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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 273
Photo of faroutadventure
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice hazy golden color. Looks like champagne, with nice snowy white head.

S - Expressive tones of honey, citruses, banana, prunes and cloves.

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. Totally classic beer.

M - Medium to high carbonation with medium body. Very nice.

D - Very drinkable, however very very strong, so it is really dangerous, watch out on the high alcohol content:)

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Photo of hooligan
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden to amber with slight haze, slight head retention with stark-white, clinging, lacy bubbles. Definately alcoholic smell, with hints of plum-raisin fruitiness, almost wine-like. Big flavor complexity... strong caramel, burnt toffee, plum, definate spiced rum, strawlike and bubblegum(y) yeast character, with a clean dextrose sweetness towards the finish. Super creamy mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. This is one hell of a beer, super big, super complex, and extremely tasty...

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Photo of douggoodavage
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 750ml corked bottle well done. Served at 45-50 degress F. Poured into a large beer mug with emphasis on head development.

Appearance: Nice 1.5" head looks like sea foam. Beer is golden, cloudy and full of yeast. Nice lacing.

Smell: Awesome. Fruity hops.

Taste: Very refreshing. It's hard to believe this beer has 11% alcohol content. A fine pale ale. A nice balance of hops and malt. Tangy citrus with fine hop undertones. It is complex and irresistable.

Mouth feel: Very smooth. Be carefull you could easily drink too much and find yourself toasted.
This golden ale has a medium body and it wakes up your tongue with a refreshing crisp tang.

Drinkability: World class.

This golden ale was very enjoyable. I can"t wait to drink it again.

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Photo of Madmax99
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A real strong beer. A real smooth light beer with all the alcohol you'll need. I had this in a bottle from a beer store in Virginia. I'm really impressed with the strong alcohol flavor when it enters the mouth. This definitely isn't your're grandads beer. This is more like moonshine than a beer haha.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding strong pale ale. Fruity aromatic smell combined with the perfect appearance. It pours a tan haze with a lacy big head. Oh man I'm wishing I had bought the whole rack of these bad boys and I havent gotten to the taste.

You get what you pay for in this beer heavy lacing with every drink to let you know the beer is alive and kicking. Taste is just like the smell, fruity but not sweet. Almost like banana/spicey on steroids with a ton of warming at the end...Fine carbonation.

Loved it

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

30 cl

Pours an almost clear light but deep gold with a medium pillowy white head. Retains for a few minutes.

Smells of coriander, citrus, fresh grains, banana esters, orange peel and spices.

Tastes rich with esters and citrus, along with the aforementioned coriander. Maybe also some honey and cloves. Rounded out with fresh grassy grains.

Feel is medium to full with prickly and billowing carbonation.

Delicious and decadent, doesn't overwhelm in spite of the abv. Lovely beer from a proven brewery, would definitely have this again.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent sun golden hazy body. Off-white creamy head with a streak of medium bubbles. Decent retention and lace.
Sweet and strong spicy malts, almonds and abit of alcohol.
Great taste. Strong sweet malts with plenty of spice, alcohol and strong hop presence. Long intense aftertaste of spiked malts and semi rough hops.
medium full body. Good coating and a slightly dry finish.
Highly drinkable.


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Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy yellowed golden color with 3 fingers of head that has a lot of staying power. The nose is full of orange peel/coriander and spiceyness from the yeast along with a touch of alcohol. The flavor is mostly orange and peppery spice from the coriander and the yeast. There is a hint of sour/tart on the back of my tongue as well. I like it a lot. The feel is thick and creamy. Drinkability is good for a bigger beer. The alcohol is hidden very well, and it doesn't hit me too hard either as some of the bigger beers do. I would try this one again.

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Photo of weazal
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Natural honey with spicy clove and some light citrus and papaya. Alcohol definitely has a presence.

T: Enormously full mouth-filling body. An almost sharp spiciness throughout that really dominates at the end, blending with an explosive, but not bad, bitterness. There's a tangy honey sweetness halfway through that pops out deliciously. There's an arching bitterness in the top of the palate through the whole tasting. Very complex and thick and yummy.

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Photo of Da1nonlyBD
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a sniffer (since I cant find my Belgium goblets). Pours a nice a golden color with a nice white head that keeps a lacing pretty much the whole time.

Nose had a smell of citrusy notes and hints of some type of caramel.

The taste was almost as good as the smell, which isnt a bad thing at all.

Mouthfeel had maybe a little too much carbonation, but not too bad though.

Drinkability was good, but not perfect.

This was a much better beer than I expected as I got it from a "Global Beers" sample pack. Even though I may have said stuff like "not perfect", dont mistake that as being bad. I would definetly get this again.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried the dark ale in the past and somehow missed this one, but when I realized it was an 11% golden ale. I had a hard time not trying it out.

