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

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Bière Du Boucanier GoldenBière Du Boucanier Golden

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002

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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 182
Reviews by pinkano:
Photo of pinkano
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice hazy yellow with nice head
S - expressive tones of honey, citruses, banana and clove
T - very nice spicy and fresh taste of honey with banana and citruses. Everything is well arranged and combined. Little dry end. Alcohol is very well hidden in the body and warms the throat nicely.
M - medium to high carbonation with medium body
D - very drinkable, however very very strong, so it is really dangerous :)

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Photo of Shawnadams330
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Hazy orange in color with tons of sediment and carbonation. The head was a decent size, especially for such a high ABV, but it was the lively and active body that made this one gorgeous to look at.

Smell – The classic Belgian spices lead off this incredible offering. The quality malt and strong orange peel are followed by a warning of alcohol. This one is a heavy hitter for sure.

Taste – This is the real deal. The Belgian spices are heavy and powdery. There’s definitely some big pepper here along with coriander and maybe something black like allspice. The orange is more like a tangerine or a tangerine peel. The malt is thick and sweet but more in the background.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and extremely full in the mouth. The alcohol sting is noticeable but not too much.

Drinkability – This was a pleasure to consume. It went down very well and left me wanting for more.

Update – I drink this from time to time so thought it would be interesting to re-review it in August 2006. What I really like about this beer is how the alcohol, hops, malts, spicing, and sweetness are balanced just to my tastes. It’s a personal favorite of mine and the wonderful mouthfeel, fluffy and slightly stingy from the booze, is awesome.

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Photo of interistacanadese
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date, not to worry this is a bottle conditioned 11.0% alcohol by volume brew and has quite a long shelf life.

Appearance: Decent amount of the signature Brussels Lace over the hazy golden brew, quite bubbly and effervescent.

Smell: Big aroma of tropical fruit with some solvent alcohol in the back, chalk yeast and a pale honey like malt round the nose out.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Juicy up front, very smooth in the mouth. Then a slowly warming stinging alcohol unfolds with exotic fruit and big flamboyant esters. Rolling spicy tones. Mild pale malt with sweetness underneath. The bitterness is right up there, clean and cut with a touch of yeast to follow.

Notes: A big boisterous strong pale from Belgium, a lovely one at that. A stiff veined cheese would be a great pairing to pit against this brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce, stubby Belgian bottle, with no freshness dating. Liquid is a dulled golden, cloudy, lifting a snow white head which leaves widely scattered lacing. Nose is flowery and herbal. This is a very flavorful and strong (11%) brew. Alcohol up front and noticable, this is a beer my wife has one sip of, declares it to be "rocket fuel" and wonders how I can enjoy such stuff...oh well maybe she'll get it someday...Notes of juniper, medicine, spice,bubblegum, yeasty phenolics, very tasty stuff, packs a kick, Belgian lovers delight.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL brown bottle with a happy pirate on it, and surprisingly no best before date on it - I thought this was compulsory in Australia?

Pours nicely with a pillowy head, sparse sticky lacing and a dirty gold cloudy body. Head retention is good for a beer of this strength.

Has that unique Belgian Strong Pale Ale candied sugar sweetness to it. Faint gentle hops, otherwise difficult to identify any particular aromas. Typical of the style but not otherwise remarkable.

Strong alcohol dryness imperfectly complemented by excessive sweetness. While I like a lusciously sugary sweet Belgian ale as much as the next enthusiast, this one has seemed to overstep the accepted limit of alcohol strength and make up for it by packing it with honeyish, cane sugar sweetness. However, the alcohol and bubbles create a nice sensation in the stomach, so I'll be more favourable with this beer from now on. There is some flavour that reminds me of a flower garden for some reason. Maybe it's that springtime pollen smell, like you get on wattle trees at this time of year (for Aussies' benefit). Otherwise, the sweetness keeps making me think I'm eating honeycomb and drinking diluted ethanol... which I guess is what this is really. A bit strong but definitely nice.

Mouthfeel is a little unbalanced, because of the drying alcohol, but the creaminess is nice. I like the idea of this beer and would like to give it extra marks but the mouthfeel and drinkability are not its redeeming features. Mouthfeel - a bit rough, especially considering other pale ales that are a bit like it, such as Bieres de Garde and Saisons. Stomachfeel is good on this beer, and I appreciate that... the aftereffect is one of the great joys of beer, and not only the effect of the alcohol itself.

