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

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Bière Du Boucanier DarkBière Du Boucanier Dark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 08-17-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
165
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
16.05%
 
 
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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 165
Photo of smudgewhat
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one took me by surprise. At $4/bottle at the local beer mart I was expecting far less complexity, depth, and concealment of the alcohol content. It knocked my socks off and I may eventually consider it equal or nearly equal to what I consider the best beers in existence: Chimay Blue, Rochefort 10, and St. Bernardus ABT.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/09/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle, as most brews are from this brewery. Stamped code of some kind on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- One inch plus slight off white head, levels to about 1/2 an inch for the rest of drinking purposes. Cola like in color, maybe a shade towards grape juice. Very nice examples of cobweb lacing and streaking.

Smell- This one is all malt and fruit baby! Dark sugary roasted malt combined with a bit of prune, figs, dates, raisins and plums. Quite a nice scent.

Taste- Wow! This one has more intense fruit flavor that any beer at this abv level that I have had. I'd expect the fullness from a 12% beer, but at 9%? Super brown sugary sweet, with a nice twang of sourness after the swallow. Dark fruits everywhere! Figs and raisins with prunes and plums colide to make this diabolical flavor. Even a touch of hops to make it more interesting. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Thick and almost syrupy. Smooth with a slight below average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Holy crap! Why didn't I snag another handful of these! One of the most flavorful brews of any kind that I have had. Try it, you won't be sorry.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled tulip glass. The last of my Du Boucaniers. Tot kijk, maties.

-Appearance 4.5: Poured out a bea-u-tiful opaque mahogany. Creamy head frothed up to a half-inch and stayed there the entire session. Striking looking beer.

-Smell 4.5: Oh, yeah. More of that lovely spicy Belgian yeast, but this brew also has a refined wood resin bouquet. I'm also smelling deep, dark caramel sugars and lightly toasted grains.

-Taste 5.0: Front is an amazing hit of many different flavors: caramel, grains, light maple syrup. Middle is slightly sour and lightly sweet. Finish is a swirl of the darkest sugar, spicy yeast, toasted grains and more of that pleasant tartness. Finish is short and the pleasant sourness returns, with a taste reminiscent of the finest champagne. Everything is light, balanced and perfectly executed. Excellent.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Well above average. I was afraid that the carbonation in this beer would detract from my enjoyment, but that was not the case. Excellent balance.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent dark Belgian ale, and the best of the Boucanier bunch. This beer claims to be 9% ABV, but this is completely undetectable. I would recommend this beer to anyone wanting to get into Belgian ales as a "Gateway Beer." Just fantastic and highly recommended.

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Photo of taigor
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Poured dark brown with huge head that leaves significant lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly sweet malts with scents of dark fruit and nuts.

T - Sweet malts upfront with almonds, toffee and caramel taste.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

D - Despite slightly high abv it is very drinkable and has lots of complexity and flavor.

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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 Derek
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-brown, off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Bready caramel, slightly fruity. Not a lot of nose, but it's quite nice. It doesn't smell as dark as its 'Gulden' brother.

T: Very Belgian (Special B malt). It's smoother and maltier than its big brother... seems like it could be an all-malt version of Gulden Draak (ie. no extra sugar added for alcohol content). Very nice fruit-bread flavour. Alcohol is very subtle and well hidden. Hint of tartness in the finish. Really incredible... pushing a '5'.

M: Moderate body, highly carbonated. Velvety, or perhaps even silky smooth.

D: Great.

It's not a power-hitter like it's big brother. Seems more subtle and refined. I like it A LOT!

Back-to-back, I'll take this one. I think it's under-rated.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy dark red color with a nice brown tinted head of small and lage bubbles. Poured into a goblet style glass from the tap. Beautiful, IMHO. The aroma was initially of raisins, but not too strong. The flavor surprised with hints of chocolate that intesified with each sip. The flavors finished slightly dry, just enough to make you want to drink more. The mouthfeel was adequate but could benefit from a little more body. If there were not so many choices at this event, I would have had a couple more of these.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White bottle with a pirate on the label.

