Bière Du Boucanier Red - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by cwc:
3.33/5 rDev -12.6%
Picked this up alongside Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Old Buccaneer Reserve and Biere du Boucanier Golden Ale. Not sure why the names are in different languages but maybe it's coincidental.
Of the three this one clocks in at 7% alcohol, which is the lowest of the bunch. I never could taste that bit of alcohol, which wasn't apparent in the smell in any way either. The smell was a bit fruity. Color was a pumpkin orange.
Poured it into a small glass and noticed that the head dissipated rather quickly down to a few bubbles.
It tasted fine, but didn't wow me in any way. I couldn't taste the alcohol at all, but there's a bit of a sour, malty taste. Just a little sour, so if that's what you're looking for, you're not going to find it here.
08-27-2010 07:36:07 | More by cwc
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3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
Appearance This is indeed a slightly reddish orange in color and extremely cloudy with a nice, retentive head.
Smell The huge spices are rank at the nose. I mean, these are really strong even right out of the fridge. The Belgian hops are enormous as well, leaving little room for the malts.
Taste This is incredibly intense. The bitter hops and sharp, herbal spicing send a shock up and down your spine. These spices are so rank that it will probably repulse the average drinker, but I enjoyed the change of pace.
Mouthfeel This is a solid medium in the mouth and intensely bitter.
Drinkability This is a real sipper but definitely worth the experience.
08-18-2006 03:00:39 | More by RoyalT
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
L ~ poured an rich gold or pale amber color. Head is a bit of a disappointment: jut off white, rising to only about one finger off a hard pour, and reducing quickly to a film without any real lacing. Overall good clarity (maybe a bit of haze, but I like to pour disturbed with the lees from the bottom of the bottle).
S ~ lots of malt right up front, leaning toward a bit sweet. I get biscuit and some caramel-like notes, which seemed a bit too cloying for style. There's also a good helping of fruity and floral notes from, which I'm guessing are from the yeast. These are reminiscent of pears and fresh apricots or very firm peaches. Some perfume-like floral notes as well, but they seem to support the fruit notes. No real strong hop aroma.
T ~ very similar to the aroma. The malts have the same sweet biscuit, slightly caramel character. The sweetness really lasts into the end without any real hop bitterness or flavor to dry that out. The fruity/floral notes are largely the same, with the taste of pear really coming to the forefront. A little bit of black pepper was on the finish that wasn't noticable to the nose, as well. That helps a bit with the sweetness.
F ~ medium body (a bit higher than I'd expect), with a bit of a syrupy feel to it. Carbonation was high, which did a good job of drying out the otherwise cloying sweetness and bringing out the subtle spice profile. Only slight alcoholic warmth.
I found this a bit too sweet and the balance was a bit too malty, though this got balanced out pretty well by good carbonation. This took away a bit from that 'perfect balance' brew you're looking for with a BPA. Nonetheless, the flavors worked well and produced a malty/fruity, drinkable brew. Good marks because this one seems to be a 'loose' interpretation of the BPA style anyway, so I'm not going to hold it too tight to guidelines.
12-30-2011 22:52:11 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
This one says "red ale" on the label, and although thats not listed on the style selection choices for Belgians, (Its not a Flanders red ale, believe me) this one is very slightly red. 11.2 ounce stubby Belgian style bottle, Very similar label to the Strong ale. Best before dating of 18-05-06. Very pleasant flowery nose, soft off white head, excellent retention and long stringy lacing left behind. Notes of melon, sweat fruits, yeast, soft spiceness, delicate hops to dry things out at the very end. 7% well hidden, Lucious and very tasty brew. After a measily 11.2 ounces, I definitly wanted at least 2 more!
10-09-2004 22:05:53 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +5%
Squat, Duvel-shaped 330ml bottle from the LCBO giftpack, received under the tree.
Poured into a goblet. Light caramel amber, good head of classic Belgian ale foam, settles into little islands of head, some lacing.
