Today’s beer painting is of a Belgian ale known as Piraat by the Brouwerij Van Steenberge. It is a strong Belgian pale ale that some have even called a Belgian IPA. Although there are more hops in this beer than in the Duvel (a strong Belgian golden ale), it is hard to classify this one as a hop-forward beer when it has that underlying sweetness. Don’t get me wrong, I really like this brew. It has that fruity spicy yeast and a decided Belgian flavor, and yes, it is much hoppier than most Belgian beers.
This brewery is pretty cool, it makes several different brews that all have that Belgian yeast spicy flavor. This is not the hoppiest version of Piraat, there is a triple hopped version as well. Has the hop revolution finally hit Europe? I would love to get my hands on a bottle of the triple-hopped, but haven’t seen it at La Bodega. It feels right to write about a beer named after sea-going criminals while chillin’ on an island in what feels to me like a remote stronghold.
Yeehaarrgh! To Piraat, a fine Belgian Ale, full of flavor, and it’s pretty strong too. Enjoy this one in the salty air, and you will find it to be very pleasing!