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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002

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Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 272
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep yellowish ale with a huge bubbly dirty white head with minimal retention. Aroma of alcohol is easily detectable and not that enjoyable; some spices seems also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by the overpowering alcohol, which ruined it for me. Couple extra points for the presence of slightly bitter hops thought.

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Photo of darkhorseT
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Whatever pros this beer has, the abv kills them. The beer can't handle the abv and the taste is very astringent. It is a beautiful orange/amber with a nice head. Yeasty smell w/ a very little citrus. The taste is peppery and a little apricot but quickly dissolves into a hard core ethanol taste that puts me off. Will not buy again. Didn't really want to finish either.

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Photo of impending
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly crystal clear light copper yellow, dense off white head retains nicely, great lacing.

Aroma lacks definition, just a generic sweet yeastyness, a quiet solvent alcohol note finishes the sensation.

Taste too, while pleasant, lacks definition, no depth of personality. Alcohol while obvious fits the flavor. The aftertaste evolves significantly within a bland range, finishes with a hint of zinc. Thin to medium bodied slightly cloying mouthfeel.
Not bad, just guilty of mediocrity.

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Photo of Crosling
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange body below a giant convergence of tightly packed bubbles, which provide a beautiful creamy head and nice lacing. Spoiled pear and tart apple aroma, with whiffs of alcohol, lightly aromatic hops (orange?) and yeast. Sweet and sour fruit flavors dominate the palate, with an unusual and unfitting tartness, which tries to mask the alcohol blast. Musty, bruised apple, pear and peach flavors are present, with hints of lemon. Dry as hell, leaving much to be desired, particularly balance and hop flavors.

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Photo of adamette
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a short stubby brown bottle (just like the one pictured) into my Piraat tulip glass.

A Little to no head but I was very careful to see that this happened. I don't think that it has a huge head anyhow though. Body is a cloudy golden or blonde with visible carbonation rising from below. Pleasing enough but nothing tremendous about it.

S Alcohol, grains, big malt smell and akin to the other Bière Du Boucanier beers as I have recently sampled the Red and the Dark. All three of them really feature the grainy and malty emphasis.

T Lots of carbonation, big malt, apparent alcohol and a bitterness that I did not expect, did not care for. I don't think that it is strictly from hops either. It is a bitterness like overripe oranges and lemons. I am not a big fan of this taste and it falls right in place with those other two Bière Du Boucanier beers that I sampled. Each of them are like starter Belgians and fall short of other Belgians that I have tried. I struggled with my numerical rating here. My ratings ranged from 2.5 to 3.5 as I considered what "average" means. I decided on stated rating with some difficulty.

M Really full and busy. From the carbonation to the big malt to the overripe citrus this is a big beer for a Golden.

D Not good. To be honest it was difficult to finish my glass although I did to see if allowing it warm up a bit helped or changed the taste. No such luck.

Notes: Not a good example of a Strong Pale Ale. Again, my impression of the Bière Du Boucanier beers is that they are good "starter" Belgians but better ones are cheaper AND easier to find.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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 bylerteck
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice dark golden colour. Yeast haze present. Strong carbonation. Nice one finger fluffy/soapy white head. Nice thick retention at one finger and a good amount of chunky lace.

S - Some light orange and grain. Mild. Maybe a little extra fruity esters when it opens up though.

T - Orange, alcohol heat, yeast, grains.

M - Strong carbonation, foams up in the mouth instantly, slightly sweet finish, full body.

O/D - Not all that interesting. Not flavourful, alcohol is strong. Just no depth or good flavours to make it worth finishing.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head.
Scent: alcohol presence.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, alcohol, caramel, hops persistency.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale (too strong).

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Photo of TerryW
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just slightly hazed, rusty golden colour with just a moderate head that settles to a heavy film. Some lace. Looks good, but not great.

Nose is dominated by alcohol that masks malt, fruit and a hint of spice if you look for it. Just a little heavy handed with the alcohol.

Big alcohol wash tastewise too. Nothing subtle about it. You can tell there's a Belgian lurking under there, but it's just, overall, too boozy for my liking.

Passable, but not to my taste. Lacks subtlety.

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Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color. After a careful pour to avoid yeast, the head was rather small yet dense, left a solid ring after it settled.

The aroma has a strong scent of golden raisins, which is a bit odd in a golden belgian ale. Perhaps a touch of oxidation occurred. Has some vinous characteristics.

The vinous notes continue onto the flavor, almost has a grapejuice flavor. Some pepper spice but nothing strong. Actually not much flavor from the yeast. I expect these flavors from a dubbel or BSDA not a pale.

The feel is light to moderate to very fizzy carbonation. Carbonation almost burns. Sweet on the palate and finishes dry, which is spot on for the style.

Not what I expect from a BSPA, almost opposite. Very fruity with strong raisin presence and almost no yeasty flavors. Tastes like its old but it feels fresh.

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Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at La Trappe, Biere du Boucanier is dull gold with a light sand colored head leaving sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is earthy, a little sweet malt, touch of cotton candy.

Taste is richly sweet malt, a little sugary. There a bite that reminds me of extract homebrew.

Mouthfeel is dry, but sugary. Medium bodied, for the style.