As for drinkability, this beer should come later in the night, because it's not bursting with flavour, and the strong ABV might numb the taste buds for future beers. I enjoyed a Maredsous 8 some time before this, and I'm glad this came second. Overall, I wish I could give this beer more marks, mainly because I like the look of the pirate on the label, but it's really not outstanding.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold, lots of bubbles, and a medium white head. Fruity aroma with some yeast and spice. Taste flip-flops between fruity-sweet and funky sour. One moment there is strawberry, grapes, honey, the next is a bretty funk. It was okay once you got used to it.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -pours a hazy ale colour with a white head. About 2 finger head, fairly foamy. Some good lacing. Not a lot of carbonation but some.

Smell - found the smell to be sweet based. there are nodes of banana and wheat, I can also pick up hints of a grape in there.

taste - found the taste to be a lot like the smell, banana and grapes. ther wheat is fairly well hidden. Alcohol was not a factor either, little bitterness near the end.

mouthfeel - this was ok, i found the alcohol REALLY came through. Made the beer have an extreme bitter taste, lasting as well.

drinkability - meh, not a bad beer, not something i would go after again in the future.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml botte, pours a honey color sunburst with a golden glow. The head is thick and creamy with good retention, leaving behind sticky, amazing lace clinging to a La Chouffe tulip. Plenty of bubbles racing to the surface throughout the duration.

The aroma is delightful and warm, consisiting of light citrus, honey, caramelized sugar, cinnamon, clove, and a sublte floral characteristic.

The flavor provides citrus, strong spices, some apple and pear, honey, sugar coated malt and hops, and plenty of alcohol--burn baby burn (ABV 11 %).

The mouthfeel is tremendous: warm, bright, playful, and very complex. A riot in your mouth.

Drinkabitlity? I wouldn't drink too many at a sitting, but no one should.
My progression through one bottle was delightful. I would compare it to drinking a single malt scotch--there's an explosion of complexity and flavor, but you've got to expect a bit of a burn at the end. Enjoy the
flavor, enjoy the burn. A very solid Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow...just wow...

So, I had Piraat...obviously, which is good. This one is very good.

The smell is strong, floral, hoppy... strong... and grassy.

The flavor is explosive, and clean for such a hoppy beer...

I really enjoy the light grassy, citrus bitter notes with this one.

I will get this one again.

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

Appearance: Golden with a vibrant white head nice sized leaves a beautiful lacing. Aroma: Rich fruit tropical tone to it hops are floral and herbal at the same time this one's a winner. Taste: The bastard child of a Kasteel XXX and a Piraat is the best way to describe this brew very malty rich and alcoholic with blends of the fruit ester tones making their way into the flavor, good stuff. Mouthfeel: Medium body syrupy texture very rich. Drinkability: Easy like a Sunday morning well it does go down way to smoothly.

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Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of rastaman
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice Belgian nose, yeasty, apples and citrus, some dustyness. Lemony and dry, some acidity, but generally, a pretty soft mouthfeel, especially for 11%. Only a hint of toilet cleaner in this one, which was relief. Also, considering the strength, it does mighty well in the balance department.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with an uncontrollable white head that melts to top coating sticky lacing.

Aromas of definite Belgium yeasts, Belgium candied sugars, sharp hops and alcohol.

Taste is very Belgium with golden sweet malt, candied sugar, soft tropical fruits melting to citrus hops and finishing with alcohol.

Aftertaste of tropical fruit and alcohol....nothing cloying from the sugars, but definite tropical fruits.

Ok...this isn't a GREAT Belguim...sort of a cheap one where the ingredients tell you it isn't supposed to be great, but still I like it. There may be enough of an alcohol burn and presence to make you forget about quality and just enjoy the very high class buzz.

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Photo of Filippo
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boucanier- Golden

A- thick hazy/ cloudy orange with a small thin head. No lacing.
S- Very tart lemon and orange/ tangerine with a touch of spiciness.
T- Tart lemon and orange with a clove spiciness. Alcohol is very present and a bit varnishy.
M- Tart/ sour with a vaporous varnishy alc. touch slight calcium taste/feel in the end.

