Feb 25, 2009

Piraat Tripel

It’s been quite some time since I’ve enjoyed this Belgian IPA/Tripel. In fact, it’s been so long I can’t rightfully recall the last time I had it — well before the family and I moved into our current home almost three years ago. I do, however, remember a conversation around the pirate and Viking ship on the label art being the hot topic while we enjoyed the beer. Unfortunately, I also have memories of plenty of “Argh, matey” being thrown around as well.

Beer Label: Piraat Tripel

Ahem… At any rate, Piraat is one of those beers that, after having it again last week, needs to be in my fridge more often than it has been. It’s a tasty version of a genre that I am increasingly becoming more fond of.


This Belgian IPA pours a clear, bright cold in color with a soft, fluffy white head. There was pretty decent lacing as the beer disappeared from the glass.


It’s got a lively fruit and spice combination that only gets better as the slight sour funkiness makes its presence known. There’s also a well received sweetness playing the background.


The first first flavors I was hit with weren’t much to write home about, so I left the beer sit for a bit in the glass to warm. Once Piraat was out of the fridge for a bit, its taste profile came to life. This is a crisp, yet smooth brew with plenty of peppery spice, fruitiness and grassy characteristics. It’s not overly candy sweet like some Belgians and has a wonderfully tangy quality in the finish. The higher alcohol wasn’t immediately felt, but was the glass warmed so did I. At 10.5% this one will sneak up on you quickly.


Like I stated earlier in the review, I don’t drink nearly enough of this one. It’s not easily found in my local shops, but I have a feeling that when I see it, it’s mine. Initially it was underwhelming, but I’m pretty sure that was due to being served too chilled. Once this beer warms up, watch out. It’s sure to plunder your senses with a sweet funkiness that will leave you grinning. Yar.

Rating: 4/5

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