Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat - 10.5% ABV
What did Piraats (pirates) drink?  Beer.  Why?  Because water doesn't store well on a long cruise and beer does just fine (not to mention beer's nutritional value).  Why does Brouwerij Van Steenberge call this beer Piraat?  I have no frigging clue but I am sure that there is a connection somewhere.  Or, they just like pirates.

In days of yore most beer was brewed for personal consumption (homebrewers take note) in farmhouses scattered around Europe.  Brouwerij Van Steenberge began this way near the village of St. Kruis Winkel in what is now the Flemmish area of Belgium (north, dutch speaking side).  There is no way to know exactly when, but the farm is mentioned in documents as Brouwerij De Peer in 1784.  That means, my mathematically gifted friends, that for over 225 year the same family has been producing wonderful beers on the same site.  Can I get an Amen?
You are going to see Piraat called a Belgian Pale Ale on some websites, an IPA on other websites (which it is in the purest sense) or a Belgian Triple.  The brewer uses three times the normal amount of barley malt which produces more starches which gives you more sugars after cooking and more alcohol after a long fermentation. The Piraat is re-fermented in the bottle or in the keg.  My vote is triple.

You know what else it is?  MAGNIFICENT!  The dark gold, slightly cloudy brew's nose is quite subtle with a few hints of yeast and sweetness.  The aggressively poured ale created quite a head; thick, rich foam like you get when you make a rootbeer float and boy did it persist, sticking to the sides of the glass creating a white coating reminiscent of sea foam.  Creamy and smooth (like buttuh) with malts, carmel and wheat coming through at the fore followed by the grassy, yeasty notes.  The satisying end was slightly sweet with the bitterness from the hops (which they grow themselves) finishing the quaff nicely.  Superbly balanced and rich, the intense flavors completely hide the fact that there is lots o' alcohol included.  This is a perfect example of a Belgian triple and I highly recommend that you try one, or several just long a you have a DD with you (designated driver you pervert).  Enjoy.

Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Lindenlaan 25 - B-9940 Ertvelde

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