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

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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002

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Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 181
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold, lots of bubbles, and a medium white head. Fruity aroma with some yeast and spice. Taste flip-flops between fruity-sweet and funky sour. One moment there is strawberry, grapes, honey, the next is a bretty funk. It was okay once you got used to it.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light straw yellow with a small rocky head

The aroma is citrusy hops and floral. Alcohol notes.

The taste is sweet at first and sugary. Probably too sugary for my liking. This blends into a sour lemon hop character that clings to the back of your throat. The finish is bitter too.

The carbonation is medium and the beer is medium to heavy bodied. Drinkability is average.

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).

Photo of adamette
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Biere du Boucanier poured a hazy golden color with an aggressive foam head that left some 1920's garter lacing.

The smell was that of belgian yeast with some good fruitiness. The taste was smooth yet a little jagged with sour apples like a granny smith throughout most of the drink.

In the mouth it was strongly carbonated which confused the palate while it snuck in the 11 percent abv. It left some tingling on the tongue but it was soft. Overall a pretty enjoyable BSPA.

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

A- Nice clear golden color, with a quick fading head. The head however, was quite aggressive at first, but like I said it faded quickly.

S- The smell of honey and apple are shining through the most. The smell reminds me of a good honey mead.

T- The apple taste is that of a granny smith, very crisp. There is a light bread taste as well that comes from the yeast. This beer is also quite sweet and tastes great.

M- Feels good in the mouth, there is a slight drying taste that comes in the finish.

D- Easy to drink, goes down smooth and is great. Although I prefer the Red.

Photo of stumac
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

aged this fool for 6 months then popped it open.

pours a golden color with a decent white head. the nose is yeasty with dull lemons. the taste has a cardboard texture, total honey in the mix, slight apparent alcohol, some fruits, bananas even. medium body, low carbo, smoothe. probably due to the aging

Photo of Onslow
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

well well, a beer with a fancy smelly pirate on the label ... intresting and surprising smell, alcohol and honey and paint thinner and yeast and dull lemon ... has some nice flavours mixed with odd ones , cardboard with honey some grape ... biscuit ... a pretty tasty pirate like beer ...

Photo of sstackho
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from gift pack at LCBO in late 2007. Pours a perfect cloudy light gold with decent head and lacing. Sweet and spicy aroma. First taste is full and strong, with some sweetness. As the beer goes on, some sweetness remains, presumably from the alcohol - but it's not too sweet. However, it's also not all that complex. There is some nice spiciness as it goes down the throat. Good, not great.

Photo of ATPete
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle
date of 5/12/08 on the bottle,

This has been in my fridge for at least 8 months now, with an 11%ABV i don't think this thing can really 'go bad'. I've had this beer numerous times and know what a fresh bottle tastes like and this did not loose any charm it just mellowed and gained some more character. It poured a hazy gold color with some hints of rust and a monster of a white head, rapid fire carbonation rises to the top of my 25cl Chimay goblet. The nose was of Belgian yeast and sugars, bright lemon and citrus, semi sweet malts, dry hops and subtle spices. The taste has a bright malty character and a strong dry hop profile, blasts of citrus, melon, pear, and yeasty bread as well, and leaves you with a warming semi-sweet finish. It sports a medium body and a more mellowed carbonation feel than the eye leads on. For an 11'er this is really nice, but its starting to give me a pilsner-like head ache...damn!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange with a thick, rocky white head that was well lasting eventually settling to a thin foamy layering for the remainder of the drink leaving ring lacings down the side of the glass.

S: The Nose burst with a big fruity aroma that was spicy with apricots, pineapple and mango hints as well some lemonbread and bananas.

T: The initial flavor is bready and spicy from im guessing Saaz hops? There is a slightly sour tropical fruitiness (mangos, pineapples) as well a sweet spicy nature. There was some creamy bananas, chewy wheat, and orange peels detected. Upon warming some pear and apple notes were noticeable as well alcohol fusels finishing dry and crisp.

M: Lively carbonation, creamy, smooth with a wide range of sweet and sour fruitiness brings the mouthful to live with a dry champagne like finish.

D: A great drinking beer with the alcohol fairly hidden well.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 26/03/09, enjoyed in a St. Bernardous goblet. Two finger tall dense white head was impressive to begin with, soon flattened out leaving a wispy, cloudy surface with not as much lacing as I expected. Murky peach colour on pouring, distinctive golden haze under a brighter light. The smell was changeable as it settled in the glass; I detected mint at the outset, then strong honey, grassy/floral exchanges, orange zest. I have to say I enjoyed the bouquet as it seemed to change so much with air.

Unfortunatley, the first taste sensation had to do with the high alcohol content, hot in the mouth and a bitter sour taste with a malty sharpness. I tried hard to find spice by it just didn't seem to be in the glass this time. Texture was reminsiscent of a mild liquer or a mead, honey persisted throughout with a bit of a lime and pepper flash here and there.

This beer will warm your mid-section quite well but the high ABV detracts from what could be a far better beer experience. Just the same, it's an interesting Belgian Strong Ale experience and well worth a try.

Photo of AlexJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy golden coloration, massive head of froth which eventually settled to a single tip layer. Yeasty tornado swirl in the center of the glass. Retention and lacing were both very nice.

S - Delicious aroma of peaches, yeast notes, and bananas.

