Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by Patrick999:
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I've had this before, but was unable to review for whatever reason. Picked up a stubby as a part of this brewery's mix pack. Odd, quirky brewery - this brewery definitely has some range.
A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. Golden body, not quite clear, but not quite murky either. Thick, persistent head.
S - Smells fairly innocuous - a little sweetbread, a little citric hop, a little musty yeast.
T - This Belgian packs a significant flavor punch. Sipped cold, it is very alcoholic - definitely let this one warm a bit. Big cinnamon-sugar graham cracker backbone stands up to the big hops and then some. Hoppy for a Belgian, but not as hoppy as Houblon Chouffe. Not quite dry, not quite sweet. Still a little alcoholic, not surprising at this significant strength, but it doesn't detract - it only serves to remind you to take it easy. And let's face it, a beer named "Piraat" *should* be a bad-ass, shouldn't it?
F - Not as pillow-soft as many other Belgians, this has some bite to it, some astringency.
D - It's never going to be one you'll pound, but it isn't anywhere near as difficult to drink as it probably should be. An excellent choice when you want a big Belgian blonde with a bit of a hop problem. Arrr!
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2009 12:40:25 | More by Patrick999
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4.11/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.
A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a lot of tiny particles floating inside. Forms a big thin bubbled and creamy light yellow head which is aloso soapy and molasses. Huge retention (never disappears completely) leaving tons of soapy lingering lacings in the glass
S: Strong sweet caramel malts in the nose. Candi sugar, dark dry fruits and caramel. Strong lemony and grassy hops profile. Very bready and earthy Belgian style yeasts. Alcohol notes in the end
T: Sweet malty upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts, candi sugar and toffee. Notes of dry raisins and plums. A bit of bubblegum sensation. Grassy and lemony hops bitterness. Consistent bitterness. Good bitterness balance. Belgian style bready yeasts
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. High density beer. Bready, fruity and bitter aftertaste
O: Good drinkablility despite of the ABV. Pleasant and well done Belgian Strong Ale. Classic
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 20:52:32 | More by eduardolinhalis
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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