneapolis. Nice looking orange pour in a Piraat tulip. Bread and dates on the nose. A little boozy but good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
paulvanpelt (331) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Goudkleurig, helder bier met een middelgrote witte schuimkraag. Meteen voor de eerste slok al duidelijk fruit in de neus. Aroma van geel fruit (pruim, abrikoos?), gist, suiker. Alcohol komt minder naar voren dan je zou denken bij een dergelijk zwaar bier. Bitter, zoet en licht zurig, mooie complexe smaak. Fijn palet, zacht. Medium tot volle body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewhemia (29) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
It get some aroma of some banana and cereal. Hazy orange color. Light sour og bitter taste that resembles the bitterness of orangepeel I think. Nice belgian.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (918) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2014
330ml bottle into a goblet. Pours a clear dark copper with just the smallest bit of sediment from the bottle sneaking into the glass. Huge solid two finger white billowy head that hangs on the entire time the beer is in the glass. Aroma is quite spicy with hints of coriander and peach along with a whiff of alcohol. Not incredibly deep but it is true to style. The flavor continues with the spiciness with coriander but the peach is a bit more subtle. A touch of dark fruit and caramel underneath along with a touch of caramel. The alcohol definitely makes its presence known but it never becomes overwhelming. Very dry mouthfeel with just a light touch of sweetness in the end. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is not top of the line but it isn’t very far off. Love that it packs a decent punch and is not overly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (268) - Airvault, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A sparkling orange brown beer with a big white head. Medium retention. Fruity aroma (prune), spices, caramel, herbs, bread dough. Medium to heavy sugary sweet, light bitter. Full body, medium oily texture, average carbonation, sweet warming finish.Overall, a good strong ale : powerful, delicious, balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (886) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle @ Brux’l Cafe. Copper with big foamy white head and generous lacing. Get a faint whiff of apricot and a light sweet cereal smell with some cilantro-y gummy aromas. Fruity sweet then dry. Not overly bitter, but definitely dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5406) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle (33 cl) from Beer Gusto, Belgium. Shady amber, large fluffy white head. Fruity and nutty aroma, pears and almond, a touch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, medium to high carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (243) - LATVIA - AUG 10, 2014
Nice sweet yeasty aroma. Amber cloudy with rich Light yellow cap. Sweet taste with bitterness afterwards, a bit too sharp spirit notes in the bitterness.


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