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

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Bière Du Boucanier RedBière Du Boucanier Red

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 10-09-2004

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Photo of largadeer
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Hazy, cloudy blond with an inch of off-white foam that retained very poorly. Not particularly red.

Smell - Intensely estery, with a huge aroma of sugary dried fruit and caramel.

Taste and mouthfeel - Medium in body and carbonation. The taste is much like the nose; sweetened dried fruit, peaches and apricots, caramel and honey. Virtually no bitterness, even in the finish, makes this stuff seriously cloying after a few sips.

Notes - This is a pretty mediocre beer from a generally solid brewery.

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Photo of pootz
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle

Pours a hazed orange-amber ale with a massive sticky cap in the glass.

Aroma produces the most amazing mango-orange rind-spice pungency...some mustiness mingles with sweetness.

Light body,, slick mouth feel sweet orange and spice tastes are dominant...this is pleasant although distinctly synthetic and un-ale like....then the finish is over powered by alcohol and candi sweetness...fusil tastes dominate and warming starts quickly....poor at hiding the alcohol, cheap synthetic fruit flavor and the candi tastes...this isn’t my drink.

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Photo of OatherS
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This bottle came in a mixed six pack with the other two Biere du Boucanier styles. The bottle is short and stubby with orange cap and a picture of a pirate head on the side.

Appearance: MASSIVE head. Had to stop pouring after only about a quarter of the beer was out of the bottle. Clear amberish color.

Smell: The smell is not very strong.

Taste: Somewhat of a winey type flavor. Not a very strong flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: I have another bottle left in the six pack so I will be curiuos if my opinion changes. As of now I am not that impressed.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was cloudy with a bit of a sour smell smell. The head of this beer was nice and fat. The taste was yeasty and a little sweet but not overpowering. It was an interesting beer but I will not buy again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Squat 330 ml bottle picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine on Friday.. I don't know what I paid, but the average for the bottles was about $4.50... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

1" head dies back very quickly.. no lace and really no cap... The brew is hazy orange.

Nose is waaay more fruity than expected.. apricots and cling peaches.. red grapes... light clove... smells tooo sweet.

Flavor is much better than the nose.. more balanced but is still out of whack.. the fruits come in and really never let up.. spicy notes remind me of sweet cinnamon and cloves.. and the fruitiness is overripe apricots and whaffs of rotting apples.. golden raisin sweetness is sorta cloying...

after a break, it now reminds me of lightly toasted marshmallows.... teeth destroying sweetness... The body I guess is okay... and the carbonation is proper and making me think I need to go brush...

Edit: after comparing my review to others... damn... I don't know where anybody came up with "sour" or "Flanders", this is a never buy again for me just because it is way to fucking sweet and has absolutely no direction.

Edit #2: it is reminding me of the spice cakes the Amish would sell along the roads in central PA... I am just not digging this one and am really wishing I did not pick this for the last beer of the night.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one tonight at Barleys as well, and to be frank wish I could say I enjoyed it as much as some of the other s I tried while I was there. It was just not my cup of tea, really. I am normally up to trying lots of new brews, but this one was just not doing it for me tonight.

A - Poured a hazy, cloudy red with a decent, but small whitish head on top. Lots of carbonation and sediment could be seen coming off of it.

S - Aroma was kinda sour, touchs of bitter grapes and alot of yeast were present. A slight grainey or breadiness about it for sure. Just not overwhelming me in the least. It just seemed kinda dull to be honest.

T - Ehh, I could easily forget this one. It was like a cross between a plae and a flanders red, and just not very good, like the bad qualities of each were represented. It was just alot of yeast and grapes, mixed with a touch of bittering hops, but it was just muty and too bready for me, not really what I was looking for.

M - Decent enough feel, it had quite a nice full body to it and came off well when drinking, it just never really got off the ground for me. Could have been a whole lot better I thought, but at least it felt good going down.

D - Nah I will pass. I will give it average as I am sure there are those out there that will find this one quite appealing however not me. It was just random and not a strong finish.

