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Title: Piraat Ale
Post by: vista on August 31, 2010, 12:41:04 AM
Smell was great pouring into the glass but I don't know,I found there to taste pretty hot and fusely. I wasn't expecting that at all. Big disappointment.
Title: Re: Piraat Ale
Post by: Malticulous on August 31, 2010, 01:36:13 AM
This is and old review I wrote the only time I've had this beer.

Price: three something  
Glassware: Samuel Smith pint  
Serving Type / Size: 330 ml stubby bottle  
Aroma: Fruity, mostly apricot and some banana over a sweet malt.  
Appearance:  Deep gold, large thick white head that falls slowly and leaves lacing. Not as effervescent as many other Belgians. Noticeable yeast sediment in the bottle.  
Flavor: Somewhat sweet Pils malt flavor dominates over some hop flavor and alcohol bite. A slightly bitter aftertaste lingers  
Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as I would expect but still has a good carbonic bite. Medium body. Substantial alcohol.   General Impression: The alcohol is defiantly there. Don't hand this to a BMC drinker they probably will gag.    
Title: Re: Piraat Ale
Post by: vista on August 31, 2010, 01:48:31 AM
i would definitely agree with the carbonic bite. alcohol was very pronounced while drinking...i had my hopes set high, oh well. thanks for the review.
Title: Re: Piraat Ale
Post by: MDixon on August 31, 2010, 12:03:51 PM
I haven't had one in forever, but I loved it several years ago when I last did. It certainly was alcoholic, but it is also nearly 11%. I found it had a light phenolic (a good kind), but didn't find it to be fusel. Now a batch could certainly have fusel alcohols or have changed from the last time I had it.

I'd suggest picking up a bottle somewhere else and give it another whirl sometime in the future.
Title: Re: Piraat Ale
Post by: dmtaylor on August 31, 2010, 05:27:59 PM
It's good and I like it, but yes it is a bit fusely.  With Belgians, the occasional fusel does not bother me much because the beer itself tastes so dang good.  With certain recipes and strains of yeast, there's no easy way for them to make a kickbutt tasty beer while at the same time minimizing fusels -- it just comes along for the ride.  You can accept it, or not.  I don't mind it, unless it's way over the top.  In this beer, I didn't think the fusels were too terrible.  In others, certainly yes!
Title: Re: Piraat Ale
Post by: vista on August 31, 2010, 06:14:18 PM
To me it seemed to have a stronger fusel taste than what I was expecting, and from there threw me off. I loved the phenols to it and the initial nose to it was pleasant. Just was my impression of the beer. As MDixon recommended, I'll probably give it another whirl in the future.
Title: Re: Piraat Ale
Post by: markaberrant on September 02, 2010, 10:08:01 PM
I got a ton of fusel from this beer, and not much else, mostly pils malt and rather tame belgian yeast profile.

I aged a 2nd bottle for about 12-18 months, which reduced the fusels, but was still left with a fairly bland beer.
Title: Re: Piraat Ale
Post by: vista on September 03, 2010, 01:04:54 AM
i'm glad i'm not the only one. when i tried it i tasted it over a good 30 min, let it warm up, by the end it was pretty...well i was disappointed.