Pours a nice little head that dissolves into almost nothing with barely any lacing whatsoever.

Smell has a lot of grape flavor with some pepper and malty grain flavor hidden behind the grape.

This is the first beer in a while that has left my chest burning like this. This is a great flavor, starts out sweet, then fruity, and ends malty. Has a nice hoppy aftertaste to finish it off.

The mouthfeel was watery , but still very nice.

I love the flavor and would adore another one of these.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light tan, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sweet apple. Starts as sweet raisins/plums, finish is sweet, spicey (nutmeg?) with hops in the background. The high ABV is not noticeable. 330ml bottle from six-pack $22.99 Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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

A dark copper beer with some ruby highlights. Has a big foamy light brown head with some nice lace. A deep sweet aroma of dried fruit dominates with an interesting tabacco note in the background. The flavor is started by a robust dried fruit character. Followed by a roasted malt note with a nice tabacco bit in the background.

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Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much natural carbonated. Nice dark chocolate color. Aromas of caramel. Taste is medium bodied, notes of caramel, cocoa, some subtle fruit. maybe light cherries. a little too bubbly though but a good dark belgian. haven't had a dark belgian brew in a while. a nice one to come back to.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Cloves, grapes, raisins, fruity esters and a touch of Belgian yeast funk.

Appearance: Murky river water brown with a fluffy off-white cap.

Flavor: Raisins, carmel, maple, a firm alcohol backbone. As it warms you get more cloves and pepper which gets to be a bit overwhelming. Seems to be more approachable at cooler temps.

Mouthfeel: Medium and oily with a drying finish.

Overall impression: This one really works for me. Seems to have multiple layers of complexity and immensely enjoyable. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz., 9% ABV, the code on the back is 09BE. Pours a dark cloudy chestnut color, with a slight red tint. Thick tan creamy head holds together very well, especially for the strength. Seems to be a lot of carbonation, just by the sound when it was poured. Raisins, spices, earthy, and fruity notes in the nose. Chocolate maltyness, ripe fruit, raisins, and lots of sweetness. The carbonation is very soft. A little bit of earthy spices as it warms. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is very enjoyable.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz white, ceramic-like bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Appearance: Dark-brown, deep-hazlenut pour with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacinga around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Deep, dark fruits, dehydrated malts...
Taste: Super-creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel and flavor... Bursting with dark candied sugars, dehydrated fruits, malts, figs, and prunes...
Creamy mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkability for a 9% ABV...
Great stuff...
Recommended...

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Photo of funkengruven
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a gift, Served at approximately 5.5C/42F. this poured into my Chimay chalice a nice dark cloudy brown, with a thick creamy head that stays forever, quite impressive. Smell contains some scents of dried fruit, prunes, seems typical of a Belgian dark ale. Flavor is interesting, reminds me of an Oud Bruin. Aromas of dried fruit, a touch of sour grapes, some subtle complexities in the finish where the sour and the malt come together. Mouthfeel was very full in this brew, thick and creamy, very pleasant. Alcohol is nearly undetectable making this brew quite easy to drink.

A very solid Belgian Ale. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Biere du Boucanier Dark

Appearance : Poured from a cool looking white stubby bottle with a label depicting a pirate at night . The beer pours a dark brown with no sediment and with decent clarity. Off white head forms, lasting the duration.

Smell: The nose suggests figs and brandy, heavily malty, sweet smelling and inviting all in all. As it warms, caramels and floral notes come out.

Taste: Strong presence of estery Belgian yeast with dark fruit notes of plum, date and raisin. There are some leafy, herbal noble hop notes with a balancing bitterness. Really highlights the yeast with the sugary over ripe dark fruit notes. The finish is malty sweet with alcohol making a small presence.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, rich and flavorful. Carbonation is spot on at a medium high level and the finish is strong and quite drying. Every sip beckons for another.

Overall: Another fine offering from one of the world's greatest breweries. Great flavor, feel and overall drinking experience. Finding a few of these in the fridge would be like discovering buried treasure. Would pair excellent with mild fruited cheeses.

