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


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RATINGS: 1852   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sten (751) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2005
Golden coloured beer with a big white head. The taste is sweet and alcoholic. The aftertaste is more spicy and also a bit dry bitter. A nice beer. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Poured an effervescent yellow with a tall fizzy white head which dissipated almost completely. Aroma of vinous grapes, candy, flowers, and spices. Taste is flowery, spicy, with a touch a honey flavor and a fairly light dry finish. Body is light and feels over-carbonated. Not bad... has complexity, but I dont sense the care that goes into good belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle fromm Beers of Europe. Tim Webb has said this is the beer served as the house beer at Staminee De Garre in Brugge. It certainly is very similar. Hazy golden, persistant white head. Aroma overwhelmingly spicy, with cloves, coriander, pepper, pineapple, alcohol. Firm mouthfeel with warming finish. Very fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Shiver me timbers, this is one damn fine Belgium brew! Pours a cloudy golden color with a willing head and lotsa fine lacing. Rich yeasty pineapple aroma. Creamy spice flavor with a gripping mouthfeel and lingering sweet marmalade and bread aftertaste with a hop tingle. Raise the Jolly Roger because Im off to plunder some more of this delicious booty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Poured a cloudy yellow wheat, thick, firm white head that gripped the sides of my trappist glass. Aroma is bold and full of yeast, sweet and strong! Flavor "reminiscent of bread dough" indeed! Bitter and dry aftertaste. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Everything about it is good. It is nice and fizzy and also has a nice full body. What I didnt like was the extremelly badly hidden high alcohol content, not very enjoyable, try a different Belgian strong Ale; there is better out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IndyF1 (19) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2005
This yellow highly alcoholic beer has a strong aroma that reminded me of bananas. Good palate, fizzy, good head,kind of lemony taste. I liked it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5951) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2005
A faint nutty aroma (hazelnuts?), this is a very heady beer with a cloudy yellow appearnace. This is a nice Belgian, smooth with mild spicy tingles, but an excellent hider of its HAC - that is - until it hits you. Wow, that hits though. This and the Gulden Draak were the highlights of a six-pack of Belgians i recently bouth, though the Triple Bornem was also nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
njklebs (9) - USA - SEP 5, 2005 does not count
This is the top of the beer food chain for my liking. Did not score it perfect because it would mean that I no longer need to search for the perfect beer. Overall great color, flavor, aroma, and aftertaste. Plus, a bottle of this at 10% will start or end your night with a little WOW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (17084) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2005
Bottled (BB 05/2006)
A bit hazy golden, firm white head. Sweet hoppy honeyish nose. Very hoppy&alcoholic (brandy) with some licorice and fruity, honey sweetness. Spicey and bitter. Long waming bitter aftertaste.

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