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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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3.4
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. The aroma on this one had something I couldn’t quite put my finger on.. it’s herbal in a hoppy kind of way which (sadly) reminds me of glue. Quite sweet.

3.7
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Smells sweet, yeasty and hoppy. Murky yellow body with very thick off-white head. One thing I do like about this one as opposed to some Belgians is how the head does not overflow quite as easily as many. Tons of lacing, typical of a Belgian... Sweet - citrus and pine definitely present. Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering like some beers of this high an abv or even lower. Very good. Flavorful, but smooth and mild. Pretty good. Similar to La Fin Du Monde, but less earthy and less overwealming. Not sure I’d pay 11$ per bottle all the time, but not bad, definitely worth the try.

3.5
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2006
via trade with OhioDad - Pours a golden color with a nice size white head. Light lacing. Has a strong fruity (mainly banana) aroma. Flavor is very fruity sweet. A light fizzy mouthfeel. Medium body. A decent beer, just a little too fruity for me (as are most Belgium beers). Thanks Scott.

3.7
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Nose of Malts, apricots, spices. and bananas; Slightly hazy gold with a huge, very long-lasting light beige head; Flavor is spicy, fruity, and caramelly malty, Alcohol is there but hardly noticeable until the warming at the finish.

3.7
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Wow! Huge long lasting head. Yeasty,fruity,mild spices. Fairly complex. ABV is there for a warming effect and full mouthfeel.

4.6
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 The beer pours gold with white head. The aroma is great: doughy malts and pungent fruity smells - interesting fruity smells, mostly like apricots or peaches. The beer is quite sweet, has heavy fruity ester flavors - including apricot - and a just perceptible flavor of alcohol. Great beer - doesn’t hide the alcohol quite as well as some other big belgian beers, but the funky fruitiness is quite captivating. I wrote the above after having it on tap. The bottled version didn’t seem quite as fresh or tasty. Most of the tasting notes above still hold true, but less fruit and strange flavors, more grass/straw astringent flavors, and stronger taste of alcohol. Still good, but much better on tap.

3.5
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 2, 2006
pours out a murky yellow color with a pretty good head. A little overcarbonated. Banana,nutmeg,cinnamon flavors are all present along with alcohol. This is a good wheat beer but not a summer swiller. Packs a wallop. Not too shabby.

3.5
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with many little bubbles and a healthy heterogeneous white head. The nose is strong with that classic Belgian smell and a light malty sweetness, nondescript spice, bubblegum, and a touch of alcohol are present. A little sticky in the mouth, but largely watery with a touch too much CO2. Rather significant alcohol heat. The flavors are even more robust than the aromas. Sweet light malt with than Belgian sourness (though not overwhelming). Huge alcohol dominates, with a bubblegum sort of undertone. Cinamon and christmas spice very much present. A bit of other nondescript spice, and perhaps even some hops present. Biscuit-like aftertaste accompanied by alcohol and a touch of spice. The bitterness really lingers, as does the alcohol! Decent, but not incredible.

3.3
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bright yellow, a good amount of carbonation, big white head. A fruity aroma, mostly apples and some sourness. These fruits are more subtle in the flavor, instead a whole lot of alcohol, hops, sweetness, spice.

3.5
aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Cloudy orange with a large, off-white head. Yeasty clove and cotton candy in the aroma. The candy sweetness of the flavor detracts from the rest of the beer.


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