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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 1852   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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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 cant drink as many as my palate desires. The label is so incredibly cheezy, but what is inside is sooo special.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
outlaw99 (14) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2001
Had this last night for the first time, best brew Ive 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 thats 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 doesnt know the frigging difference.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (254) - 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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 I caught a glimpse of its 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 its 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 Belgians let this one warm a bit, the flavors will intensify. Highly recommended. This is a utility brew.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1820) - BELGIUM - APR 27, 2012
Lautre trsor de la brasserie Van Steenberge, avec la Gulden Draak. Ici une blonde, exactement du mme niveau abv : 10,5... Du srieux !!! Une couleur jaune or brillant splendide, on pourrait dire "traje de luces". Clart limpide. Bulles trs fines et gnreuses partout, malgr lge de mon exemplaire : 14 mois aprs la date-limite !!! Mousse blanche crmeuse qui reste bien sur la bire pendant la dgustation 2 mm dpaisseur. Odeur des bls mrs par vague au soleil, comme on les trouvait auparavant dans la rgion de la Beauce en France. Tout ceci a disparu, parce que les cultivateurs ont voulu des petites tiges pour viter le versage avec les grands vents dorage. Merci pour la posie .... En plus, mon verre a maintenant une petite pointe de porto grce son ge. Le volume de la premire gorge est soyeux. Le premier got est fortement orient sur les agrumes, comme lors de mes dgustations prcdentes. Le second est sur le gingembre, la coriandre et la camomille. En arrire- got, on trouve un peu de genivre d lge. Cest vraiment trs beau. Mais on sent aussi le caractre affirm de la blonde qui ne sen laisse pas conter. La belle a son degr abv et elle est sre delle..... En 3me got, la palette se dveloppe encore sur le bl en silo avec une pointe de sureau, trs originale, qui montre toute la complexit de pareil breuvage. On est ici dans les hautes sphres des bires des grandes brasseries familiales. Celle-ci a t fonde en 1784. La longueur est constante et irait mme "a mas", comme disent les Espagnols. Preuve si ncessaire de qualit 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 damertume de trs bon aloi et qui fait aussi la grandeur dune bire. La finale est du niveau des grands cognacs ou des armagnacs 30 ans. Cette bire mrite assurment son titre de "strong ale", voire mme "extra strong", et est un vrai fleuron des bires de ce type. Nhsitez pas frquenter ce pirate, il est du meilleur got !!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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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