Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - The head on this thing is monstrous! The creamy beige foam is currently at five fingers plus with only a few ounces in the snifter. This has been in my beer fridge for over a month, I didn't knock it around before I poured, and I poured relatively gently! The beast takes it's sweet time shrinking to a luscious two fingers, and forms a mashed potato mesa in the middle of the glass ("This means something.") Lots of dry white lace sticks to the glass, and the brew beneath the beast is a cloudy tangerine orange hue. I can see chunky sea monkeys of lace floating around in there too.
S - Creamy yeast is the first thing I smell, with loads of sour-cream freshness and an abundance of fresh summer fruits. Mango, melon, kiwi, tangerine, apricots (both fresh and dried), and some banana. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden, but I can feel it in my nose if I stick my nose in the glass and snort like a coke-head. I don't really catch any major hop notes like I though I would...it's smells more like Orval or a Westmalle tripel than an IPA or even an American pale ale.
T - Sweet, luscious and fresh with loads of fruit (just like the nose), and chock-full of sweet bready bakery malt flavors. Honeydew melon, and dried apricots drizzled in honey. I'm reminded of honeycomb cereal also....maybe even with honey on top. The hops here are a little more prevalent than in the nose, but they aren't any more powerful than any other pale Belgian style. This is actually a malt-focused beer IMO. In fact, I've had hoppier tripels...it still tastes excellent, but I was expecting something unique from a "Belgian IPA."
M - Honey-thick and viscous in the mouth with lively champagne carbonation that helps keep the full oily body from being too heavy. Sugar coats the palate after swallowing, and the nice alcohol astringency and herbal bitterness reminds me of gin.
D - This is IMO nothing other than a good BSPA. Why is it listed as a Belgian IPA and called an "Amber Triple IPA" under the title? This is a damn fine beer that reminds me of the interesting Atomium that I had a few weeks ago in that it's main flavor component seems to be honey and sweet summer fruits. Although it doesn't stand out in any way, it's a really nice and boozy (but still fresh and breezy) Belgian.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2007 20:41:57 | More by pmcadamis
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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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