Monday, December 19, 2011

Piraat Ale

A few days ago I went to a party and had this beer for the first time. I had taken a few other bombers to share, so when the guy who brought these showed a few hours later, I can honestly say I wasn't in the freshest position to review it. Then I got to thinking about doing a Belgian Beer Week, you know, to shut up all of you that keep bitching that I only do US beers. Thus, the idea and plan were born.

Today I'm drinking Piraat Ale brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, Belgium. This beer came in a stubby 330 mL bottle. A pirate ship in a rough ocean is illustrated while one of the pirates and a glass of this beer appear in the foreground. Probably time for a few art lessons at the abbey, modernize this guy a bit. (Yes, I'm aware monks aren't brewing this, BTW).

Yeasty aroma, clearly Belgian, with fruity oranges and peaches. Excellent texture, in my opinion one of the most underrated aspects of having an awesome beer and beer experience. Lightly sweet toffee and fruity start. Oranges, apples, and bananas are most noticeable. And they work oh so wonderfully with the boozy 10.5% alcohol that has shown up early to the party.

Belgian yeast is very noticeable, and some hoppy bitterness comes as the initial sweet wave fades. The bitterness never really feels aggressive, rather working well with some spicy flavors and an acidic grape-like zing. Very nice complexities.

Carbonation is terrific, with creamy fine bubbles. The alcohol by the end adds a little bite and more warmth in your chest, while remaining well-incorporated and not harsh at all, especially for the percentage. Trust me, you want more! Nice aftertaste. Killer beer!


Anonymous said...

Love this beer. Pairs well with a good cigar.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I'm betting this beer would pair well with just about anything. Fantastic!