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

Bière Du Boucanier RedBière Du Boucanier Red
183 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 10-09-2004

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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 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 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 brystmar
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into its proper glass at the Freakin Frog in Vegas.

A: pours an ugly muddy brown color with a half finger of fluffy white head. +.5 point for the beady lace on the glass.

S: really interesting, but not especially pleasant. Fruity, yeasty/earthy, and quite unique. Tart for sure.

T: this is a really special beer; initial taste is malty with a hint of fruit but very bland. However, this turns exceptionally potent and spicy in the aftertaste with plenty of fruit abound. A truly unique experience for me.

M: soft and a little creamy; medium-bodied and enjoyable.

D: very easy to drink and quite sessionable. One of the more interesting beer experiences I've had recently.

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Photo of crossovert
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle form a mix pack of 3 different Bière Du Boucanier beers.

Pours an amber color, very similar to their golden ale, though it is labeled a "red" It has a big foamy white that leaves a lot of lacing.

It smells really nice. The yeast is almost tutti fruity with a froot loops of fruity pebbles scent to it. One of the fruitiest smelling ales i have come across.

It tastes pretty fruity as well. Just straight up fruittiness, it works amazingly well. Melon, lime, strawberry, ect all combine for an amazing flavor.

This is my fav beer in this series.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wine Garden in Puhi, Kauai, Hawaii

A - GOOOOD 2 finger sticky head. Amber color. Solid.

S - Interesting. Sweetness but can smell the tartness of citrus.

T/M - Hmmm biscuity. Warm malts. Though bit of a tin-y finish which is a bit odd. Also a bit thin on the mouthfeel. Tastey though. Feeling a bit one dimensional.

D - Dont see why I couldnt put a few of these down. Alcohol is very well hidden and I'm thirsty :P

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Photo of giblet
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

arg!!! this poured a reddish color into the glass with about one and a half inch head. nice steady carbonation. very nice lacing down the glass. this is a good rich malty sweet beer. good floral tones to this one. good mouthfeel, chewy. this is a darn good brew.

suckem up and movem out...arg!


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

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy amber color with huge head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, yeast with apples, apricots and peaches.

T - Very sweet, malts and bready with fruit taste and floral hints.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Good and enjoyable beer. Overall would like to have more in the future.

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Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice golden amber with a frothy head. nice lacing all the way down

S- phenols, malts, figs & molasses

T- fruity floral taste with raisins & alcohol coming through and a malt backbone. almost a dark chocolate aftertaste that stays warm all the way down.

M- medium body with nice carbonation.

D- flavors seemed to improve as the beer warmed. enjoyable and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a tulip. Poured with a small head that faded quickly, moderate lacing. Almost rust in color, this is a pretty attractive beer.

Smell was phenols, apricot, cherry, raisin. The first thing that I noticed was sweetness followed by heavy carbonation and a very nice, mild heaviness. The taste was sweeter than I would have expected -- almost no discernable hops, with a faint malt backbone that carried well throughout the beer. Phenols at the end.

As I continued, there was some definite warmth from the alcohol and the sourness seemed to pick up a bit, making this beer more interesting.

I don't think I'd have more than one at a seating, but it's something enjoyable that I'd probably 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 dolemite77
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lot of the Fladers style beers, so this was a bit of a change for me. Pours a hazy orange, with a thin tan head. Aroma is immediately sour and funky. Flavor has fruitiness, with a bit of sour funk as well. This tends towards a sour ale for me, but as I mentioned, not had a lot of experience with this style. Certainly a good beer, with a lot of character. Glad my local liquor store started carrying this.

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Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap for rare beer night at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a slightly hazy red with a decent lasting head. The aroma is sweet fruits and sweet malts with slight spice. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet fruits with a nice hop balance. The beer is slightly heavy, but tolerable. This one is a very decent beer, at least worth trying.

