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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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruits, yeast, spices, and alcohol. Taste is of fruit, spices, yeast, alcohol, and some grain flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and dangerously drinkable for its ABV.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body with a frothy egg white head that shows good retention and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Whew, there is some of the typical Belgian golden aroma going on (tropical fruity, candi sugar and the like) but you have to dust aside some awful phenols that smell like a cross between a well-exercised dog and a fish market

Taste: Fortunately, none of the phenols affected the taste; Starts with a fruity, sweet base which is joined by pleasantly hoppy bitterness that is rather earthy; the finish is sharp and bitter

Mouthfeel: Light and spry with plenty of carbonation and warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: Certainly a decent Belgian golden; just hold your nose and you'll be fine

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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 NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interestingly enough, this "pirate" beer is put out by the makers of Piraat! Its slightly-hazy golden body has an orange-ish cast; and it teems gently with streams of tiny bubbles beneath a billowy white head that holds surprisingly well given it's 11% abv; and leaves wonderful sheets of lace about the glass! It's zesty in the mouth with a medium-light body and agressive but very fine, natural carbonation. The nose is yeasty and spicy with some bubblegum/sugar; a slap of phenolics; some tropical fruit; and alcohol. Fruit (which is restrained but varied including lemon, apricot, peach, and some banana) and spice dominate the flavor over a malt that's timid. It's honeyish, but also washed with alcohol. And, in fact, it seems that this beer is all about the yeast and alcohol. It finishes dry and spicy with a splash of leafy hop flavor and a warming alcohol finish; although some mustiness comes through in the end to lend it at least a touch of character. It's far from being clean enough to be a Duvel, and not fruity and malty enough to be a Piraat.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden amber with lemon accents and Champagne-like effervescence. The body of the beer is chock full of bubbles hurrying up to do their part to maintain the large, stately looking head. A beautiful shade of polished ivory, the mesa-like foam is like a living thing as it oversees the deposition of elegant strands of lace on the glass that contains it.

The nose is fierce, yet civilized, and calls to mind the top half of BSPAs in my experience. Strangely enough, even at 11%, there's very little alcohol present in the aroma. Just a nose pleasing volley of fermented fruit (peaches, apricots) and zippy spice (clove, cardamom).

Alcohol makes an appearance on the palate in a big way. It has to be difficult to hide 11% (like trying to hide a bear in a bathroom?), but it could have been done with more skill than this. There's still a terrific beer beneath the imposing ethanolicity, it just struggles to be appreciated as the taste buds attempt to filter out the intruder.

The beer is still reminiscent of golden orchard fruit, but now it's fruit that has been macerated in grain alcohol. I'm beginning to think the ABV is closer to 15%. Boucanier Golden flirts with sweet, but is still much less sweet than most BSPAs. The body/mouthfeel is roughly medium (and I do mean roughly) with fewer bubbles than one would think, given the appearance. I'm beginning to feel an alcohol sting in my mouth between sips and a telltale taste bud deadening.

Needless to say, my feeling is that the high ABV (which drinks even higher) puts Biere Du Boucanier Golden at a significant disadvantage. Knock it back a few percent and this might be a contender. As is, sip it and hope your taste buds are still in working order when you get to the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a brown touch. Big head that recedes with a lot of lacing. The nose is sweet of course possibly a combination of citrus and peach skins mixed with a strong alcohol. Flavor is great. Has that tail end malt edge with a sweet start and a lot of alcohol in the middle. A great brew, though the one thing I personally might hold against it is that high alcohol flavor. There’s 11%, so I guess it has to show up somewhere. I just like it when it’s hidden a bit more. As this brew warms, it seems to become more even in flavor and even more drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The eye-patched, toothless pirate on the label seems to fancy himself something of a devil, so it's fitting that I poured this brew into a Duvel glass, and even more so, for the beer itself is an attempt to pass itself off as that original magnificent golden ale!
Appearance: bright golden color, huge, frothy, flowering, pillowy, pure white head.
Aroma: here, we're greeted with sugar and spice, and isn't that everything nice? Very arousing and uplifting, really, deliriously delightful, quite a tickle!
Taste: again, the Duvel duplication, as it's seriously nothing but a full-front assault by sweetness and sugar and spice and, once again, every damned thing nice! Flavors of bananas, peach, orange, and more occur on the palate, with certain amounts of hops, but decidedly more maltiness, and a wonderfully clingling, sticky-sure texture. Has a medium to full body, but dagnabbit, if the 11% ABV doesn't start to assert itself before too long!
Damn, this is a very enjoyable Duvel-clone, but one that perhaps pushed the envelope a bit too much, maybe even the wrong envelope? Maybe more flavor, less alcohol, more variety...well, you can't blame 'em for copying a classic, everyone wants to ride a gravy train, right?
And double cheers for Gusler for helping me to sample this little beauty!