Appearance. Totally meets expectations. A nice, near amber, gold with tints of orange and yellow. Foams up nicely and keeps a gravelly cream coloured head.

The smell is soft, kind of sugary. There is a hint of cheap caramel. The kind you might have thrown at you during a parade in the clear cellophane wrap. A sort of corn husk smell. A tinge of damp hay. A little astringent and boozy. But this fits with what I had anticipated in buying a strong ale with a pirate on the label. The one thing that puts me off a bit is a soapy tone toward the end.

Taste is quite nice, it is a bit sweet, but not to sweet. A great spiced taste. The booze gives it a slight astringency. There is a strange herbal hop character to it. A taste that is somewhat reminiscent of cedar. A Belgian candy sugar taste. Hints yeast. It is biscuity and the cheap caramel tone comes through a bit. I pick up a bit of vanilla and raw grains.

Mouthfeel is great! It is a boozy and high ABV beer but it is incredibly light in body and the carbonation makes it quite fluffy. The booze cause some warmth, but it is pleasant. It is a tad dry too. A big surprise. But I really like it.

Overall, a pretty solid strong golden ale. Pleasant to drink, not at all patchy or clunky. Maybe one of the most interesting and most tasty Belgian golden ales I have had for a long time. I will be seeing if I can get a few more bottles of this soon.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label depicts an eye patch wearing pirate, missing teeth to boot. No clearly discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of bright white head. This settles slowly to a still impressive layer of foam, leaving behind almost complete coverage lacing. The beer itself is honey colored, with just the barest hint of a chill haze. Slight layer of fine sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong yeasty aroma upfront, followed by slightly herbaceous hop notes. Some sourness/wheat twang in the finish.

Taste: Mellow hop bitterness upfront, backed by a thick, caramel sweetness. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

Carbonation: High carbonation level, bursts into bubbles upon touching your tongue. Body is good.

Drinkability: Having just had the same style 10 minutes, ago, I have to say this seems to be an excellent example. Very flavorful and well balanced. Impressed.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light to medium straw, decent off white head, leaves to disk.

S - Tropicana, baby. Tropical fruits, banana, juicyfruit.

T - Boozy Full mouthed taste for the smell. Wowo.

M - Great carb, good coat, balance a little heavy on the booze, but nice.

D - For the style, very!

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Photo of maxpower
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a bright hazy golden- yellow color with nice white frothy head that leaves a clingy lace in my glass. Has a clean bannana and spicy lemon, fruity, bready aromas. Melon, pear, and apple flavors with a full bodied and full and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol very well hidden, awesome.

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Photo of theopholis
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Fairly clear, golden amber, with a thick, white head. Head has some retention, but not much, leaving behind a small lacing.

Aroma- This beer has a very citrusy nose, with a good amount of esters, with some alcohol. Some bready, yeasty tones as well.

Taste- Wow! You can really taste the alcohol in this stuff. Still, it tastes pretty good. Just a little malt sweetness, with a good, bready, yeasty middle. You also get some ripe fruits (yellow apple, pear). Just the barest hint of the spiciness and pepperiness that you get from some of the Belgian strong ales.

Mouthfeel- Fairy light body. Carbonation level is high, but it really compliments the play of flavors on your tongue.

Drinkability- I'm not much into Belgian strong ales, but I'll definitely by this stuff again.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml ‘Duvelian’ brown glass stubby with a themed label that reflects the brews name. An eye-patch wearing Pirate with his toothless smile dominates the front label whilst in the background wooden barrels and a Buccaneer ship complete the display. A small yellow and red neck label has the words ‘Superior Class, From Belgium, East Flanders’; a color coordinated crown cap completes the presentation. The main label has the words, ‘Bière du Boucanier’, however, I note that some new words have appeared as well now, ‘Golden Ale’ in slightly smaller text has been added, no doubt in an effort to differentiate this “original” Bière du Boucanier from the recent additions, the newly introduced Dark and Red versions.

Listed at a whopping Alc. 11% by Vol., with an inkjet style code of 20JC on the US-version reverse label which thoughtfully has all the usual nanny-state bollocks on it for those of that us are tempted to operate machinery whilst pregnant after supping a Six-Pack of these, good jib they reminded me not to do that, I would have otherwise.

Appearance: Clear Golden body with a simply massive white head that is smooth in texture but with a rocky surface, classic Belgium Strong Golden Ale presentation. Honeycombed conditioning looks awesome when the glass is tilted - my large goblet Glass provides the best canvas for exhibiting all this has to offer to its maximum potential, in fact, it looks strangely familiar in my Duvel Glass ;-)

Nose: Spicy Belgium malts with some peppery hints. The middle has a coriander laden zesty orange kick molded into a powerful alcohol malt base. Sweet malt attributes when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Smooth body, the 11% is there but it’s all under control and expertly concealed. The nose goes on to engorge the palate in the exact order that the smells are presented to the imbiber.

