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 dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, short, fat, 11.2 oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, dark-brown hue with a minimal head and minor lacing...
Smell: Malty aroma replete with sugars, honey, and slight vanilla...
Taste: Rich, thick taste with hints of candied sugars, honey, vanilla, and slight bourbon...
Creamy mouthfeel... Medium-to-full-bodied... Drinkability wasn't bad for a very flavorful, 7% ABV brew...

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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 Wetpaperbag
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Well I must have been off on my pouring skills today, but the sediment was poured out the majority of the time in very large chunks. I wasn't too pleased about that. It left the beer very splotchy.

S- The smell is very delicious, toffee, caramel, and other sweet malty smells were very pleasant. It turned me back onto this beer.

T- Ah the moment of truth, tells me if the crappy ass pour had not ill effect on the beer itself. Ah very sweet, yet tart at the same time. I taste a sort of apple cider type of taste. A bit of spice goes along with this as well. Very refreshing, I'm getting in to this beer as most beers labeled "Rrd Ale" can be very hoppy as well.

M- The spicyness and carbination tickled the tongue which was nice, but the feeling of the sediment blooping into your mouth was a bit of a turn off.

D- I think this is a great beer to drink on a nice hot day, lots of flavor, very light and delicious, if you can get past the sediment.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear amber ale; almost red. A small white head was present upon initial pour but it quickly dissipated.

Smells of caramel and malts and various fruits that I was unable to pinpoint. I'm sure they're there though.

Excellent tasting beer, very rich. The sweetness of the caramels and mystery fruits balance nicely with the malts.

Very smooth in the mouth, almost creamy. Went down great and gave me two of the most marvelous belches I have ever been given by a beer (I almost rated "mouthfeel" higher on account of this, but wasn't sure if that was an accurate use of the category), and it tasted almost as good upon its return as it did when I took it down the first time.

While I greatly enjoyed this ale, and probably would have opened a second one had it been available; it was a bit too rich for me to drink more than one or two in a sitting.

All in all a great beer that made me glad to have looked beyond the price in favor of the experience.

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Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boucanier Red Ale pours just that, a flamy reddish amber colour. Almost no head is conjured up upon a rather rigorous pour (i've had a few bottles of this Red Ale now, and every time i try to instigate a frothy head but i cant seem to conjure it...)

The nose is that of spices, heavy fruits (dates, apricot, raison) i also detect some pumpkin, chocolate and toffee. Your initial taste may include that of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet malts and very, very subtle hops. Out of a nice wide abbey glass the beer proves rather drinkable and refreshing. Certain citrus begins to pop out at me before the short finish.

The lace this beer provides on the glass and along the surface of the beer is magnificent. About half way down, my goblet the brew begins to smell a bit of rotting fruit and tastes slightly metallic. The mature 'heavy' fruits remain and really give the beer some atmosphere. An almost sourish twinge sure does brighten the experience.

As far as food goes, i dont know what i'd pair this one with, possibly a salad with some vinaigrette dressing or some chicken marinated in a semi-tart italian dressing...

Over all I really enjoy drinking the Biere Du Boucanier Red Ale. It is very complex but it seems to hold it all together in the end, nothing strays to far from the mold. I highly recommend their Golden Ale (11%) as a great digestive after a big meal and their Dark Ale (9%) as a yummy, warming treat at the end of a long day.

(original date of review- 2/11/08)

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 02/28/08

Pours a light amber color, with about 1 finger of beige head. A slightly larger head would have been nicer. Head leaves nice lacing around the glass. Smell is of sugary cherries and esters.

Taste is sweet banana, cherry, peach, and a touch of honey. Fairly sweet, but not too much. The alcohol is pretty well hidden given the 7%.

This one is light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is good, but drinkability not so much. The sweetness starts to get to me after a bit, probably couldn't have more than one or two of these in one sitting.

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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 sstackho
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle as part of gift pack purchased from LCBO. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with quite a bit of carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma is appealingly yeasty with some light spices. First taste confirms a bit of that spiciness. The beer goes down quite nicely with a satisfying yeasty flavour.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange/brown with a small off white head that has excellent lacing. Bubbles stick to the outside of the glass. Aroma is of tangarines, apple, cinnamon, toasty malts and some yeast and sourness. Taste is a bit dissapointing. Sweet n' sour nothing special. Mouthfeel is dry.

