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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

266 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002

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Ratings: 266 | Reviews: 181
Photo of ssmack
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amber colour. One inch of foamy head. Some nice carbonation throughout. Not much lacing at all.

Aroma of sweet Beligan yeast. Caremel icing on white cake. Tangy fruit snell - peachers.

The taste matches the aroma. Caky taste with a sharp tangy spicy finish. Resolves to the taste of cooked vegetables - brocolli. The 11% alcohol can not be tasted at all.

Medium feel that fills the mouth.

A delicious tangy Belgian ale. I am looking forward to finding this again.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - bright clear golden color, with and incredible amount of visible bubbles. Huge 3.5 finger white head with great retention time. Upon second glance the beer is a bit hazy. Mountains of white head just sit there and sit there and sit there.... Great looking beer.

Smell - sweet caramel, funky Belgian yeast are the stars. A little bit of an earthy Cyrus underneath.

Taste - Belgian yeast and a ton of candied sugar start of up front. A bit boozy but certainly doesn't taste like in the 11% range. A bit of a cherry fruit mixed with something tropical like papaya. A bit of an odd combination but it works. Some bitterness keeps the extreme sweetness in order. Heat in the throat after a few sips due to the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - smooth, lively carbonation and a moderately juicy feel, before drying out a bit.

Overall - a well crafted, great looking Belgian pale ale, that I'm happy to have tried. Worth a shot and definitely looking forward to the second bottle in the tasters pack.

Photo of DaveBar
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A- Opens well and pours clear gold. Good head that stays for a few minutes

S- Not a lot here. Got the yeast and malt but it's light

T- A bit young. SUPER hot. Not very likeable this young

M- Very carbonated. Too much so. Very dry but a touch sweet.

O- A pretty good beer but I won't buy it again. There are better beers out there.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with.... Fried Chicken

Enjoy

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried the dark ale in the past and somehow missed this one, but when I realized it was an 11% golden ale. I had a hard time not trying it out.

Appearance. Totally meets expectations. A nice, near amber, gold with tints of orange and yellow. Foams up nicely and keeps a gravelly cream coloured head.

The smell is soft, kind of sugary. There is a hint of cheap caramel. The kind you might have thrown at you during a parade in the clear cellophane wrap. A sort of corn husk smell. A tinge of damp hay. A little astringent and boozy. But this fits with what I had anticipated in buying a strong ale with a pirate on the label. The one thing that puts me off a bit is a soapy tone toward the end.

Taste is quite nice, it is a bit sweet, but not to sweet. A great spiced taste. The booze gives it a slight astringency. There is a strange herbal hop character to it. A taste that is somewhat reminiscent of cedar. A Belgian candy sugar taste. Hints yeast. It is biscuity and the cheap caramel tone comes through a bit. I pick up a bit of vanilla and raw grains.

Mouthfeel is great! It is a boozy and high ABV beer but it is incredibly light in body and the carbonation makes it quite fluffy. The booze cause some warmth, but it is pleasant. It is a tad dry too. A big surprise. But I really like it.

Overall, a pretty solid strong golden ale. Pleasant to drink, not at all patchy or clunky. Maybe one of the most interesting and most tasty Belgian golden ales I have had for a long time. I will be seeing if I can get a few more bottles of this soon.

Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

pours a clear light gold with a fluffy two finger white head. Really excellent head retention and lacing as I would expect from a Belgian ale.

Aroma is very spicy with a lot of coriander and orange peel. Plenty of Belgian yeasty spiciness in there too. Not a lot of complexity, however.

The flavor, unfortunately, lacks some of the intensity that is present in the aroma. There is bready malt evident behind the spice along with a slightly solvent note. The orange peel and coriander fade away somewhat quickly and the sweetness is a little more than I would expect from this style of beer.

Overall, I was a little let down. From a Belgian ale perspective, this beer is pretty low on the totem pole. It is just not very refined and falls below even some American versions of the style. I will avoid this beer in the future.

Photo of Bucciamarcia
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy dark amber pour, with a thick persistent white form. Smell isn't too intense. A clear signature of belgian yeast is present, strong malts, lightly hopped, strong on alcohol but very balanced. Carbonation is just perfect, and feels very heavy in the body. A tasty beer, without being overwhelming.

Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is certainly sweet and fruity as one would expect, but a bit different. I detect a note of melon there. Maybe a little tropical. Papaya??

Pours a golden color in my glass with a nice head at first but is goes down fairly quickly. Lacing is fair.

Taste is certainly...sweet. Lots of sugary sweetness, and different fruity esters found here. Melon perhaps. A little tropical. Apricot?? Boozy on the back, owing to its 11% ABV. Thick even by Belgian standards. Warming after only one.

