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


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RATINGS: 1839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
I found this one really hard to enjoy, simply because the alcohol in it is so over the top, more than one of these would be hard to stomache. My first thoughts on the aroma is it had some white wine character to it. There was a bit of melon also in the aroma, some pepper but the major player was the alcohol. Appearance was a nice hazy yellow with a touch of orange thrown in. In fact it reminded me of the color of pineapple juice. Mouthfeel was moderately thick, but not cloying to the point of being disastrous but it was also tingly on the tongue. The flavor was sweet and alcohol with a lot of the burn. This was just okay. A sipper for sure and perhaps a time and place. It reminded me of a poor mans Duvel.

Boutip (6627) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle: Poured a deep yellow color ale with a huge poured white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of alcohol is a bit too intense for my liking with some good malt backbone and lots of sugar. Taste is very sweet with a subtle burning sensation from the alcohol. Body is slightly below average with too much filtration and alcohol is too intense. Yeast is quite discreet and sweet too present. This one is definitely not to my liking.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
Big bottle in trade with with Lubiere. Moderate but lasting head. Gold colour. Strong farm and cheese scent. Like a lite-flavour Saison with a long sweet musty finish.

jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden, ok head, spicy fruity, the usual belgian beer. Alcohol is tasteable, but not too much.

madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with some floaties and a funky huge, rocky white head. Makes some interesting foam formations. The aroma is big as I can smell it from a few feet away. Fruity, spicy, and yeasty. Taste is of some over ripe fruits and some doughy malt. Somewhat syrupy feeling. The alcohol is a little hot.

mgardner (8) - Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2006 does not count
Draught. Hazy golden, nice head Spicy, fruity aroma. Can smell and taste alcohol. Good brew.

daniel0017 (455) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
A most impressive brew! Pours a light hazy golden color with great effervescence. Head was creamy white and left generous amounts of lacing on glass. Flavor of creamy butterscotch, malted barley and roasted hops. High alcohol content, but conceals it well. Hints of scotch whiskey, oak and smoke as the beverage warms. Palate is rich with a sweet finish. My expectations were low and this beer turned out to be well above them.

TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2006
This is one great beer. I had been waiting a while to try this one and was not disappointed. Thanks Brandon!

ogivlado (8316) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottled(330ml). –Deep golden/orange coloured, huge white head, fruity and slight alcoholic nose. Malty and slight sweet aroma with nice fruity and spicy notes. Nice warming alcohol and spicy finish. Despite high ABV very enjoyable and tasty beer.

Holdwine (1240) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2006
This is the way to go 10.5! Certainly spicy with piney and varied fruit notes. Explodes on your tongue with more fruit, vanilla, yeast and an appealing alcohol fire (as opposed to burn).

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