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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1833   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 Steenberges 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2005
I think I liked this more than a lot of other people did. Pours out a light amber. Pineapple and alcohol in the nose. Flavorful fruits and powerful malt are at the forefront of this ale. I have to agree with oakes when he says that there is a distinct honey and nuts flavor that is reminiscient of backlava.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (4011) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2005
On tap. Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Nice lacings. Mesium sourness. Quite fruity aromas of cherry, alcohol and yeast. Light to medium bodied. Fruity/sour finish. Too sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Shared with gputty. Slightly hazy gold with a decent white head. Very yeasty nose. Rather hoppy, with citrus orange flavors. Pretty one-dimensional, but a very nice drinkability that others have noted here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
No#56. Was told this would be rubbish, however rubbish wouldnt be my words. Aroma is a sweetish yeasty blonde aroma. Taste is sweet with maybe soem orange peel kickin about, however alcohol is also quite present. A not bad beer but as garethY put it, a blonde which is too strong for its own good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
Appealing white head lasts atop the straight golden, hazy pour. Saaz like floral hops are taken aback by massive herbal sweet alcoholic malts, fully honeyed and typically Van Steenberge unrefined airy bigness. Unsubtle peach, banana esters turn on the immense breadiness. Very herbal, surprisingly hoppy, if not quite enough to counterbalance this sweetness. I prefer my belgian blondes with more attenuation, less alcohol/coriander and more farminess, but this is not so unpleasant as it sounds and Im pretty sure I would have liked a lot a few years back. Biting medium-full body, alcoholic, grainy and heady.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2005
Golden, fluffy. Served in Piraat glass I think. Smells exotic, fruity and estery of pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, hops, and yeasty spicyness. It tastes quite alcoholic, and reminds me of Duvel and Montagnarde. Sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6938) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2005
There is a lot of stuff going on with this beer, perhaps too much for me to grab all of it. First, the alcohol was definitely noticable. More than one of these and my windshield would be wiped. It also had the unique characteristic of bringing some zing to the very tip of my tongue. Never had a beer do that before. The beer was rich and lively, full of fruits and malts. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005
Cloudy amber-orange with a big creamy and lasting head. Its bursting with a yeasty aroma, along with some fruity spice and alcohol. Its on tasting, though, that the full impact of the alcohol hits. It struggles to contain the 10.5%, making it taste a bit chemically. Otherwise, the flavour is pretty good, with some lasting bitterness and a long aftertaste. Id like to get my hands on the 9% - itd probably work a bit better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Tap: Ashleys Ann Arbor. Wow, this is probably my favorite belgium blonde, besides high alch content, is very complex with fruity palate of many mixed fruits, plenty of hops and malt. Definatley a new liking for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is of banana and pineapple along with alcohol and yeast. Flavor is slightly citrusym with too much alcohol and a watery finish. This one didnt really agree with me.

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