Bière Du Boucanier Dark | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bière Du Boucanier DarkBière Du Boucanier Dark

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 113
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Deep dark chocolate brown color with a thick collar of head that raises up fast and rests back with a fair amount of lacing.

The aromatic character is dominated by malt and softly blended with dark fruits.

Taste... damn this thing is sweet and unfortunately thats not a good thong for this reviewer, its almost sickly sweet. There is a deent amount of malt amongst this sweetness however it is very stronlgly masked.

I've left the score on this review at average though. I have had this one a few times and had not noticed this problem with sweetness previously. The bottle was bought already chilled and I was delayed getting home by reasons outside of my control.

As hinted at above the mouthfeel is dominated by sweetness and dries of with dry alcohol.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a goblet a hazed russett color with a blooming off white head atop.Aromas of spiced cake and brown sugar stand out most with underlying funk wich doesn't play a big role but is there.Somewhat boozy and sweet on the palate with Belgian yeasty spiciness,again it has that spiced cake element to it,not overly complex.I have had worse of the style but this isnt one of the top end of the style for me either.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautiful, dark, murky brown in color with a nice brownish head that came up on an easy pour.

Smell – This aroma is rich with sweet, overripe fruits like mushy prunes and damp raisins. The strong fragrance of chewing tobacco juice is absolutely sinful. The malts are almost a non-player in this sugary concoction.

Taste – The malts come out a bit more at the taste. They are heavily-roasted and just do keep up with this massive sugary flavor profile. The great tobacco flavor has some even bigger prunes.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full in the mouth and wonderfully carbonated. There’s absolutely no sense of the giant ABV.

Drinkability – I didn’t have any trouble at all hoarding this big Belgian to myself.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark leather brown in color, moderate carbonation, hazy with sediment, 1 inch head

Smell: caramel, dark fruit, dates, and doughy bread

Taste: bcaramel, dark fruit, pear, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a distinct alcohol backbone, light body with medium-high carbonation

Drinkability:A nice fruity, malty treat. I could have a couple. Good not great for the style. An excellent beer to sit with.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from the Boucanier mixed pack, served at slightly cooler than room temperature.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark hazy Chestnut ruby, decent cap of typical Belgian spotted foam. Some lacing.

Nose is mild plum, raisins, typical Belgian phenols and yeast. Not exactly impressive, but decent.

Decent tasting dark ale, with some nice plum and spice notes. I can't say I was blown away by this brew, however, as the flavor lacked any real depth. Finishes dry, a bit of phenol/medicinal flavours.

Carbonation is somewhat higher than usual, but decent feel.

Not bad, might benefit from some aging. Not as enjoyable as the Red, but enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark ale that is very clear. some very active carbonation levels as well. the head is an off-white and is about 3 fingers. some real good lasting volume.

Smell - i cant pick up much here to be honest, there are a deep earthy tones, but not much else coming fwd.

Taste - not a bad tasting beer, this beer is clean and fresh. I found there was some malts on this beer along with a deep fruit, maybe raisins/prunes. there is a slight bitterness from the malts.

Mouthfeel - very good dynamic added to the beer here, very lively. the mouth comes alive with the levels. I am very impressed. There is a slight bitterness near the end.

Drinkability - besides the smell, this beer was decent and a good drink. would look for again and found the abv was well hidden.

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Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In comparison to the Maredsous 8 Bruin, which is a fairly similiar beer, this falls short, this is probably a little yeastier, but also a a little thinner and less interesting. Caramel/toffee, some citrus rind (orange). Alright in the end, but not fave. Slightly spicey aswell, but a bit sticky and short.

