BREWVIEW ON PIRAAT PRIVATEER

This BrewView of PIRAAT PRIVATEER is the second of 4 BrewViews from BROUWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE. This discovery was that in the Van SteenBerge Sampler Pack we purchased the night before, (and through some research) we discovered that Piraat Privateer IS the highly anticipated PIRAAT TRIPLE HOP soon to be released in the United States! It is already available in Belgium…

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
ABV: 9%. Poured into a tulip shaped glass at 58°F. Poured slowly, a dense, rocky 3-finger head that is long lasting; we love seeing this in beer. As the head collapses, the Brussels lacing is thick, very dense, lovely. NOTE: The head holds for about 10 minutes until it starts to collapse. The color is a medium golden, a bit lighter in the color scale than its cousin Piraat. Very slow rising meniscus- very appropriate for a beer with this finishing gravity.

AROMA / BOUQUET:
Beautiful butterscotch with very delicate floral hop aromas in the background. This is a difficult balance to achieve in a beer, but Brouwerij Van Steenberge achieves it in Privateer.

TASTE:
Incredible- this beer achieves the malty sweetness, butterscotch, bitter toffee, with the hop dryness that is in the background, but just so. On the second sip- again with the beautiful butterscotch, but the hop bitterness is a bit more prominent… but still wonderfully balanced.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
There is a definitive alcohol bite with this beer; this is a very full bodied, creamy, yet there is a dry finish from the hops.

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Because of the masterful flavor profile in Privateer, you could enjoy it with poultry, (yes poultry) seafood, beef dishes, even desserts. Too many to list here. Use your imagination!

OVERALL IMPRESSION:
Piraat Privateer (Piraat Triple Hop) is a masterpiece of a beer, at the level of world class. Privateer will quickly become a favorite for beer geeks and Belgian beer enthusiasts everywhere. Definitely seek this one out!!

BROUWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE:
http://vansteenberge.com/

BROUWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE BEERS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE USA FROM
GLOBAL BEER NETWORK:
http://globalbeer.com

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