Drinkability ok. The abv is dangerously well hidden, but it's sugary and somewhat angular, lacking elegance and depth. I used to drink a lot of these at The Sharpe Edge when I first started drinking Belgian beers, and now I'm not really sure why...

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Photo of BeerNut402
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light Golden and cloudy appearance with an immeadiate frothy and fast head.

Smell - fruity tones and I get some banana smells as well.

Taste - cirtus and banana, carbonation is good, somewhat hoppy aftertaste it might be the higher alcohol content that is giving me that taste.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonaton, kind of a tart feel to it.

Overall - The taste grows on me as I drink more of the beer the initial taste threw me off a bit. I enjoy this beer for what it is trying to be not how I personally feel about the beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, spices, some fruit and a touch of hops, but there's a pungent quality to it that throws everything off.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of caramel, spices, Belgian yeast and a little fruit. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. There's no hint of the 11.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other strong Belgian beers that I would choose before this one.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold, with a giant, sticky head.

S - Some sweetness and fruit, but not much else. Aroma is muted.

T - Lots of alcohol, and a mild bitter touch. Wow. Is this ever warming. Soft, fruity/alcohol tones carry the day, but flavour isn't overly intense. Well balanced, I guess but not spectactular.

M - Creamy and smooth.

D - An average tripel (although tripels in general tend to be quite a good style)

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Photo of rastaman
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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 nickthetick
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into the brewery tulip and let sit for a few minutes to open up. A burnt orange and a little red with; hazy, unable to see through at all. Half a finger of off white head that thins a bit and leaves a little lacing.

S: orange is prevalent and a very sweet smell. A light malty character and even a little peppery towards the end.

T: fruity and cloying sweetness hit hard in the beginning and don't lend to too many other flavors. There is orange zest and perhaps a ginger flavor. The alcohol is there and is only masked a little by the sweetness. I detect no hop profile at all in this sweet beer.

MF: medium body and very warm, creamy and slightly effervescent.

D: I wouldn't buy again but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me at a tasting. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

pours a clear light gold with a fluffy two finger white head. Really excellent head retention and lacing as I would expect from a Belgian ale.

Aroma is very spicy with a lot of coriander and orange peel. Plenty of Belgian yeasty spiciness in there too. Not a lot of complexity, however.

The flavor, unfortunately, lacks some of the intensity that is present in the aroma. There is bready malt evident behind the spice along with a slightly solvent note. The orange peel and coriander fade away somewhat quickly and the sweetness is a little more than I would expect from this style of beer.

Overall, I was a little let down. From a Belgian ale perspective, this beer is pretty low on the totem pole. It is just not very refined and falls below even some American versions of the style. I will avoid this beer in the future.

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Photo of kwjd
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased From the Control Board in Ontario as part of a 6 bottle pack that contains 3 beers from the brewery. Pours a golden yellow colour that starts out with nice white head that dissipates without much lacing. Smells quite fruity with lots of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Flavour has a burst of alcohol at first, with some mild sweetness. Carbonation is way too big, hard to take sips with the aggressive carbonation. I think my review sounds more negative than I really feel about the beer, it still tastes good, just not as good as the other beers I've had from the brewery so far.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color, fairly clear. A small amount of yeast settles to the bottom- it must have been in suspension when I poured it. Active carbonation feeds a pretty white medium-sized head. Aroma is not very strong; it is sour and musty and horse-blanket like, with some rotting citrus and light floral notes. Flavor is shrap and yeasty, earthy and with a lot of alcohol rising quickly into the sinuses. Bready and herby. Tough to drink. I don't dislike this, but it seems very rough around the edges (like the pirate on the label). It idid get easier to drink and more flavorful as time went by, but I think it was from palate fatigue. I wouldn't do this one again- there are so many really good BSPA beers out there.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy with rich straw coloring topped off with a light white 1 finger head that falls back to a soapy film. Rich aromas of dried apricots, vanilla, and alcohol. Sweetness dominates that's mostly contributed to by the 11% ABV, more vanilla and light dried fruit understones. Finishing with a rich mouthfeel that fades into a nice warming from the alcohol.

Surprisingly sessionable for an 11% Belgian ale.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Weizenmensch
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Dogbrick
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew pours a clear gold color and is somewhat bubbly. Thin foamy white head and fair lacing. The aroma consists of Lager-ish hops, fruit and yeast. Kind of light body and fizzy, with malt, fruit and yeast flavors. The alcohol is very apparent throughout. The finish is very dry and citrusy, with a pronounced alcohol burn. I really wasn't all that impressed with this one. But pirates are cool.

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Photo of Jessefive
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet from draft at Zot restaurant in Philadelphia. The waiter didn't know too much about it at the time (nor did I), but now that I see that its 11%, it explains quite a bit.

There was very little nose. It was there, but subdued. The taste was very malty, with a fruity profile. It was interesting, as the malt was not heavy, just enough to give it a full mouthfeel and sense of grain. The finish was gentle, the taste just slipping away gracefully. I would have not guessed this was an 11% beer, it was very easy to drink.

Overall, it was a tasty drinkable beer. Not outstanding, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with a medium head that slowly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Fruit tartness with some hay scents.

T - Alcohol comes through right away with slight tartness and hoppiness afterwards.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Alcohol is too strong and not masked at all. Very difficult to have any more and taste is faint as well which is not too promising for future consumption.

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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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