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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5%

12-01-2011 23:54:24 | More by rekel
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Elemenopy

California

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-26-2011 20:45:25 | More by Elemenopy
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-25-2011 15:13:06 | More by Rochefort10nh
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-21-2011 01:23:08 | More by RedAleMan
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:53:56 | More by Stocean1
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chrisrose30

California

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 21:22:54 | More by chrisrose30
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RDHerm

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:32:44 | More by RDHerm
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:03:23 | More by ktrillionaire
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Gmann

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:31:26 | More by Gmann
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 18:49:29 | More by peensteen
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 19:04:03 | More by BEERchitect
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:09:56 | More by Swedes21
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 13:38:22 | More by spinrsx
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 05:44:37 | More by MattyV
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 14:43:30 | More by tigg924
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 05:51:08 | More by tbeckett
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impending

California

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 05:27:21 | More by impending
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer seems reluctant to bare any colour at all apart from that dreary, dark russet that looks as though it were on lend from the funeral home. Only against very bright light will it relent even a shaving of ruby and even then, although you know it has the clarity it in, transparency is too much to ask for. Meanwhile, it is overly generous with the head (providing more than the glass could handle the carpet becomes a lucky beneficiary).

Boucanier Dark also plays its cards close to the chest with regards to aroma. It is typical for a beer of this style to be overwrought and stimulated with yeasty phenolics and esters and alcohols, but this one remains tight lipped even after we've had some time to warm up to one another. A musty variation on the dark fruity smell of prune juice seems to be all it cares to share. Surely there must be more to it than that?

Some progress is finally made in the taste. The flavour of leathery, dried red grape skins comes to the fore while watered down port, molasses and a pinch of clove-like spice also register. Still, the beer hardly capitalizes on the dynamics of Belgian yeast and uses only a fraction of its phenolic, enterprising potential - it's like owning a Porsche and never taking it on the highway. On the whole, I find the beer detrimentally reserved.

One of the problems I remember having with these 'Boucanier' beers was how candid they all were with regards to their alcohol strength so finally something good comes of all this bashfulness - the beer let's on hardly an ounce. Still, I'd gladly welcome more booze to the palate if it meant also trading up for some additional flavour. Sure, this is easily swallowed but what's the point of drinking a beer if it doesn't engage and entice you?

What Brouwerij Van Steenberge have at their disposal is basically an easy short-cut to a sure-fire, automatically dynamic and characterful beer - and somehow they managed to pick out the one sheepish, timid strain of yeast in the whole of Belgium! First impressions aren't everything and to be sure I've given this beer a second, third and fourth chance to come around; we haven't really hit it off yet so I assume we never will.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 01:31:52 | More by biegaman
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a 6 bottle pack that contains 3 beers from the brewery. Pours a dark ruby-brown colour with huge foamy tan head. The head barley dissipates at all after the pour, leaving piles of lacing on the glass. Smell is quite muted actually, some dark fruit with a hint of chocolate. Flavour has bigger bitterness than expected, with some mild sweetness. Overall this is a pretty nice beer, though not my favourite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:48:19 | More by kwjd
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msmezher

California

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this dark ale as part of two different six packs, one with 2 each of 3 Biere du Boucanier beers, the other a selection of 6 different styles of belgian ale. I don't see a lot of Belgian strong dark ales out there, so this one is a bit of a treat for me. It pours a beautiful dark brown and tastes of honey and sour fruit, and is a bit viscous while still having some carbonation, with generous creamy, frothy head. This is one you kind of have to be in the mood for, so I wouldn't recommend it for all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 08:39:02 | More by msmezher
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dirty, chocolatey brown with a decent tan head.
smell: heavy malt, some light cocoa, subtle spiciness, and sour fruit.
taste: Very nice but doesn't blow you away.
mouthfeel: pretty carbonated. Medium feel.
drinkability: Very smooth. Alcohol well masked.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:20:43 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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crossovert

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from a mix pack.

Pours a dense brown with a fluffy, large off white head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell isn't too intriguing, it is rather unscented, but there are some dark fruits, it is immensely fruity.

The taste is pretty interesting though, it tastes a it like their golden with a few darker malt flavors. Instead of the caramel and butterscotch of the golden, this one has more of a raisiny flavor.

It is a decent BSDA but not at the pinnacle.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 02:32:02 | More by crossovert
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giblet

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured very nice with two inches of head that lasted through the whole experience. smells of roasted fruity malt. taste was full rich and sweet. a bit too sweet for my taste. excellent lacing down the glass.

this is a strong beer but too sweet. i fear that if i had three of four of these it would be a rough morning!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 14:06:07 | More by giblet
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beertunes

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in flared goblet. Poured a clear mahogany with a half-inch of dark tan (with a slight reddish tint) head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was sweet and malty with some fruit notes. The flavors followed that same path with the earthy fruit flavors being a little more noticeable.

The body was full, well-rounded and tongue covering without being sticky. Drinkability was very good, more so if you're a fan of the style. Overall, a very good example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 22:56:31 | More by beertunes
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taigor

New York

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Poured dark brown with huge head that leaves significant lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly sweet malts with scents of dark fruit and nuts.

T - Sweet malts upfront with almonds, toffee and caramel taste.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

D - Despite slightly high abv it is very drinkable and has lots of complexity and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 20:33:39 | More by taigor
Bière Du Boucanier Dark from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.