The First Pour: Piraat Ale

Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. As this is a work in progress, I have decided to change the name of this series of blogs from “Just out the Keg” to “The First Pour”. This series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.

By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio

Availability: Year-round
Alcohol:
10.5%

The night was dark, the seas were rough, the port lay straight ahead. The booze ran out, the men grew tired, and this is what they said: “Captain if you cannot find a place to set her down then you’ll be sleeping right alone with this vessel in the ground.” So this begs the question, do we have any pirates in St Louis?

Yar, Piraat Ale be a Belgian pale ale that pours out golden yellow in color with a sticky head which later gives way to some nice light lacing. The color is light but appetizing and it cleverly hides the 10.5% ABV (sneaky Belgian pirates). The aroma is what truly showcases the Belgian roots of the ale. You get wine-like fruity esters which are ever so slightly sour. The taste is yeasty, light hints of tropical fruits (Alaina) and cider, with a slightly hopped finish. This is an extremely drinkable beer and could really start one hell of a raucous night with its ABV (think of plundering and singing “yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me”). This beer is well worth a trip to Cicero’s to get it off the tap.

About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.

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