Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Next brew on my history lesson trot is Piraat, Arrrgh! [couldn't resist throwing in good "arrrgh"]. Everyone knows what a pirate is so I'll be brief: the Spanish got to Latin America first, plundered the shit out of it, the rest of Europe was like "Hell no!" and the monarchies at war with Spain gave "letters of marque" to bad ass dudes with ships which was essentially a licence to attack Spain and take as much booty (note: 'booty' meant treasure back then not a 'fine ass') as they could. They were otherwise known as "privateers" from which we get the word pirate. Eventually the Spanish began sending out pirate hunters, also bad ass dudes with ships, and began to protect their galleons with more ships/guns, and thus the golden age of piracy ended.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: Cloudy amber bodied with a light slightly off-white lacing for a head, generally most brews over 10% ABV have a very minimal head and this one is no different.
S: This Belgian IPA has quite a boozy brandy-like aroma that assails the nostrils at first whiff. A second more deliberate inhalation reveals pear and apple esters along with pepper and grape bubblegum fragrance. There are some nice yeast notes at play as well giving this ale a touch of bread and clove as well.
T: Glad I let this warm to 8 degrees as the label recommends, what a symphony of flavours at play here: grape bubblegum, pear and apple esters, pepper, warming alcohol (more Rum than Brandy) and clove wrapped up in a medicinal hop finish. The thing about this bold Belgian ale is how it slaps you in the face like a glove in the hand of a pirate challenging you to death by cutlass. That Rum hint only adds to the sensible and righteous naming of this fine brew.
M: Medium bodied with some dense/harsh carbonation. A touch on the gassy side.
D: One glass of this brew makes one want to sail the Spanish main in search of plunder and fine Caribbean booty, booty in the modern sense, preferably from a tavern wench. In all my years drinking I have never tasted any beer that fits its name as well [slight exaggeration for effect there]. Really this is a fantastic ale. Minor cons - the carbonation isn't as smooth as expected from a Belgian ale, and the alcohol really lets you know that this is 10.5% ABV. Otherwise a solid effort from Brouwerij Van Steenberge *cough*notasgoodasGuldenDraak*cough*.
Food match: Tavern wenches... but seriously this bold ale would have to be paired with a bold meal - char-grilled meats, bold cheeses, large Cuban cigars and gunpowder, yes gunpowder... (these food match things I write are getting rather silly now aren't they?).
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 07:56:32 | More by doktorhops
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3.86/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a brilliant light golden with a lingering frothy ivory head. Aroma is floral, with green apple sharpness and notes of perfumey hops. Flavor reveals more sweetness, with cherry cough drop coming to mind. Finish is alcoholic. The phenols are overpowering.
Serving type: on-tap
07-23-2014 04:02:18 | More by barczar
3.99/5 rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE - Pours coppery red, with a huge, five-finger beige head that lasts a long time. It leaves a floaty yeast lump up till the last sip.
SMELL/AROMA - Herbaceous, sweet, a little piney.
TASTE - Sweet, herbaceous, piney. Definitely not bitter as advertised. ABV only a bit hidden.
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Lots of carbonation, light, not syrupy.
OVERALL - A bit boozy, but a nice beer, sippable, not quaffable. Advertised as bitter, but it's not at all bitter IMHO.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 23:42:58 | More by Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.84/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Huge fluffy white head with great retention and chunky lacing. Brew is a thick, translucent, mango-orange gold.
Sharp, pepper and yeast aroma with hay and wheat.
Banana notes, sweet malt and yeast, clove, earthy. Tiny bit of alcohol. Nice earthy bitterness.
Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Chewy with sting.
Good, balanced strong ale; not oversweet, nor too bitter.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 19:38:34 | More by Roguer
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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