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


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RATINGS: 1845   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2005
poured a hazy golden with a nice white fluffy head, typical belgian good smell off sweetness and fruit, tastes sweet with a little bite, and silky smooth going down, this is my favorite style of beer. good body, very drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Draught: Clear gold white a white head. Strong fruity green apple aroma, with overpowering esters. Excessively sweet estery flavour, with heaps of pepper and alcohol. Medium bodied, but too much alcohol for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 2, 2005
Deep gold with a white head that forms an island in the center. The aroma is interesting with a yoghurty softness over tropical fruit (banana and pineapple). It has a big body with plenty of warming alcohol, a crisp apple attack and a caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Bit of a surprise. Odor is just a bit off, cant quite place it. Vaguely fruity, yet yeasty. Cloudy appearance, with bits of fluff floating in it. Flavor is the real shocker. Big first flavor, almost spicy, with a bit of citrus in the finish. Not what I expected, but Im happy with the results.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2005
Hazy orange, fairly decent white head. Fruity, yeasty nose. Sweet, fruity flavour with hints of apricots. Citric, banana taste. Full bodied. Bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Wow, so... wheres the beer? This thing poured over 80% head! And it doesnt go anywhere, either. Once you manage to get past the head though, youll find a fruity, very alcoholic tasting beer. Aroma is bananas, citrus, cloves, some pepper. Pepper in the taste too rounds out with a long, round, warmingly dull finish. Strong carbonation also tasted, and I couldnt help but notice that the carbonation in the glass (at least little liquid beer was left) was almost thick and chunky. This is a crazy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2681) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottle from somewhere in France. Pours a cloudy golden color. Huge head, alcohol is easily noticeable. This one has some bite. Enjoyable beer, but perhaps too much alcohol and not enough hops/malt balance. It was still enjoyable but nothing amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy and golden with a huge head. Impossible to pour in one shot without making a mess. Initial aroma of banana, sweet citrus, alcohol and yeast. Pretty good. Not much in the way of spices, though ... interesting. First sip reinforces the aroma, except that the alcohol surges to the fore, but it fades quickly (or it just numbs my tastebuds) Once the alcohol subsides, it becomes pretty sweet and dry. (Mostly banana and yeast) Lets see, high ABV, golden in color, rather fruity, sweet and dry ... are they sure this isnt a triple?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 I must confess, I bought this beer on a whim becuase It had a sweet label on it and its spelt funny. Silly Belgians. Anyways, it was my first Belgian strong so it all worked out in the end. Poured a hazy golden yellow. Lots of wheat and banana(?) present int he aroma. Smells good is about all I can say. The taste doesnt let down either. Tart and acidic with a definte hop presence. Somewhat of a dry fruity aftertaste that becomes bitter at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Have been looking for this for quite some time and found it in "De Hopduvel" in Gent. So far I havent been that fond of the beers from Bios/Van Steenberge, but this fares a lot better. Pale golden, somewhat hazy with lots of sweet malt. In spite of the strong alcohol and full body this is pretty easy to drink. A pleasure. 070896

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