Overall I had it and I love trying new things so that was a positive, however I will not be going back to it, not at all. It was just not that good for me and I really could have gone with something else, but hey if its your thing go for it.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden yellow with a one finger bubbly head

Aroma was sour and citrusy

The taste is sweet malt at first and then a lot of sourness. Definately some citrus but not like something I've had before, like stale sour lemons. The finish was sour and bitter.

No complaints as the the mouthfeel, medium bodied with a pretty sharp carbonation.

Not overly drinkable I didn't really appreciate the flavour of this beer.

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Photo of wjimson
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served the beer at around 4 C. The bottle is a bit lacking in carbonation. Pour gently into a glass only to get a thin half a cm of head.

Smells of sour malt. Slightly floral. Initial taste on the tongue is very floral, follow by malt sweetness. The alcohol taste comes afterward. A very strong sourness lingers, covering some of the alcohol taste. Minimal hop bitterness.

I suspect there is wort souring involved here. Sourness could also result from candy sugar. Pilsner malt usage is evident. This is an ok beer.

Their web site shows the general procedures used to make the beer. Useful and interesting info for those who know how to put it to use.

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Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour to keep the sediment out rewards me with a clear amber colored beer with a disappointing formation of head. This beer looks remarkably like apple juice.

The scent is strongly of apples. Slightly sweet and spicy the malt aroma is very cake like. Noticeable spicy alcohol aroma.

Taste is milder and less intense than expected. There is a slight sour edge at the beginning of the beer that then turns sweet and ends woody and slightly bitter. Mildly spicy this is a really average tasting Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Certainly easy to drink but I found this to be an under-flavored beer. I give it an extra half point for being completely inoffensive. Not a beer to do very much to get. Worth a try just to add another notch to your Belgian beer knowledge but I won't need to try another one.

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Photo of grub
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.

pours deep orange with just a touch of haze. thin head of very fine white bubbles that drops quickly to a ring around the glass.

aroma is ok. a little funky. alcohol. bit of dms. bit of biscuit malt. light fruit.

taste is nice. light caramel sweetness. bit of alcohol. quite fruity. very light bitterness. bit of clove, and maybe cardamom.

mouthfeel is good. fairly light bodied with above average carbonation.

drinkability is ok. the sweetness is a little high for my taste. alcohol is hidden fairly well.

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Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty clear, deep golden with a big, fluffy, off-white head. The foam slowly receded, leaving behind plenty of lace. Yeasty aroma, bready with a bit of pear and alcohol. Sugary sweetness throughout, low bitterness, some citrus and fruit. Alcohol soaked cherries. Finishes sweet with moderate alcohol warmth and light spice. Syrupy and slick with lots of carbonation. Ends up being a little on the dry side by the end of the bottle, even though it tastes a bit underattenuated.

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Photo of stumac
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the beer is pear-ish looking apple juice with a huge frothy true Belgium off-white head with great lacing. the nose is apples and yeast. the taste is sweet candy red apple.

this is just a "generic" Belgium beer to me although this beer may not be the freshest. Ill have to try a fresh bottle one day

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Photo of womencantsail
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a dark orange color with at best a few tiny islands of white foam.

S: Quite a bit of sweet citrus, primarily oranges, in the nose with hints of butter and apricot. There is a weird sweet aroma that I can't quite pinpoint, maybe some funky candi sugar.

T: A similar level of sweetness is present on the palate. Lots of sweet fruits and plenty of citrus flavor. There is a slight astringency at times, too.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is surprisingly low and what is there seems to just sort of sit on the tongue.

D: A pretty meh experience. A few high points, but at least an equal number of lows.

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Photo of cwc
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up alongside Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Old Buccaneer Reserve and Biere du Boucanier Golden Ale. Not sure why the names are in different languages but maybe it's coincidental.

Of the three this one clocks in at 7% alcohol, which is the lowest of the bunch. I never could taste that bit of alcohol, which wasn't apparent in the smell in any way either. The smell was a bit fruity. Color was a pumpkin orange.

