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

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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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

A: Mahogany and opaque with yeast sediment in the body when poured into tulip glass. It has a persistent thick khaki creamy head that lingers forever and leaves moderate lace.
S: Dark fruits, figs, caramel, bread, and sweet malt aromas all strike the nose with equal intensity.
T: Flavors are a wonderful blend of the aromas along with a yeasty presence and slight booziness that intensifies as it warms.
M: Medium body with excellent carbonation.
O: Most enjoyable dark ale that is worth having again. Ahoy!

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of StephenRich
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my great pleasure the LCBO has been bringing in Biere Du Boucanier gift packs for the past few years which include two of each the Golden, Dark and Red Ale. Each of these beers are classic Belgian Style ales that are brewed using candi sugar and are bottle conditioned. By total fluke one year at a friends house we discovered a lost bottle of the Red Ale hiding in his apartment from the previous year’s gift pack. That beer, then 1 year aged had matured into a sensational beer beyond my expectations. It has since convinced me to cellar these gift packs for one year from then on. So each year I buy 1 pack, put it away, and pull out the pack from the previous year.

When the Biere Du Boucanier gift pack was available again at the LCBO this year I knew exactly what to do, and recently I enjoyed the first fruit of that labor – the 2010 Biere Du Boucanier Dark Ale. This is a 9% abv Belgian Dark Strong Ale that fits directly in the range of some of my favorite characteristics in beer. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to try this 1 year old gem.

I pulled the Dark Ale from my fridge and let it warm to near cellar temperature around 12C (54F). When the beer met the ideal temperature range I gently let it slide into a snifter glass. A stream of golden brown and mahogany red beer crashed into the glass with fury of excitement immediately constructing a big and dense foam. After a focused and gentle pour I was left with a dark ruby brown beer that glowed red in the light with faint hints of dark gold and bronze. A richly dense and sticky tan foam built up a good 3 inches above the beer and stuck around as long as I would let it.

The aroma is big. Its packed instantly with dark fruits and sticky demerara sugar. Bruised apples and a yeasty spice lean in to the front of my senses after a second, but make way for cherries, prunes, raisins and dates. There are aromas too of roasted malt and caramel that linger in the back along with maybe a touch of cinnamon. A warm alcoholic sensation is present and predicts an alluring beer that I can no longer wait to try.

That first sip was smooth with a light touch of effervescence to lighten an otherwise sticky body. It was deep and fruity from the center outwards brimming with the warm date and fig character that I love in these types of beers. Baked apples, cherries, caramel and butterscotch too are all present in the roundess of this beer. Brown sugar meets toasted malt and hints of syrup, tobacco, and soft cocoa. Wow, big complexity in here that really pronounces itself at this warmer temperature.

It finishes with a sweet and tingling blast of yeasty spice and hints of cinnamon. Overall it shows a lot of sweet fruity character but is balanced… well, not so much balanced, but aided by a wide complexity of flavors. But definitely is a malty sweet beer with deep caramel flavors and Belgian characteristics. This beer beckons at me on cold winter nights. Its just perfect. The hint too of alcoholic warmth really pulls it all together beautifully.

Enjoy the Biere Du Boucanier Dark Ale on its own in a snifter glass, or with soft cheeses, chocolate desserts, cheesecake, fruit pies, or warm bread pudding.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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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Photo of chrisrose30
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is creamy on pour and comes out a deep nut-brown color. The smell and taste are surprisingly light for such a 9% belgian - it doesn't quite reach that rich, chocolately taste found in other belgians, but it isn't bad, either. The mouthfeel is also surprisingly light and a bit fizzy - a little too transparent for me.

For a 9% ABV beer, this belgian ale doesn't quite take the cake, although it is pleasant to drink.

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3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, hazy chocolate brown with almost no light transmittance. Has the slightest dark amber highlights and a thick, cream colored head that thins up a bit over time and has good lacing.

A surprisingly faint aroma. Notes of roasted malts, dark fruits, and bread, with a hint of spice.

Strong flavors of bread and malts. Notes of yeast and dark fruits with a touch of spice and a little bit of alcohol bite. Taste leaves the palate almost immediately.

Medium/heavy in body, light/medium in carbonation. Good carbonation level that makes for a very smooth, almost creamy feel.

Not a bad brew by any stretch, and certainly worth a try, but there are better examples of this style that are more readily available.

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

A - Hazy mahogany hue with cream-colored frothy head.

S - Notes of spicy maltiness, dark honey, cinnamon and raisin are suggested by the aroma. There is a hint of oxidation, but it integrates well with the dark fruity esters.

T - The flavor is essentially the same as the nose, with additional notes of dark bread, leather and spicy booze perceived.

M - Authenically Belgian in feel, creamy and expansive, though thinner than I'd like.

O - Very nice beer here. On the malty-sweet side of things, but I like that.

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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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