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

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-09-2004)
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Photo of Zorro


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 02:14:02 | More by Zorro
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 18:12:10 | More by biegaman
Photo of Bierguy5


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 16:54:30 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of RoyalT


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 03:00:39 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Blakaeris


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 20:45:19 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 21:54:47 | More by bashiba
Photo of GClarkage


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 21:52:39 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 04:20:57 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 16:36:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Wildman


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 01:54:15 | More by Wildman
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2006 17:39:52 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 04:47:13 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 22:53:19 | More by Derek
Photo of rebel1771


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 02:28:24 | More by rebel1771
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 17:55:19 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cream, five+ finger-head that goes slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, not red at all. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose has hints of orange. Starts sweet, fruity and balanced, finish is smooth and clean, one of the best red ales I have had. The high ABV is not noticeable. 330ml bottle from six-pack $22.99 Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 23:20:41 | More by jdhilt
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 06:56:15 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 21:28:18 | More by Viggo
Photo of DrJay


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 01:11:13 | More by DrJay
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 03:33:58 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 22:55:41 | More by TerryW
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 06:47:21 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 18:37:21 | More by maxpower
Photo of PorterLambic


4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 19:40:31 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of neonbrown82


4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 23:18:13 | More by neonbrown82
Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.