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

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -73.8%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of towlea25
2/5  rDev -47.6%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep yellowish ale with a huge bubbly dirty white head with minimal retention. Aroma of alcohol is easily detectable and not that enjoyable; some spices seems also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by the overpowering alcohol, which ruined it for me. Couple extra points for the presence of slightly bitter hops thought.

Phyl21ca, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of darkhorseT
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

darkhorseT, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Treb0R
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of J_Beloved
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

J_Beloved, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of impending
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


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.

impending, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Crosling
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange body below a giant convergence of tightly packed bubbles, which provide a beautiful creamy head and nice lacing. Spoiled pear and tart apple aroma, with whiffs of alcohol, lightly aromatic hops (orange?) and yeast. Sweet and sour fruit flavors dominate the palate, with an unusual and unfitting tartness, which tries to mask the alcohol blast. Musty, bruised apple, pear and peach flavors are present, with hints of lemon. Dry as hell, leaving much to be desired, particularly balance and hop flavors.

Crosling, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of djaeon
2.75/5  rDev -28%

djaeon, Jun 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

tuka, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of adamette
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a short stubby brown bottle (just like the one pictured) into my Piraat tulip glass.

A Little to no head but I was very careful to see that this happened. I don't think that it has a huge head anyhow though. Body is a cloudy golden or blonde with visible carbonation rising from below. Pleasing enough but nothing tremendous about it.

S Alcohol, grains, big malt smell and akin to the other Bière Du Boucanier beers as I have recently sampled the Red and the Dark. All three of them really feature the grainy and malty emphasis.

T Lots of carbonation, big malt, apparent alcohol and a bitterness that I did not expect, did not care for. I don't think that it is strictly from hops either. It is a bitterness like overripe oranges and lemons. I am not a big fan of this taste and it falls right in place with those other two Bière Du Boucanier beers that I sampled. Each of them are like starter Belgians and fall short of other Belgians that I have tried. I struggled with my numerical rating here. My ratings ranged from 2.5 to 3.5 as I considered what "average" means. I decided on stated rating with some difficulty.

M Really full and busy. From the carbonation to the big malt to the overripe citrus this is a big beer for a Golden.

D Not good. To be honest it was difficult to finish my glass although I did to see if allowing it warm up a bit helped or changed the taste. No such luck.

Notes: Not a good example of a Strong Pale Ale. Again, my impression of the Bière Du Boucanier beers is that they are good "starter" Belgians but better ones are cheaper AND easier to find.

adamette, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boucanier- Golden

A- thick hazy/ cloudy orange with a small thin head. No lacing.
S- Very tart lemon and orange/ tangerine with a touch of spiciness.
T- Tart lemon and orange with a clove spiciness. Alcohol is very present and a bit varnishy.
M- Tart/ sour with a vaporous varnishy alc. touch slight calcium taste/feel in the end.

Overall- Just didn't do it for me. Sour and boozy.

NJpadreFan, Jan 11, 2009
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

wewantbeer, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of joepais
3/5  rDev -21.5%

joepais, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

yerocdiamond, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

tbeckett, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

mrfrancis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head.
Scent: alcohol presence.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, alcohol, caramel, hops persistency.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale (too strong).

thierrynantes, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of TerryW
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just slightly hazed, rusty golden colour with just a moderate head that settles to a heavy film. Some lace. Looks good, but not great.

Nose is dominated by alcohol that masks malt, fruit and a hint of spice if you look for it. Just a little heavy handed with the alcohol.

Big alcohol wash tastewise too. Nothing subtle about it. You can tell there's a Belgian lurking under there, but it's just, overall, too boozy for my liking.

Passable, but not to my taste. Lacks subtlety.

TerryW, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color. After a careful pour to avoid yeast, the head was rather small yet dense, left a solid ring after it settled.

The aroma has a strong scent of golden raisins, which is a bit odd in a golden belgian ale. Perhaps a touch of oxidation occurred. Has some vinous characteristics.

The vinous notes continue onto the flavor, almost has a grapejuice flavor. Some pepper spice but nothing strong. Actually not much flavor from the yeast. I expect these flavors from a dubbel or BSDA not a pale.

The feel is light to moderate to very fizzy carbonation. Carbonation almost burns. Sweet on the palate and finishes dry, which is spot on for the style.

Not what I expect from a BSPA, almost opposite. Very fruity with strong raisin presence and almost no yeasty flavors. Tastes like its old but it feels fresh.

Gmann, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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...

ccrida, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of BeerNut402
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

BeerNut402, Jan 05, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold, with a giant, sticky head.

S - Some sweetness and fruit, but not much else. Aroma is muted.

T - Lots of alcohol, and a mild bitter touch. Wow. Is this ever warming. Soft, fruity/alcohol tones carry the day, but flavour isn't overly intense. Well balanced, I guess but not spectactular.

M - Creamy and smooth.

D - An average tripel (although tripels in general tend to be quite a good style)

allergictomacros, Nov 04, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Ciocanelu, Jul 26, 2013
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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.