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Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fogged plummy brown with a tall mound of ashen tan.
Scents of grape soda, toffee, dusted chocolate, plastic, and clove.
Stutter-steps in with a nearly enveloping sweetness, cut with phenols of ham, plastic, and clove. The aforementioned sweetness is all about purple grapes, figs, plums, brown sugar, and toffee. Carob and liquorice develop later as this rides into its spiced rum finale. Traces of vanilla and root beer on its last gasps, with clinging brown sugar and grape. Sweet indeed. Though the carbonation helps belittle what would otherwise cloy. It's a full bodied brew, and with the proper sweet-tooth yens, this can be drinkable. On the whole, though, it's a bit lop-sided to merit real praise.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nicely crafted malt, with some sour darkness, aggressively carbonated, perhaps from being very fresh (November 2005). Cool painted over bottle. Nice dark rum colour. Different malts waft on head and boozy. Smooth drink though to be sipped, molasses and warming, a touch of yeast. Not to complex, though nice.

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Photo of haddon
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark chestnut in color with a frothy mocha brown head. lots of carbonation.

S- really sweet...lots of brown sugar, figs, yeast, bread & fruity

T- raisins & cherries, sugary sweet on the beginning and sour on the end. dry finish that allows the alcohol to linger

M- medium to full body. lots of carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this unique tasting beer. the mix of sour and sweet is quite nice to my palate. think I can drink this often and not tire of it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The "black pirate" delivers a lightly hazy, deep mahogany body with ruby highlights beneath a creamy tan head that holds exceptionally well and leaves sheets of lace throughout most of the glass. The nose is not as complex as some of the other Boucanier beers, but it's quite welcoming with notes of mild cocoa, bready malt, yeasty fruit, and alcohol (and, unfortunately, -but it's very limited- some acetone). In the mouth it tingles the tongue with a medium body and a moderate but very-fine, natural carbonation; before warming to become lightly creamy. The flavor is richly caramelish and cocoa-ish upfront; although the alcohol is noticeable as well. It's a bit one-sided, but rich; and it lingers in the finish with some yeasty and alcoholic spice as the sticky malt fades and bitterness rises. (Again, some acetone finds it's way in, cutting down on both its flavor and drinkability). At 9% abv it's kind of surprising that the alcohol is as noticeable and warming as it is; but apart from that this is a decent beer!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of descartes
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from attractive 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: A dark brownish red with a thick two inches of head.
Smell: Burnt smell, some chocolate and alcohol.
Taste: Burnt front with some slight sweetness on the middle. The alcohol over powers on the back, not overflowing with character.
Mouthfeel: Slighly watery.
Drinkablility:An easy beer to drink despite it's flaws.

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Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: What can I say? Hard to resist a beer called "Buccaneer Beer," especially when it is made by the same people that make some really solid Belgians. Poured from a white painted, stubby little 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts, what else, but a pirate, missing some teeth and sporting an eye patch. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with an ungodly amount of head, five fingers at first, and enough that I have to stop pouring quickly. By the time I get all the beer in the glass, the head is over 3 fingers. This settles extremely slowly, leaving behind incredible lacing. The beer itself is a muddy brown. Signs of sediment in the bottle based upon the last bit of beer to pour out, but can't really see into the bottle.

Smell: Strong aroma of sour cherries upfront. Backed by a slightly sweet/sour malt.

Taste: Sour cherry bite upfront, is this really a dark Belgian ale or some kind of Flemish Ale? I am confused now. The label "From Belgium," "Dark Ale," and "East Flanders" on it, but not much else in the way of description. Sourness is present, but fairly mild. Lingers long into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, maybe a little thin.

Drinkability: Still confused. If this is supposed to be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, then something is really wrong and this is a terrible example of the style. If this is some type of sour ale, than this is great. Oh well, apart from style, this is yummy. I like it. I guess that's all that matters.

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Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with very little light penetration. A thick creamy long lasting head throughout.

Smell is a typical Dark Belgian. Strong Yeast, Sweet candi sugar, molasses, dark fruit with a slight mustiness.

Sweet Malt flavors with heavy spices dominate initially, but given a chance there is a distinct little sharp earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Lots of great flavors here, nice Belgian yeast, molasses, some pepper, cloves, apricots, a bit of alcohol and dark fruityness. Complex.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with good carbonation.

A good but not great belgian dark, maybe a little to much going on in the flavor with a bit to much alcohol taste.

