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

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of irishkyle21
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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 pootz
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle

Pours a hazed orange-amber ale with a massive sticky cap in the glass.

Aroma produces the most amazing mango-orange rind-spice pungency...some mustiness mingles with sweetness.

Light body,, slick mouth feel sweet orange and spice tastes are dominant...this is pleasant although distinctly synthetic and un-ale like....then the finish is over powered by alcohol and candi sweetness...fusil tastes dominate and warming starts quickly....poor at hiding the alcohol, cheap synthetic fruit flavor and the candi tastes...this isn’t my drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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 geexploitation
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dull amber color with a big bubbled collar in place of a head. The aroma is burnt beet sugar and marshmallows all the way, although there are some spice notes to pick out underneath. On the palate, very smooth and very sweet, with a juicy vegetal element throughout. Sticky finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and a tad cloying. Overall, this is a decent Belgian pale, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of crwills
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL stubby bottle, purchased in a gift pack around Christmas. This is the 'baby' of the three beers included in the pack, but still a good beer overall (if not particularly memorable). Pours more brown than red, with a big fluffy head, into a Chimay glass. No lacing to speak of. Mild, fruity and yeasty aroma - definite notes of chocolate or mild coffee in there as well. Flavour is classically Belgian, if a little more tart than some. Mild bread notes and some sour cherry notes. No spice to speak of. Mouthfeel is just a little on the watery side, but OK even so since this is supposed to be a smaller beer. I liked this one.

Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy burnt orange color with a frothy head. The aroma is malt and spicy – earth and fruit note. The taste is malt, candy, malt, spice – there is a taste I can’t put my finger on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is an interesting beer that is different than anything I’ve had.

Photo of greenbeaner
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise gift, and a pretty good one at that! Poured into an over-sized wine glass pours a deep red-orange with a thick puffy head that lasts...nice sticky head, not too shabby!

Smells absolutely gorgeous. Caramel green apple, grape, citrus, very light anise, and some spice.

Tastes of subtle, light hoppiness up front, the same fruits but much more mild than the scent. yeast, spice, through the middle the hops dissipate into a smooth finish.

Moutfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Very crisp.

I probably wouldn't have bought this beer for a really long time had it not been a gift, although now that I've tried it, I'm quite sure that I will definitely be drinking it again. My only complaint is that the taste isn't quite as strong as the smell. Other than that, good stuff!

Photo of grub
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.

pours deep orange with just a touch of haze. thin head of very fine white bubbles that drops quickly to a ring around the glass.

aroma is ok. a little funky. alcohol. bit of dms. bit of biscuit malt. light fruit.

taste is nice. light caramel sweetness. bit of alcohol. quite fruity. very light bitterness. bit of clove, and maybe cardamom.

mouthfeel is good. fairly light bodied with above average carbonation.

drinkability is ok. the sweetness is a little high for my taste. alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Lucky Baldwins, February 2007
The beer sits a hazy, amber-gold color in my glass and is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, pale tan head (really white with tan notes). The head leaves a nice well defined lacing pattern as I work my way through this beer. The aroma has an interesting, fruity, tart note to it. Aromatic notes of earth, even a touch musty in character, piquant spice notes, apples, pears and even some tropical fruit notes that lean towards kiwi fruit.

The taste is sweet and fruity tasting, though it is still fairly light on the palate. Notes of apple, plum, kiwi and even some white grape notes seem to define the fruit notes in this beer. There is a light spiciness here that leans towards ginger, clove and a hint of earthy spiciness that I can't quite describe. As I get familiar with this brew and as my palate gets saturated, I get a definite citrus note that really seems like a lemon pound cake. This is an interesting beer, it is perhaps a bit sweeter than I would like, but it has enough interesting things going on that it easily maintains my interest.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Honey, spice cake, orange pith, bubblegum and cinnamon

Taste: Starts with a malty, honey spice cake flavor with a candi sugar character; interesting peppery and orange pith flavors appear mid-palate, almost like a "red hot;" after the swallow, the hot and yeasty flavors build and last with a lingering cinnamon sour orange hot/sweet character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Very different and worth trying; a Belgian "red hot"

Photo of allergictomacros
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/copper with a copious, but loose head. Nice lacing.

S - Bready, yeasty, fruity. Notes of apricot and peach. Lots of apricot. Grassy and floral notes appear later.

T - Somewhat sweet, and extremely fruity and buttery. Definite yeast presence is notable. Lots of complexity and some notes of alcohol.

M - Lively carbonation, slightly slick and oily.

D - Very nice. Fresh, fruity and very drinkable.

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour to keep the sediment out rewards me with a clear amber colored beer with a disappointing formation of head. This beer looks remarkably like apple juice.

The scent is strongly of apples. Slightly sweet and spicy the malt aroma is very cake like. Noticeable spicy alcohol aroma.

Taste is milder and less intense than expected. There is a slight sour edge at the beginning of the beer that then turns sweet and ends woody and slightly bitter. Mildly spicy this is a really average tasting Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Certainly easy to drink but I found this to be an under-flavored beer. I give it an extra half point for being completely inoffensive. Not a beer to do very much to get. Worth a try just to add another notch to your Belgian beer knowledge but I won't need to try another one.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bubbles initially swarmed the glass like bees around the hive; once they settled an extremely glassy, beautifully polished orange colour was revealed that, at first glance appeared coy and tenebrous, but turned out rather flashy once fed a little sunlight. The big splash of soap atop looks like someone washed and rinsed their hands in the beer.