Packs a punch and doesn't taste bad by any stretch but not among my favorite Belgians.

Photo of Jetulio
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33 cl bottle poured into Big Tulip glass (Gulden Draak glass)

Aroma...some caramel, resin, alcohol,
Appearance...hazy, golden, with a tiny white head
Taste...sweetness, not too much pressence of hops
Palate... medium body, thin texture with medium/soft carbonation
Overall....good malty and sweet aftertaste. Nice but not amazing.

Photo of BeerNut402
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light Golden and cloudy appearance with an immeadiate frothy and fast head.

Smell - fruity tones and I get some banana smells as well.

Taste - cirtus and banana, carbonation is good, somewhat hoppy aftertaste it might be the higher alcohol content that is giving me that taste.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonaton, kind of a tart feel to it.

Overall - The taste grows on me as I drink more of the beer the initial taste threw me off a bit. I enjoy this beer for what it is trying to be not how I personally feel about the beer.

Photo of SebD
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful semi-cloudy golden color with a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, citrus and grains.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice Belgian yeast presence, slight spiciness, some citrus and some grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy with rich straw coloring topped off with a light white 1 finger head that falls back to a soapy film. Rich aromas of dried apricots, vanilla, and alcohol. Sweetness dominates that's mostly contributed to by the 11% ABV, more vanilla and light dried fruit understones. Finishing with a rich mouthfeel that fades into a nice warming from the alcohol.

Surprisingly sessionable for an 11% Belgian ale.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber. Massive fine white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of light fruit, swett malt, Belgian yeast and spicing. I thought I caught a hint of funk on opening, but not in aroma from the glass. Pleasant flavor of sweet fruit, mainly stone fruit, Belgian yeast and light citrus; spicy. Finishes slightly sweet with light fruit and a hint of alcohol. Overall the ABV is covered well by the flavors, but is warming. Medium bodied. Not overly complex, but a pleasant strong Belgian pale ale.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruits, yeast, spices, and alcohol. Taste is of fruit, spices, yeast, alcohol, and some grain flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and dangerously drinkable for its ABV.

Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at La Trappe, Biere du Boucanier is dull gold with a light sand colored head leaving sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is earthy, a little sweet malt, touch of cotton candy.

Taste is richly sweet malt, a little sugary. There a bite that reminds me of extract homebrew.

Mouthfeel is dry, but sugary. Medium bodied, for the style.

Drinkability ok. The abv is dangerously well hidden, but it's sugary and somewhat angular, lacking elegance and depth. I used to drink a lot of these at The Sharpe Edge when I first started drinking Belgian beers, and now I'm not really sure why...

Photo of BeerDocT
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled tulip glass. Another night, another Du Boucanier. This one is listed on the bottle as the "Grand Cru," which is French for "Great Growth" and refers to a well-respected vineyard. Oh well.

-Appearance 4.0:: Color was a straw yellow, with big carbonation bubbles and a quarter-inch head. The small head dissipated into pleasant foamy swirls on top.

-Smell 4.5: Wow, wow. Beautiful bouquet. Spicy Belgian yeast and vibrant citrus, along with what I can only describe as sugar-preserved fruit. There is also a very slight hint of grains in this bouquet. Superb.

-Taste 4.0: Somewhat similar to the ale I previously reviewed from Du Boucanier, the front of this beer has a very pleasant tanginess. However, the sweetness is amped up in this ale, because of its high alcohol content. Middle is a strangely light sweetness, with a definite barley taste, but this is very subdued. Finish is medium bodied and sweet, with a distinct golden raisin (sultana) flavor. Aftertaste is long and luxurious, but difficult to describe: the best I could come up with is comparing it to a very light maple syrup. The fact that this is 11% ABV is hard to believe.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Above average, but just barely. The carbonation level of this brew almost interferes with the enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent tripel-style Belgian ale. This claims to be a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale," but I could detect very few hop overtones in this pantaloon-kicker. Restrained, elegant and refreshing, this is a beer to be savored. Recommended.

Photo of AdamBear
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-salted caramel. honey. light stale grass scent. its an odd mix.

T-very odd beer. comes in with a grassy taste of salted caramel and stale hops. its a warming taste with a honey after-taste. once again, its an odd taste. some apples in there as well.

M-near perfect, its high carbonation but with syrupy semi-dry finish

O-my description makes it sound terrible. it really isn't a terrible beer. its probably one of the last Belgians I'll ever buy again, but i did slightly enjoy this. its nice to try a belgian that doesn't remind you too much of any other belgian.

