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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered
Ingredients; Water, Pilsener malt, pale ale malt, Munich malt, aurora and petra hops, yeast
This strong amber beer was first brewed in 1982 at the request of Van Steenberge’s Italian importer. 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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4.7
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
it pours a lightly hazed copper amber with a couple inches of creamy white foam. Good head retention, decent lacing. On tap, the aroma is less prevalent than I remember from the bottle, but it was still pretty nice, with apricot, orange, and lots of vaporous alcohol. The malt flavor is somewhere between a honeymalt and a mild caramel, bold and beautiful. A variety of other flavors are present - notable bubblegum, fresh yeast, orange-flavored tic tac candies, fresh tangerine, and some dry coriander in the finish. Lots of orange liquer and dry spice in the aftertaste. Full bodied, great carbonation. One awesome beer. Great bottled, great on tap

4.2
Svejk (12) - Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2007
I prefer Piraat to most tripels I’ve had. I know that it is categorized as a Belgian Strong Ale, but the distinction between a tripel and a strong golden ale is pretty hazy to me. This beer is smooth and balanced and hits the spot every time.

2.4
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Smells good, looks good, but man this is harsh. The ethanol is too overbearing and tastes slightly chalking. Its liking drinking a Duvel clone gone bad. This is not one to clamer over as the bottle claims.

3.4
marcus (10145) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
This golden ale poured with a generous white head, eliciting a yeasty aroma. There is a full flavor with some citrus characteristics and a warming alcohol trail.

4
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2007
Very hazy yellow body with a white creamy head. Yeast flaces floating around. A sweet aroma, citrus, banana and yeast. Flavor from citrus, malt and apple.

3.8
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle, Light fruity hops aroma. Sharp initial taste. Bready. Fairly thick with a bitter finish and lemon like citrus notes. Frothy white head. Clear golden color. Thick mouthfeel with strong carbonation. Good.

4.3
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Slightly hazy golden pour with great head. Aroma is sour and yeasty. Very full flavor with hints of fruit and slightly bitter. Pretty good.

3.7
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Fruity aroma. Golden in color, cloudy. A great deal of carbonation. Lasting head. Hoppy at first, then strong taste of pear and apple. Very strong, and very good.

4
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2006
This was poured from a 330 ml bottle to a golden cloudy color with a thin white head.Strong malt smell as well as taste,also hints of citrus,also giving the beer a slightly sweet taste.Good Ale.

3
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
330 mL bottle in gift pack from LCBO. App.: med. golden, cloudy with a full off-white, foamy head. Aroma: pleasantly sweet, apple, pear and esters of banana, biscuity-bready with sour dough notes. Palate: med bodied with moderate effervescence. Flav.: quite sweet, honey, some apple and peach, an underlying roasty-dark note and a bit of clove and spice. Very alcoholic finish with some burn. A touch bitter. Arrrrgh, matey...tis not the beer for this land lubber.


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