Poured it into a small glass and noticed that the head dissipated rather quickly down to a few bubbles.

It tasted fine, but didn't wow me in any way. I couldn't taste the alcohol at all, but there's a bit of a sour, malty taste. Just a little sour, so if that's what you're looking for, you're not going to find it here.

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Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Ozzylizard
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%

$ 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 OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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 geexploitation
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dull amber color with a big bubbled collar in place of a head. The aroma is burnt beet sugar and marshmallows all the way, although there are some spice notes to pick out underneath. On the palate, very smooth and very sweet, with a juicy vegetal element throughout. Sticky finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and a tad cloying. Overall, this is a decent Belgian pale, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of bobsy
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While this may be Boucanier Red, the liquid is anything but, and it comes with all the trappings of a classic Belgian Pale. A tight, well-lacing white cap growns a hazy peach liquid. Despite its textbook looks, the aroma does not live it to this lofty precedent, and seems little subdued. Metallic, spicy hops faintly mingle with apple and pear, hinting at something interesting.

Upfront the taste reminds me of lemons combined with grapes, before descending into a grainy middle and a puckering finale. Its interesting and complex, with intentional sourness at the edge of the tongue that brings other styles to mind(lambic, flanders red), but with the classic pale ale yeastiness. It will probably be a divisive brew, but I'm erring on the side of saying this is pretty decent, and definitely a departure from the ordinary.

The body is reasonably light with an aggresive carbonation, though I feel that this suits the flavour profile well, and keeps it firmly in the refresher zone. I'd actually call it a great summer drink, but for the warming alcohol presence, which seems far greater than the 7% advertised on the label.

A strange little goose, this beer is. I expected your average Belgian Pale - a pleasant but straightforward brew - but what I got was a tart, fruity perplexing drink that intrigued me as much as it bewildered. I'd recommend it to all lovers of sours and lambics.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy burnt orange color with a frothy head. The aroma is malt and spicy – earth and fruit note. The taste is malt, candy, malt, spice – there is a taste I can’t put my finger on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is an interesting beer that is different than anything I’ve had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste is sweet and a little tart up front with flavors of dark fruit, & caramel. There's a hearty malt character and mild Belgian yeast backbone. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, decent beer to drink for a while, but there are several others I would pick first.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber with heavy carbonation and tremendously huge head. bubbles are small and tight, not clumpy.. usually the sign of a more bitter brew..

aroma is different than anything i know.. yeasty, but more like a wheat beer with citrus notes. smells like a spicy, tangy hoegaarden. there is almost a smell of seafood as it approaches my mouth.. since 'red' ale doesn't refer to flandres red, maybe it is all about red snapper. red lobster? hmm.

taste is crisp and smooth. fruity with wheat in the background which makes this beer very drinkable. points for drinkability but loses big on aroma, that fishy weirdness is tough to deal with.. worth it in the mouth though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large creamy head, with fruit and spicey aroma. However yellowish body is on medium side, with some creamy mouthfeel and its aroma is fairly plain. A yeast zesty Spicy (paprika) taste and above average carbonation and bitterness at the end that is satisfying after a greasy meat meal.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks copper to red in color. Good carbonation. Loosely packed head appears white and retains nicely with loosely knit large bubbles. Laces well.

Smells slightly malty, toasty, and majorily spicy, yeasty, and citrusy. tones of oranges, lemons, and ginger.

Tastes caramelly, toasy and toffey-ey. Again gingery, cinnemon-ey, and peppery. Hop character is low in flavor and bittering. Medium mouthfeel, yet round.

Finishes malty and sweet. Yeast flavors as it interacts with barley lingers: interpreted as spicy and floral. Light bittering.

Impression: A very nice Belgian beer. Forget the color or the connotation to red beers. The addition of malt character to acheive caramel tones is a nice touch. Belgian beer lovers...go try it!

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Photo of impending
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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