T - Alcohol is rather apparent at first, but a big yeast profile soon takes over, coupled with citrusy undertones anda biscuity, sour finish.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, dry finish.

D - Complex and tasty brew, and one certainly worth trying. I can't help but feel the abv is a bit much here and were it not so potent I'd love to have a few more.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I think the best way to describe this is that it looks like a glass of apple juice with a nice bubbly head. It looks amazing in a glass.

S: There seems to be a hit of a citrus smell, but a banana aroma seems to dominate.

T: I love the spice this one has. I drop this one down slightly due to a bit of alcohol burn. There is a fruity taste also, but it doesn't match the banana smell. I can't quite put my finger on it. The after taste is slightly drying which works well countering the initial sweet taste.

M: The spicing and carbonation make this one well above average for mouthfeel. It is a little thinner than I prefer.

D: This one could easily be knocked back. The alcohol level drops it down a notch.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 02/27/08.

Pours a nice golden color, with about three fingers of fluffy white head. The head leaves nice lacing around the glass. Smell is bananas, bread, and slight hops.

Taste is fruity and definitely some bananas. I couldn't taste any alcohol at all with this one, which was kinda surprising considering th 11% abv. Definitely crept up on me.

This is rather light bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. No strong aftertaste, and not very complex either. But it makes up for that in drinkability. I could drink several of these if only they weren't 11%.

Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copped a single, short, fat, stout, 11.2 oz bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Pours a hazy, cloudy, copper-colored appearance with minmial frothy head that soon dissipated... smell is replete with citrus, florals, and noticeable alcohol... taste complemented the aroma, with caramel, vanilla, alcohol, and esters... 11% ABV is noticeable in the nose and mouth, yet the beer still retains a sweet, satisfying, rich character that is authentic, pleasing, and a pleasure to drink... this one is more of a sipper... good, rich, creamy mouthfeel, with an average drinkability due to the noticeable alcohol presence and 11% ABV... a strong, full-flavored depiction of the style... Worthy of a try if you like full-bodied beers...

Photo of funkengruven
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark yellow, slightly cloudy, head had a tinge of yellow to it as well, which is different but not bad, smell is of dried fruit, and malt. Very malty but not very aromatic. Taste however redeems this quickly, the flavors are slightly bitter with dried prunes slightly in the aftertaste. finish is smooth and clean, and quite refreshing. Alcohol of 11% ABV not particularly detectable here making this a very easy drink.

Good stuff, hope to see it again next year.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a snifter glass and was greeted w/ a smell before I even put my nose in it. Got to two-finger head w/ extreme carbonation that left some lacings, not much, and a golden hue of red/cloude orange (my lack of adjectives don't do it justice). The hops are noticeable in the smell. I would describe it as a somewhat earthy smell, with some fruit in the smell. I want to say cherries, but it is more of a citrus smell. The smell is perhaps the only characteristic of this beer that is even close to average. The taste started as extremely hoppy but this beer, to me at least, is rather light-bodied and smooth and at 11% ABV. I thought the alcohol was hidden for the most part. There is no bitterness or dry afterbite; what it lacks in complexity it makes up for with a taste comprised of a littel fruit and some noticeable malts. One could even say there is a candy/gummy aftertaste; there is a hint of sweentness. I was surprised I liked this as much as I did since I am a much bigger fan of Belgian darks, but this was a good beer. The ABV makes it a one or two bottles a night beer, rather than a session beer. One final note, if I may, is that I read the recent reviewers before me and one said it is better when it warms up. I can say I put mine in the fridge for 35 minutes to get it down to about 50some degrees, but halfway through I had to take care of something and the beer must've say there for 10 minutes. It was smoother and sweeter when I got back; don't know exactly if that means anything, but hey, maybe let yours sit and you'll notice a change.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice size head. Pretty good retention and lacing. Has a clear golden body.

The alcohol comes through fairly strong on the nose and palate but the nose seems a bit more balanced. Smells of fruits, sweet candies and spices. Tastes of alcohol, fruits and some sweetness.

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

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange with a foamy, 3 finger, off-white head. Sticky lacing remains after head dissipation.

Smell: Light fruits, with hints of pear and some citrus. Some sour notes, but nothing offensive. Tart and refreshing, inviting to drink.

Taste: Initial taste of light fruits as evidenced in the aroma. Sweet hoppy notes introduce the taste with a nice sweet malt balancing the hops, as well as a strong yeast punch in the finish. Better than Piraat, and just as satisfying.

Drinkability: Delicious and refreshing. I could drink a couple of these with no problem (taste wise), but the alcohol creeps up on you quickly... A very nice ale that is great for kicking back and watching a Bucs game with...

Photo of dedrinker
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with an uncontrollable white head that melts to top coating sticky lacing.

Aromas of definite Belgium yeasts, Belgium candied sugars, sharp hops and alcohol.

Taste is very Belgium with golden sweet malt, candied sugar, soft tropical fruits melting to citrus hops and finishing with alcohol.

Aftertaste of tropical fruit and alcohol....nothing cloying from the sugars, but definite tropical fruits.

Ok...this isn't a GREAT Belguim...sort of a cheap one where the ingredients tell you it isn't supposed to be great, but still I like it. There may be enough of an alcohol burn and presence to make you forget about quality and just enjoy the very high class buzz.

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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.