Bière Du Boucanier Golden - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
03-11-2014 02:07:33 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
3.31/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
01-18-2014 03:20:02 | More by rangerred
3.64/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
12-01-2013 20:54:43 | More by Bucciamarcia
Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.