Mouthfeel: Lusciously smooth, excellent carbonation acts as a landing craft and unleashes the spices, coriander and orange peel to perfection. A restrained powerhouse of a Belgium Golden Ale that by now has established some serious Duvel clone credibility.

Drinkability: A sipper for the night but a bloody enjoyable one. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: Parallels will be drawn. A poor mans Duvel?? Maybe! But this one of the better copies for my money, and a damn tasty imitation that deserves its own stand alone respect. Just for a laugh, serve this in a Duvel Glass to unknowing beery friends and see if they can tell the difference, some will struggle I guarantee it. This is a very healthy Golden that will certainly clear the Cobwebs!

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, somewhat chalky gold. Buttercream pale yellow head with great retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Wow, this is NICE. Pineapple, peach, slightly fusel, floral, great rainwater funk. Candied orange slice lying on the floor. Better than I'm making it sound.

Taste: I can't believe how good this is. Spicy yeast and ripe pineapple base, slightly boozy, mouthful of bright fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and dense, but remains a bit lively.

Drinkability: It's 11 percent -- it's not drinkable. Still, it's so damn tasty you'll try. "Superior class" indeed.

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squat 330ml. brown bottle pours a murkish golden ale with a phenominal two-finger white head. Typical awesome Belgian beauty. Eventually, the head recedes a bit and leaves some heavy duty, thick bubble-web lacing all over.

Sweet fruity malt nose with notes of yeast, grassy hops and a boat load of alcohol, waivering off the back. Smells damn potent!

Sweet and spicy comes the malt, very complex and tasty. When the sweetness calms down, the hops and alcohol do their thing, balancing with some bitterness and warming the finish. Extremely quaffable for a beer with such a high ABV...seriously!

Big, almost chewy, medium plus body gives a good mouthfeel to this wonderful elixer. Easy as hell to drink, so really respect this Belgian wonder to the utmost...Cheers!

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Biere Du Boucanier Golden
11.2 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a hazy orange with a peach tint. Incredible head on top that is super fluffy and sudsy. Leaves great trails and patterns of sticky lace.

Whiffs of bubblegum and tropical fruits.

Sweet and zesty with hints of orange, lime and pineapple. Major Belgian chalky yeast bombs lay the foundation. Flavors of apricot, peach and juicy grapes. Spicy with a touch of black pepper and coriander. Very, very drinkable at 11% ABV.

Yet another great Belgian beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice thick head that falls into a foamy little head that's thick and it has a little bit of a good lacing on it, sticks well.

Smell is fragrant and wonderful like fragrant burnt sugar with hints of orange. Smell also has a little pepper and clove in it.

Taste is orange, clove, and a little sour.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, very nice.

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Photo of Derek
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-brown (a little darker than Piraat). Lots of fluffy off-white head, decent retention, awesome lace!

S: Maltier and less fruity than Piraat. Very bready.

T: Bready and fruity (juicy, tropical fruit). A little spice, a little tartness, a little sweetness and a little bitterness. This one has it all! Incredibly well rounded. Alcohol is detectable, but it really hides its strength well. Great! (almost exceptional).

M: Body is slightly heavier than moderate, carbonation is fairly high. Dry, but slightly sweet finish. As it warms to room temp, the alchol becomes assertive, but not harsh.

D: Incredible, considering the strength!

I think this one is REALLY under-rated. Back-to-back, it's considerably better than their Piraat. In a blind tasting, I'm sure people would think it's lower in alcohol (which it isn't), and tastes even better!

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy bright golden orange with a long lasting creamy white head and tons of carbonation bubbles.

Smells citrusy sweet with a ton of yeast and nice strong pear odor.

Taste has a good blend of sweet and sharp flavors, with a strong yeasty profile. Making appearances are orange, pear, clove, nutmeg, and some nice bready flavors. Very complex and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and with a lot of carbonation and warmth.

Overall very good, will be enjoying this again soon.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange with a thick, rocky white head that was well lasting eventually settling to a thin foamy layering for the remainder of the drink leaving ring lacings down the side of the glass.

S: The Nose burst with a big fruity aroma that was spicy with apricots, pineapple and mango hints as well some lemonbread and bananas.

T: The initial flavor is bready and spicy from im guessing Saaz hops? There is a slightly sour tropical fruitiness (mangos, pineapples) as well a sweet spicy nature. There was some creamy bananas, chewy wheat, and orange peels detected. Upon warming some pear and apple notes were noticeable as well alcohol fusels finishing dry and crisp.

M: Lively carbonation, creamy, smooth with a wide range of sweet and sour fruitiness brings the mouthful to live with a dry champagne like finish.

D: A great drinking beer with the alcohol fairly hidden well.

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