Nose is sweet, fruity - pineapple, peach, tangerine, a bit of spices (cloves and cinnamon, pepper), yeast is mild.
Nice pale ale actually, if a bit on the sweet side. Yeasty musk is relatively mild, allowing the sweet malt and fruit to get plenty of attention. Similar notes as in the nose, with a distinct peach flavor to the finish. A dry citrus tartness lingers on the tongue, which makes this quite refreshing. Milder carbonation, slightly thick.
A pleasant surprise - this was a nice Belgian ale. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much given the packaging and label, but the brew's taste speaks for itself. Were it not only available in that large gift pack I'd get it again.
01-03-2013 21:45:57 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.23/5 rDev -15.2%
Served the beer at around 4 C. The bottle is a bit lacking in carbonation. Pour gently into a glass only to get a thin half a cm of head.
Smells of sour malt. Slightly floral. Initial taste on the tongue is very floral, follow by malt sweetness. The alcohol taste comes afterward. A very strong sourness lingers, covering some of the alcohol taste. Minimal hop bitterness.
I suspect there is wort souring involved here. Sourness could also result from candy sugar. Pilsner malt usage is evident. This is an ok beer.
Their web site shows the general procedures used to make the beer. Useful and interesting info for those who know how to put it to use.
11-10-2008 23:37:10 | More by wjimson
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Bruised tan, full of murk, with a huge spire of yellowed cream above.
Nose of warm honey and apricot, coupled with a clove spiciness.
Begins with a sweet tropical fruitiness, star fruit, plaintain, and kiwi, then it morphs into sour oranges and green raisins. Spiciness is compact, but features clove especially, with lesser pricks of black pepper. Sweetens again on the close with notions of raw honey and peach infused tea.
Medium bodied, and seemingly lighter with the rushing carbonation.
Quite a little Belgo drinker, with enough pizazz for lasting short term interest, but not quite enough to be truly memorable.
01-06-2005 05:44:36 | More by cokes
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
Large creamy head, with fruit and spicey aroma. However yellowish body is on medium side, with some creamy mouthfeel and its aroma is fairly plain. A yeast zesty Spicy (paprika) taste and above average carbonation and bitterness at the end that is satisfying after a greasy meat meal.
03-27-2006 04:20:57 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
A- pours a nice golden amber with a frothy head. nice lacing all the way down
S- phenols, malts, figs & molasses
T- fruity floral taste with raisins & alcohol coming through and a malt backbone. almost a dark chocolate aftertaste that stays warm all the way down.
M- medium body with nice carbonation.
D- flavors seemed to improve as the beer warmed. enjoyable and would definitely drink again.
10-19-2009 01:27:45 | More by haddon
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
The "Red" Boucanier delivers a slightly hazy amber-copper body beneath a full head of creamy, bone-white froth. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves sheets of lace throughout the first half of the glass. The nose is yeasty, fruity (apricot and tangerine peel) and a touch phenolic (clove and subtly plastic-like); over a mild, bread-crust and caramel drizzled maltiness. In the mouth it's gently zesty before warming to foam-up and become slightly creamy. The flavor is initially fruity (tropical with pineapple, tangerine, kiwi, and even the suggestion of cocoanut); delicately spicy; and caramelish. It has a sweetish, toasted malt middle that still remains soaked in fruit. It dries nicely in the finish; and fades easily with remnants of all its components appearing in its long-lingering finish. The alcohol is well-cloaked; and this is probably the most balanced and most drinkable of the Boucanier bieres.
01-15-2005 22:51:43 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured a dirty amber color with a gigantic creamy tan head. Even pouring very slowly gave this a rootbeer float like head that lasted forever.
Smell is full of Belgian Candied Sugar, big yeasty smell as well. Hints of dark fruits and some nice spices as well.
Had a nice semi sweet fruity flavor with apricot and banana being very noticeable along with some nice spices including ginger and clove. A very malty belgian with very little hop bitterness. Some alcohol does come through but it is very minor.
