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

Bière Du Boucanier GoldenBière Du Boucanier Golden

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238 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002)
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Photo of ccrida


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 01:15:24 | More by ccrida
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 14:40:53 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of akorsak


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tulip at Cafe Bruges.

A: The ale is an orange golden color, light enough to be firmly in the BSPA camp. A small head, less than 1/2 a finger, laced at the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet, pale candis sugars mix with heavy alcohol and a mild grassy hop presence.

T: The fusel alcohols are heavy in the first few sips, overloading the palate with heat. As the ale warms, the alcohol fades. Replacing the heat is a sweet candi sugar body and mild spices that include honey and a touch of pepper. The caramel malts are more evident the warmer the ale gets.

M: A full-bodied Belgian ale that doesn't skimp on flavor (once it warms). Let it warm though, otherwise the fusel flavors are too much.

D: A strong ale indeed, it almost knocked me out. As it was, I didn't drive home.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 01:36:51 | More by akorsak
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprized to see this on tap at a local Moondog Pizza. Arrives pale golden yellow with a slight haze. The bone white head only lasts a few minutes, leaving no lace.

Apple and pear doninate the aroma, with light yeast, pepper, and faint floral sweetness.

Flavor is pear and kiwi, a strange blend of earthy sweetness and light tartness. Faint ginger and pepper. Candi sugar sweetness to the max. No real complexity here. Meh.

Body is thick and heavy with sugars, not dellicate enough to support the fruit and subtle spice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 20:05:34 | More by AlexJ
Photo of dedrinker


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-honey color, with a dense head and fruity nose. Mingled fruit, toasted malt, and alcohol on the pallet - somewhere between a blonde and a tripel. I could sense the alcohol from the middle to the finish. I could use this stuff to thaw me out in March.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2007 05:08:09 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Jessefive


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet from draft at Zot restaurant in Philadelphia. The waiter didn't know too much about it at the time (nor did I), but now that I see that its 11%, it explains quite a bit.

There was very little nose. It was there, but subdued. The taste was very malty, with a fruity profile. It was interesting, as the malt was not heavy, just enough to give it a full mouthfeel and sense of grain. The finish was gentle, the taste just slipping away gracefully. I would have not guessed this was an 11% beer, it was very easy to drink.

Overall, it was a tasty drinkable beer. Not outstanding, but I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2007 14:55:36 | More by Jessefive
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's a few weeks back.

The beer pours a bright, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some sweet malt and cherry. This beer is quite sweet, with honey, butter and cherry syrup flavors. The sweetness is a bit over the top, though I appreciate its richness. The beer is medium bodied and quite smooth, with just a hint of refreshing bitterness in the finish. Abv. is quite noticeable and warming, and is a bit heavy/cloying. However, abv. really isn't all that intrusive, this is just a pretty sweet beer.

This is a nice beer, but I probably wouldn't want to have more then one at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2007 16:28:13 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of ojiikun


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Stumbling Monk into a smallish glass goblet.

Poured almost perfectly clear amber, thin head with big bubbles leaving similar lace. A good deal of swishing in the glass and mouth can bring forward what carbonation there is.

Smells faintly of hops and not a whole lot else. Tastes sweet like a cola, fruity - maybe like an apple cider.

By mid-glass the alcohol becomes more apparant, and the sweetness becomes less noticable.

Aftertastes are surprisingly clean despite it's syrupy feel in the mouth - citrus and bread. After the last sip you get a parting bite of bitter cocoa.

Overall very mild and very sweet/strong as expected. I imagine proper serving temperature is key - neither cold nor warm, but very medium cool. Too cold and you can't appriciate the subtle tastes; too warm and the sweet can be a little too much (unless you like a lambic!).

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2006 02:47:23 | More by ojiikun
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

Appearance: Golden with a vibrant white head nice sized leaves a beautiful lacing. Aroma: Rich fruit tropical tone to it hops are floral and herbal at the same time this one's a winner. Taste: The bastard child of a Kasteel XXX and a Piraat is the best way to describe this brew very malty rich and alcoholic with blends of the fruit ester tones making their way into the flavor, good stuff. Mouthfeel: Medium body syrupy texture very rich. Drinkability: Easy like a Sunday morning well it does go down way to smoothly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2004 09:44:19 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:07:33 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
Photo of rangerred


3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:20:02 | More by rangerred
Photo of Bucciamarcia


3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:54:43 | More by Bucciamarcia
Photo of NODAK


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 00:11:58 | More by NODAK
Photo of Jetulio


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 13:21:07 | More by Jetulio
Photo of BeerNut402


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 05:32:53 | More by BeerNut402
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:22:30 | More by SebD
Photo of TheCrowsNest


3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 02:46:31 | More by TheCrowsNest
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 04:34:15 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:11:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BeerDocT


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:24:51 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of AdamBear


3.58/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:49:21 | More by AdamBear
Photo of darkhorseT


2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:48:16 | More by darkhorseT
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:07:03 | More by tbeckett
Photo of impending


2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 06:51:14 | More by impending
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:24:46 | More by Stocean1
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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.