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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Good ingrediants all around, although disjointed together. You can smell and taste the booziness a bit, but the yeast is there. SIgnificant bitterness from the European hops which I liked, but it is drying. Malt midstream. Maybe more malts..or less. Not bad at all.

Sammy, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body with a frothy egg white head that shows good retention and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Whew, there is some of the typical Belgian golden aroma going on (tropical fruity, candi sugar and the like) but you have to dust aside some awful phenols that smell like a cross between a well-exercised dog and a fish market

Taste: Fortunately, none of the phenols affected the taste; Starts with a fruity, sweet base which is joined by pleasantly hoppy bitterness that is rather earthy; the finish is sharp and bitter

Mouthfeel: Light and spry with plenty of carbonation and warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: Certainly a decent Belgian golden; just hold your nose and you'll be fine

brentk56, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Golden amber with lemon accents and Champagne-like effervescence. The body of the beer is chock full of bubbles hurrying up to do their part to maintain the large, stately looking head. A beautiful shade of polished ivory, the mesa-like foam is like a living thing as it oversees the deposition of elegant strands of lace on the glass that contains it.

The nose is fierce, yet civilized, and calls to mind the top half of BSPAs in my experience. Strangely enough, even at 11%, there's very little alcohol present in the aroma. Just a nose pleasing volley of fermented fruit (peaches, apricots) and zippy spice (clove, cardamom).

Alcohol makes an appearance on the palate in a big way. It has to be difficult to hide 11% (like trying to hide a bear in a bathroom?), but it could have been done with more skill than this. There's still a terrific beer beneath the imposing ethanolicity, it just struggles to be appreciated as the taste buds attempt to filter out the intruder.

The beer is still reminiscent of golden orchard fruit, but now it's fruit that has been macerated in grain alcohol. I'm beginning to think the ABV is closer to 15%. Boucanier Golden flirts with sweet, but is still much less sweet than most BSPAs. The body/mouthfeel is roughly medium (and I do mean roughly) with fewer bubbles than one would think, given the appearance. I'm beginning to feel an alcohol sting in my mouth between sips and a telltale taste bud deadening.

Needless to say, my feeling is that the high ABV (which drinks even higher) puts Biere Du Boucanier Golden at a significant disadvantage. Knock it back a few percent and this might be a contender. As is, sip it and hope your taste buds are still in working order when you get to the bottom of the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%

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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Texasfan549, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

largadeer, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Interestingly enough, this "pirate" beer is put out by the makers of Piraat! Its slightly-hazy golden body has an orange-ish cast; and it teems gently with streams of tiny bubbles beneath a billowy white head that holds surprisingly well given it's 11% abv; and leaves wonderful sheets of lace about the glass! It's zesty in the mouth with a medium-light body and agressive but very fine, natural carbonation. The nose is yeasty and spicy with some bubblegum/sugar; a slap of phenolics; some tropical fruit; and alcohol. Fruit (which is restrained but varied including lemon, apricot, peach, and some banana) and spice dominate the flavor over a malt that's timid. It's honeyish, but also washed with alcohol. And, in fact, it seems that this beer is all about the yeast and alcohol. It finishes dry and spicy with a splash of leafy hop flavor and a warming alcohol finish; although some mustiness comes through in the end to lend it at least a touch of character. It's far from being clean enough to be a Duvel, and not fruity and malty enough to be a Piraat.

NeroFiddled, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

11.2 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date, not to worry this is a bottle conditioned 11.0% alcohol by volume brew and has quite a long shelf life.

Appearance: Decent amount of the signature Brussels Lace over the hazy golden brew, quite bubbly and effervescent.

Smell: Big aroma of tropical fruit with some solvent alcohol in the back, chalk yeast and a pale honey like malt round the nose out.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Juicy up front, very smooth in the mouth. Then a slowly warming stinging alcohol unfolds with exotic fruit and big flamboyant esters. Rolling spicy tones. Mild pale malt with sweetness underneath. The bitterness is right up there, clean and cut with a touch of yeast to follow.

Notes: A big boisterous strong pale from Belgium, a lovely one at that. A stiff veined cheese would be a great pairing to pit against this brew.