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

This poured a cloudy amber, not really red with some slight head and a bit of lace. Smell is sweet, fruity, slightly sour. Flavor is also quite sweet, honey-like, with a slightly bitter finish. Personally found this to be rather pleasant. It is also quite smooth and easy drinking too.

It's not a particularly complex beer, but it's simplicity is what makes it good. Don't expect to be wowed, but don't expect a poor product either. Not bad, worth a shot.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a minimal amount of head that dissipated quickly. If there was a little more head to speak of I would give this even higher marks.

S: The smell has a slightly musty aroma that by itself would not be appealing. However, the floral and citrus accents make the combo pleasing.

T: A sweet citrus taste dominates the in mouth taste. The alcohol flavor is there but not very pronounced. The only downside is a short lived very bitter after taste that is not that pleasing.

M: A very light bodied brew. The in mouth carbonation is very subtle as well.

D: The unappealing after taste makes this one you want to drink slowly.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Produces a rocky cream head with excellent retention. Body is copper-golden in hue and well carbonated. Great lacing.
The aroma is the essence of caramel, and puts forth notes of honey, spicy hops, clover & rye.

The taste is a bit too sweet for my liking: honey, cane sugar, light hops, and pale/caramel malts. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a crisp, sweet finish. Drinkability is limited by the fact that this beer is so overly sweet, almost sickly so. Other than that, not bad.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a nice thick white head, holds up and leaves a good amount of lacing. Has an amber color.

Smells of sweet bread, fruits (tropical, oranges) and spices.

Tastes sweet and fruity (apples). Lots of candy sugar, malt, pepper and a bit of alcohol.

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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 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 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 crwills
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL stubby bottle, purchased in a gift pack around Christmas. This is the 'baby' of the three beers included in the pack, but still a good beer overall (if not particularly memorable). Pours more brown than red, with a big fluffy head, into a Chimay glass. No lacing to speak of. Mild, fruity and yeasty aroma - definite notes of chocolate or mild coffee in there as well. Flavour is classically Belgian, if a little more tart than some. Mild bread notes and some sour cherry notes. No spice to speak of. Mouthfeel is just a little on the watery side, but OK even so since this is supposed to be a smaller beer. I liked this one.

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Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a 1 finger white head. Smells yeasty and of toffee mixed with light fruits.

Tastes excellent. Surprised by this. Tropical fruits, Belgian yeast and some toffee. The flavors are very enticing here. Not extremely complex, but very tasty. I could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel is nice - creamy with a medium level of carbonation that transitions to a slightly sharp finish. Very nice.

Extremely drinkable. This is a beer I would drink a pint of without even noticing.

Highly recommended. I wasn't expecting this to be amazing, but it surprised me. It is very tasty.

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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 greenbeaner
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise gift, and a pretty good one at that! Poured into an over-sized wine glass pours a deep red-orange with a thick puffy head that lasts...nice sticky head, not too shabby!

Smells absolutely gorgeous. Caramel green apple, grape, citrus, very light anise, and some spice.

Tastes of subtle, light hoppiness up front, the same fruits but much more mild than the scent. yeast, spice, through the middle the hops dissipate into a smooth finish.

Moutfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Very crisp.

I probably wouldn't have bought this beer for a really long time had it not been a gift, although now that I've tried it, I'm quite sure that I will definitely be drinking it again. My only complaint is that the taste isn't quite as strong as the smell. Other than that, good stuff!

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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 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 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 allergictomacros
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/copper with a copious, but loose head. Nice lacing.

S - Bready, yeasty, fruity. Notes of apricot and peach. Lots of apricot. Grassy and floral notes appear later.

T - Somewhat sweet, and extremely fruity and buttery. Definite yeast presence is notable. Lots of complexity and some notes of alcohol.

M - Lively carbonation, slightly slick and oily.

D - Very nice. Fresh, fruity and very drinkable.

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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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