Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The bottle states that this brew is "by the makers of Piraat." That's all I had to read. Sold.
Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.
Appearance 4.0: Huge fizz-up after opening the beer led me to loose several ounces before I could even get it to the glass. Doubly disappointing as this is a beautiful beer in the glass. The goblet helped to break down the head, but even with that this beer has a huge, fluffy and beautiful head (1/2") that stuck around the entire session. Deep golden in color.
Smell 3.75: Bouquet was a bit subdued on this brew. I detect the requisite biscuit malt and treacly barley malt, but also detect a promising bouquet of hops.
Taste 4.0: Front is somewhat sweet, but this fades quickly into a luscious middle where the sweet drops out and a delicious hoppy alkaline taste comes in and mixes with a pleasant crackery, biscuit malt taste. Finish is smooth and balanced with more emphasis on the noble hops. Aftertaste is short and clean with a final punch of buscuity malt.
Mouthfeel: In spite of the foam-up when opening, this beer is not over-carbonated. It is smooth, pleasant and added to my enjoyment of the beer.
Overall 4.0: Outstanding beer. Very enjoyable and unique tripel. This answers the question about what an IPA would be like if brewed with low-Alpha noble hops. Very smooth, pleasant and loaded with levels of tasting profundity. It's not Piraat (what is?!) but it is a delicious brew nonetheless. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 03:49:24 | More by BeerDocT
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4.06/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep-amber orange color with a beautifully thick and billowy just off white head. The head has an amazing retention, hanging out for quite some time, with it eventually fading away to give a wonderful level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and bready with some nice hop aromas mixed within. The hop are a mix of grapefruit, earth, and grass mixing with some yeasty smells as well as some spice of coriander and clove. Along with these aromas are some hay like smells and a slightly grainy aroma. A light level of caramel and lighter fruit sweetness (orange and pear) are there in the nose creating a drier and bready light Belgian IPA smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with dry bready and crackery taste mixed with some lighter sweet flavors of caramel and candied sugar. The sweeter flavors fade fast with them being replace by flavors of yeast and some hop. The yeast bring with it flavors of clove with the hop flavors initially being mostly of a grassy taste. As the taste advances, the grassy grows stronger and is joined by a bit of grapefruit and some good earthy hop. Toward the end of the taste, the sweetness has faded to a good extent with the yeast, spice, and grassy flavors all quite strong. A bit of hay and grain come to the tongue at the end along with a lighter alcohol flavor to end up leaving a drier and hopped triple like flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation is quite nice for the Belgian characteristics of the brew while the thickness is good for accentuating the hop and being good for the more malty flavors of the brew, all creating a somewhat crisper but upheld brew overall.
Overall – A rather enjoyable and nicely flavored Belgian IPA. I will certainly frequent this more often given the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 02:17:46 | More by Darkmagus82
4.56/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Privateer has a moderately thick, semi-fizzy, semi-creamy, off-white head, a hazy, gold-orange appearance, with tight bubble streams, and heavy lacing left behind. The beer garners a milky tinge, once the bottom contents are swished and poured in. Aroma is of sweet, yeasty, bready, lightly-toasted barley malt, some sweetness, corn bread, a bit of fruit, and a touch of hop zing. Taste is of all those elements and a decent enough hop bitterness a the end, although this is not a hoppy beer. Mouthfeel is medium and fizzy, and Privateer finishes somewhat wet, rich, a bit chewy, rich, and sip-able. Get some!
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 17:59:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Deep copper golden slightly hazed body billows with off white head, into a nice big tulip Tripel Karmeliet glass. Aroma has a bit of fusel alcohol, tart sliced apple, this bottle is not all about hiding the alcohol like the regular Piraat is. It came in a Van Steenberge sampler along with a Piraat, Gulden Draak, Gulden Draak 9000, Bornem double and tripel. It has some of the harsher qualities that the high gravity 12 % malt liquors do in the US, but with a bit more refined qualities. Flavor hits with quite a harsh wave of alcohol, tart fruit notes, and grain excess cloying sweetness. I've never had a beer from Van Steenberge this hard to drink, I'm glad the 6 pack ran about 18 bucks...there's enough great beers in the sampler to justify this one. Tonight I plan on drinking the Piraat when the Buccos beat the Cards in St. Louis for game 5 of this playoff series. Mouthfeel has a lot of abrasive fusel alcohol burn, carbonation carries it well but the cloying malt backbone just hangs out and doesn't go away. Overall a beer that I won't search out, and I don't think they plan on bringing it over regularly, just an extra in a sampler pack it used to be one of the other beers I had never seen on the Sharp Edge from Van Steenberge.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2013 22:25:25 | More by WVbeergeek
Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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