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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1831   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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jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Tap @ Brouwer’s Café, Seattle: Amber/Red color, big head-white, frothy. Aroma of hops, sour apples, slight alcohol. Fruity, flowery, apples, smooth, watery, subdued flavor compared to the aroma. Different than any other beer I’ve had.

User37895 (3085) - - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Re-rate, 11/07, draft. Pour was hazy golden, nice but manageable head. The aroma was bananas, pineapples, slight spice. The flavor wsa bananas, pineapples, candi sugar, only faint spicing with a light funk note. The alcohol was quite smooth, some yeast also detected in the finish. The mouthfeel was moderate to full for the style. Good stuff, pretty darned drinkable "big" beer. Original "rating": High alcohol level was detected but I was surprised it was 10%. I enjoyed the strong flavoring and typical Belgian style. Not something I’d want more than one or two of, but definitely something to get if it is available. Fairly sweet.

alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 31, 2006
Bomber 750 ml. Pours a hazy lager golden with light orange hues, huge creamy and long lasting head and lace. The description on the back says its a Triple? Wondurful aroma of dough, apricots and sweet lemony yeast. The flavor starts off as sweet apricots, honeysukle, lemongrass and some ether. Too sweet for a strong ale and lacking yeast for a triple. Slightly metalic finish, but with a nice warming. its like a sweet white wine with a very lively carbonation, this is the best part of the beer. Millions of tiny bubbles tickle the palate from start to finish. Not dry enough for food pairing... maybe creamy cheeses and meats prepared with fruity sauces. I had it with mole and the beet sugar was overpowering. Maybe a good desert beer.

Lowe1983 (1632) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is of lemon, yeast, and some spices. Flavor is yeast, citrus, lemon, and spices. A bitter finish that completes this brew. An ok brew, not my favorite of the Belgians.

jhjones (4) - USA - MAY 27, 2006 does not count
For an ale, good pour, big head. Yeasty and slightly cloudy. Would buy again.

thornecb (6059) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Pours a bright, clear gold into a tulip. Significant microbubble head shows little sign of receding. Lemony yeast and dough aromas. Upfront alcohol and an unattractive fruit flavor that tastes like spoiled dates. Decomposed honey aftertaste. At least it has alcohol.

burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Had a small head.Aroma was bubbly and hoppy.Color a light amber.It tasted like a medium bodied champagne.Quite remarkably tasted like a champagne.Probably a brut champagne.If i wanted to drink champagne,I would buy a good one.I was interested in this for it’s uniqueness,but would rather drink a champagne,unless I didn;t have enough money,then this would be a good substitute.

FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Light abmer color with a large foamy head. Fruity citrus aroma. Yeast, banana and cloves flavor, the alcohol is noticeable underneath. Has a little lemon flavor on the aftertaste.

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Pours yellow/gold, with a white head. Aromas are yeast, spice, banana, and flowers. Flavors are spices, yeast, banana, and sugar. Alcohol is there, but it fits, and doesn’t detract from the beer.

beerbomb (232) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 cellared 1 yr+ -pours light amber with a wonderful pillow of a head that lingers-aroma is slightly hot with deep and full yeast, malt, spice, and extreme sugary banana. Flavor bomb from first sip to last-alcohol still bites after being cellared-sugar coated ripe banana, earthy sweet yeast, center of a freshly baked loaf of bread with butter, touch of sweet, mellow fruits, bitter twinge, smooth roll-on of nutty, peppery spices, excellent bite of carbonation. I had this a few years ago off the shelf and its everything i remembered and better. Worthy of a superior rating in my book.

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