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.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 spycow
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a distinct orange color (funny since the bottle is orange). Had very little carbonation and really no head. Did pour easily into the glass and settled quickly.

S - Smell of florals, citrus, with a small touch of carmel and maybe butterscotch.

T - First drink went down smoothly. A little sweet but not overwhelming. You can taste the carmel notes and the very light bitterness. It leaves a minimal aftertaste but very sweet and refreshing from sip to sip. At 7%, I couldn't taste the alcohol trying to dominate which to me is important in the belgian strong ales.

M & D - Great feeling in the mouth and taste from the very first drink. Can feel a hint of carbonation even though an appearance of none. It is very drinkable for an ale. It may be slightly sweet for some but worthy of tasting.

I paid $2.50 for this beer and will buy it again especially with similar type ales at 3 and 4 times the price.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Honey, spice cake, orange pith, bubblegum and cinnamon

Taste: Starts with a malty, honey spice cake flavor with a candi sugar character; interesting peppery and orange pith flavors appear mid-palate, almost like a "red hot;" after the swallow, the hot and yeasty flavors build and last with a lingering cinnamon sour orange hot/sweet character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Very different and worth trying; a Belgian "red hot"

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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 Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big thick white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast and subtle spice are recognisable. Taste is also dominated by a good malt backbone with some typical Belgian yeast. Good for the style but not spectacular.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The "Red" Boucanier delivers a slightly hazy amber-copper body beneath a full head of creamy, bone-white froth. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves sheets of lace throughout the first half of the glass. The nose is yeasty, fruity (apricot and tangerine peel) and a touch phenolic (clove and subtly plastic-like); over a mild, bread-crust and caramel drizzled maltiness. In the mouth it's gently zesty before warming to foam-up and become slightly creamy. The flavor is initially fruity (tropical with pineapple, tangerine, kiwi, and even the suggestion of cocoanut); delicately spicy; and caramelish. It has a sweetish, toasted malt middle that still remains soaked in fruit. It dries nicely in the finish; and fades easily with remnants of all its components appearing in its long-lingering finish. The alcohol is well-cloaked; and this is probably the most balanced and most drinkable of the Boucanier bieres.

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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 mactrail
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazily bubbled dusky orange with subtle brick red highlights and brighter orange edges. The ecru head looks like the head on virtually every other grossly over-carbonated beer that I've ever seen. It's as airystiff as styrofoam and about as sticky. I'm surprised to see that a thick, fuzzy ring of lace sets up shop at mid-glass and remains there until the beer is gone.

This is one of the most upfront Belgian pale noses that I've smelled in quite some time. It's muskily fruity with melodious notes of fermented apple and pear and is impressively yeasty. To break down 'yeasty' even further, it's faintly funky, considerably clovey and perceptibly peppery. If the flavor follows suit, I'll be a happy buccaneer.

It does. First of all, thanks to the appreciable alcohol, it tastes more like a BSPA than a BPA. That's not a knock on the beer, just an observation. Of course it doesn't look like either one, but I'm not holding that against it. If I pause for a moment a try free association, the first three phrases that come to mind are sour fruit, spicy yeast and bubbles.

I really have very little to add to my description of the aroma except to say that the beer is even more aggressive on the palate. Since flavor is oozing out of every porthole, it's a good thing I like it. Sweetened clove-spiked caramel apples burst into a thousand pieces each time beer enters mouth. It won't be everyone's cup of grog, but I like this one more with each passing sip.

I found Biere Du Boucanier Golden to be tough to swallow due to an 11.0% ABV that drank like 15.0%. This one drinks like a 9.0%'er, putting it smack dab in the heart of BSPA country. The mellow alcohol is a welcome member of the flavor profile as far as I'm concerned. The body/mouthfeel is light-medium initially because of the manic carbonation. Once the bubbles calm down, it becomes medium-full with a pleasing slickness on the back end.

Biere Du Boucanier Red looks like an American red ale (except for the head) and tastes like a sweet and spicy Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I wasn't expecting much after drinking a bottle of its high-octane brother, but I ended up being impressed in the end. Good beer.

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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 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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one says "red ale" on the label, and although thats not listed on the style selection choices for Belgians, (Its not a Flanders red ale, believe me) this one is very slightly red. 11.2 ounce stubby Belgian style bottle, Very similar label to the Strong ale. Best before dating of 18-05-06. Very pleasant flowery nose, soft off white head, excellent retention and long stringy lacing left behind. Notes of melon, sweat fruits, yeast, soft spiceness, delicate hops to dry things out at the very end. 7% well hidden, Lucious and very tasty brew. After a measily 11.2 ounces, I definitly wanted at least 2 more!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/08/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Small code printed on the back of the label...assuming it has something to do with the bottling date. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded dark golden pour. Murky with ultra fine sediment. Billowing head all the way to the top on the pour. Settles to about 1/2 inch for the rest of consumption. Minor to medium lacing left behind...otherwise and excellent looking brew.

