Bière Du Boucanier Red
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Bière Du Boucanier RedBière Du Boucanier Red
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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #74
Ranked #23,380
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Very Good
Bière Du Boucanier RedBière Du Boucanier Red
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +3.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +7.6%
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 -1.3%
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 -20.2%
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 +1.3%
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 -15.5%
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 -1%
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 -1.3%
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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Photo of dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Beer-Zombie
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +6.3%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -22.8%
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%
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 -6.3%
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 -36.5%
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 Mindsquall
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 -6.8%
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 -2.1%
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 -7.3%
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 -28.3%
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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Bière Du Boucanier Red from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 185 ratings