The aroma smells very much like other Belgian ales, but with an extra little something that I can't quite put my finger on. It's almost like a cinnamon spice and it's bringing to mind tantalizing images of a big French toast breakfast. The whole production is unexpectedly musky with notes of flowers and fruits to boot. I'm now both curious and optimistic.

And the flavour does not disappoint. This sweet-spicy-toasty beer is indeed loosely reminiscent of French toast with notes of sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, a drop of syrup and a mouthful of golden-toasted bread. It is delectable and toothsome - they must have used butter - no matter what it is, if it tastes good, there's probably butter in there.

Of course, I'm (partially) kidding about that. Although this mouthfeel has - not a buttery texture - but one that is satiating and delectably wholesome and seems to strike a chord with our body's natural biological dispositions, not unlike butter. It is also, as mentioned, toasty and sweet and spicy. In other words, it's very well rounded. The only thing missing seems to be that 7% alcohol. But that's not terribly missed.

Assuming for a minute that this really was what the buccaneer's drank, then they had it better than we thought. Tropical paradises, sailing around pristine waters, pillaging for gold, not having to brush your teeth and add into it now beers like this?!? If that were the case then the pirate's life would definitely have been the life for me!

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Blakaeris
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy burnished orange with a massive rocky off white head.

Smell is sweetly malty with bready yeasty spices. Pleasant citrus fruityness of orange and apricot. Underlying floral hop and mild mustiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Candied fruit and caramel malt offers plenty of sweetness. Peppery spices, and an alcohol bite balance things out. Nice bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, soft and silky. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Tasty and enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/08/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Small code printed on the back of the label...assuming it has something to do with the bottling date. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded dark golden pour. Murky with ultra fine sediment. Billowing head all the way to the top on the pour. Settles to about 1/2 inch for the rest of consumption. Minor to medium lacing left behind...otherwise and excellent looking brew.

Smell- Large scent of brown sugar mixed with apricots, dates and raisins. Mild alcohol scent as well.

Taste- Good mix of tropical fruit flavors..apricot, lemon and peaches. Powdered sugar and spices...maybe a touch of clove. Sourish finish.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, light sour lemon aftertaste. Medium body.

Drinkability- Pretty tasty beer. Nice summer drinking brew. Enjoyed the sour aspect to it.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazily bubbled dusky orange with subtle brick red highlights and brighter orange edges. The ecru head looks like the head on virtually every other grossly over-carbonated beer that I've ever seen. It's as airystiff as styrofoam and about as sticky. I'm surprised to see that a thick, fuzzy ring of lace sets up shop at mid-glass and remains there until the beer is gone.

This is one of the most upfront Belgian pale noses that I've smelled in quite some time. It's muskily fruity with melodious notes of fermented apple and pear and is impressively yeasty. To break down 'yeasty' even further, it's faintly funky, considerably clovey and perceptibly peppery. If the flavor follows suit, I'll be a happy buccaneer.

It does. First of all, thanks to the appreciable alcohol, it tastes more like a BSPA than a BPA. That's not a knock on the beer, just an observation. Of course it doesn't look like either one, but I'm not holding that against it. If I pause for a moment a try free association, the first three phrases that come to mind are sour fruit, spicy yeast and bubbles.

I really have very little to add to my description of the aroma except to say that the beer is even more aggressive on the palate. Since flavor is oozing out of every porthole, it's a good thing I like it. Sweetened clove-spiked caramel apples burst into a thousand pieces each time beer enters mouth. It won't be everyone's cup of grog, but I like this one more with each passing sip.

I found Biere Du Boucanier Golden to be tough to swallow due to an 11.0% ABV that drank like 15.0%. This one drinks like a 9.0%'er, putting it smack dab in the heart of BSPA country. The mellow alcohol is a welcome member of the flavor profile as far as I'm concerned. The body/mouthfeel is light-medium initially because of the manic carbonation. Once the bubbles calm down, it becomes medium-full with a pleasing slickness on the back end.

Biere Du Boucanier Red looks like an American red ale (except for the head) and tastes like a sweet and spicy Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I wasn't expecting much after drinking a bottle of its high-octane brother, but I ended up being impressed in the end. Good beer.

Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear amber gold color and formed a foamy white head that receded very slowly and coated the glass with lace. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, yeasts and banana. The flavor was of malt, banana, bread(yeast) and touch of pepper. The body is light and the finish a touch astrigent, yet having that tangy property that you sometimes find in the belgian styles.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Erdinger2003
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head pours out very high and thin, leaving small head with a little lacing. The smell is mellow and has apple scents. It's flavor is very refreshing and taste great. Mouthfeel is very nice and brings the whole beer together greatly. I wish I could drink one once a week.

Photo of Derek
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boucanier RED? From FLANDERS?

It's like a triple (Augustijn), without the added sugar.

A: Golden copper/bronze, pours with lots of fluffy white head, some retention, beautiful lace. Carefully decanted, but some chunks of yeast made their way into my glass.

S: Not very powerful, but a pleasant mix of bread, yeast, earth, a little spice, with a hint of pineapple.

T: Bready, nice malty sweetness, with a lot of yeasty flavour (earthy & spicy) and a little orange rind. A touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Wonderfully balanced.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation, dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.