Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
11.2oz bottle (no date) poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Careful pour left almost all of the sediment in the bottle which yielded a hazy orange-yellow/dark amber/wildflower honey color. Off-white head upon pouring died down to a ring at the edge and very thin skin across the top. Tiniest bits of lacing here and there.
Smell: Yeasty, citrus/sweet orange, grape - rich and complex.
Taste: Sweet malt quickly moving into a yeasty and bitter finish. Bitterness is citrus and strong, but not mouth-puckering bitter. Actually kind of hard to pull out what the bitter flavor is exactly - a lot going on here. I think there is some pine, orange citrus, and earthy/spicy hops in here as well.
Mouthfeel: Quite thick and creamy with prickly/spicy carbonation. Chewy almost with a little bit sticking to the teeth. Very nice.
Overall / Drinkability: I had this beer around 2003/2004 well before I knew what I was drinking and I could not stand it. It tasted like solid skunky bitter hops, so I'm beginning to think it was a bad bottle. But now I'm more educated and after trying it again, I can say it's good, but one is enough and I'm not sure I can see buying this again for the price. The mouthfeel is amazingly good, and the beer is nice to look at and inhale, but the taste...well the taste is something that is way too complex and difficult to tease out to my tastebuds. The alcohol is well hidden, but it's not a drinkable beer. I find that I sip and savor and once it's done I feel that I'm glad I tried it, but I need to wait another 5-10 years for my palate to get more educated before trying again. So overall - a good beer and I think there is more to this beer, but one per sitting is more than enough with this beer and I feel that maybe, just maybe, it's too much in a beer. Too much going on for it to be really just drank and enjoyed.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2011 23:44:26 | More by damndirtyape
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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.
91 out of 100 based on 1,744 ratings.