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


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RATINGS: 1867   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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Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Appearance- Pours up mostly foam in the tulip but there doesn't seem to be much retention. Some spotty lacing but this stalls at about a finger. The head is a cotton white while the body is a hazy light amber which glows a dull orange and brown when held up to the light. Nose- Most of the usual suspects of Belgian beer aromas are present in Piraat's nose. The bottle starts off with powerful spices (coriander, some lemon peel, lots of yeast) which are borderline astringent. Lots of fruity esters as well- apple, lemon, banana, and oranges. Some clove figures in there as well. Lots of presence and complexity. Taste- Initially, fruit esters are the first notes that I get- apple, banana, lemon, and orange followed by a robust spicy yeast profile. No harshness or bitterness from the yeast but lots of spice. There is a slight woody finish that seems more like hops bitterness than yeast bitterness. Lots of coriander, lots of clove- a very herbal/floral/perfumy beer. The bitter finish builds as I drink it more and balances well with ester and spice forwardness of this beer. Some touches of honey and nectar in the flavor profile as well. Some white grape hints give it a slightly vinous character. Very solid beer with lots of balance. Extremely robust. Some caramel notes (which are more of a negative than a positive) start to come out on the finish. Mouthfeel- Lots of tingle from the spicy yeast. Most light bodied but has some syrup, vinous qualities. Light zip of carbonation. Drinkability- Despite flooding the palate with a lot flavor, this is dangerously easygoing. At times, the yeast and accompanying bitterness slow you down but not much. Not a bad price at around 5 or 6 bucks. Overall- Very solid beer. The style may not be my favorite among Belgians but Piraat seems to represent it well. Definitely worth a try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

VueltaBirrista (103) - Murcia, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2017
De color ámbar más claro de lo que la foto indica, tiene una preciosa cabeza de espuma blanca muy cremosa que retiene a la perfección en el cáliz todo el rato. Refermentada en botella. El alcohol es el protagonista tanto en nariz como en boca. En su aroma, además aparece algún tono herbal. En boca es dulce y… más de lo mismo, muy alcohólica. La pretendida complejidad del trago aquí se queda en pretenciosa y no termina de ensamblar bien todo el conjunto: el dulzor de las maltas, el licor, la levadura picante y el aporte del lúpulo. Tomada en varias cervecerías, quise darle otra oportunidad en casa, pero a mí personalmente es una birra que nunca ha terminado de gustarme y me parece que lo único que garantiza son borracheras express. Prescindible.

kamanova_boy (256) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 23, 2017
Bottle from Lidl. Fine beer. Pours pale yellow colour with little white head. Rich sweety aroma, fruits, spices. Sweet taste, malty, citruses, rather strong alcohol finish.

Luneylane (176) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - JUN 23, 2017
A bottle from Muzha Jason’s, drunk at home. Aroma: Christmas cake, prunes, sherry. Appearance: clear dark amber, minimal head. Palate: full-bodied and slick, soft carbonation, long and complex finish with pepper from the alcohol. Taste: strongly sweet and bitter, well-balanced. A good belt from the booze, some vanilla at the finish. Great beer.

LiretAnonim (247) - POLAND - JUN 17, 2017
Piwo wypite jakiś czas temu. Ocena wystawiona na podstawie wspomnień z degustacji, w ramach uzupełnienia profilu.

anfractuosity (409) - - JUN 11, 2017
Top notch belgian beer, slightly cloudy, with a yeasty haze. Didn’t think it was 10.5% when tasting. Very enjoyable. Spicey/herbal aroma. Sweetness, spiciness in taste.

davedrinkinbeer (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2017 does not count
A very good Belgian strong ale. Beer has a malty, spicy hops character. There is a definite alcohol taste throughout the mouthful, but if you drink your beercolder than recommended temps (like 40f or colder), the alcohol taste actually goes away. When drank cold, it is hard to tell the strength of this beer.

gripweed57 (2314) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2017
From old tasting notes. Cloudy honey gold color.mcreamy white head. Winey malt nose. Sweet fruity malt flavor is very high in alcohol. Long, chewy malt finish and aftertaste.

ChugMeaRiver (1) - Virovitica, CROATIA - JUN 5, 2017 does not count
This one is no nonsense. Fairly rich foam, mild caramel aroma with a hint of tropical fruit, you can literally taste all these 10,5%, very strong and in my experience unique taste. Aye, it’ll f**k you up for a good hour or so, two options after drinking: 1) Actively listen to Alestorm, 2) Take a nap, because drinking this is equals to betrayal to and by your own body.

wiedrzensky (911) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 4, 2017
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with big stable foamy off-white head. Aroma of malts, bread, toasty, grass, straw, floral and herbal. Taste is light sweet, light bitter with touch of acidic notes, floral and herbal mouthfeel. Heavy body, slick texture, soft carbonation.

spyros (50) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 4, 2017
Tretinka z Lidlu. Najlepsia na pive je vona, chut je trosku ovplyvnena CO2.

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