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

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RATINGS: 1649   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (447) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap at bulldog uptown in tulip. Light copper with good white head and great lacing. Dark fruit funk with decent yeast nose. Spicy sour fruit up front, then some grain and yeast. Spicy, some effervescent, tiny bit of waxy resin mouthfeel, more than others in style. Yaar matey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (789) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Typical Belgian Aroma, banana, clove, an Belgian Yeast. Creamy white head, clear caramel color. creamy feel with a wonderful taste of banana and clove.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wittz (15) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 13, 2014
Zárkózott, megközelíthetetlen, metsző erő, mögötte nyugtalan szederlekvár áramlása., mint ellenpár, melyek nem foglyai a polgári normáknak. Nem érnek össze az elemek: az áramlattal szemben haladnak. Mézes és mar, de nem fekszik az alk. szint.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
realadam (80) - HUNGARY - DEC 9, 2014
Golden-amber colored beer with a nice foamy head. You can smell the alcohol and some sweet fruity aromas. The taste is very sweet at first but it becomes more gentle with time. Creamy-oily textured with a medium body. Interesting beer with a lot of great attributes, but not my style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (368) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
330 mL bottle. Hazy orange-brown pour, nice white head with good retention. Bread malt aroma, bit boozy, some fruit and yeast as well. Taste is fairly sweet, fruity, yeast. Bit of sticky body. Fairly complex and well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (480) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 7, 2014
330ml bottle from Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast and orange. Oily mouthfeel, sweet finish. Plenty of punch in this.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
markoijelena (680) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 2, 2014
Draft 0.2l at Van Steenberge stand Horeca Expo Ghent Belgium 2014.Pour it hazy orange color with small white head.Taste and aroma of honey, malty, funky.Reminds me on some crappy lager.Not good for me.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
saintjulien (156) - - NOV 28, 2014
hay, orange, cloudy, rocky head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, thin feel, lively, long finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1349) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Cette bičre est dorée mais tirant sur un laiton foncé ; mousse blanche généreuse mais éphémčre, soutenue par une carbonatation de l’enfer. Le nez est sec, il évoque les céréales, la paille, un peu de fruits jaunes en trame de fond mais surtout du blé et de l’orge doucement malté. Bouche dans les męmes notes sčches, notes de vin blanc en fin de gorgée, avec une semblance d’alcool en touche finale. Pas exactement une tripel, plutôt une sorte de Leffe blonde aux stéroďdes ; excellente dans son style, mais trčs classique, trčs retenue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin (496) - 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.


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