Jason, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, spices, some fruit and a touch of hops, but there's a pungent quality to it that throws everything off.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of caramel, spices, Belgian yeast and a little fruit. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. There's no hint of the 11.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other strong Belgian beers that I would choose before this one.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a golden color with a brown touch. Big head that recedes with a lot of lacing. The nose is sweet of course possibly a combination of citrus and peach skins mixed with a strong alcohol. Flavor is great. Has that tail end malt edge with a sweet start and a lot of alcohol in the middle. A great brew, though the one thing I personally might hold against it is that high alcohol flavor. There’s 11%, so I guess it has to show up somewhere. I just like it when it’s hidden a bit more. As this brew warms, it seems to become more even in flavor and even more drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

The eye-patched, toothless pirate on the label seems to fancy himself something of a devil, so it's fitting that I poured this brew into a Duvel glass, and even more so, for the beer itself is an attempt to pass itself off as that original magnificent golden ale!
Appearance: bright golden color, huge, frothy, flowering, pillowy, pure white head.
Aroma: here, we're greeted with sugar and spice, and isn't that everything nice? Very arousing and uplifting, really, deliriously delightful, quite a tickle!
Taste: again, the Duvel duplication, as it's seriously nothing but a full-front assault by sweetness and sugar and spice and, once again, every damned thing nice! Flavors of bananas, peach, orange, and more occur on the palate, with certain amounts of hops, but decidedly more maltiness, and a wonderfully clingling, sticky-sure texture. Has a medium to full body, but dagnabbit, if the 11% ABV doesn't start to assert itself before too long!
Damn, this is a very enjoyable Duvel-clone, but one that perhaps pushed the envelope a bit too much, maybe even the wrong envelope? Maybe more flavor, less alcohol, more variety...well, you can't blame 'em for copying a classic, everyone wants to ride a gravy train, right?
And double cheers for Gusler for helping me to sample this little beauty!

feloniousmonk, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

330 mL bottle, purchased in Westminster, CA,

A: Golden yellow, with a thick, white head, with some floaties, very interesting.

S: The smell is very good - predominately green apples, and yeast esters, with some alcohol.

T: Big and boozy, quite solventy, at 11.0%, but with still good flavors of yeast and apple and pear, good esters.

M: Big, smooth, phenolic, alcoholic, and estery.

D: A good buy, drinkability suffers because of the high alcohol, but definitely worth a shot, though it is kind of pricey, a solid beer overall.

Halcyondays, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.7%

04/09/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Freshness code I can't understand imprinted on the back label. It's no later than a late 2005 though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden and clouded pour. Micro fine yeast particles float everywhere. Larger bubbled white 1 inch plus head. Settles at a nice 1/4 inch. Creamy looking with very light lace sheeting.

Smell- Not an abundant scent. Seems like some creamy caramel at first, which turns to a vanilla-clove like scent followed by some white pepper.

Taste- Fairly sugary. Sweet almost wit like flavor at first. Alcohol is present, but the 11% seems a bit high. A big perfumy taste as it's swished around in my mouth. Lots of white pepper, some clove and some corriander as well.

Mouthfeel- Thicker and fuller mouthfeel. Lightly creamy with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Should have bought another one of these and had it a bit sooner. Wondering if I sat on this a tad too long. A very tasty beer, but I have a feeling it could have been fantastic. As is, a very nice brew that I would like to revisit fresh.

GClarkage, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

11.2 ounce, stubby Belgian bottle, with no freshness dating. Liquid is a dulled golden, cloudy, lifting a snow white head which leaves widely scattered lacing. Nose is flowery and herbal. This is a very flavorful and strong (11%) brew. Alcohol up front and noticable, this is a beer my wife has one sip of, declares it to be "rocket fuel" and wonders how I can enjoy such stuff...oh well maybe she'll get it someday...Notes of juniper, medicine, spice,bubblegum, yeasty phenolics, very tasty stuff, packs a kick, Belgian lovers delight.

Billolick, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

akorsak, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a hazy golden brew similar to Duvel.

Smell is fruity and spicy, mostly an apples and cinnamon scent. Hints of grapes and peaches and plums in this too.

Taste is sweet and spicy with predominately an apple and coriander flavor with a solid bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable Belgian brew needs a bit more complexity.

Zorro, Apr 17, 2004
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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.