Smell- Large scent of brown sugar mixed with apricots, dates and raisins. Mild alcohol scent as well.

Taste- Good mix of tropical fruit flavors..apricot, lemon and peaches. Powdered sugar and spices...maybe a touch of clove. Sourish finish.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, light sour lemon aftertaste. Medium body.

Drinkability- Pretty tasty beer. Nice summer drinking brew. Enjoyed the sour aspect to it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: color is a light, rich brown hue with just a hint of amber to it. Body is extremely cloudy and head is one finger of creamy deep-ivory foam. This is not actually a combination I've seen before -- quite interesting.

Smell: a complex and enticing aroma. It is a combination of a light chocolate and light nuttiness with dark, rich plums and cherries. There's also a little pear and a little inkling of tartness. The more I smell this the more I really like it.

Taste: flavor follows the aroma a bit, but with some added bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, and the tartness is a little bit stronger; this is not exactly a bad thing, but I don't feel it adds a lot to this beer. Complexity is still good, but this particular array of flavors seems to work better for me in the aroma than in the flavor. That aside, this is still a damn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Like other Van Steenberge brews I've had, it's not bad, but I prefer a cream bomb from my Belgians.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I'd gladly down a few of these in a session.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bubbles initially swarmed the glass like bees around the hive; once they settled an extremely glassy, beautifully polished orange colour was revealed that, at first glance appeared coy and tenebrous, but turned out rather flashy once fed a little sunlight. The big splash of soap atop looks like someone washed and rinsed their hands in the beer.

The aroma smells very much like other Belgian ales, but with an extra little something that I can't quite put my finger on. It's almost like a cinnamon spice and it's bringing to mind tantalizing images of a big French toast breakfast. The whole production is unexpectedly musky with notes of flowers and fruits to boot. I'm now both curious and optimistic.

And the flavour does not disappoint. This sweet-spicy-toasty beer is indeed loosely reminiscent of French toast with notes of sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, a drop of syrup and a mouthful of golden-toasted bread. It is delectable and toothsome - they must have used butter - no matter what it is, if it tastes good, there's probably butter in there.

Of course, I'm (partially) kidding about that. Although this mouthfeel has - not a buttery texture - but one that is satiating and delectably wholesome and seems to strike a chord with our body's natural biological dispositions, not unlike butter. It is also, as mentioned, toasty and sweet and spicy. In other words, it's very well rounded. The only thing missing seems to be that 7% alcohol. But that's not terribly missed.

Assuming for a minute that this really was what the buccaneer's drank, then they had it better than we thought. Tropical paradises, sailing around pristine waters, pillaging for gold, not having to brush your teeth and add into it now beers like this?!? If that were the case then the pirate's life would definitely have been the life for me!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Lucky Baldwins, February 2007
The beer sits a hazy, amber-gold color in my glass and is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, pale tan head (really white with tan notes). The head leaves a nice well defined lacing pattern as I work my way through this beer. The aroma has an interesting, fruity, tart note to it. Aromatic notes of earth, even a touch musty in character, piquant spice notes, apples, pears and even some tropical fruit notes that lean towards kiwi fruit.

The taste is sweet and fruity tasting, though it is still fairly light on the palate. Notes of apple, plum, kiwi and even some white grape notes seem to define the fruit notes in this beer. There is a light spiciness here that leans towards ginger, clove and a hint of earthy spiciness that I can't quite describe. As I get familiar with this brew and as my palate gets saturated, I get a definite citrus note that really seems like a lemon pound cake. This is an interesting beer, it is perhaps a bit sweeter than I would like, but it has enough interesting things going on that it easily maintains my interest.

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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 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 Derek
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boucanier RED? From FLANDERS?

It's like a triple (Augustijn), without the added sugar.

A: Golden copper/bronze, pours with lots of fluffy white head, some retention, beautiful lace. Carefully decanted, but some chunks of yeast made their way into my glass.

S: Not very powerful, but a pleasant mix of bread, yeast, earth, a little spice, with a hint of pineapple.

T: Bready, nice malty sweetness, with a lot of yeasty flavour (earthy & spicy) and a little orange rind. A touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Wonderfully balanced.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation, dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cream, five+ finger-head that goes slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, not red at all. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose has hints of orange. Starts sweet, fruity and balanced, finish is smooth and clean, one of the best red ales I have had. 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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber colour with a very large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really nice lacing all over the glass - running down in stages as I drink the beer. The head lasted for quite a while.

Smell - malts, banana, cherries, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it feels light yet creamy on the tongue. I was actually pretty surprised by the taste of the beer, I was expecting something harsh since there were pirates on the label, but instead it tasted fruity and refreshing. I could taste breads/grains, malts and a fruity mix of cherry, banana, and oranges. The beer finishes with a malty/fruity aftertaste.

Drink - I really enjoyed this beer and I'm excited to try the other varieties from this brewer. The alcohol is really well hidden.

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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.79 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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