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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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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 165
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 spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear light brown colour with a massive size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and an above average amount of lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Not a whole lot of smell going on.. malts, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it feels light and lively on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of malts but there are also notes of molasses and dark fruits. (raisins?) The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it is easy to down this beer very fast considering it's 9%. The beer finishes with a malty bitter aftertaste.

Drink - I have yet to be disappointed by this brewer, another tasty beer that I'm happy I tried.

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Photo of MattyV
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown, slightly hazy, decent billowy white head.
Aroma is of dark fruit, mostly raisins, caramel, and nuts -- quite nice.
Taste is a let down after the pleasant nose. Thin and weak, the expected dark fruits, sweetness, and yeasty notes, finishing with a bit of a burn from the alcohol.
Decent medium body, lively, maybe a bit overcarbed but not too bad.
An ok BSDA, but wouldn't seek it out again on its own. It delivered all of the generally-expected flavours, but for some reason they didn't mesh together all that well and I just felt underwhelmed. Was expected something more flavourful given the ABV.

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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 bylerteck
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Transparent dark brown to red colour. Loose tan head with huge bubbles that goes fast.

S - Weak aroma for a Belgian ale. Faint dark fruit and yeast. Some sweetness too.

T - Weak again unfortunately. Same sort of taste as aroma. Dark fruits dominate now with slight yeast and dryness.

M - Minimal carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

D - There are far superior Belgian Strong Darks out there but this was ok. I could have another but wouldn't seek another out.

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Photo of impending
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours an excellent deep dark rich garnet, highlights and bright back lights reveal a gorgeous red. Inch of clumpy froth, decent retention & decent lacing.

Aroma of what seems to be a mild strong dark, no notes particularly exceptional.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and prickly. Hi-C grape delightfully sits submerged here. The finish begins dry then flattens quickly to an unexceptional aftertaste.

while in the category of "so what" the label is lame
but what is truly exception

is they took a brown bottle and covered it - superb uv resistance - bravo !

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer seems reluctant to bare any colour at all apart from that dreary, dark russet that looks as though it were on lend from the funeral home. Only against very bright light will it relent even a shaving of ruby and even then, although you know it has the clarity it in, transparency is too much to ask for. Meanwhile, it is overly generous with the head (providing more than the glass could handle the carpet becomes a lucky beneficiary).

Boucanier Dark also plays its cards close to the chest with regards to aroma. It is typical for a beer of this style to be overwrought and stimulated with yeasty phenolics and esters and alcohols, but this one remains tight lipped even after we've had some time to warm up to one another. A musty variation on the dark fruity smell of prune juice seems to be all it cares to share. Surely there must be more to it than that?

Some progress is finally made in the taste. The flavour of leathery, dried red grape skins comes to the fore while watered down port, molasses and a pinch of clove-like spice also register. Still, the beer hardly capitalizes on the dynamics of Belgian yeast and uses only a fraction of its phenolic, enterprising potential - it's like owning a Porsche and never taking it on the highway. On the whole, I find the beer detrimentally reserved.

One of the problems I remember having with these 'Boucanier' beers was how candid they all were with regards to their alcohol strength so finally something good comes of all this bashfulness - the beer let's on hardly an ounce. Still, I'd gladly welcome more booze to the palate if it meant also trading up for some additional flavour. Sure, this is easily swallowed but what's the point of drinking a beer if it doesn't engage and entice you?

What Brouwerij Van Steenberge have at their disposal is basically an easy short-cut to a sure-fire, automatically dynamic and characterful beer - and somehow they managed to pick out the one sheepish, timid strain of yeast in the whole of Belgium! First impressions aren't everything and to be sure I've given this beer a second, third and fourth chance to come around; we haven't really hit it off yet so I assume we never will.

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Photo of kwjd
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a 6 bottle pack that contains 3 beers from the brewery. Pours a dark ruby-brown colour with huge foamy tan head. The head barley dissipates at all after the pour, leaving piles of lacing on the glass. Smell is quite muted actually, some dark fruit with a hint of chocolate. Flavour has bigger bitterness than expected, with some mild sweetness. Overall this is a pretty nice beer, though not my favourite of the style.

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

I had this dark ale as part of two different six packs, one with 2 each of 3 Biere du Boucanier beers, the other a selection of 6 different styles of belgian ale. I don't see a lot of Belgian strong dark ales out there, so this one is a bit of a treat for me. It pours a beautiful dark brown and tastes of honey and sour fruit, and is a bit viscous while still having some carbonation, with generous creamy, frothy head. This is one you kind of have to be in the mood for, so I wouldn't recommend it for all occasions.

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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 crossovert
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from a mix pack.

Pours a dense brown with a fluffy, large off white head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell isn't too intriguing, it is rather unscented, but there are some dark fruits, it is immensely fruity.

The taste is pretty interesting though, it tastes a it like their golden with a few darker malt flavors. Instead of the caramel and butterscotch of the golden, this one has more of a raisiny flavor.

