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

BA SCORE
86
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273 Ratings
Bière Du Boucanier GoldenBière Du Boucanier Golden
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 181
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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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 dcmchew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 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 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 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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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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