Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Piraat... poured in a tulip at cellar temperature.
An attractive deep amber-orange color and a big three-finger, puffed up, pure white head which compliments said hue nicely. Beautiful lacing as the foam recedes. I can see lots of bubbles rising in the glass.
Smells like green apples, lemons, organic herbs, funky yeast, and sourdough pancakes. It's a typically Belgian scent (not a complaint), but with some unique complexities that are quite nice.
Upon tasting, I can see why this is fit for the Belgian IPA classification. It tastes much like some of the fine Belgian strong pale ales I've enjoyed, but with an infusion of juicy citric hops. That's what hits my palate first, and it's followed by that wonderful Belgian ale quality in the aftertaste that makes me feel like I just DRANK a slice of sweet, freshly-baked bread. The 10.5% ABV is just not there at ALL. I probably would have guessed 7.5% if it wasn't on the label. Anyway, it's delicious.
The feel is pretty effevescent, but has more body to it than other Belgian ales I've had... which is kind of refreshing since so many Belgians are carbonated to the extreme.
Piraat. Ah, yeah.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2013 15:29:52 | More by Kuaff
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4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review taken many times over the last 5 years.
11.2oz(33cl/330ml) brown bottle. Awesome Van Steenberge bottle shape with plastic pirate inspired label covering entire bottle. I love the shapes of these bottles. Poured into a fat stemmed Belgian tulip.
A - hazy yellow golden in color. Thick, creamy and massive are words that best describe this lovely head leaving a very sticky ring of lace.
S - for starters this has a top shelf Belgian yeast aroma paired with banana, orange, bubblegum, and a faint whiff of sour apples. Belgian spices and a toasted bread like malt balance the aroma. Maybe a hint of creamy vanilla as it warms.
T - this is a classic yet original flavor. Light fruitiness of ripe banana and orange with the perfect pairings of Belgian spices. Malts have a toasted bread character same as the nose and add an authentic Belgian yeast and its citrus notes just pop.
M - medium to full body and especially smooth feel. Texture and thickness play a key role in Piraat's ability to be a real winner. It almost comes off as too easy to drink but overall its just a great feel and brew in general.
O - piraat ale is a classic for me. One of the first true Belgian ales that got me hooked to the world of craft beer and Belgium in general. A true genius recipe that still plays a major role in my craft beer life. It's always there and will never let you down. This is something people will be drinking til the end of time
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 15:19:33 | More by BradtheGreat7
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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