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Bière Du Boucanier Dark - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-17-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

beerhunter13, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

theArchitect, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

yerocdiamond, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of StephenRich
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my great pleasure the LCBO has been bringing in Biere Du Boucanier gift packs for the past few years which include two of each the Golden, Dark and Red Ale. Each of these beers are classic Belgian Style ales that are brewed using candi sugar and are bottle conditioned. By total fluke one year at a friends house we discovered a lost bottle of the Red Ale hiding in his apartment from the previous year’s gift pack. That beer, then 1 year aged had matured into a sensational beer beyond my expectations. It has since convinced me to cellar these gift packs for one year from then on. So each year I buy 1 pack, put it away, and pull out the pack from the previous year.

When the Biere Du Boucanier gift pack was available again at the LCBO this year I knew exactly what to do, and recently I enjoyed the first fruit of that labor – the 2010 Biere Du Boucanier Dark Ale. This is a 9% abv Belgian Dark Strong Ale that fits directly in the range of some of my favorite characteristics in beer. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to try this 1 year old gem.

I pulled the Dark Ale from my fridge and let it warm to near cellar temperature around 12C (54F). When the beer met the ideal temperature range I gently let it slide into a snifter glass. A stream of golden brown and mahogany red beer crashed into the glass with fury of excitement immediately constructing a big and dense foam. After a focused and gentle pour I was left with a dark ruby brown beer that glowed red in the light with faint hints of dark gold and bronze. A richly dense and sticky tan foam built up a good 3 inches above the beer and stuck around as long as I would let it.

The aroma is big. Its packed instantly with dark fruits and sticky demerara sugar. Bruised apples and a yeasty spice lean in to the front of my senses after a second, but make way for cherries, prunes, raisins and dates. There are aromas too of roasted malt and caramel that linger in the back along with maybe a touch of cinnamon. A warm alcoholic sensation is present and predicts an alluring beer that I can no longer wait to try.

That first sip was smooth with a light touch of effervescence to lighten an otherwise sticky body. It was deep and fruity from the center outwards brimming with the warm date and fig character that I love in these types of beers. Baked apples, cherries, caramel and butterscotch too are all present in the roundess of this beer. Brown sugar meets toasted malt and hints of syrup, tobacco, and soft cocoa. Wow, big complexity in here that really pronounces itself at this warmer temperature.

It finishes with a sweet and tingling blast of yeasty spice and hints of cinnamon. Overall it shows a lot of sweet fruity character but is balanced… well, not so much balanced, but aided by a wide complexity of flavors. But definitely is a malty sweet beer with deep caramel flavors and Belgian characteristics. This beer beckons at me on cold winter nights. Its just perfect. The hint too of alcoholic warmth really pulls it all together beautifully.

Enjoy the Biere Du Boucanier Dark Ale on its own in a snifter glass, or with soft cheeses, chocolate desserts, cheesecake, fruit pies, or warm bread pudding.

StephenRich, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Elemenopy, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a two finger off white head upon a dark chestnut colored body. Patchy lacing with little retention.

The aroma is a muted dark fruit, malt, light yeast, cinnamon.

The taste follows the nose with some vanilla and metallic (iron) notes (got the same from the strong pale ale from this brewery). Not as flavorful as other top brews in this category but it is very drinkable and the abv is well masked unlike this brewer's strong pale ale. Definitely improved as it warmed with the raisin and grape notes coming strognly through.

This is a light medium bodied ale with little carbonation. Pretty smooth and very drinkable. Little bitterness.

An enjoyable brew that is very sessionable for the style.

Stocean1, Nov 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is creamy on pour and comes out a deep nut-brown color. The smell and taste are surprisingly light for such a 9% belgian - it doesn't quite reach that rich, chocolately taste found in other belgians, but it isn't bad, either. The mouthfeel is also surprisingly light and a bit fizzy - a little too transparent for me.

For a 9% ABV beer, this belgian ale doesn't quite take the cake, although it is pleasant to drink.

chrisrose30, Oct 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, hazy chocolate brown with almost no light transmittance. Has the slightest dark amber highlights and a thick, cream colored head that thins up a bit over time and has good lacing.

A surprisingly faint aroma. Notes of roasted malts, dark fruits, and bread, with a hint of spice.

Strong flavors of bread and malts. Notes of yeast and dark fruits with a touch of spice and a little bit of alcohol bite. Taste leaves the palate almost immediately.

Medium/heavy in body, light/medium in carbonation. Good carbonation level that makes for a very smooth, almost creamy feel.

Not a bad brew by any stretch, and certainly worth a try, but there are better examples of this style that are more readily available.

RDHerm, Jun 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy mahogany hue with cream-colored frothy head.

S - Notes of spicy maltiness, dark honey, cinnamon and raisin are suggested by the aroma. There is a hint of oxidation, but it integrates well with the dark fruity esters.

T - The flavor is essentially the same as the nose, with additional notes of dark bread, leather and spicy booze perceived.

M - Authenically Belgian in feel, creamy and expansive, though thinner than I'd like.

O - Very nice beer here. On the malty-sweet side of things, but I like that.

ktrillionaire, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby hightlights. The head is a khaki color, rather small but dense, settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of red grape juice; quite sweet and very fruity. There are some prune notes and a slight scent of carob. Very one dimensional.