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/09/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Freshness code I can't understand imprinted on the back label. It's no later than a late 2005 though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden and clouded pour. Micro fine yeast particles float everywhere. Larger bubbled white 1 inch plus head. Settles at a nice 1/4 inch. Creamy looking with very light lace sheeting.

Smell- Not an abundant scent. Seems like some creamy caramel at first, which turns to a vanilla-clove like scent followed by some white pepper.

Taste- Fairly sugary. Sweet almost wit like flavor at first. Alcohol is present, but the 11% seems a bit high. A big perfumy taste as it's swished around in my mouth. Lots of white pepper, some clove and some corriander as well.

Mouthfeel- Thicker and fuller mouthfeel. Lightly creamy with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Should have bought another one of these and had it a bit sooner. Wondering if I sat on this a tad too long. A very tasty beer, but I have a feeling it could have been fantastic. As is, a very nice brew that I would like to revisit fresh.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber. Massive fine white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of light fruit, swett malt, Belgian yeast and spicing. I thought I caught a hint of funk on opening, but not in aroma from the glass. Pleasant flavor of sweet fruit, mainly stone fruit, Belgian yeast and light citrus; spicy. Finishes slightly sweet with light fruit and a hint of alcohol. Overall the ABV is covered well by the flavors, but is warming. Medium bodied. Not overly complex, but a pleasant strong Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, nice carbonation, very nice head which disappates and leaves some nice lacing, but takes awhile. Scents of malt and fruityness. Nice taste, kinda sweet with an alcohol burn going down. Medium body. Very drinkable at this high ABV, but could be better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biere Du Boucanier Golden

Pours a golden yellow in color with a small head and lacing. In the aroma, Belgian yeast lending sweet peach notes, pale malts and candi sugar. The flavor has alot of Belgian notes, from the yeast lending the soft fruityness, to pale malts adding a mild sweetness, candi sugars leaving some fermentable sugars on the palate. Lightly hopped without much presence in the flavor. Bready, yeasty, semi sweet and hides the alcohol very well. Lighter bodied, smooth. Overall, a nice beer and one I wish was more widely available.

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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did pirates really have gold teeth? If so, then this looks like a pirate's smile. If not, then it's more like, oh I don't know, Lil Jon. And I make both those references deliberately because it doesn't exactly look clean. In fact, the polluting haze and greenish tint make it look kind of grimy. Its lacing too appears scuzzy, the result of a sloppy, sticky head.

The air fills with alcohol. Is this what the pirates drank? Or is it what my mom uses to clean the hardwood floors? Either way, it smells harsh enough to be either. While the source behind this 'pine-sol'-like bouquet could be hops, my money is on ethanol. That said, temperatures aren't too hot for the yeast, which emanates floral and spicy notes.

The malts come out of it all relatively unscathed as well. Although pale malts are distinctly thin in the flavour department, this batch has a pleasingly crisp, robust breadiness that is assertively toasty and pleasantly sweet, with a 'honey and nut'-type taste. It is drying, and admittedly a little stiff, with minimal spice and a lingering bitterness.

Like it or loath it, all strong, golden Belgian ales must be measured against the style's benchmark, Duvel. While this offering favorably captures some of the style's keynotes (dry, bready maltiness, phenolic yeast), the original undoubtedly wins out in thanks to its higher carbonation, more defined hoppiness and overall less solvent-y character.

