Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
spicy belgian yeast aroma, deep yellow, cloudy, with an intensely rocky white-head. spritzy mouthfeel, yeasty Belgian flavour. Not one of the better tripels that Iíve had.
lassewan (44) - Borlšnge, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of top 5 Belgian beers. Very rich and warm flavor.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 28, 2001
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2001
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of hops? Where? I tasted the malt, but moreover, I tasted fruitiness probably from the sweet apple aroma that is overpowering as it rests on top of the mammoth frothy head. Iíve got chunks of head stuck to the side of the glass. Back to the taste, itís sweet, but not really overpowering ... the sourness and alcohol balance it with the alcohol winning the battle in the end. The alcohol flavor, again, itís not overpowering, lingers for quite some time especially as the brew warms. The alcohol does give a nice warming feeling down the throat and a few minutes later in the head.
outlaw99 (14) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this last night for the first time, best brew Iíve ever had. Previous reviewer gives it a 5/20??? But then again he calls Crown Royal a ístellarí whiskey. The only thing Crown Royal has going for it is the packaging and thatís it, it tastes like crap. CC 12yo is 10 times better than Crown Royal and about the same price. Have an acquaintance whose son thinks Crown Royal is the greatest, when he comes over she buys cheap whiskey, puts it into an old Crown Royal bottle, and he doesnít know the frigging difference.
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2001
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A boilermaker-in-a-bottle is what I thought of this beer. Tastes like the brewmaster decided to add a 1/2 shot of rye whiskey into the mix(surely not the stellar Crown Royal Canadian rye whiskey, BUT, Jack Daniels!). I could also taste hints of Grand Marnier Liqueur. Assume the alcohol aspect is in the fore before you crack open a Piraat. Very bitter, very sweet, lingering aftertaste. Smells ok, but nothing special. Iíd rather have a rye(Crown Royal) on the rocks than a Piraat :)
jbrus (4993) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 Bottled, blind tasting session, 3.5: Nice aroma of sweet yellow apples and apricot. Very sweet, nice bitterness, apple, apricot, sugary and malty. Alcohol well hidden. Not too complex but if you like a sweet triple itís not bad at all. Bottled, Dec 2001, 2.8: Not much aroma, some caramel. Amber colour with beautiful head. Fruity, alcohol (with itís bitterness), some malt sweetness. Too heavy alcohol taste for me.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick white head that lasted for entire beer. Malty, sweet, slightly fruity aroma. Malty, caramel, sweet, grassy, nutty flavor explosion with slight hop bitterness. Sort of tastes like a combination of two of my favorites: Chimay Blue and Duvel. Extraordinarily flavorful beer + 10.5% alc. = euphoria.
Einned99 (61) - Rozenburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2001
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hmm, it kindda .... sucks
robertjm (719) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 10, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice white foamy head with very tight bubbles. Looks like it will last for hours (if I didnít drink it sooner!). Dry finish, with a hoppy aftertaste. Much more pronounced smell in the glass than the Chimay Blue I had earlier tonight. Color is mixture of gold and tan. Very gassy taste. Sort of rough on the pallate with the gassiness. The higher alcohol content is masked with the Chimay ítastingí stronger than the Piraat, which is 1.5% stronger! It was interesting to do a side-by-side with the Chimay, but I donít think its something Iíd buy by itself. But then again, I prefer Barley wines!