The flavor is a bit more balanced. Grape juice and prunes lead the charge but there is a musty malt flavor that brings a much needed balance. It is kind of like a light ash but it brings little bitterness. This would be really good if the malt brought more flavor with it.

The feel is on the thin side and has fizzy carbonation so it drinks easy. Its probably a bit too light for the style. It is sweet on the palate but balanced; finishes fairly clean.

Very solid BSDA. It is quite fruity and could use some more malt flavor but it does have nice balance so its easy to drink.

Gmann, Mar 12, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany colour with dark ruby red tints in the light, 1 finger of fluffy white head, decent lace. Smells of yeast, raisin, dark fruit, malty, fig, caramel and toffee. Taste is of bready malt, yeast, dark fruit, raisin, toffee and a slight sweetness is present. Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, good carbonation, full weight. Drinks very well, almost dangerous considering the ABV, alcohol is not at all noticeable, good stuff here.

peensteen, Feb 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheeky as hell, it's easy to dismiss the lable and thus the beer. But inside, the very strong Belgian Ale carries some great authentic Belgian flavors.

The beer pours a dark amber, light burnish-brownish color with good initial clarity, but the second pour releases the yeasty haze. Vivid carbonation fuels an earyly froathy, nearly rocky head but the sugary and alcoholic weight brings the head down in short fashion. A nice looking beer but I wanted more retention and structure to the head character.

Fruity, spicy, and alcoholic; this beer has a medium maltiness of biscuit or cookie dough, but then the cotton candy confectionate sweetness kicks in for a perfumy scent.

Flavors of malty/sugary sweetness is amplified by early alcohol sweetness and spice. Rounded with esters of ripe berries, apples, appricots, pears, and cherries, the beer's fruitiness takes on cough-syrup flavors. Spicy with black pepper phenols and bitter alcohol, the beer balances out rather remarkably in the finish.

The sugary start brings about an oily feel that impeeds the effervescent carbonation for a decidedly sweet mouthfeel through mid palate. Finishing warm/hot with the alcohol and spice, the beer retains its sweetness deep into the finish and aftertaste, void of the signature malty-dry finish of Chimay Blue or Rochefort beers.

Where the beer isn't an all-together train wreck, there are a lot of components about this beer that keep it from rounding out and comming together. It makes me wonder how age would treat this beer.

BEERchitect, Feb 08, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark ale that is very clear. some very active carbonation levels as well. the head is an off-white and is about 3 fingers. some real good lasting volume.

Smell - i cant pick up much here to be honest, there are a deep earthy tones, but not much else coming fwd.

Taste - not a bad tasting beer, this beer is clean and fresh. I found there was some malts on this beer along with a deep fruit, maybe raisins/prunes. there is a slight bitterness from the malts.

Mouthfeel - very good dynamic added to the beer here, very lively. the mouth comes alive with the levels. I am very impressed. There is a slight bitterness near the end.

Drinkability - besides the smell, this beer was decent and a good drink. would look for again and found the abv was well hidden.

Swedes21, Feb 01, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear light brown colour with a massive size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and an above average amount of lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Not a whole lot of smell going on.. malts, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it feels light and lively on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of malts but there are also notes of molasses and dark fruits. (raisins?) The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it is easy to down this beer very fast considering it's 9%. The beer finishes with a malty bitter aftertaste.

Drink - I have yet to be disappointed by this brewer, another tasty beer that I'm happy I tried.

spinrsx, Jan 13, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown, slightly hazy, decent billowy white head.
Aroma is of dark fruit, mostly raisins, caramel, and nuts -- quite nice.
Taste is a let down after the pleasant nose. Thin and weak, the expected dark fruits, sweetness, and yeasty notes, finishing with a bit of a burn from the alcohol.
Decent medium body, lively, maybe a bit overcarbed but not too bad.
An ok BSDA, but wouldn't seek it out again on its own. It delivered all of the generally-expected flavours, but for some reason they didn't mesh together all that well and I just felt underwhelmed. Was expected something more flavourful given the ABV.

MattyV, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark leather brown in color, moderate carbonation, hazy with sediment, 1 inch head

Smell: caramel, dark fruit, dates, and doughy bread

Taste: bcaramel, dark fruit, pear, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a distinct alcohol backbone, light body with medium-high carbonation

Drinkability:A nice fruity, malty treat. I could have a couple. Good not great for the style. An excellent beer to sit with.

tigg924, Dec 28, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Transparent dark brown to red colour. Loose tan head with huge bubbles that goes fast.

S - Weak aroma for a Belgian ale. Faint dark fruit and yeast. Some sweetness too.

T - Weak again unfortunately. Same sort of taste as aroma. Dark fruits dominate now with slight yeast and dryness.

M - Minimal carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

D - There are far superior Belgian Strong Darks out there but this was ok. I could have another but wouldn't seek another out.

tbeckett, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of impending
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours an excellent deep dark rich garnet, highlights and bright back lights reveal a gorgeous red. Inch of clumpy froth, decent retention & decent lacing.

Aroma of what seems to be a mild strong dark, no notes particularly exceptional.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and prickly. Hi-C grape delightfully sits submerged here. The finish begins dry then flattens quickly to an unexceptional aftertaste.

while in the category of "so what" the label is lame
but what is truly exception

is they took a brown bottle and covered it - superb uv resistance - bravo !

impending, Nov 17, 2010
Bière Du Boucanier Dark from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.