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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3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
(wasn't poured by myself - coworker did it, abandoning drinking it for themself and passing it off to me... ok then... used to drink this often enough many years ago when I first started trying Belgian beers)
A: amber color, cloudy (hops? lees?)... compact, spongy, white foam... killer cap retention, scant lace
S: lightly gingerbready... hops that remind me of Styrian Goldings (or something noble)... mellow medicinal phenolics, chlorophyll tones from the hops... all in all, very polished, subtle aromas from the plants, foundation of clovey yeast character
T: mild banana... spicy booze... aggressively bitter, lightly-floral, noble-like hops... late, lasting clove-y aftertaste... tastes more like an extra-hopped tripel... hop bitterness is pretty prominent in the aftertaste
M: smoothish, frothy wash... phantom medium fullness... mellow, muffled, yet persistent phenolic warmth... dry as hell
O: suppose I'll have to try this again, poured more carefully... won't go out of my way though... it's ok, just artfully refined and somewhat boring, a vehicle for booze
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 02:22:10 | More by Bouleboubier
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle marked 14HM 13:31 at 45 degrees into goblet and allowed to warm
Aroma of coriander, yeast, and alcohol
Head average (3.5 cm), off white, creamy, fairly rapidly diminishing to a 1 cm thick floating island
Lacing good, forming thick rings of mostly very small bubbles
Body medium orange – first pour clear. The second (final) pour stirred up very fine yeast sediment which made it cloudy.
Flavor begins with a pronounced alcohol hit that overpowers any subtle flavors. This subsides to an alcohol stomach burn which quickly fades. There is no aftertaste.
Palate is medium, oily, with lively carbonation.
A nice looking first pour and good lacing make this an attractive beer. It has good mouthfeel. The only detraction is the heavy appearance of alcohol in both the nose and taste. A shame; otherwise this beer would be excellent.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 11:04:06 | More by Ozzylizard
3.85/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]
The pour was a hazy burnt orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a medium film and collar with very good spotty lacing.
The aroma was lightly sweet with a light bread malt, floral hops and a sweet Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (orange), a strong fruity ester (apple, pear and pineapple), a hint of spice and a decent alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty sweet with just a touch of a citrusy sweetness early on, becoming quite yeasty and just a tad bitter with a sweet fruity alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter fruity alcohol warming fading slowly, leaving behind a slightly spicy bite that hit you right in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a lightly syrupy texture and a ticklish carbonation.
Overall I found this to be a fantastic brew with tons of flavor. It had it all, the perfect balance of a fruity citrusy sweetness, a bold yeastiness and a moderate hop bitterness. This allowed the mellowing of the high ABV, thus creating a most wonderful drinking experience...
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 17:32:12 | More by KajII
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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