Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by Philousa:
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Imbibed on tap at The Rose & Crown in Palo Alto on 2/10/2012.
Served with good clarity, rich golden in color with a big foamy head in a Piraat tulip. Didn't see the guy pull it, so the big head may be due to his enthusiasm. Great bold Belgian yeast with some pepper and a good amount of lemony citrus in the nose. This is a great showcase of this yeast strain. The malt tastes like it was made for the yeast, which fades tart and then goes into full on Belgian spicy mode. Good bitterness that is lasting but not overwhelming. Good complexity in this beer's flavor, not so much in the nose. Which is fine, since it's done well. Clean=well. medium MF with a dry finish. Makes me want to move to Belgium, since this is readily available there. Can you imagine if this was our Budweiser?
This is a damn good Hoppy Belgian that showcases its yeast. It's clear and hoppy at the same time. very good showcase of what a Belgian IPA should be. I've had several Belgian IPA's from the US, but this is the real deal. Use this as a benchmark against which to judge others.
Serving type: on-tap
02-15-2012 06:16:42 | More by Philousa
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4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
91 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.