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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: 1869   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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3.6
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Pours sparkling gold with good creamy white head. Aroma is strong wth sweet malt, candy, and banana clove.Flavor is strong with alcohol, very warming going down. Sort of overpowers the fruit, malt, and sweetness of this beer. Dry finish Not bad, but I was honestly expecting a lot better.

3.5
HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle (330ml). Beer of Belgium Gift pack 5of6. Poured bubbly clear gold with a decent thick lasting creamy white head, some good lacing left behind. Aroma has tons of sweet fruity/candy malt, rich yeast, cloves, banana esters, alcohol, even apple on warming - pleasant, but a bit muted. Taste is strongly of alcohol - almost harsh - but the malt, spice and fruit stay in there, and the alcohol burn diminishes noticeably as it warms. Decently thick body for the style, creamy , syrupy and alcoholic mouthfeel. Not bad, but I wasn’t all that impressed.

3.8
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Rerate: 11.2oz, no date. decided I should rerate this now that I have the Piraat tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a mod-large white head, which fades to a thick film. Aroma of bananas, yeast, alcohol, candied sugar and very light citrus. Flavor doesn’t try to hide the alohol at all. There is the bananas and yeast again (strongest flavors), peppery hops, light lemon, and a dry finish It is fairly sweet, though the peppery hops help balance it and does a decent job from getting it to be cloying. Full bodied--almost syrupy, mod-high carbonation. Revisiting this did not disappoint. New rating: 7-4-7-4-16 Old rating follows 11.2oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy straw color with large, fluffy head. Smels of :banana, clove, yeast, and a little alcohol. Lot of alcohol in the taste, along with nice balance of malts and hops--can’t tell which way it leans more towards. After the first few sips, the alcohol isn’t quite so noticeable. Very good Belgian Strong, in my opinion.7-4-8-4-16

3.8
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Slightly hazy light gold, persistant large white head, nice lace. Yeasty bread aroma, noticeable alcohol, and some spice that I can’t pin down. Medium full mouthfeel, nice for a beer that looks so light. Sweet-sour flavor punctuated by yeast and some peppery hops. Finish dries out nicely with some persisiting sourness.

3.6
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2005
Blond colour, strong and large creamy head. Spicy and sweet-alcoholic aroma, palate is creamy, herby, finish is bitter with a sweet touch. nice Strong beer.

4.1
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Murky, golden/ tan pour. lingering, small white head. Smells of burnt sugar, fruit. I liked the aroma very much. Flavor was explosive, wow, wasn’t expecting such tanginess. Spiceness is nice. Some nice sweet maltiness and fruit/ toffee maybe. Incredibely rich.

3.1
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2005
A Mes rate: Sweet tangy and alcoholic nose. Reasonable semi cloudy blonde looks with good head retention and nice lace. Spicy, creamy, soapy, slight citric notes and just way too much alcohol showing. Spicy and slightly acrid finish. *yawns*

3.5
silver15 (15) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
Great thick white head and golden yellow body. Nice lacing on the glass throughout. Sweet flavor, frothy on the palate, followed by fruit and alcohol. Possibly orange/lemon aftertaste. This thing really packs a punch. Good beer.

3.6
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

3
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 isn’t a dry beer, despite the relatively strength. A decent beer for a cold evening.


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