Photo of darkhorseT
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Whatever pros this beer has, the abv kills them. The beer can't handle the abv and the taste is very astringent. It is a beautiful orange/amber with a nice head. Yeasty smell w/ a very little citrus. The taste is peppery and a little apricot but quickly dissolves into a hard core ethanol taste that puts me off. Will not buy again. Didn't really want to finish either.

Photo of tbeckett
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice dark golden colour. Yeast haze present. Strong carbonation. Nice one finger fluffy/soapy white head. Nice thick retention at one finger and a good amount of chunky lace.

S - Some light orange and grain. Mild. Maybe a little extra fruity esters when it opens up though.

T - Orange, alcohol heat, yeast, grains.

M - Strong carbonation, foams up in the mouth instantly, slightly sweet finish, full body.

O/D - Not all that interesting. Not flavourful, alcohol is strong. Just no depth or good flavours to make it worth finishing.

Photo of impending
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

C-

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly crystal clear light copper yellow, dense off white head retains nicely, great lacing.

Aroma lacks definition, just a generic sweet yeastyness, a quiet solvent alcohol note finishes the sensation.

Taste too, while pleasant, lacks definition, no depth of personality. Alcohol while obvious fits the flavor. The aftertaste evolves significantly within a bland range, finishes with a hint of zinc. Thin to medium bodied slightly cloying mouthfeel.
Not bad, just guilty of mediocrity.
cheers
jd

Photo of Stocean1
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at the LCBO along with their red and dark ales. Poured a huge three finger white pillowy head atop a golden semi-hazy body. Huge retention with a one finger head still lingering afer five minutes. Lots of frothy lacing ringing the pint glass.

Smell is a little grainier than I expected with some citrus and grassy notes. As it warmed lots of banana and other light fruit emerged.

Taste is more to style than the nose, with lots of malt, yeast, orange peel and coriander coming through. Some metallic and mineral notes and pepper. The abv is really prominent and although I like its warming glow it was a little corrosive on my esophogus. As the brew warmed the alcohol really started to dominate throwing this one out of balance a tad. I scored it based on the first half of the brew before the abv took over.

This is a medium bodied brew with a well balanced bitterness. Plenty of carbonation although not as much as I expected when the head almost billowed out of the glass on the pour. Would be relatively smooth but for the unmasked alcohol which plays a prominent role and at times takes an almost alcool character.

Overall, an enjoyable brew with plenty of complexity and one which I will definitely sample again. Looking forward to trying the dark ale next.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. Golden as it proclaims to be, frothy frothy finger of head. The head initially recedes a bit, but because the yeast is so active, the head actually builds back up. Lots and lots of persistent bubbles. Smells of overripe banana, alcohol, caramel, sweetness, and some Belgian Yeast spiciness. The flavor evolution on the palate is very interesting. Soft sweetness to start with, then the banana and spices, then caramel sweetness, followed by dank dry bitter hops. Lots of overpowering alcohol though. Very creamy and sticky on the mouth. Interesting all around, though the excessive alcohol is a detriment.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biere Du Boucanier Golden

Pours a golden yellow in color with a small head and lacing. In the aroma, Belgian yeast lending sweet peach notes, pale malts and candi sugar. The flavor has alot of Belgian notes, from the yeast lending the soft fruityness, to pale malts adding a mild sweetness, candi sugars leaving some fermentable sugars on the palate. Lightly hopped without much presence in the flavor. Bready, yeasty, semi sweet and hides the alcohol very well. Lighter bodied, smooth. Overall, a nice beer and one I wish was more widely available.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

30 cl

Pours an almost clear light but deep gold with a medium pillowy white head. Retains for a few minutes.

Smells of coriander, citrus, fresh grains, banana esters, orange peel and spices.

Tastes rich with esters and citrus, along with the aforementioned coriander. Maybe also some honey and cloves. Rounded out with fresh grassy grains.

Feel is medium to full with prickly and billowing carbonation.

Delicious and decadent, doesn't overwhelm in spite of the abv. Lovely beer from a proven brewery, would definitely have this again.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow...just wow...

So, I had Piraat...obviously, which is good. This one is very good.

The smell is strong, floral, hoppy... strong... and grassy.

The flavor is explosive, and clean for such a hoppy beer...

I really enjoy the light grassy, citrus bitter notes with this one.

I will get this one again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with a massive size fizzy and fluffy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation is showing and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - wheat, cloves, breads/grains, lemon, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue. Most of the flavour consists of breads/grains, lemons, and cloves. I could also pick up on some grapes and a bit of a honey sweetness. Unfortunately I could also taste the alcohol quite a bit. It finishes with a slightly bitter and dry aftertaste.

Overall - The beer packs a punch and you can definitely notice the 11% alcohol. It has a nice variety of flavours going on that keep it interesting throughout. I'd be happy to have this a couple of times a year.

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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.