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Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat
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87
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 10-09-2013)
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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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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.

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Privateer Belgian Ale By Piraat from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.