Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.69/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed out of a brown 330 mL bottle with the distinctive bottle shape similar to Duvel. Didn't think to locate the dating (if there was any) because I had this one at dinner and didn't want to be a total jackass. Poured into an oversized wine glass, and the waiter was kind enough to leave about a third of it in the bottle for me to pour at my leisure.
Appearance - Pours a a rich reddish orange that is mostly opaque and hard to see through due to the haziness of the yeast sediment. Atop the body sits a pillowy foam of about a finger thick, the color of parchment. Slowly dissipates, but never gets to be less than a generous drifting of foam around the edges of the glass and ample foam across the top.
Smell - Dominated by fruity phenols and the more astringent bit of alcoholic esters. The strength of this beer certainly isn't hiding in the aroma. Nose definitely gives me more of a "tripel" feel than it does IPA. The hop aromas that are present tend to be more tropical, with mango and pineapple, and it gets lost in the yeasty components.
Taste - Not quite as hot as the aroma, but still packs quite a wallop. Most of the bitterness I get seems like it's coming from the alcohol, rather than the generous hop profile that one might expect from an IPA--even a Belgian variety. It's at this point that I am now more curious about the date, because if I had to guess, this bottle has a little age on it, letting the fruitiness of the yeast overtake any of the hop characteristics.
Mouthfeel - On the slightly heavy side of medium bodied, with ample carbonation and a semisweet and bitter finish with the alcohol lingering like it would with a spirit drink.
Overall, I'm glad to have sampled this beer, but it's not one I'm likely to get again. In many ways, it reminds me of Green Flash's Le Freak, but it's a bit more unbalanced than that version, even though both are quite strong.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2013 21:26:16 | More by LambicPentameter
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