Bière Du Boucanier Red
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #71
Ranked #23,613
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Very Good
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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper-tinted amber brew with a big foam in the Avec les Bons Voeux chalice. Big fruity aroma with a yeasty zing. Clove and banana and carrot cake. Sweet and malty with the sudden dry, mineral finish.

If you're in the mood for the cloying cake taste, this is pretty good stuff with a big Belgian character. However I think Brouwerij Van Steenberge has one really big vat somewhere in a factory and their real business is coming up with interesting labels with funny names. From the standard double bump 330 ml bottle.

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Photo of mick303
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a bottle discounted at the LCBO. Served chilled. Appearance is a a coppery gold brown, good initial head with solid lacing. Very clear with visible carbonation.

S - notes of crystal malt, caramel, candy apple,crisp fruit notes, grape and gooseberry, a firm yeasty character. Slick pear sweet notes, bready, some muted earthy hop notes.

T - interesting interplay of the biscuity/cracker like malts, with a sherry-like or red wine-like syrupy character. Malty sweetness, with cherries, graham cracker, and drying with some more vineous character on the finish. Too sweet all around I think, belgian yeast is there for sure but gets buried a bit behind the candied aspects. Spicy notes come forward as well.

M - coating, with a syrupy vineous character, drinks almost like a port wine but with some moderate carbonation. Very sweet, big satisfying body. A big rich fruity malty beer, has enough bitterness and alcohol bite to balance out.

A good Belgian red, but not a beer I would drink regularly. It does show off some better character as it warms. Lots of flavour but a bit too candied and sweet I think, they went very heavy on the candi sugar/crystal malts and it comes across as sweetened and heady with the strength.Good character and lot of potential, but could have come across better.

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Photo of ssmack
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden red colour. Half inch of light beige head that disappeared half way through. Little lacing and no retention.

Sharp tangy Belgian yeast aroma. Sweet grainy malt. Smell of cream as it warmed.

Sweet caramel and tangy spiciness (nutmeg) in the taste. Some oakiness too.

Medium feel with spright on tip of tongue.

Enjoyable Belgian read. Tangy and sweet.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the tastes pack from the LCBO. About $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - a very clear coppery amber color with minimal visible carbonation. Nearly two fingers of head are poured, although retention time isn't brilliant. Wispy lacing left around the glass and the head coalesces into a thin layer of foam.

Smell - sweet caramel, Belgian funk, a slight bit of overripe fruit and candied sugar.

Taste - pretty much the same as the nose, with the sweet caramel and Belgian funk, but Therese some orchard fruits thrown in, pears, plums and maybe even peaches. Candied sugar rounds things out. Definitely on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel - smooth, reasonably light bodied and lower than average carbonation. Works nicely with the flavor profile. Slightly syrupy despite the light body (somehow).

Overall - not a bad Belgian pale ale, but there's something that just doesn't wow me. For those really enjoying orchard fruits I recommend this one to you but otherwise it's a forgettable, if still solid and reasonably priced Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO in a mixed 6pk for around $13.00. Pretty good pricing. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a good head that is gone quickly. Nice dark amber color

S- A bit lacking here. Good malt backbone

T- Struggling to say something upbeat but can't. Very sweet. Not my style at all. A heavy malt tone and lots of sugar.

M- Sickly sweet and touch dry. It's ok but the sweetness gets you after a while

Food Pairing

This pretty good amber went well with...... Curried duck!!


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Photo of macpapi
4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a nice amber color with a full white head. Smell is dominated by fruity aroma--mainly apricot--and Belgian yeast/sugars. There is a bit of a peppery finish. Taste is fruity--this time cherries are most prominent--with the strong presence of Belgian yeast and sugars. Pepper and alcohol sting are met with the mildest hop presence at the back of the swallow. In the mouth this beer is crisp and moderately carbonated. Overall this is a pretty nice Belgian ale. It is not as complex as some in the style, but I would certainly not mind having it again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%

$ 4.79/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma lightly fruity
Head small (1 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and a couple islands
Lacing poor – few small islands
Body medium, hazy
Flavor begins slightly sweet with light maltiness, light yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2.75, flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.1875. Final weighted score: 3.3625.
Pretty nondescript. Not as malty as most red ales.

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Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium red with a solid one finger white head. Really good head retention but lacing really isn't anything to speak of.

Aroma really has a lot going on. Tangerine mixed with what is almost a cola or chocolate note. A bit of spicy Belgian yeast is thrown in there too.

The taste is less impressive. Sweet right off the bat and a very strong tootsie roll/cherry coke flavor that is just odd. I really think it might be oxidation. Light orange/tangerine is in the background but it is buried under the chocolate. Extremely sweet throughout that borders on cloying with a sticky finish.

