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

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1831   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (248) - 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


3.2
Maakun (6434) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2017
Bottle at De Paas. Almost clear copper golden with white head. Lots of sweet malts, light marzipan, peach, bitter alcohol, light grassy herbs, quite bready and some toffee. Over medium sweet with quite bitter alcoholic finish. Full bodied with alcoholic finish. Too much alcohol but not terrible.

3.3
sjogro (4734) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2017 Bottle shared at De Paas. Hazy amber with white head. Big sweet malts, strong alcoholic boost, cookie spices, caramel, yeast. Big sweet and moderate bitter. Medium body and average carbonation.

3.7
tomandoaltura (229) - - NOV 6, 2017
Apariencia : ámbar intenso de buena translucidez (12 SRM aprox.); cabeza blanco hueso; buena retención; buen encaje Aroma : granos y cereales; albaricoque; bouquet flora; ligera tibieza alcohólica Boca : cereales y peras; tibieza alcohólica; amargor medio (28 IBU); cuerpo medio; buena carbonatación

3.8
Swank (46) - - OCT 22, 2017
One of the underestimated beers. Wide available in supermarkets but definitely oustanding aginst similar style beers. High on alcohol but a very pleasant balance between the sweet and the bitter. Worth trying again.

4.2
Subliminal64 (222) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2017
Where Purchased: 347ml bottle part of a fall/winter mixer pack from the LCBO Consumed: from a chalice Aroma: Smells faintly of malts. Not much else there. Appearance : unfiltered medium gold with lots of head that last to the last drop. Excellent lacing. Taste: sweet, slight malty yeast flavour. No bitterness. No booze taste. Palate : medium to heavy body. Slight sweet aftertaste. Great carbonation. Overall: great Quad. Easy drinking, non offensive. I was glad to try and will buy again. MB. The Beer "Bear"on.

3.5
bbbeer (878) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2017
Amber color, large off white head. Aroma caramel, yeast, fruit. Full body, some alcohol. Flavor sweet at first, bit of hops at the back, some esters and spices. Interesting at best.

4.1
tgrtnr (324) - Augsburg, Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2017
330 ml bottle, served in chalice. Pours pale vibrant orange with big foamy head. Ripe fruits, clove, coriander, bread. Fruity sweetness, hoppy bitterness. Finish is bitter with a strong alcoholic punch. Soft carbonated, medium body. Pure Belgium feeling.

3.6
FireGlider (699) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 7, 2017
Golden color with big thick white head. Strong raisins aroma with some clove and dark fruits notes. Taste is sweet and strong. You can feel high alcohol content, but as strong taste more than alcohol. Not a drink for lager lovers.

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DejanSt (277) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 6, 2017
0,33 v Lidli. uz vona dava najavo ze to bude zazitok. a chut je naozaj velmi prijemna, bohata.

3.5
Jingis (234) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 5, 2017
Zakupene v lidly. Pekna zlatista farba. Vona sice nevyrazna no chut to krasne kompenzuje. Prijemna husta chut s dlhou koncovkou.


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