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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: 1868   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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rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2000
One of the best belgian beers I have ever had, truly a delight!

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Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2001
This is the finest Belg. I have ever tasted, bar none. Light, complex, a thing of beauty. I can’t drink as many as my palate desires. The label is so incredibly cheezy, but what is inside is sooo special.

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outlaw99 (14) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2001
Had this last night for the first time, best brew I’ve ever had. Previous reviewer gives it a 5/20??? But then again he calls Crown Royal a ’stellar’ whiskey. The only thing Crown Royal has going for it is the packaging and that’s it, it tastes like crap. CC 12yo is 10 times better than Crown Royal and about the same price. Have an acquaintance whose son thinks Crown Royal is the greatest, when he comes over she buys cheap whiskey, puts it into an old Crown Royal bottle, and he doesn’t know the frigging difference.

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seuinoz (257) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2002
when the description says it packs a mighty punch they are not lying. the aroma is that of lemon and fruit the flavor is very strong with the hit of alcohol with first sip then when the beer starts to warm the alcohol is not as strong this ale keeps me on my feet i really enjoy the punch it gives that is why i gave it a 10+ on my list of fav beers

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GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 I caught a glimpse of it’s viscosity as I poured the first few ounces. Full nectar indeed as I smile. I see the tiny bubbles form this thick froth, as it rises the aroma spills from the goblet into the air creating a symphonic prelude of the olfactory sense. Dough, spices, florals, tropicals, malts, as I watch the goblet fill with golden honey nectar I anticipate it’s crescendo. Just as I suspected, a full bodied ale with flavors perfectly ballanced to confirm this fine ensamble. A touch of sweetness lends just the right amount of distraction to soften the high alcoholic disposition. Banana fruit, vanilla, bubblegum, spice, honey, w/ an asprin tingle on the finish. As with most fine Belgian’s let this one warm a bit, the flavors will intensify. Highly recommended. This is a utility brew.

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BirraMon (3) - henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 25, 2007 does not count
My favorite beer. THICK head, sweet nose, high alcohol but not noticable. Sweet on palate with nice citrus notes

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delirium2 (4) - ridgefield, Connecticut, USA - MAR 8, 2008 does not count
Simply the Best, this beer has everything I enjoy in a beer, high alcohol is a must but it does not hurt the taste in anyway, I used to love delirium but after tasting piraat I cant get enough,,with a big dish of mussels and a few of these of god you have a happy mouth belly and brain

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leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2012
Glowing orange color with big, creamy head. Spiced, orange flavor. Perfectly balanced. Hops and malts without being heavy on each. Absolutely delicious.

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corkyrory66 (1999) - BELGIUM - APR 27, 2012
L’autre trésor de la brasserie Van Steenberge, avec la Gulden Draak. Ici une blonde, exactement du même niveau abv : 10,5... Du sérieux !!! Une couleur jaune or brillant splendide, on pourrait dire "traje de luces". Clarté limpide. Bulles très fines et généreuses partout, malgré l’âge de mon exemplaire : 14 mois après la date-limite !!! Mousse blanche crémeuse qui reste bien sur la bière pendant la dégustation à 2 mm d’épaisseur. Odeur des blés mûrs par vague au soleil, comme on les trouvait auparavant dans la région de la Beauce en France. Tout ceci a disparu, parce que les cultivateurs ont voulu des petites tiges pour éviter le versage avec les grands vents d’orage. Merci pour la poésie .... En plus, mon verre a maintenant une petite pointe de porto grâce à son âge. Le volume de la première gorgée est soyeux. Le premier goût est fortement orienté sur les agrumes, comme lors de mes dégustations précédentes. Le second est sur le gingembre, la coriandre et la camomille. En arrière- goût, on trouve un peu de genièvre dû à l’âge. C’est vraiment très beau. Mais on sent aussi le caractère affirmé de la blonde qui ne s’en laisse pas conter. La belle a son degré abv et elle est sûre d’elle..... En 3ème goût, la palette se développe encore sur le blé en silo avec une pointe de sureau, très originale, qui montre toute la complexité de pareil breuvage. On est ici dans les hautes sphères des bières des grandes brasseries familiales. Celle-ci a été fondée en 1784. La longueur est constante et irait même "a mas", comme disent les Espagnols. Preuve si nécessaire de qualité aussi. La levure est lisse mais percutante, et touche quasiment aux levures sauvages. On a un savoir-faire de premier niveau, avec cette petite pointe d’amertume de très bon aloi et qui fait aussi la grandeur d’une bière. La finale est du niveau des grands cognacs ou des armagnacs 30 ans. Cette bière mérite assurément son titre de "strong ale", voire même "extra strong", et est un vrai fleuron des bières de ce type. N’hésitez pas à fréquenter ce pirate, il est du meilleur goût !!

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luski09 (1) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
Golden in colour, thick white head. hoppy, citrous strong alcohol smell. Thick malty flavor, warm fuzzy enlightening flavor. Fruity after taste and mouth feel. carbonation dissolves off the tongue. Perfect Belgian Stong, Best clone home brew to date!


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