Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours from one of those 330ml stubby Belgian bottles that I love into my tulip an apple-juice gold, lazily murky with lots of tiny dotting of suspended yeast and quickly rising bubbles of carbonation - a two-finger head rises with a careful pour and fades somewhat quickly to an eggshell ring. I wasn't sure what to expect on the pour; Anything more aggressive would likely have come up with a large head indeed. It leaves minimal lacing, which is forgiven for a strong golden ale like this'n.
Sour, acidic notes on the nose, fermenting apples and plums, some honey and bread that lighten things; Gently tart and gently hinting at mean.
WHOA! Alcohol! I might regret drinking this. The first sip punches me in the face. There's a quick, super tight swirl of firm carbonation, a crabapple sourness, and then my mouth is set aflame with astringent alcohol. It's swept away almost at once in a new sweep of creamy tastes and dissappears almost completely in the time it's taken me to write this. What the heck? Another, more thoughtful sip... Yum! On second thought, no regrets at all! There is indeed a lot of alcohol present in this, but it's got a lot of character backing it up. There's a serious flavor of oranges in this beer - not orange peel, mind you, but pure oranges - very sweet and citrusy - and behind it, there's a slightly yeasty nibble of esters. Wow! I really like this! It's kind of hard to describe, but this beer has a really refreshing flavor. I think the first punch of liquor knocked out my taste buds, because I no longer taste that astringency - only pure, delicious flavor.
Super good mouthfeel, now that I come to think of it. This does indeed have a somewhat champagne-like carbonation, fat bubbles that bounce like a wave of tiny basketballs over your tongue - the flavor is so much like oranges, in that medium-citrus way (not too sweet like lemons, not too sour like grapefruit) that the carbonation works really well with it. The finish is pretty crisp, which also works well for this beer's flavor - it's got a lot of alcohol present, and as soon as you swallow, it clears away completely, making you forget it was ever there.
This is a beast of a beer. My cheeks are burning, my mouth is watering, and I wish I'd bought more. Yum!
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2006 08:48:04 | More by Tupperwolf
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