Piraat 9% – Van Steenberge (Belgium)

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Piraat 9% – Van Steenberge, 9% ABV, 33cl., (Ertvelde, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Honeyed barley citrus malt alcoholic palate-heavy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50 – 33cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent but not wicked

Visual: The 9% ABV (as opposed to 10.5%) little brother version. Pours almost clear marmalade orange with a large lasting super foamy head, thick lacing & retention, lots and lots of clustered streams.

Nose: sweet barley malt mixed with bright honeyed citrus, hints of florals. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: subdued alcohol + incoming honey sweetness

Mid-palate: weightiness, fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malts, honey, citrus

Finish: light alcoholic warmth + mild alcohol bitterness, subtle bitter hopped, lingering barley malty sweet finish.

Summary: Shockingly easy to drink at first but becomes palate-tiring halfway through. Full-bodied with medium complexity. Not too exciting but solid.