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

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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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 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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a thick/pillowy two finger white head that is slow to fade, and leaves tons of thick lacing down the sides of my glass.

Smell; fresh mown hay, slightly citrusy fruits, and it has a little spicy/pepper smell to it.

Taste; juicy citrus fruits upfront, a hint of bananas, bread dough, and it finished with a little of that peppery bite.The alsohol is a bit more noticeable as it warms, but it doesn't really detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with a rich, smooth carbonation. This goes down way to easy for it's 11% abv. I really like this beer. I wish I had picked up more than just one of these on my trip to CA.

RedHaze, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden into my Boucanier bootglass, huge white head forms, sticky lace all over. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, citrus, grass, floral, pineapple and pear. Taste is very sweet, some alcohol hits you right up front, citrus and pineapple, with some honey in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Not bad.

Viggo, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear pale gold with a generous white head. The foam dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick, solid layer of lacing. Mild aroma, candy sweetness, some spice and light hops. Sugary and lightly fruity sweetness. Alcohol spiciness towards the finish, along with moderate warmth. Spice and sweetness linger, but aren't cloying. Medium body, light stickiness, with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty, my favourite of the Boucanier line.

DrJay, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I sampled this beer with Teaser in the bath. That's right, I was NAKED, with a girl, drinking beer. What else could you ask for?

Anyways, a great beer for the bath, and at 11% abv it was a kicker with the hot water and bubbles and stuff. Perfectly poured into goblets, the Boucanier poured a hazy golden yellow, obviously from the dusty yeast. A nice tight white head sits atop, which dissipates to a 1/2cm foam layer as I drink.

Aromas of fruit, malt, yeast, layers of alcohol, spicey almost peppery, honeyish twangs. Awesome, this beer has so many complex layers, as it warms, there's more hints of the ususal Belgian funk, mixed with lashings of passionfruit and a slight detection on my part of hops(?)

Taste: Rich, malty, yeasty, alcohol heat, fruity, an even bitterness. Estery Belgian yeast characteristics just pull this beer together, making it like the Piraat. The heady alcohol makes me want more, but reminds me of what may happen if I fall asleep in the tub. Finishes nice and dry, lingering restrained hoppyness.

An awesome brew, one to visit again, maybe not in the bath.

revdrjbob, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of hefevice
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light gold with a small fine bubbled white head that laced well. I happen to love hazy beers, and have rated the appearance accordingly. In this case it lends a slightly luminous quality to the appearance. Plenty happening with the aroma, strong malty backbone with hints of tropical fruit (passionfruit?), honey with a light medicinal spiciness in the background. Taste confirms the malty backbone with honey evident, but this is well balanced with reasonably high levels of hop bitterness. Only negative on the taste was a very slight hint of acetone/latex flavours. Mouth to me was on the light side, well complemented with light fine carbonation. Any less carbonation and it would have been watery. Alcohol warming is very evident, but in a pleasant way which does not upset the balance. Very nice drop, to be savoured slowly sip by sip. Way too good for pirates.

hefevice, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheesy, Campy yet somehow appealing label like a lot of Van Steenberge beers.

This one pours a hazy deep gold with a super creamy white head. It rapidly becomes a small cap but lasts the whole glass. Lacing is fantastic concentric rings. The aroma is immensely fruity with passionfruit, orange, mango and pear coming to mind. Theres also a candy sugar sweetness and some flowery hops in the nose. The taste is bold with tonnes of complexity. Lots of the above mentioned fruit mix with a nice graininess, some hop bitterness and estery yeast flavors. Very Belgian and remniniscent cinq cents. The alcohol is perceptable throughout, and very warming. In the finish it becomes spicey and tends to dominate the hop bitterness. Theres a sweet minty character that develops throughtout as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is very thick with prickly carbonation.

This beer was much tastier than I expected. Its got hefty alcohol but its not as intense as Bush Blonde or Ambree. Definitely a beer to sip.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 08, 2005
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 maxpower
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a bright hazy golden- yellow color with nice white frothy head that leaves a clingy lace in my glass. Has a clean bannana and spicy lemon, fruity, bready aromas. Melon, pear, and apple flavors with a full bodied and full and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol very well hidden, awesome.

maxpower, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, nice carbonation, very nice head which disappates and leaves some nice lacing, but takes awhile. Scents of malt and fruityness. Nice taste, kinda sweet with an alcohol burn going down. Medium body. Very drinkable at this high ABV, but could be better.