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Photo of JBogan
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a large off white creamy crown which deposited good lacing. A sharp looking brew.

Smelled nice as well. Rather complex with hints of banana, bubblegum, dark fruits, caramel and cinnamon.

Tasted similar to the smell, but slightly subdued. I also detected more of the alcohol which my nose didn't pick up.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Both creamy and prickly (due to a good amount of carbonation) at the same time. Nice.

I'd rate this higher in drinkability if not for the price and high alcohol content. Can't see drinking more than a couple at one sitting. Overall however this is a really nice brew.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy mahogany body with one and one-half fingers of tan head atop; nice duration but little lacing in the Duvel tulip glass. Sweet but shy smell, filled with sugar and fruit, including dried fruit. Much less spiced in smell and taste than top-notch BSDAs. The taste is far better, with lots of caramelized orange and tangerine, and dried fruit such as fig and raisin. Far more sweet than spicy and a bit imbalanced as a result, but very delicious. Good mouthfeel, nice and creamy, but not as effervescent as I would like.

However, Biere Du Boucanier Dark is quite good BSDA, flavorful, strong, and sweet. A bit more spice would make this outstanding.

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Photo of vancurly
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark chocolate, with a tan frothy, rocky head. Nice lacework.

Aromas of honeycomb, caramel, toffee. Slightly musty, no hops evident.

Tastes as it smells, plus some chocolate sweetness. Maybe some cinnamon, musk spice, molasses. A leafy herbacious aftertaste. Toasty, lolly shop, copmlex.

Full rich body, warming & sweet. Wouldn't drink too many...

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A careful pour to keep out any sediment rewards me with a dark brown ale with a respectable tall tan head.

Smell is sweet with a distant sour edge to it and brown sugar on apples odor. The aroma of German Christmas cookies and some alcohol spice tickle my nose. Lesser aromas of figs and dates this is a very nice smelling beer.

The taste begins sweet and sugary with a sweet cake flavor. Lots of molasses flavor to this one and I don't mean brown sugar, it is more than a slight flavor too. The German Christmas cookie flavor is strong with this one good flavors of ginger and cinnamon. Hops appear as a bitterness in the after taste but otherwise are not a flavor component.

Mouthfeel is good.

An excellent and relaxing beer that goes down easy. This is no Gouden Carolus but it IS a first rate dark Belgian ale.

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dirty, chocolatey brown with a decent tan head.
smell: heavy malt, some light cocoa, subtle spiciness, and sour fruit.
taste: Very nice but doesn't blow you away.
mouthfeel: pretty carbonated. Medium feel.
drinkability: Very smooth. Alcohol well masked.

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

Served in a tulip glass, b/b of 29/07/06.

Large, thick and tan head gushed out with a rush of carbonation, slowly fell and left sparkling, foamy residue clinging to the sides of my glass. Bottom was murky, dark cider-like in appearance, brown with a touch of red.

Phenols/medicinal properties were strong in this one. Light banana, raisins, and some spice notes (clove, pepper) lingered around in the aroma. Sweet malts, caramel maybe, with some traces of yeast detected. Not bad.

Strong phenol character was in the taste, too. Medicine + bandaids came to mind. No harsh or unpleasant aftertaste, though. Spicy and definitely peppery. Rush of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Caramel, dark chocolate and a burnt flavor played around on the tongue. Raisins also present in the taste. Mouthfeel was a touch creamy, very satisfying, and alcohol content warmed as it went down.

Light to medium body with a nice, crisp feeling. Drinkability is definitely high, this one is a nice treat for fans of Belgian Strongs.

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Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany colour with dark ruby red tints in the light, 1 finger of fluffy white head, decent lace. Smells of yeast, raisin, dark fruit, malty, fig, caramel and toffee. Taste is of bready malt, yeast, dark fruit, raisin, toffee and a slight sweetness is present. Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, good carbonation, full weight. Drinks very well, almost dangerous considering the ABV, alcohol is not at all noticeable, good stuff here.

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