Mouthfeel is creamy, warm, and very carbonated.
A very nice Belgian Red, will be drinking more of these.
08-11-2006 21:54:47 | More by bashiba
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a slightly hazy honey amber color with a short dense head that settled into a solid ring.
The aroma has a strong scent of raisins. There are some pepper and toffee notes as well. There seems to be the lightest hint of spiciness from the yeast.
The taste is sweet from a mixture of raisin flavor and caramel. There is noticable pepper, banana, and clove from the yeast but not as pronounced as others in the style. There is almost a raspberry like fruitiness in the flavor.
Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but the yeast brings some balance. Finishes a touch sticky.
An slightly above average beer. It is a bit too sweet for the style and not enough yeasty goodness. Could be a touch more dry as the raisin flavors linger a bit too long.
03-12-2011 19:41:25 | More by Gmann
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a hazey coppor color with a big head. Caramel aromas dominate the nose with scents of citrus and spices. Caramel flavors fade to the same spices found in the nose. Citus flavors, mainly orange, round out the taste of a damn fine brew. This is another quality brew from a great brewery.
01-10-2006 02:28:24 | More by rebel1771
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
A - poured a one finger head that quickly dissapated to a thin collar. Amber colour with a slight reddish hue. Little lacing with semi-clear clarity.
S - is tropical fruit, yeast, pale malt.
T - is pale malt with sweet tropical fruit, pineapple and peach, sweet, some pepper on the back end.
M - is light to medium bodied with little carbonation, a little tart with some bitterness.
O - a very interesting brew, with a complexity in the taste I could not quite figure out.
11-14-2011 03:24:25 | More by Stocean1
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured from a short 11.2 ounce brown bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Small creamy off-white head sits on top of a slightly hazy orange body. Very malty aroma, this bottle must have some age on it. Taste is also very malty and fruity. Caramel, brown sugar, raisins, apples, and honey. Little buttery as well. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I thought it would be.
04-01-2009 00:08:06 | More by BierFan
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big thick white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast and subtle spice are recognisable. Taste is also dominated by a good malt backbone with some typical Belgian yeast. Good for the style but not spectacular.
12-20-2005 17:55:19 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's Sierra Madre outlet pub. Served up in a smallish Bière Du Boucanier tulip glass. Cost: $6.50.
Appearance: clear copper color topped with a large white head that maintained itself quite well thanks to the copious carbonation. A swirl of the glass halfway through resulted in the head ballooning back to life. Quite attractive.
Smell: definitely not an American red ale, this Belgian brew has got all those aromas I love about Belgian ales: lots of fruity sweetness - apricots, nectarines, apples and citrus - and peppery spices.
Taste: candied fruits figure prominantly throughout. Sugary sweetness just doesn't quit here. Added to the glazed nectarine-and-apricot is the tang of orange peel and pineapple. Zesty, peppery flavor packs a punch that nicely offers up a counterpoint to all that sugary sweetness.
Feel: medium-bodied, rather fluffy, with a smooth finish.
Drinkability: pretty darn good. It was tough not to give in and damn near gulp it down. Alcohol content, already not absurdly high, was quite well disguised, something not always the case with Belgian beers of this style. Well worth the money and cetainly recommended.
03-12-2006 17:39:52 | More by Boilermaker88
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance- Body is very rrange and VERY clear. Pours with 2 fingers of rocky, off-white head, which fades slowly leaving a fairly impressive lacing.
Smell- Very musty. Some cloying malt sweetness. I hope this stuff hasn't gone bad. An odd sourness also...
Taste- Wow. Tastes much better than it smells. Nice malty sweetness dominates. Some citrusy hoppiness rolls to the back of the tongue. Moderately low bitterness. A nice complexity.
Mouthfeel- Medium body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability- Extremely drinkable. Great starter Belgian.
02-06-2009 04:42:46 | More by theopholis
Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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