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

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 175
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - carefully poured into a Belgian glass, still got 2 full fingers of dirty white foam covering a murky, dull orange beer. Ribbons of beads flow up from the bottom, feeding a now-thinned head.

Aroma - pleasant yeasty, banana aroma with some mild alcohol presence.

Taste - malty and fruity sweetness start, banana and honey flavors peeking through. Flavors are hard to pick up initially, the carbonation is so high. Swirling to release some of that will help. The finish is fairly ordinary, nothing distinctive.

Mouthfeel - carbonation level is extremely high, take care on the pour. Mouthfeel is crisp but mellows as the beers sits and some of the excess gas escapes.

Drinkability - tasty stuff, even if I end up remembering more about the artful bottle labels than the actual beer. (804 characters)

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

Pours a hazy orange, huge white head forms, sticky lace on the glass. SMell is sweet, yeasty, orange and spice, banana, clove. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, orange, spice, yeast, vanilla, banana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and high carbonation. I really enjoyed with, there were almost weissbier qualities with banana and clove in this one. I liked. (348 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty clear, deep golden with a big, fluffy, off-white head. The foam slowly receded, leaving behind plenty of lace. Yeasty aroma, bready with a bit of pear and alcohol. Sugary sweetness throughout, low bitterness, some citrus and fruit. Alcohol soaked cherries. Finishes sweet with moderate alcohol warmth and light spice. Syrupy and slick with lots of carbonation. Ends up being a little on the dry side by the end of the bottle, even though it tastes a bit underattenuated. (477 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I agree with other reviewers, this is hands down the best Boucanier beer.

It pours a rusty orange with a great frothy head and sheets of thick lace. The aroma is fruity with orange, lemon, apple and pear evident. Its like smelling a fruit salad. Theres also flowery notes in the nose. The taste is a sweet, slightly tart, slightly bitter, explosion of the same fruit. Its light bodied and conceals its alcohol with perfection. Hops are evident, and provide nice bitterness in the finish. Theres also orange peel in the finish big time. The mouthfeel is light but creamy with the bottle conditioned bubbles.

This beer far surpassed my expectations. It blows away its bigger brothers (especially the indolent Dark). The taste is perfect, so fruity and balanced. This would be great in the summer. Worth buying the mixer pack just for this one. (847 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one of three that showed up in a Boucanier gift pack and it is, hands down, the best one of the lot.

The beer pours hazy reddish apricot with a substantial and solid head. It show slots of active carbonation with a lively upward stream of bubbles. The head is chunky like it came from the top of an ice cream float and leaves behind nice gobs of foam. It just simply looks like it's gonna be fun to drink.

Nice fruity, spicy Belgian nose. Lots of orange, not overwhelmed by alcohol at 7%. Appetizing and tasty to inhale.

Sweet and fruity with some nice bitterness and spice. Slightly thin-bodied, but still tasty. Quite lively and sprity on the tongue.

Overall a good drink, although it could stand just a bit more body. Worth a try. (759 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 fl.oz (330ml) ‘Duvelian’ brown glass stubby with a themed label that reflects the brews name. An eye-patch wearing Pirate with his toothless smile dominates the front label whilst in the background wooden barrels and a Buccaneer ship complete the display. A small orange colored neck label has the words ‘Superior Class, From Belgium, East Flanders’; all this is finished with an appropriately color coordinated crown cap. The main label has a generic design and the words ‘Bière du Boucanier’ which appear on all three BdB variants. Only the small text words “Red Ale” below the larger word Boucanier and “alc. 7% by Vol” differentiate this from the other two “Golden Ale” and ”Dark Ale” versions.

Appearance: Dusted copper and hazed amber body that pours with a huge head, I noticed this one literally frothing at the mouth when it left the bottle. Gorgeous large frothy and rocky head that is off-white in color and typically Belgium in its appearance. Smooth gentle tilting of my Duvel glass coats the side walls with a fine looking bubble coat that laces nicely. Solid conditioning.

Nose: Spicy oranges tangle with and a zesty citric malt kick. Sugared apricots and peppered Satsuma rinds the peppers from the back end. Strong inviting nose with a lot of character and complexity.

Taste: Candy sugar threads throughout the lovely fruity orange and lemons, finishes with a raisin twang that rises quickly from the pale ale malts. The fruity aspects remind me of several fruits whose names don’t exactly spring to mind at this late hour but they make for a real fruit salad of a brew. Spices pepper the body and the spritzy carbonation lends a bite to this Red.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but peppery the conditioning is lively but restrained. It tickles the tongue at first but soon settles down to a carpet soft finish.

