Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
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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4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
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
4.64/5 rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Long time want fulfilled by Johnnnnieee. Thanx a ton, man
Into a chalice.
A: golden red almost amber colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that dies within less than a minute, adequate sticky lacing graces the sides of the glass
S: spiciness up front with a deep malty breadiness coming through strong and then I get some light coriander and clove as well as some peppery tones, light citrus enters in as it warms
T: malty sweet breadiness with a decent blend of citrusy flavors spreading around my mouth; spicy yet sweet aftertaste with sweet sticky finish
M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable surprisingly enough for 10.5% - big wow from me, carbonation is fairly smooth for a Belgian IPA though I think I like how everything comes across and coats my mouth and tongue
O: wow, I actually wasn't expecting this one to be this good and am thinking would go great with a pepperoni pizza to even grilled shrimp. My mind is racing right now with all of the pairings I could do with this. I wish it was in my distro.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 04:36:33 | More by BeerKangaroo
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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