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Photo of Stugotzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep ruby red brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, dark fruit, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, banana, fruit, bread, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There were a lot of things going on in this one that I enjoy about this style. This made it easy to drink despite the kick of alcohol going on. This was very welcoming as if the alcohol on this one would not have had a balance I could have found it to be a complete flop. I just wish that the aroma would have been a little more robust upon inspection. Worth trying if you see it on tap in your area.

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby hightlights. The head is a khaki color, rather small but dense, settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of red grape juice; quite sweet and very fruity. There are some prune notes and a slight scent of carob. Very one dimensional.

The flavor is a bit more balanced. Grape juice and prunes lead the charge but there is a musty malt flavor that brings a much needed balance. It is kind of like a light ash but it brings little bitterness. This would be really good if the malt brought more flavor with it.

The feel is on the thin side and has fizzy carbonation so it drinks easy. Its probably a bit too light for the style. It is sweet on the palate but balanced; finishes fairly clean.

Very solid BSDA. It is quite fruity and could use some more malt flavor but it does have nice balance so its easy to drink.

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Photo of basica
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting looking bottle to start with, being completely opaque white and with
an interesting label featuring this fatherly looking pirate dude; I was actually pretty
amused. When I open the blue cap I notice the rim around the bottle mouth was like a dark
brown or black color; again it did not fail to surprise me. Before opening this bottle, I
had it sit for 15 minutes to warm up a bit. Belgian strong dark ales typically needs this
warming period; I think when I tasted by Chimay Bleue I failed to give enough warm up
time from leaving the fridge. I used my Chimay glass for this tastng and also had my Chimay
glass chilled before the tasting. Maybe it is all these factors? I pretty enjoyed this beer!
For starters, I sniffed the opening of the bottle and was immediately greeted by a very
strong and rich fruity aroma; indeed promising. The boucanier pours a brown black coffee like
color with minimal head that quickly disappears to leave a nice creamy lacing. When I tasted
the beer; my god, this is heavenly! A truly aromatic and strong fruity taste. This taste
seems to consist of plums and grapes but is definitely and significantly strong on the plums.
There are only 2 slight flaws that took of 0.5 from the rating. Firstly, I felt that the
carbonation was slighty on the high side. Secondly, the finishing, once in a while exhibits
a slightly strong alcoholic feel. These factors drop the drinkability slightly but does
not really detract the greatness of this beer. The after taste is equally great and highly
fruity and it seems like it is skewed towards grapes and red apples this time round. A great
beer and really could have been a full scoring 10. A must try for lovers of Strong Belgian
Dark Ales!

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Photo of rebel1771
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey reddish brown with decent head that diminishes quickly. This brew aromas consist of rasins, toffee, and just a hint of dark chocolate. Like the aroma, the taste starts out with flavors of rasins then fades to caramel with an alcohol finish. This is my second Boucanier brew and I have to say that this line is becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as part of a mixed 6pk for around $13.00 or so. Great deal. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Pretty good. No head though.

S- A bit light. Lots of malt

T- Young and sweet. Not ready yet

M- WAY too much carbonation. Super sickly sweet tongue. Not ready yet

O- Not a bad beer but way too young to drink. Not the best yet

Food Pairing

This wildly young beer went well with.... French fries with shredded cheese with hot peppers.


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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Stocean1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a two finger off white head upon a dark chestnut colored body. Patchy lacing with little retention.

The aroma is a muted dark fruit, malt, light yeast, cinnamon.

The taste follows the nose with some vanilla and metallic (iron) notes (got the same from the strong pale ale from this brewery). Not as flavorful as other top brews in this category but it is very drinkable and the abv is well masked unlike this brewer's strong pale ale. Definitely improved as it warmed with the raisin and grape notes coming strognly through.

This is a light medium bodied ale with little carbonation. Pretty smooth and very drinkable. Little bitterness.

An enjoyable brew that is very sessionable for the style.

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Bière Du Boucanier Dark from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 167 ratings