Wasatch, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL brown bottle with a happy pirate on it, and surprisingly no best before date on it - I thought this was compulsory in Australia?

Pours nicely with a pillowy head, sparse sticky lacing and a dirty gold cloudy body. Head retention is good for a beer of this strength.

Has that unique Belgian Strong Pale Ale candied sugar sweetness to it. Faint gentle hops, otherwise difficult to identify any particular aromas. Typical of the style but not otherwise remarkable.

Strong alcohol dryness imperfectly complemented by excessive sweetness. While I like a lusciously sugary sweet Belgian ale as much as the next enthusiast, this one has seemed to overstep the accepted limit of alcohol strength and make up for it by packing it with honeyish, cane sugar sweetness. However, the alcohol and bubbles create a nice sensation in the stomach, so I'll be more favourable with this beer from now on. There is some flavour that reminds me of a flower garden for some reason. Maybe it's that springtime pollen smell, like you get on wattle trees at this time of year (for Aussies' benefit). Otherwise, the sweetness keeps making me think I'm eating honeycomb and drinking diluted ethanol... which I guess is what this is really. A bit strong but definitely nice.

Mouthfeel is a little unbalanced, because of the drying alcohol, but the creaminess is nice. I like the idea of this beer and would like to give it extra marks but the mouthfeel and drinkability are not its redeeming features. Mouthfeel - a bit rough, especially considering other pale ales that are a bit like it, such as Bieres de Garde and Saisons. Stomachfeel is good on this beer, and I appreciate that... the aftereffect is one of the great joys of beer, and not only the effect of the alcohol itself.

As for drinkability, this beer should come later in the night, because it's not bursting with flavour, and the strong ABV might numb the taste buds for future beers. I enjoyed a Maredsous 8 some time before this, and I'm glad this came second. Overall, I wish I could give this beer more marks, mainly because I like the look of the pirate on the label, but it's really not outstanding.

Weizenmensch, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 11.2oz poured into a tulip.

Hazy gold with a white head that is as tall as my thumb is wide. Moderatly carbonated with fine bubbles that give it good retention in spite of the high abv. Ringed lace is left as it goes down.

Has that classic chalky belgian yeast aroma paired with green apples and a little alcohol burn. There's a good dose of sugar in there too.

Tastes very juicy upfront, green grapes and apples. Sugary yet slightly tart. Alcohol only registers as a warming sensation in the aftertaste which is spicy and leans towards dry. Honey shows up in the background as it warms.

The mouth is full upfront, but finishes cleanly with no oils or syrup left behind. The carbonation helps this out. Quite drinkable for such a strong brew. I could sip a few more of these.

ypsifly, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a hazy pale orange and yellow. A thick soapy head melts down fairly quickly to a patchy covering, leaving ribbon lace around the glass.

Aroma - a yeasty, alcoholic candy aroma. Rather light all around but pleasant.

Taste - malty and sweet, some bitter fruits up front. Things turned markedly bitter on the swallow as a rush of carbonation fills the mouth. A wash of alcohol heat finishes thing off, leaving the mouth warm with alcohol vapors. A little off-balance but interesting.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, very bubbly.

Drinkability - intense stuff, but not in the best way. The abv is a little overdone and tries a little too hard to be big.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding strong pale ale. Fruity aromatic smell combined with the perfect appearance. It pours a tan haze with a lacy big head. Oh man I'm wishing I had bought the whole rack of these bad boys and I havent gotten to the taste.

You get what you pay for in this beer heavy lacing with every drink to let you know the beer is alive and kicking. Taste is just like the smell, fruity but not sweet. Almost like banana/spicey on steroids with a ton of warming at the end...Fine carbonation.

Loved it

DogFood11, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

What a beautiful looking beer. Oh what a difference proper glassware seems to make compared to the usual mug or pint glass. Poured into my John's Grocery tulip to a clear and golden color with a moderate carbonation and a non-offending bit of sediment floating about. The head seemed to continue to grow long after the pour. It started at about an inch or so, but by the time I finished describing the appearance (about 5 minutes roughly) the foam had grown another inch and a half. The foam was so intriguing that I just had to touch it. It feels like a marshmallow, like one of those peeps candies during easter. Eventually forms massive dimples. This beer is very impressive looking.

