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

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246 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002)
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this after enjoying Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Red Ale (7%) and Old Buccaneer Reserve (9%). Like those two, the alcohol is tough to detect in this beer, especially at 11%. You do get a hint of it, but not the kick one might expect.

I poured this one in a small glass and it had a bit of head, but very little of one. Like the other two beers, it dissipated rather quickly. This beer pours a dark, golden color.

The taste is a little bitter - "smoky" my wife said. Good, drinkable and masking that 11% very well. Belgian Strong Pale Ale is a style of beer I need to become more familiar with.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 07:46:59 | More by cwc
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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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