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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1835   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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MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
A lot better than your usual blond beer. And strong too, without being overwhelming. Sweet malt flavours. Goes down smoothly.

BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
I was hoping more from this one. Typical blond really. Gold hazy body with a white fluffy head, nice lacing at the start. Lots of lemon, soft fruits, and nice yeasty malts. It took a while to open up and even though it doesnt attempt to shine through, it worked well while playing video games.

ALLOVATE (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2005
I don’t know about the product description, and looking back on notes from a beer judge in the early nineties, this seems to have evolved away from it’s complex routes to become the simplistic epitome of modern Belgian Golden Strong’s. That said, and with an open mind to that huge alcohol, I found this to be a tasty easy sipper. Poured into a Piraat tulip, quite cool. Brilliant orange gold body with fine wispy carbonation raising up a thin, yet dense and creamy white head that lasted and left trails of lace down the glass (attractive little bugger!). Spicy, lemon/lime cordial, vanilla and candi sugar nose with notes of bread crumbs and prickly alcohol. Quite soft and smooth in the mouth; big in body and with the first mouthful brings on that huge ABV. Flavours were simple and seamless, between vanilla and lemon-candi for sweetness, doughy yeast, a light hint of herbs and spicy white wine towards the back, before a warming vodka like swallow reminiscent of lemon flavoured ’Absolut Citron’. Overall, I didn’t mind this one, the alcohol managed to mellow as it warmed and it showed a little more fruit. Surprising!!! (33cL, 24BE 09:17)

beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
On tap at Eulogy’s, Philadelphia, PA. ABV 10.5%. Clear golden yellow Belgium stong ale having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Nice sweet malt and fruity ester aromas. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet malt and fruity grape flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. Definite alcoholic warmth. Excellent drinkable Belgium strong ale.

hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
Good white head on a beautiful golden beer, slightly hazy. The aroma was yeast and cloves, the taste fruity, spicy and alcoholic with an aftertaste of bitter Seville oranges. Just the thing for a dank, misty December evening.

illinismitty (2377) - 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.

HogTownHarry (7077) - Toronto (Harbourfront), 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.

iowaherkeye (2804) - 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
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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

DrBayern (1140) - 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.

Bart (2936) - 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.

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