Overall- Just didn't do it for me. Sour and boozy.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a remarkably clear bronzed gold, with a big head that settled quickly and left a mass of lace in its wake.

A very aromatic beer, I could detect sour apples as the beer was being poured a foot from my nose. Closer up, there's still sour apple, but also pungent currants, white pepper and a big barnyard funk. Hell yeah. Milder, sweeter fruitiness works its way in if you're patient enough.

Mouthfeel begins smooth, but opens to a wild fizziness and a weird varnish-like finish. The flavor isn't as balanced or complex as the aroma promises. There a push and pull between the alcohol heat, the untamed yeastiness, peppery spices and the sweet & sour fruits. Nothing comes together that well. A mess, but somehow an enjoyable mess despite the faults. And as many times as you can say "well-hidden alcohol" about many big Belgian beers, you can't say it here. It's about as ugly as the buccaneer on the label.

But...the part of me that loves big, weird, funky, dirty, wild Belgians can get something out of this. It's just a bit too "hot" and definitely not the most attractive Belgian of its type. Van Steenberge already has the to-die-for Piraat, not sure why they bothered to dream up this bad boy.

But man, does it smell awesome.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Daniell
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: yellowy pee-y bronzey colour. Lacing reasonable. 3.5

S: alcohol. Then when I smell deeper it reminds me of Chimay. Not necessarily Chimay white either. It actually reminds me of the blue. You get some creamy maltiness here also. 4

T: also reminds me of Chimay. I'm thinking blue bruised fruits here? Overripe plums in particular. Then you get a smooth golden maltiness. A lot of candi sugar. Very good, intensely flavoured beer. After reading other reviews I would also say peach juice. But not the peach in la fin du monde, this is juicy peach but not as cloyingly sweet. 4

M: The beer feels like silk in my mouth, this along with the smooth sweetness is heavenly. 4.5

D: although I'm drinking it slowly and appreciating it, you could really put this down effectively. The only things that would stop you are its sweetness and price. 4

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milky brass with a rolling white dome.
Fragrant of warm dough, hay, pine nuts, and pineapple.
Start with its raw sugar. Sweet and plain. Notions of fruit, or just something mimicking pineapple, follow. Toasted grains and peanuts materialized towards the middles. The raw sugary notion stays put all the while. Dries on the homestretch with notions of white pepper, thyme, and clove. The sugar finally caramelized late, as it closes, sweet again, with nougat and vanilla.
The mouth belies it's strength, but is also a bit abrasive with its uppity CO2. That in itself makes this drink more reasonably slow.
Solid, but not remarkable. If the potency doesn't make you forget it, you will sooner or later anyway.
It's stuck in some sort of limbo amongst the Duvel clones, the tripels, and the beers that simply strive for fat ABV numbers.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good ingrediants all around, although disjointed together. You can smell and taste the booziness a bit, but the yeast is there. SIgnificant bitterness from the European hops which I liked, but it is drying. Malt midstream. Maybe more malts..or less. Not bad at all.

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

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip glass.

Golden body body with radiant yellow-gold highlights. A glowing slightly cloudy mixture with a finger of light and airy merengue-like froth on top. I take pleasure in marring the perfect white page of foam by shaking out the last several drops of brown yeast sediment. Pebbly lacing brought back down rapidly by the viscous legs. Very good retention for such a high ABV.

Heady aroma of clove, oranges, red banana, sourdough, and hints of orange rhum, honey, and funk - very nicely put together. Somewhat floral, but the alcohol seems to disguise the hops to some degree.

Bitter and bready on the palate, while making no apologies about its alcohol content. Esters come next in the form of orange peel with hints of cherry, while the finish brings out some pepper and a little heat. Fairly dry overall - sort of like a hot-rodded tripel with more attenuation.

Very filling mouth-feel, the carbonation is plush and expansive lending a creaminess to offset the spice and heat. A little hot for the style yet still refreshing - though it wouldn't be wise, I could see drinking more than one of these in a session.

While not on par with the best examples of the style (lacking both relative complexity or delicacy), I think this is somewhat underrated, and might be my personal favorite of the many beers brewed by Van Steenberge...

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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 278 ratings