Drinkability: Easily partaken, the 7% alcohol is perfectly balanced with the strong carbonation, but the spicy zesty fruits are what really makes this a treat, not you’re your average “Red Ale” at all, this one is a lovely twist on the Belgium Pale Ale and it works extremely well. Highly Drinkable and Recommended. (2,186 characters)

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

11.2 oz bottle pours a hazy orange amber with a huge lasting foamy off white head that leaves sheets of lace in my glass. Spicy, fruity apricot and mango aromas. Sweet tropical fruit, pepper and brown sugar flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, spicy sweet finish. (288 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish-red with a huge off-white, creamy head that rises out of the glass. The head consists of tiny bubbles (cue Don Ho) and looks like you could build on it. Absolutely fabulous retention.
Smell is malt, citrus, green apple, clove and yeast.
Taste is malt, dark cherries, light citrus, clove and yeast.
Mouthfeel is tingly with a medium body and is slightly warming.
Drinkability very high. With great balance and huge complexity this is a very good beer, similar to the Duchesse du Borgogne of which I'm a huge fan. (533 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this varietal of Biere du Boucaniere even moreso than the golden. Excellent, and very refreshing for a 7% ABV beverage.

The appearance is a clear amber red color with a poofy white head. No sediment, no noticable carbonation.

The smell is of coriander and candi sugar. I was hoping for a bit more variety, but at least it smells good, and not too thick and medicinal.

The taste is amazing. It has a malty and candi sugar sweetness followed by a gentle and smooth coriander spice towards the finish. Only a slight hop bite in the end, and the alcohol taste is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is medium and has a bit of a sting to it, probably from the alcohol. Very highly drinkable for as big of a brew as it is. This is a must try if you can get your hands on it. (781 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks copper to red in color. Good carbonation. Loosely packed head appears white and retains nicely with loosely knit large bubbles. Laces well.

Smells slightly malty, toasty, and majorily spicy, yeasty, and citrusy. tones of oranges, lemons, and ginger.

Tastes caramelly, toasy and toffey-ey. Again gingery, cinnemon-ey, and peppery. Hop character is low in flavor and bittering. Medium mouthfeel, yet round.

Finishes malty and sweet. Yeast flavors as it interacts with barley lingers: interpreted as spicy and floral. Light bittering.

Impression: A very nice Belgian beer. Forget the color or the connotation to red beers. The addition of malt character to acheive caramel tones is a nice touch. Belgian beer lovers...go try it! (744 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber/copper coloerd beer. Has a big white head. There is a good aroma of dried fruit, fig and orange peel wit a spicey background that has a hint of corriander. The mouthfeel has a prickely carbonation character and not very substantive. The flavor is light with some dried fruit character and a light peppery hop finish. (330 characters)

Photo of OatherS
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This bottle came in a mixed six pack with the other two Biere du Boucanier styles. The bottle is short and stubby with orange cap and a picture of a pirate head on the side.

Appearance: MASSIVE head. Had to stop pouring after only about a quarter of the beer was out of the bottle. Clear amberish color.

Smell: The smell is not very strong.

Taste: Somewhat of a winey type flavor. Not a very strong flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: I have another bottle left in the six pack so I will be curiuos if my opinion changes. As of now I am not that impressed. (585 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber appearance. Thick crop of a stained white head on top. Airy and long lasting. Lace is more than plentiful. Tight lines of carbonation rise aggresively. Nice nose of caramel and toffee. Plus some belgian yeast properties. Pepper and lemon peel come to mind. Some dark candy sugar as well. The flavor is decent enough, but nothing I'm going to be thinking about all day tomorrow. There's a little raisin, and some doughy yeastiness. And spice...light nuances of black pepper. Sweet candy. The mouthfeel is carbonated nicely. Body is light-medium.

Thanks for yet another Buccaneer cokes. (599 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber with heavy carbonation and tremendously huge head. bubbles are small and tight, not clumpy.. usually the sign of a more bitter brew..

aroma is different than anything i know.. yeasty, but more like a wheat beer with citrus notes. smells like a spicy, tangy hoegaarden. there is almost a smell of seafood as it approaches my mouth.. since 'red' ale doesn't refer to flandres red, maybe it is all about red snapper. red lobster? hmm.

taste is crisp and smooth. fruity with wheat in the background which makes this beer very drinkable. points for drinkability but loses big on aroma, that fishy weirdness is tough to deal with.. worth it in the mouth though. (680 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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! (612 characters)

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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.