The smell is very belgian candi sweet. The aroma very yeasty/bready and berry-ish with a subtle bit of a spicy hop bouqet. Very good, but not quite as complex or unique to warrant above a 4 for a Belgian, though that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The taste... HOLY SHIT! This beer lays on onslaught to your tastebuds. It starts off obviously sweet accompanied by a bit of a coppery flavor from the head. The bitterness is very well achieved without sacrificing the sweetness of the candi sugar. Has a bit of an ethanol and bready finish. This is one of my favorite belgian beers, which says quite a lot.

The mouthfeel, as I said, is an onslaught. Especially when at fridge temp. As it warms up a bit, and as you warm up to it, the mouthfeel gradually becomes less overwhelming. It never gets to be overwhelming in a bad way, however. It has a very unique and distinct body, and I quite enjoy it.

Drinkability is where this beer tends to suffer. It may be well blended, but the sweetness DOES overpower the hoppiness to the point where it gets to be TOO sweet after enough. Also, at 11%, this is quite a heavyweight beer to be drinking by the masses.

neonbrown82, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly fruity and spicy with some slight phenols. The aroma was candylike with some DMS and light caramel. Also present was a slight earthy presence from hops.

The flavor was spicy with Belgian yeast presence most notably. The bittering was earthy and well done. The hop flavor was substantial enough to work with bittering to balance the malt in this 11% incantation.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy hop presence and Belgian yeast spice long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. Alcohol was slightly present in both the aroma and the flavor, but never detracted and was prominent in the warming after consumption.

11.2 ounce bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA.

GCBrewingCo, May 29, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean bright golden beer. Had a big foamy white head and cood lace. The aroma has some fruit notes but is dominated by a very peppery spicey character. The flavor starts with a light fruit note with hints of orange peel. The finish has a bitter yet peppery bite. And then the alcohol warmth hits your tummy and your ears (or at least my ears).

ybnorml, May 05, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing golden beverage. Thin white head that hangs on for dear life to the sides of the glass as I drink. Pretty heavy on the cake dough aroma. Also some yeast and pepper on the nose. Pretty good. The flavor follows suit with some cakey, doughy tones. Spicy alcohol is present as well though. And some sweet malts and a little candy too. Nice amount of prickly carbonation on the tongue. The body is about medium or so. Decent beverage.

Thanks to cokes for the sample.

Bighuge, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks like liquid gold- like a macro with substance save the beautiful carbonation and thick, clumpy yet smooth head. looks great when held up to the light.

smells very yeasty with hints of banana and lemon. a smell that most of us know, and one of the appealing belgian scents. like a previous reviewer noted, i am hoping this beer steers away from "duvel clone" and more towards karmeliet.

after tasting, it sticks more to the steenberge mold. is this piraat in a new bottle? it tastes very similar. good refreshment factor with a mild alcohol bite and little to no bitterness. warms you as it goes down and leaves malt flavors on your tongue.

average for the style, exceptional as a beer. bought it in a variety pack.. if its affordable in a 750 some day i'd pick it up again.

goodbyeohio, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milky brass with a rolling white dome.
Fragrant of warm dough, hay, pine nuts, and pineapple.
Start with its raw sugar. Sweet and plain. Notions of fruit, or just something mimicking pineapple, follow. Toasted grains and peanuts materialized towards the middles. The raw sugary notion stays put all the while. Dries on the homestretch with notions of white pepper, thyme, and clove. The sugar finally caramelized late, as it closes, sweet again, with nougat and vanilla.
The mouth belies it's strength, but is also a bit abrasive with its uppity CO2. That in itself makes this drink more reasonably slow.
Solid, but not remarkable. If the potency doesn't make you forget it, you will sooner or later anyway.
It's stuck in some sort of limbo amongst the Duvel clones, the tripels, and the beers that simply strive for fat ABV numbers.

cokes, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Biere du Boucanier pours out without to much head but is very clear and has a nice golden taint. Smell is a combination of alcohol and fruit. Litle sour and malty. Taste is heavy alcoholic but covered with a massive taste of malts. Further sweet but not like many other 10+ percent beers. Sweetness goes over in spice and hops at the end. Drinkable beer but be aware its stronger then you think at first.

paterlodie, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy yellowed golden color with 3 fingers of head that has a lot of staying power. The nose is full of orange peel/coriander and spiceyness from the yeast along with a touch of alcohol. The flavor is mostly orange and peppery spice from the coriander and the yeast. There is a hint of sour/tart on the back of my tongue as well. I like it a lot. The feel is thick and creamy. Drinkability is good for a bigger beer. The alcohol is hidden very well, and it doesn't hit me too hard either as some of the bigger beers do. I would try this one again.

kmpitz2, Dec 04, 2004
Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.