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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: 1839   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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3.7
Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 23, 2006
1/3 l bottle. Light amber color with creamy head. I poured carefully but still got floating chunks to my glass. Fortunately they don’t seem to affect flavor. Tart fruity aroma with orange and alcohol notes. Complex chocolatey alcohol aroma, not at all unpleasant. Sweet malty and fruity flavor with orange, mango and melon. Herbal hops on the background. Quite full-bodied but not too heavy. Sweet, herbal, orangey and slightly bitter finish. Delicious and balanced.

4
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2006
From a 750ml. caged cork brown bottle with a cool painted/screened Pirate with a Viking ship in the background label. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy amber golden with a large foamy white head that settled into a thin, bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a sweet pale malty and peppery, grassy nose with a funky, dry Belgian yeastiness and whiffs of spicy alcohol. A crisp, textured on the tongue, smooth, but alcoholic, lightish from the carbonation, medium bodied mouth feel, good Belgian strong ale drinkability. Smooth tropical fruity and honey maltiness with a peppery, grassy hop taste, a balanced bitterness between hops and malts, a subtle funky, earthy yeastiness, a spicy alcohol warmth in the palate and a dry, crisp fruity and grassy, alcoholic finish. a dangerously quaffable Belgian ale. One of the better Belgian strong ales with many IPA-like qualities, very recommended, a must try for anyone exploring Belgian ales.

4.3
FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 I have had this beer several times over the years. Somehow I keep forgetting how much I enjoy this brew, yet on those occasions when I happen upon it again - I am reminded. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a hazy pale golden color with a huge white head that leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, tangy and yeasty with a hint of spice. The flavor is sweet and sugary with a strong yeasty element and a hint of citrus and pepper on the finish. Very nice.

3.8
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
Beer pours a hazy light golden color with plenty of protein chunks doing laps. Huge frothy, off-white, mostly lasting, quickly diminishing head. The aroma is quite nice: malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with moderate notes of chamomile and herb; yeasty with moderate notes of cellar, light note of barnyard; miscellaneous components include moderate notes of winter-like spice, refined sugar/candy, citrus zest. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a long, moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Overall, it’s damn sweet—but I think this kind of dessert-in-a-glass beer has it’s place. Despite a light warmth in the finish, there’s no real betrayal of ABV in this sample. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

4.1
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2006
Hazy gold. Well built, fizzy, white head. A few yeast floaters suspended in the murkiness. Nose of pungent, past ripe fruit, doughy yeast, rich malt, candi sugar, and a bit of straw. Same flavors, plum, clove, and cotton candy, also. Dry, alcoholic, browned fruity yeast finish. Full, balanced body. Decent lacing. AAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRgh!

3.5
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2006
Draught at Tyler’s in Durham, NC. Clear golden-orange color with bubbly white head that laced the glass. Assertive estery nose supported by apple and vodka undertones. Flavor is also dominated by estery clove and banana. Very effervescent. Cereal grain aftertaste is quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol.

3.5
Fin (11069) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2006
Bottled Brugs de’ Beertje 04-11-05. It’s like a Mr Whippy Ice cream when poured with a cloudy pale golden hue. Some rich sweet honey tastes but spicey coriander notes in the background. Very well balanced beer that slips down a treat, label is a bit tacky.

4.1
Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Excellent beer. Pours with a mountain of soft creamy foam. Aroma is sweet and doughy, with spice. Flavor is very yeasty and very spicy. Loses some points from me for being a bit to sharp on the tongue, still great.

4.1
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
Sharp, citrussy nose with some spice. Cloudy, poor colour, and weak head. Flavour, however, is great - rich with honey, cloves, peppery spice, grapefruit, and a whole bunch of other complex flavours mixing around together to produce a top drinking experience like any well formed BSA. Finishes very well in the mouth - less of the sharp carb that often brings the style down a bit. All in all, a winner.

3.8
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
Deep citrus, pineapple, meringue and herbal character to the aroma along with bread dough, coriander and alcohol. Very hazy and viscous, almost opaque blonde body is topped by a decent and lasting, pillowy white head that recedes slowly to cover. Sweet and doughy flavour up front has plenty of tropical fruitiness and herbal, lightly spicy notes. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium body with lively carbonation that engages the tongue and lips. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (BB 27/04/06, Bièropholie, Apr-05).


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