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
More User Reviews:
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.