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

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RATINGS: 1709   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
migwell (92) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Aroma is yeasty, OK. Appearance is pale brown, OK. Taste is a bit sour and alcohol heavy... not OK. Palate is sort of unpleasant. Hmmm... not especially liking this Belgian entry. I expect more subtlety and complexity, and especially I like the ABV to be hidden instead of being sapped over the head with it. Not one of the better Belgian Strong Ales. As usual, I let this warm up to near room temperature during the tasting and it did come together better than when chilled.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
felip989 (99) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 15, 2015
Amber with a big light beige head. Aroma is fruity (peaches, pineapple), bread, caramel and floral notes. Taste is very malty (bread, caranel, honey), yeasty, herbal, bananas and apples. Bittersweet aftertaste. Warming and spicy mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlihcsnatas (426) - Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Light amber brew with nice thick head that holds on all the way to the end leaving a little foam at the bottom of the empty glass. Smells of malts and a touch of alcohol. Taste is malts, grain, alcohol, touch of spice, just plain good. This is what beer is all about and with a respectable kick to top it off. Would say it is the perfect beer with top score all the way but the price puts it just out of reach of being an every day brew. So overall had to take off points due to cost.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MarkoNm (1177) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 10, 2015
Pours a clear orangey amber color, topped with lots of very lasting off-white head. Starts with a mild fruity aroma, some grapes are easily picked up and lots of yeawsty notes. Taste is, well, not so pleasant. Very strong, quite yeasty with some soury presence. Finishing with a strong herbal bitterness, but not the kind I like. Meh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
centrallamar (10) - wiekevorst, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2015
bottle bought at lidl. caramel color, amber orange, aroma’s of bread, a bit floral, also dough, clove, and a woody touch, huge frothy foam that lasts very long. lively carbonation. medium sweetness on the arrival, fruity, nutty tones turn out to lightl bitterness, but always nicely balanced. rich, full body, creamy mouthfeel, sticky on the palate,, bitter aftertaste that balances the sweetness, long nice finish. excellent beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruuurd (107) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2015
Yeasty, fruity and rich. Heavy beer with a heavy punch. Its a big beer, this one, not one to begin with...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (508) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Great looking hazy gold brew sitting under a lot of billowy foam. I get malty and candi sugar notes with a mild hop bitterness. Same goes for the taste with some notes of yeast and alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation. Nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmaneser (42) - BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2015
33 cl. bottle @ home. Hazy orange beer with a good, brownish white, rather creamy head. Yeasty aroma with hints of fruit and bread. Well balanced taste with a soft sweetness, aftertaste is dry and bitter, a bit too bitter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (537) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma- Has a yeast and fruit Appearance- Has a nice amber color with a giant white head. Taste- Excellent blend of hops and malts Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation. Overall- Outstanding beer, side note, for those who collect bottle caps this beer has a beautiful bottle cap.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1486) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2015
BIG Belgian brew. Bready, spices, some tropical fruits, Beglian yeast zing, boozy, some risidual malt sweetness. Deep golden pour with frothy head.


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