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

Poured from a short 11.2 ounce brown bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Small creamy off-white head sits on top of a slightly hazy orange body. Very malty aroma, this bottle must have some age on it. Taste is also very malty and fruity. Caramel, brown sugar, raisins, apples, and honey. Little buttery as well. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I thought it would be.

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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 GodOfBeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer isn't really red, more like a peachy-orange with a thin frothy white head.

Smells kind of fruity, peachy, banana, some spices, and it starts to smell like butter after a while, I don't know if that is good or bad!

Tastes decent, fruity and spicey, sort of a buttery taste, very strange. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste, needs more hops. The alcohol is well hidden, and this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of theopholis
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Body is very rrange and VERY clear. Pours with 2 fingers of rocky, off-white head, which fades slowly leaving a fairly impressive lacing.

Smell- Very musty. Some cloying malt sweetness. I hope this stuff hasn't gone bad. An odd sourness also...

Taste- Wow. Tastes much better than it smells. Nice malty sweetness dominates. Some citrusy hoppiness rolls to the back of the tongue. Moderately low bitterness. A nice complexity.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Extremely drinkable. Great starter Belgian.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. Stamped with "19/12/09" on the back label.

A- Orange and strikingly clear. Pours with ~1/2 finger of white head, which fades quickly into a thin, sporadic cap. Some splotches of lacing.

S- Citrusy maltiness.

T- Lots of malty sweetness dominates, but is not cloying. A minor hint of citrusy hoppiness rolls to the back of the tongue. Moderately low bitterness. Touch of alcohol warming on the finish.

M- Carbonation is moderate. Light feeling and smooth.

D- Extremely drinkable. This one went down in a flash, and had I another, it doubtlessly could've as well. The whole greater than the sum of it's parts in this realm.

Future outlook: Nothing flashy or amazing about this beer; just a solid, tasty, easy drinker. I'd be happy to have this again, and look forward to sampling this breweries other offerings.

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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 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 dirtyoldtown53
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a six pack of assorted belgian ales. Two gold, two red, and two dark.

Pours a deep amber colour, cloudy like a Hefe-Weizen. Medium sized head that holds up well, lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is good, but nothing special. The taste is predominantly of citrus fruits, it also has a winey type of appeal. Not too carbonated, yet still feels good in the mouth. VERY drinkable, I wish I could buy these seperately.

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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 adamette
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a stubby brown bottle with orange labeling into my clean, clear Piraat (get it, bucaneer, pirate...) snifter. No expiration date, purchased from Lena's Beverage in Painesville, Ohio.

A Upon taking the bottle cap off the carbonation came bubbling up from below in an aggressive manner. Interestingly, one careful pour later and there was almost no head and it dissapeared within about 30 seconds. Body is like a basic amber, translucent.

S Very little smell...and then a great malty sweetness came through. The smell is minimal.

T A great if sweet beer. Reminds me of a grainy or barley butterscotch candy. Those of you who like bitter beers may not like this but I find it pleasant, enjoyable.

M Moderate with some syrupy sweetness, stickiness.

D Good but not great.

Notes: This is a butterscotchery sweet beer that I can imagine others may react negatively to. To me it is a much better experience than a bitter hoppy beer.

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Photo of HatTrick
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden red / honey colored; cloudy with small yeast chunks. Now somethings are good with chunks in them...chunks in my beverages - now that doesn't do it for me.

Smell: The main thing that comes to mind is HONEY! It smells like a beehive with light notes of tart, crisp apples and cider. Makes me think of the fall harvest.

Taste: Very mild, not overpowering at all; has a touch of spicyness. The honey smell translates into a light sweet taste. Very easy to drink - goes down easily.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, and thin - don't notice the little chunks and nugets at all. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very versitile - could easily be drank on a warm day yet just as fullfilling after sitting in traffic for three hours on a Friday night. Would definetly have again but perhaps with a dark glass so I don't have to see the sediment of chunks.

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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 183 ratings
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