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Boucanier Christmas - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Boucanier ChristmasBoucanier Christmas

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BA SCORE
88
very good

18 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ViveLaChouffe on 12-17-2008)
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Reviews by pinkano:
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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very nice hazy dark orange color with sediment since it ferments in the bottle
S - creamy smell of the malt mixed with peaches, apples and cider
T - effortless taste of peaches, cider, apples and port wine. Very well balanced, mixed and diffused. Perfectly well hidden alcohol.
M - very nice carbonation
D - very very drinkable, but be careful of the high ABV!

More User Reviews:
Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Melicita
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day. Am a big fan of the regular Boucanier, and so was looking forward to trying this.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. Surprisingly, I really didn't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light honey, vanilla, light clove and some underlying spice. The honey and vanilla were really prominent on the palate, to the point that I was unhappy with the sweetness level in this beer. It was still tasty, but the sweetness seemed to all but drown out the underlying spice in this beer. Mouthfeel was a bit more thin than I was expecting, though the beer finished well, and I appreciated how smooth the beer was on the palate. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, and despite the sweetness, the beer did not come across as overly boozy, tiring or heavy.

Shrug. This is an OK beer, but in all honesty, I think I prefer the regular boucanier version.

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, spices, fruits, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is strong and somewhat sticky.

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of pettis
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange, medium carbonation, malty spice in the nose. Pleasantly flavored with many of the spices typical of Christmas beers over a sweet, biscuity malt base. Alcohol extremely well hiden, and mouthfeel very smooth.

Overall a very nice Christmas ale, if not particularly complex. I would enjoy having more than a few of these over the winter months, though the price (around $5 for 330ml) makes that unlikely.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know much about this one except that it is brewed by Van Stennberge in Ertvelde, Belgium, about a half hour north of Gent. This is yet another of the Christmas beer I brought back from Belgium.

It pours a fairly clear orangey-copper with an enormous fluffy white head. Smells of very fruity, very spicy pale malt. Spiced apple and cidery aromas. Ripe pear and even ripe banana. Peppery, gingery aromas too.

Again, spiced apples and cidery in the mouth. A distinct alcohol flavor, some herbal, almost juniper flavors help balance the sweetness. Peppery spice, a bright fruitiness, touch of lemon. bready, lots going on in here. Sweet and fruity aftertaste and finish. Nicely done.

Boucanier Christmas from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.