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

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 180
Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip glass. Definitely not red; pale amber with a generous cap of thickish foam. A few patches of frothy lace up top, drippy streaks below.

Quite a fruity nose- cherry, apple, pear. Fresh yeasty aromas and a hint of mustiness in the background. Stonefruit flesh and the earthy/sweet combo of the stones themselves. Bubblegum and cloves complete the sweet end of things. Peppery spice and tangy yeast are nice complements to the sweetness. Light and lively with a brief flash of bitterness at the swallow. Very refreshing with a clean finish.

Overall impression: An interesting fruity take on the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of Prime16
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light reddish/golden color with a off white head.

S: Smelled of candied fruit, light yeast.

T: A little sweet, with banana, cherry, currant and licorice notes with yeast in the back round.

M: Nice and creamy, easy on the carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Nice change from a normal Belgian Pale Ale.

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

Pours a slightly hazy honey amber color with a short dense head that settled into a solid ring.

The aroma has a strong scent of raisins. There are some pepper and toffee notes as well. There seems to be the lightest hint of spiciness from the yeast.

The taste is sweet from a mixture of raisin flavor and caramel. There is noticable pepper, banana, and clove from the yeast but not as pronounced as others in the style. There is almost a raspberry like fruitiness in the flavor.

Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but the yeast brings some balance. Finishes a touch sticky.

An slightly above average beer. It is a bit too sweet for the style and not enough yeasty goodness. Could be a touch more dry as the raisin flavors linger a bit too long.

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Photo of pinkano
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - little hazy gold color
S - nice peach, apricot, citruses, orange, honey and other beautiful fruit tones
T - apricot, peach, yellow melon, strawberry and tiny clove.
M - medium to light body with medium carbonation
D - very drinkable, especially because of the fruit tones in the smell and taste, so you are always trying to discover more, however, pretty strong, so be careful

Overall the beer is very interesting.

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Photo of ryandesign1
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this beer as a gift along with multiple other Belgian beers from a well stocked beer market. I was pleasantly surprised by its slight sweetness and incredibly smooth taste. The bottle has one of the most interesting labels as well. I took a picture to keep on hand to find in the future, as it had become one of my favorite beers instantly. I am a big fan of sweeter Belgians and this red ale was the perfect balance. It was not overly sweet, just mixed perfectly to create one of the smoothest drinking Belgians I have had.

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

A- Pours yellowish golden with good carbonation and a decent head. Laces nicely.

S- Apple and pear, caramel, belgian yeast, slight spiciness.

T- Tastes much like a BSPA. It's stronger than a BPA, but it's just as smooth as one. After you sip it you're welcomed by sharp apple and pear fruitiness, followed by yeast and spices. A tad of clove. Enough to taste it, but not too much. Has the kind of sweetness that isn't in your face, but is quite pleasant. Very good fresh fruit flavor. Spiced smoothly, and it works great while you drink it, but it's a bit too noticable in the aftertaste.

M- Medium full. A bit heavy on the tongue, which I think is a good thing. The carbonation is spot on. Moderately dry, and slightly sticky.

D- Extremely drinkable. There's very little indicator that it's 7%. It goes down like a BPA.

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Photo of MattyV
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light copper colour with a relatively dense white head.
Nose is of banana, spice, a general fruitiness that I can't pin down, some caramel/nuts.
Bready malts are apparent right away, which lead into caramel and fruits. Very light citrusy hop finish with a spicy, fruity aftertaste.
Good carb, but feels a bit thin and watered down in general.
I surprisingly enjoyed this one more than the dark and golden. It showed great complexity and a unique and enjoyable flavour profile.

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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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Photo of kwjd
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A six pack containing 3 different bottles just came to the Control Board in Ontario, so I decided to try it out. Pours an amber-orange colour with thick white head and some nice lacing around the glass. The smell is quite fruity and lively, but I'm not able to put my finger on which fruits I'm smelling. Can definitely smell the Belgian yeasty aroma as well. Flavour has a bit more bitterness than I was expecting, very dry tasting. Really nice carbonation. Easy to down this bottle quickly and I look forward to the 2nd bottle of this that I have.

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Photo of msmezher
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bière Du Boucanier Red is a magnificent Belgian Red Ale. A crisp, frothy, off-white head bulging over the top of the tulip glass. The beer is medium to light bodied with a hazy red coloring. A sharp bite of belgian sour candy, honey, and fermenting fruit fills the palate. Less alcoholic than its Blonde and Dark counterparts. While I'd love one again down the road I rate the drinkability a little low because I don't know if I would want more than one at a time.

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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!

giblet

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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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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.
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