Overall, this beer is a mess. I'm not sure of the age but oxidation seems to have hit it. Some weird flavors going on and just way too sweet.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, grape juice, and slight spices. Taste is much the same with honey and grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates slowly into a thck film with decent lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, light and dark dried fruit, Belgian yeast and light oxidation. Flavor of dried dark fruit mixed with light pear and apple juice, a hint of cherry, caramel malt. Finishes mildly tart with residual light fruit; a similar hint of oxidation. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. A fairly complex, but not intensely flavored Belgian ale. Somewhat dark for a Belgian pale, but consistent with the labelled Belgian red ale. Nice flavor progression and interesting flavor.

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

Squat, Duvel-shaped 330ml bottle from the LCBO giftpack, received under the tree.

Poured into a goblet. Light caramel amber, good head of classic Belgian ale foam, settles into little islands of head, some lacing.

Nose is sweet, fruity - pineapple, peach, tangerine, a bit of spices (cloves and cinnamon, pepper), yeast is mild.

Nice pale ale actually, if a bit on the sweet side. Yeasty musk is relatively mild, allowing the sweet malt and fruit to get plenty of attention. Similar notes as in the nose, with a distinct peach flavor to the finish. A dry citrus tartness lingers on the tongue, which makes this quite refreshing. Milder carbonation, slightly thick.

A pleasant surprise - this was a nice Belgian ale. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much given the packaging and label, but the brew's taste speaks for itself. Were it not only available in that large gift pack I'd get it again.

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Photo of SebD
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, bready malts, tropical fruit and peppery spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice tropical taste (pineapple, citrus), Belgian yeast, breadiness and some pepper and cloves

Mouthfeel: It has high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Not the most complex Belgian Pale but a tasty one.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber with on off-white head that fades quickly to a ring. Aromas of orange complimented by light fruity esters and some lemongrass. Taste is surprisingly reminiscent of lemon and orange with hints of brown sugar and some darker fruits. Mouthfeel is effervescent and rich.

Not really what I was expecting from Van Steenberge's red ale considering the amount of citrus in the aromas and flavors. That aside, still very drinkable and unique.

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Photo of hackmann
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber body with a nice two finger white foamy head

Aroma: sweet malts, summer fruits, bready, Belgian yeast, light hops

Flavors: sweet candied fruits, earthy yeast, grassy hops, lightly spiced … might be the alcohol coming through

Mouthfeel: smooth, semi-creamy texture, sweet up-front, grassy hops show on mid and finish with a little spice adding some interest, dry finish like an Amber ale

To the Point: it has been a few years since I have had this beer and I really enjoyed it. I wish they (global beer and distributor) tried marketing this more. This ale is tasty and the label is a lot of fun.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip. Two of the three opened so far have been gushers. No decipherable bottling date.

Look- Big, billowy, sticky eggshell head that falls slowly. Near opaque medium-deep amber with a hint of rouge. Not as red as expected, but it's got some color.

Smell- Raisin, nutmeg, toffee, vanilla, quite sweet. Almost cider-like fruit aroma. Swirling brings out a bit of cherries and overripe pineapple. Slightest hint of booze. Takes on a buttered raisin toast aroma as it warms

Taste- Follows the nose. Starts cidery, tart, almost-mealy cellar apples. Caramel, white raisin, clove, walnut, underripe peach follows. Finishes with toasted biscuit, chalk, and weak green tea. Vague spices; mace, white pepper, ginger. Light to moderate oxidation. Moderately sweet at the start, but becomes less so.

Mouthfeel- Sharp carbonation comes out on the sip. Medium-full mouthfeel, chewy. Silky on the swallow. Finishes dry, mild warming.

Overall- Nice, but fairly inconsistent between the three bottles opened so far- everything from color to carbonation to ester levels. Perhaps the bottles got shuffled between packs or something. Interesting, the bold caramel is a welcome touch. Anyways, it's definitely a better-than average Belgian pale, worth trying.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful, golden-red color. Semi-translucent with a half inch head that dissipated leaving swirling foam on top. Big carbonation bubbles began to form and cling to the side. Lovely.

-Smell 3.5: Subdued bouquet, but I do smell that lovely Belgian yeast, a light caramel sweetness and a very light barley tone.

-Taste 4.5: Front is actually tangy, slightly sweet and very pleasant. Middle is yeasty and also somewhat sweet, but very light. Finish is a smooth, medium barley taste with subtle yeast undertones and that same cloying, slight sweetness. Aftertaste is where I detected the malt. All elegantly understated and very refreshing. This is 7% ABV????

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Above average. For a Belgian, this beer is lightly carbonated and the smaller amount of bubbles really added to my enjoyment of the brew.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent Belgian beer that exhibits so many characteristics which brewers from other countries would do well to emulate. Subdued, balanced, elegant and never overwhelming, this is beer on another level. Recommended.

