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


on tap

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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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Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Tap @ YardHouse - Pours a cloudy yellow gold color, smells somewhat sweet, has a fair amount of carbonation. But the taste and I did not get along so well... had a spicey/flowery flavor. Tasted like a bowl of popurri.... One of the few Belgian strongs that I don’t care for....

Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Bottle Pours a hazy yellow gold with a large white head. Head is mostly lasting and produces decent lacing. Has a sweet aroma. I get some cherries and bubble gum. Taste is a little harsh not real smooth. Has a light carbonationand a good duration. Alcohol is a touch strong. Taste borders on a barley wine to me. This is not a bad beer but you have to be ready for this one. Has a heavy medium to full bodiness.

blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a cloudy gold with some sediment and an average size frothy white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, malt, fruit, spices, mild hops and alcohol. Flavour starts with some yeast, malt, fruit and spices and ends with some hops and a mild alcohol burn. Dry finish, full bodied. An average Belgian but still a pretty good beer.

HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
After staring at this one on the shelf for about 5 years, I decided to take the "plunge". Pours golden with a big white fluffy head. The aroma has a spicy hop scent with some bubble gum present. The flavor is very sweet malty up front with a spicy hop background in the end. The alcohol is present but it is in its place. This is very smooth and easy to drink. Arrggh matey!

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Hmmmm. First, I swear I rated this (I bought the gift pack last year, honest). Second, I know it was 10.5%, yet the bottle looked like the picture in the 9% version. Oh well, throw it here for now. Medium yellow, medium white head. Lots of yeast in aroma, some alcohol, some sweetness. Really nice strong sweet taste, lots of yeast and lemon, and the alcohol is present but balanced. Not terribly complex just a good strong beer.

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 I caught a glimpse of it’s viscosity as I poured the first few ounces. Full nectar indeed as I smile. I see the tiny bubbles form this thick froth, as it rises the aroma spills from the goblet into the air creating a symphonic prelude of the olfactory sense. Dough, spices, florals, tropicals, malts, as I watch the goblet fill with golden honey nectar I anticipate it’s crescendo. Just as I suspected, a full bodied ale with flavors perfectly ballanced to confirm this fine ensamble. A touch of sweetness lends just the right amount of distraction to soften the high alcoholic disposition. Banana fruit, vanilla, bubblegum, spice, honey, w/ an asprin tingle on the finish. As with most fine Belgian’s let this one warm a bit, the flavors will intensify. Highly recommended. This is a utility brew.

CMUBEERMAN (458) - - FEB 11, 2006
On tap @ Sharp Edge...has a hazy orange color and a minimal head. Aroma is of alcohol and a bit of fruit and spice. Taste is has a lot of alcohol and fruity sweetness. A pretty unintersting belgian...but it can get you wasted.

ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2006
pours a light cloudy golden color, aroma is yeasty and fruity. taste like a strong triple, with alot of pear, and apricot type fruitiness. alcohol is definatly noticable but not overpowering. a nice strong beer, but to expencive. their are much better beers to drink for 10$ a 750ml bottle

xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Tap at Eulogy. Sweet cinnamon apple aroma, yeasty. Mellow gold with a coating film of bubbles. Flavor exactly as per aroma. Not bad, but common-ish for a belgian. A little hot alcohol, as per it’s big brother gulden draak, on a calm day.

Mumpu (46) - USA - JAN 25, 2006
A noseful of alcohol and not much else, like bad vodka. Make this one walk the plank!

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