Sunday, April 29, 2012

Game Day Beer Review: Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Belgian IPA

(10.50% ABV) Piraat pours a solid orange tan color -- almost peachy, if i had to put my finger on it -- this time with very little head. I've had this beer on many occasions with a much larger and livelier head, so I don't know if it was the age, the pour or the glassware that led to a head much smaller than remembered.  In truth, the bottle likely aged far too long -- close to a year or so.

That being said, the smell is still vibrant: all yeast and sweet and spicy fruits, with some dark fruits, maybe a little prune mixed in. There's also a distinct candy sweetness scent to the beer.

The taste is an explosion of flavor, yeast, malts, fruits and a rich sweetness.  Piraat starts out malty, but then moves right into spicy fruits: clove, banana, and orange among the flavors.  You can definitely taste the booze -- and at 10.5% this one packs quite a wallop.  The hops toward the end dry out what could be a very fruity affair. The finish tastes of apples,  almost cider-like.

It's likely an end of the evening sipper, but I love it. It's a beer that keeps me coming back time and again: A

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