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

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: maxpower on 10-09-2004

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Reviews by cwc:
Photo of cwc
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wjimson
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO in a mixed 6pk for around $13.00. Pretty good pricing. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a good head that is gone quickly. Nice dark amber color

S- A bit lacking here. Good malt backbone

T- Struggling to say something upbeat but can't. Very sweet. Not my style at all. A heavy malt tone and lots of sugar.

M- Sickly sweet and touch dry. It's ok but the sweetness gets you after a while

Food Pairing

This pretty good amber went well with...... Curried duck!!


Photo of Stocean1
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of theopholis
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Squat 330 ml bottle picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine on Friday.. I don't know what I paid, but the average for the bottles was about $4.50... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

1" head dies back very quickly.. no lace and really no cap... The brew is hazy orange.

Nose is waaay more fruity than expected.. apricots and cling peaches.. red grapes... light clove... smells tooo sweet.

Flavor is much better than the nose.. more balanced but is still out of whack.. the fruits come in and really never let up.. spicy notes remind me of sweet cinnamon and cloves.. and the fruitiness is overripe apricots and whaffs of rotting apples.. golden raisin sweetness is sorta cloying...

after a break, it now reminds me of lightly toasted marshmallows.... teeth destroying sweetness... The body I guess is okay... and the carbonation is proper and making me think I need to go brush...

Edit: after comparing my review to others... damn... I don't know where anybody came up with "sour" or "Flanders", this is a never buy again for me just because it is way to fucking sweet and has absolutely no direction.

Edit #2: it is reminding me of the spice cakes the Amish would sell along the roads in central PA... I am just not digging this one and am really wishing I did not pick this for the last beer of the night.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates slowly into a thck film with decent lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, light and dark dried fruit, Belgian yeast and light oxidation. Flavor of dried dark fruit mixed with light pear and apple juice, a hint of cherry, caramel malt. Finishes mildly tart with residual light fruit; a similar hint of oxidation. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A fairly complex, but not intensely flavored Belgian ale. Somewhat dark for a Belgian pale, but consistent with the labelled Belgian red ale. Nice flavor progression and interesting flavor.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one tonight at Barleys as well, and to be frank wish I could say I enjoyed it as much as some of the other s I tried while I was there. It was just not my cup of tea, really. I am normally up to trying lots of new brews, but this one was just not doing it for me tonight.

A - Poured a hazy, cloudy red with a decent, but small whitish head on top. Lots of carbonation and sediment could be seen coming off of it.

S - Aroma was kinda sour, touchs of bitter grapes and alot of yeast were present. A slight grainey or breadiness about it for sure. Just not overwhelming me in the least. It just seemed kinda dull to be honest.

T - Ehh, I could easily forget this one. It was like a cross between a plae and a flanders red, and just not very good, like the bad qualities of each were represented. It was just alot of yeast and grapes, mixed with a touch of bittering hops, but it was just muty and too bready for me, not really what I was looking for.

M - Decent enough feel, it had quite a nice full body to it and came off well when drinking, it just never really got off the ground for me. Could have been a whole lot better I thought, but at least it felt good going down.

D - Nah I will pass. I will give it average as I am sure there are those out there that will find this one quite appealing however not me. It was just random and not a strong finish.

Overall I had it and I love trying new things so that was a positive, however I will not be going back to it, not at all. It was just not that good for me and I really could have gone with something else, but hey if its your thing go for it.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl, ABV 7%, Best before 06/09/07. Pours a golden copper color. which is very clear. Thick frothy off-white head, with decent retention. Good amount of lace left on the glass at the end. Some spices, a bit of fruit, and floral notes in the aroma. A bit of caramel, fruity, along with some earthy spices. Medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation. Easy to drink. Nothing outstanding, but still tasty.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a nice thick white head, holds up and leaves a good amount of lacing. Has an amber color.

Smells of sweet bread, fruits (tropical, oranges) and spices.

Tastes sweet and fruity (apples). Lots of candy sugar, malt, pepper and a bit of alcohol.

Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a 1 finger white head. Smells yeasty and of toffee mixed with light fruits.

Tastes excellent. Surprised by this. Tropical fruits, Belgian yeast and some toffee. The flavors are very enticing here. Not extremely complex, but very tasty. I could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel is nice - creamy with a medium level of carbonation that transitions to a slightly sharp finish. Very nice.

Extremely drinkable. This is a beer I would drink a pint of without even noticing.

Highly recommended. I wasn't expecting this to be amazing, but it surprised me. It is very tasty.

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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.