Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by SamuraiJack:
3.05/5 rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2
I truly love Belgian Tripels. They are incredible beers. I love the style, I love the uniqueness, I love everything about them (except, perhaps, the price). I though I'd never find a Tripel I didn't like. Well... I stand corrected.
First pour shows a gorgeous beer in the classic Tripel style. Fabulous golden honey body with amber and orange highlights, noticable floaters and a thick and rocky head.
Then... the aroma. What can I say - the first thing I thought was "dirty socks." The second was "funky over-ripe cheese." The smell is just - wrong to me. And damn is that smell strong. Yeah, I know it's the yeast, I know it's the style - just like I know that gorgonzola is supposed to smell like sweat socks aged in cheese. None the less... I don't find it appetizing to say the least.
First taste, well... to be honest on my first taste I simply couldn't get past the smell. So I then tried to taste it while holding my nose. When I did this - I found an interesting Tripel with a slightly thick and oily mouthfeel, solid fruits riding a good foundation of grains and an undercurrent of funky yeast - and culminating with strong vaporous alcohols. Tasting it while not holding my nose brought out the funky yeast flavors and made it nearly impossible to taste anything else other than the finishing alcohol heat.
Coulda been a contenda.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2003 17:02:55 | More by SamuraiJack
More User Reviews:
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
4.64/5 rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Long time want fulfilled by Johnnnnieee. Thanx a ton, man
Into a chalice.
A: golden red almost amber colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that dies within less than a minute, adequate sticky lacing graces the sides of the glass
S: spiciness up front with a deep malty breadiness coming through strong and then I get some light coriander and clove as well as some peppery tones, light citrus enters in as it warms
T: malty sweet breadiness with a decent blend of citrusy flavors spreading around my mouth; spicy yet sweet aftertaste with sweet sticky finish
M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable surprisingly enough for 10.5% - big wow from me, carbonation is fairly smooth for a Belgian IPA though I think I like how everything comes across and coats my mouth and tongue
O: wow, I actually wasn't expecting this one to be this good and am thinking would go great with a pepperoni pizza to even grilled shrimp. My mind is racing right now with all of the pairings I could do with this. I wish it was in my distro.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 04:36:33 | More by BeerKangaroo
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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