You can't dish out a grade much lower than I did Bière Du Boucanier Golden the first few times I had had it. (And ditto for the other beers in the series.) I found them all far, far too potent. This time around, however, with a few more years experience, I rather enjoyed these Pirate-themed beers, the gold especially. I'm happy to have revisited. If the price is right and you're a fan of the style, this beer is a more than decent bounty to be had.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a touch of haze and a lot of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of big-bubbled foam and has great retention. This looks just about perfect to me.

Smell: rich, fruity, malty aroma. I'm getting pears, apples and just a little cherry. Delicious.

Taste: fruity and malty with a big alcohol kick. The 11% potency is readily apparent. Flavor tracks pretty well with the aroma, although I'm getting some hop bitterness here toward the end which works well. I like it a lot, but it is a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: quite big-bodied with a rather syrupy consistency. Carbonation is good so there is a fair amount of creaminess. I like it, but it seems a bit heavy for a beer with such a relatively light and airy flavor.

Drinkability: this beer smells a delight and is rather tasty, but its huge alcohol does negatively impact its drinkability. I feel that this beer is not as good as it could be; however, I would indeed drink it again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brew similar to Duvel.

Smell is fruity and spicy, mostly an apples and cinnamon scent. Hints of grapes and peaches and plums in this too.

Taste is sweet and spicy with predominately an apple and coriander flavor with a solid bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable Belgian brew needs a bit more complexity.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle, purchased in Westminster, CA,

A: Golden yellow, with a thick, white head, with some floaties, very interesting.

S: The smell is very good - predominately green apples, and yeast esters, with some alcohol.

T: Big and boozy, quite solventy, at 11.0%, but with still good flavors of yeast and apple and pear, good esters.

M: Big, smooth, phenolic, alcoholic, and estery.

D: A good buy, drinkability suffers because of the high alcohol, but definitely worth a shot, though it is kind of pricey, a solid beer overall.

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Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's a few weeks back.

The beer pours a bright, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some sweet malt and cherry. This beer is quite sweet, with honey, butter and cherry syrup flavors. The sweetness is a bit over the top, though I appreciate its richness. The beer is medium bodied and quite smooth, with just a hint of refreshing bitterness in the finish. Abv. is quite noticeable and warming, and is a bit heavy/cloying. However, abv. really isn't all that intrusive, this is just a pretty sweet beer.

This is a nice beer, but I probably wouldn't want to have more then one at a sitting.

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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 clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a snifter glass and was greeted w/ a smell before I even put my nose in it. Got to two-finger head w/ extreme carbonation that left some lacings, not much, and a golden hue of red/cloude orange (my lack of adjectives don't do it justice). The hops are noticeable in the smell. I would describe it as a somewhat earthy smell, with some fruit in the smell. I want to say cherries, but it is more of a citrus smell. The smell is perhaps the only characteristic of this beer that is even close to average. The taste started as extremely hoppy but this beer, to me at least, is rather light-bodied and smooth and at 11% ABV. I thought the alcohol was hidden for the most part. There is no bitterness or dry afterbite; what it lacks in complexity it makes up for with a taste comprised of a littel fruit and some noticeable malts. One could even say there is a candy/gummy aftertaste; there is a hint of sweentness. I was surprised I liked this as much as I did since I am a much bigger fan of Belgian darks, but this was a good beer. The ABV makes it a one or two bottles a night beer, rather than a session beer. One final note, if I may, is that I read the recent reviewers before me and one said it is better when it warms up. I can say I put mine in the fridge for 35 minutes to get it down to about 50some degrees, but halfway through I had to take care of something and the beer must've say there for 10 minutes. It was smoother and sweeter when I got back; don't know exactly if that means anything, but hey, maybe let yours sit and you'll notice a change.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick pillowy, five+ finger-head that goes slowly leaving gobs of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose has hints of alcohol. Starts with some sweetness, warming - the alcohol is there. Slight dry, bitter finish. 330ml bottle from six-pack $22.99 Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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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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