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Photo of gfreed
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrrgh, etc. Add this to the list of decent, understated Belgian ales that could teach a few over-hormoned American brewers a lesson or two in balance and taste. Yeasty, bready, slightly bitter but overall well-malted, etc. Everything you like in a Belgian ale with some ABV warmth that is well modulated. Plus the gap-toothed goon on the label provides some amusement. Worth hunting down.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L ~ poured an rich gold or pale amber color. Head is a bit of a disappointment: jut off white, rising to only about one finger off a hard pour, and reducing quickly to a film without any real lacing. Overall good clarity (maybe a bit of haze, but I like to pour disturbed with the lees from the bottom of the bottle).

S ~ lots of malt right up front, leaning toward a bit sweet. I get biscuit and some caramel-like notes, which seemed a bit too cloying for style. There's also a good helping of fruity and floral notes from, which I'm guessing are from the yeast. These are reminiscent of pears and fresh apricots or very firm peaches. Some perfume-like floral notes as well, but they seem to support the fruit notes. No real strong hop aroma.

T ~ very similar to the aroma. The malts have the same sweet biscuit, slightly caramel character. The sweetness really lasts into the end without any real hop bitterness or flavor to dry that out. The fruity/floral notes are largely the same, with the taste of pear really coming to the forefront. A little bit of black pepper was on the finish that wasn't noticable to the nose, as well. That helps a bit with the sweetness.

F ~ medium body (a bit higher than I'd expect), with a bit of a syrupy feel to it. Carbonation was high, which did a good job of drying out the otherwise cloying sweetness and bringing out the subtle spice profile. Only slight alcoholic warmth.

I found this a bit too sweet and the balance was a bit too malty, though this got balanced out pretty well by good carbonation. This took away a bit from that 'perfect balance' brew you're looking for with a BPA. Nonetheless, the flavors worked well and produced a malty/fruity, drinkable brew. Good marks because this one seems to be a 'loose' interpretation of the BPA style anyway, so I'm not going to hold it too tight to guidelines.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light copper with very strong carbonation. Bright. One finger eggshell head with fairly big bubbles. Nice rings of chunky lace and a solid half finger of creamy looking head.

S - Yeast, tropical fruit, bread. A little mild.

T - Nice tropical fruit, maybe banana, and some pear, with yeast and bread again. A very soft yeast character. The fruits definately dominate with a nice mix of flavours produced.

M - Nice tingly carbonation and a medium body with a sweet and slightly dry finish.

O/D - A drinkable Belgian Pale. I would have expected a dryer, more yeasty character from the beer. But I enjoyed my glass.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head that quickly dissapated to a thin collar. Amber colour with a slight reddish hue. Little lacing with semi-clear clarity.

S - is tropical fruit, yeast, pale malt.

T - is pale malt with sweet tropical fruit, pineapple and peach, sweet, some pepper on the back end.

M - is light to medium bodied with little carbonation, a little tart with some bitterness.

O - a very interesting brew, with a complexity in the taste I could not quite figure out.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber-peach colour with a single finger of creamy beige foam head. Recedes fairly quickly to a very attractive surface composed of several milky bubble clusters.

S: Banana, pineapple, passionfruit, herbal aromas, honey, and faint spices of clove. Quite tropical and very appealing.

T: Similar to smell with those bold tropical fruits coming through. Followed by a bit of clove and pepper spice. Interesting with a very slight sourness in there. Not overly sweet, with a nice crisp dry lingering taste and finish. Very nice.

M: Good overall mouthfeel for the style with a medium (ever slightly oily) mouthfeel and moderate carbonation (not excessive by any means).

D: Quite a good Belgian Pale Ale that I would have again. Good balance found with an appropriate level of sweetness and dryness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber in color with a big off white head. In the aroma, floral and candy sugar. In the taste, a small roast, floral, and a small candy sugar. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry caramel and flower like aftertaste. Mellow and really not that exciting, good but average.

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Photo of impending
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent orange copper. Minor head subsided to leave a long lasting surface cap, nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity atop yeasty white bread. Clean

Taste too is sweet and fruity. Zero bitter zero dry, just fades away from the tongue. Rather simple, little complexity, fully balanced without being too bland. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.

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

Biere Du Boucanier Red

Pours a murky brown, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, nutty roasted malts, raisen and plum. In the flavor, grape, dark fruits and cherry. Alittle on the sweet side, with a belgian yeast fruityness. Medium to low carbonation. Overall, a nice brew and was a good compliment to pork tenderloin.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky brownish red color with tan head that dissipated almost immediately

smell - green apples, peaches, rum, dark fruits

taste - this is sort of a unique taste for a BPA - i'm getting a cider like taste, apple juice and a hint of black cherry is present

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, sweet upfront, carbonation is sharp and prickly on the tongue, the finish is sweet and slightly sour, again, unique for the style

overall - if you want a curveball of a beer that has been defined as a BPA, I think this is worth a shot.

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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 185 ratings