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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1850   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 9L bottle courtesy of Stephen on 01/09/2010. Very clear golden body with a medium frothy white head. Sweet floral and earthy hop aroma with lots of candi sugar. Sweet flavor with lots of candi sugar and a bit of noble hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/15 - 3.6 11/16/2005 - Pours a goldent color with a white head that mostly dissipates. This was a very sweet beer with a light bitter aftertaste. 5/4/8/4/15 - 3.6

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
A medium orange/golden color with a pure white medium head when poured. The head dissapates quickly leaving just a trace behind. This beer has a light aroma with an earthy smell with just a hint of bananas and apples. Strong overtones of citrus (grapefruit) hops are also present. The body was clear and sparkling. Initially acidic and swwet, the beer leaves a medium bitter taste on the tongue. This isnt a dry beer, despite the relatively strength. A decent beer for a cold evening.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle: Appeared is a almost cloudy yellow. Very little head that left quickly. The smell is of a skunked pineapple. The flavor is initially sweet and robust, but is quickly broken into by a sour aftertaste. At 10.5% ABV this one goes down warm and keeps you warm throughout. Take it easy, Matey!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2005
(BJCP Class) Smells skunk right off the bat. After warming up this was a huge beer. Tons of Alcohol and a dark pale gold yellow color with a great head. Very carbonated which too style is great. Strong dry spicy fruity flavor. A mild, dry beer which made this a good beer. Careful too many and you will end up walking the plank. Arrrgh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
bottle from whole foods. aroma is mild...bread, banana-y esters. light gold with a huge dense white head that doesnt seem like its going to go anywhere. medium body. flavor is immediately sweet and a little tart, with honey, banana, some spiciness...this fades into a damn near perfectly balanced trio of mild alcohol, some hop bitterness, and the malty/candisugar sweetness. its hard to believe this is actually 10.5, feels much lower. leaves the mouth a tiny bit sticky, but definitely not cloying. this is stellar, like duvels big brother (only not quite as good). would be amazing if the aroma brought more to the table.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
33cl bottle. Hazy apple cider colored with some scum for head. Alcohol, apple and pineapple in the nose. Sweet with some yeasty pinapple. Finishes sticky with some bitterness and lots of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (4099) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle. Nice hazy golden body with lively carbonation and a lasting off-white frothy head. Good yeasty aroma with bready and fruity (banana, citrus) notes. Compared with most of the 10,5% alc./vol. beers, alcohol is pretty well hidden. Sharp malty/hoppy taste that lacks complexity, despite some tiny honeyish hints. It leaves a long and warming aftertaste. Overall, a very decent Strong Ale.

   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 (4059) - 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.

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