It is a decent BSDA but not at the pinnacle.

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Photo of giblet
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured very nice with two inches of head that lasted through the whole experience. smells of roasted fruity malt. taste was full rich and sweet. a bit too sweet for my taste. excellent lacing down the glass.

this is a strong beer but too sweet. i fear that if i had three of four of these it would be a rough morning!

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in flared goblet. Poured a clear mahogany with a half-inch of dark tan (with a slight reddish tint) head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was sweet and malty with some fruit notes. The flavors followed that same path with the earthy fruit flavors being a little more noticeable.

The body was full, well-rounded and tongue covering without being sticky. Drinkability was very good, more so if you're a fan of the style. Overall, a very good example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Squat white 330 ml bottle picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine over the weekend... I think I paid $4.50... but the memory bank are fading.... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger lite tan head sticks around for quite a bit with descent lace, but nothing special.. the brew is a slightly hazy dark dark chestnut.

Nose is very fruity.. overripe apricots and thick prune... smells too sugary... not enough malt depth.

Ehhhh.... I thought the Red was too sweet, this is just cloying... the "Belgian" qualities are there, but the sugars overpower most everything and comes across a sickly sweet alcoholic lightly spiced applesauce... need some more bitterness to balance the sugars... big body and uneven carbonation adds to a growing unpleasant experience.... add on a slight metallic note, and I'm thinking this may end up being my first drainpour in a long while.

Once I find it, I'll buy the Golden just to try it, but I will certainly never buy the Red or the Dark ever again.... Waaaay better BSDA's out there for the money.

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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 Voonder
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a lot to bobsy for this fancy white bottle.
Pours very dark brown color, almost black with huuuge tan head. Very good retention. Smell - slightly boozy, fruity - plums, raisins, sweet, hints of caramel. Very nice, complex flavor. Taste - honey-like sweetness hits at first, followed by plumy fruitiness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Big, solib brew, very rich, very balanced, may be a little too sweet for me. Drinkable for ABV. Another great belgium!

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Photo of mulder1010
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a 330 bottle with a Boucanier glass.
A- a dark drown, with the head lasting for a good 5 minutes. looks great in the glass.
s- spicy, hoppy, and sweet
t- the ABV got me right off the bat. burnt going down.
m-- very heavy.
d- only one. too sweet for me and the abv lasted a long time. I liked it but a good night cap beer and go to bed beer. Would rather have an imperial stout as a night cap.

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Photo of Kensai
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice red-brown color. Rich persistent foam.

It emanates a strong, sweet smell. You can almost feel its high alcoholic content. The taste is leaning to a nutty flavor, although its masqueraded behind the 9% percentage in alcohol. It leaves a nice aftertaste, not at all unpleasant or acidic.

One bottle is enough. I could have had two, but it would have been too much. Beers with more than 7-8% ABV need to be handled with care! :D

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a cloudy medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, dark fruit, some spices, a little Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and malty up front with flavors of dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. There's a mild alcohol warmth that comes in along with a decent Belgian yeast breadiness. The hops presence is very mild and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's a fairly good beer but there are certainly others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with a frothy beige head which dissipates to leave moderate lacing. I can't help but play with my glass, swirling and kicking up that head again. Its a nice traditional appearance for a Belgian Strong Dark, but would be boosted to the very top level if more retention and lace was exhibited. Aroma of cherries is reminiscent of a lambic, with a strong sweet malt and spicy background. The flavour is very fruity (a sour cherry burst hits straight away before giving through to sweet malts), with a strong presence of alcohol providing warmth. The yeast provides a bit of added complexity by the addition of spice to the flavours. Its nice on the palate, with pleasant tingling from the carbonation and warmth from the alcohol.

A decent offering. Not my favourite example of the style, but its respectable enough to hang in there. The preferred brew of pirates? I woulda thought they were strictly rum drinkers...

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark red-ish brown. Sort of a dark iron-rust color. Immediate head that dissapated into nothing.

Smell: Sweet and buttery. Lots of deep sugar here. Very little grain or hops apparent. Too sweet of a aroma for what is delivered.

Taste: Deep rich taste, with a burst of hops at first, then gives way to a near molasses type of sweetness. Long finish, but light. A bit too light really. For a beer that wants to make itself known a minute or two after the drink, there should be more to go on. Good overall, not great. Lots of potential here, which makes them falling short all the more disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Light and playful, but gives up its liveliness way too quickly. This is the weakest part of the beer.

Drinkability: I like this beer, all evidence above to the contrary. But part of me thinks it could have...no, should have...been so much more.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark red/brown with a huge tan head, that actually started getting bigger and came out of the glass!

Not much on the smell, some dried figs/raisins, sweet, a bit of alcohol as it warms up.

Tastes of dried fruit, caramel, a bit metallic, hides the 9% very well! Does not leave much of an aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer, very decieving at 9%!

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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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Bière Du Boucanier Dark from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.8 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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