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

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RATINGS: 1640   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin (485) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014
bottle aged 2 years. Hazy brown-orange pour with fluffy white head. Very bready malts, mostly sweet, yeasty, some citrus hops. Alcohol well-hidden. Good not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bierridder_S (25) - BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2014
15/11/2014 : 33 cl bottle @ father-in-law Nice pour with steady foam, almost orange colour. Sweet and boozy in the nose. Taste : spices, some brown sugar, dough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1823) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours an apricot color. Aromas of bread, bubblegum, and Belgian yeast. Sweet dough and bubblegum flavors with a boozy finish. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boxereddy (68) - BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2014
Amberkleurig bier met mooie schuimkraag. Kruidige neus, zoet mondgevoel. Bitterig na afdronk, blijft hangen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
750ml bottle - pours a rusty orange . Sweet bready aroma . Fruity yeast flavor , mild hop presence , with a sweet finish . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (466) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle. Slightly cloudy light Amber pour with a thick white head. Yeasty Belgian aroma, warm and malty with a touch of spice. Flavour is heavy and fairly sweet with lots of fruit and yeast, a touch of spice and citrus hops to finish lightly bitter and dry. Lots of flavour and pretty well balanced, but not the best for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (632) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
Visual: This is the heavier 10.5% ABV bigger brother version. Pours golden-orange with a massive long-lasting super creamy beautiful large head, clusters of steady streams. Nose: orange citrus, orange blossom, sweet honeyed malts (lvl-4)-pungency Attack: incoming heaviness Mid-palate: warm alcohol detection, palate heavy, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) thick honeyed malts, biscuit, rum spices, tropical fruit (pineapple-guava) Finish: mild alcohol bitterness, residual warmth, spiced honey exhale, super soft hopped boozy finish. Summary: So Strong!!! Fuller and more flavourful than the 9.5% I reviewed earlier. Get this one instead, if you can handle heavy beers.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmc619 (429) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Tried a few times, finally rating it. Nice pour into Duvel glass. Biggish head with a cool bright orange color. Moderate strength of aroma with, actually, some Scotch / meaty notes to it. Interesting, but gets weirder / sourer as it warms. Big and syrupy as you’d expect; alcohol is hitting hard, maybe a bit under it’s volume, but still present. Second sip: this is big time boozy. Nice sweet caramel breadiness comes through in the finish though. Another good Halloween beer candidate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (456) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Wow this is amazing. Tons of yeast, bread, grain, cereal flavours along with a lot of subtle spices and a nice alcohol heat. Supremely balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
didierlewallon (125) - ponferrada, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
Es una cerveza especial Belga muy fuerte, 10.5% de alcohol, de alta fermentación y con segunda fermentación en botella. Tiene un color ambarina y algo turbia, con espuma abundante y unas grande variedad de aromas sorprendentes, recordando diferentes tipos de malteado y hierbas. Sabor a alcohol, especias y frutal tropicales. Cerveza muy agradable, realmente muy buena.


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