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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-03-2002

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Photo of bobsy
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with a large rocky head that quickly diminishes to a tight cap, but does give up a little lace. An aroma of over-ripe and feremting pineapple wafts upwards to the nose, and mingles with subtle hints of grain alcohol.Sweet honey melds nicely with mango and pineapple in a malt-forward flavour, with little noticable hopping. The alcohol is fairly well concealed considering the weight, but makes it's presence felt in a warming finish. The mouthfeel is agressively carbonated, but syrupy underneath... quite well done, I think.

Drinkability is decent - this is a sweet Belgian Strong Pale, and while I think that was a slight detraction for me, its still a very well made beer.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed this from a snifter, as you should with any good Belgian.
A: A great color straight from the bottle. Straight up amber with a little orange, very close to a Hop Slam or Nugget Nectar in color. About a one finger head.
S: Very spicy and fruity. Yeast is apparent as well. Alcohol is hidden. Smell is very attractive.
T: Carbonation hit right away as did the sweetness of the malt. As I swished across the tongue, the spices and fruits really jumped out, but faded quickly into bitterness. I stays with you a while. The alcohol is identifiable, the hops really aren't prolific. Leaves a little to be desired, but okay overall.
M: Carbonation up front. It's crisp, but it does hang around. A little burn at first.
D: Considering the high ABV, one is most likely enough. It gets better as you sip it and it warms. However, the bitterness hangs around.

All in all, it's not a bad effort. I prefer the Interlude by Allegash, but as a fan of Belgians, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Kensai
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strong ale. One of the strongest I have ever drunk.

Carbonation is medium-rich but goes away relatively fast. Smell is sweet and the alcohol content cannot be hidden. Taste is nice and complex, sweetness prevails, but with such hich ABV it leaves your mouth dry.

Better don't drive for a while after its kick!

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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 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 becktone
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1-31-09

Eye: This one is brilliantly clear when poured into the glass. The beer itself is dark gold in color and looks lively as carbonation endlessly streams to support the white moderately sized head. Head has pretty nice formation and retention at just over a finger, about 3/4 to and inch. Texture of head is more on the creamy side as opposed to the rocky. Lacing is pretty nice, some spots where its a complete wall and in other places fingers.

Nose: Sweet light malt aroma. Belgian candy type of aromas often found in this style are present and easy to pick out. Light caramel tones and some light fruity apple tones both combine to give the overall impression of a faint candy apple aroma. Some light malted grains are also in the background. Overall pretty nice aroma, though nothing really sticks out about it, nothing special. A bit of graininess is here as well. Pretty much what was expected...could be a bit stronger though.

Tonuge: One of the first things that disappointes me is a metallic tang I'm getting from this beer....maybe there was a boucanier's cutlass in the fermenter. The aroma is much better than the taste. The taste isn't as complex or sweet. Its actually rather dry. Toasted grains, or lightly roasted grains are detectable as well as an overall graininess that seems to (in my opinion) clash with the style. I see no reason to be drinking this over Duvel, especially since its cost is a bit more. Its a good beer, but nothing worth coming back to, nothing really great or special.

Feel and Drinkability: Carbonation is high in this beer, and while that seems to work somethimes for this style, here it just gets in the way. It detracts from the flavor. Its minute bubbles scrub away much of the flavor from the tongue before one has time to taste it. Alcohol is detectable in the aftertaste and is a bit warming. Boucanier also has a drier than usual finish (for the style). As I mentioned above there's no real reason to come back to this. I was glad to try it, and I'll enjoy the other bottle I have, but this was no mind blowing experience.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with almost no head, very little lacing.

Smells citrusy/fruity very sweet and the alcohol is definately noticeable.

Interesting taste, citrusy tangerine, some slight hop bitterness and some honey, but as it warms up the alcohol becomes more predominant.

Smooth mouthfeel, could be a bit more carbonated, and a decently drinkable brew at 11%

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Photo of Gehrig
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloud orange body topped by two fingers of white head; dense lacing in the Duvel tulip and good durability afford BDB Golden a fine appearance score. Good smelling BSPA, full of fruit and boozy malt. Lots of fruit in the taste--bananas, tangerine--with a brandy-like caramelized malt. Delicious, but the high ABV of 11% quickly engulfs the drinker.

Excellent balance between effervescence and creamy smooth malty texture. Were it not for the high ABV effects, this would bring home a higher drinkability. Nonetheless, this is a very good BSPA, tasty, fairly complex, and challenging beer. Well done.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A- Hazy golden. Pours with ~1/2 finger of white head, which fades quickly into a thin cap. Some splotches of lacing manage to cling to the glass.

S- Bready, fruity, sweet Belgian yeastiness with a kick of alcohol.

T- Fruity and moderately sweet. Moderate/discernable alcohol presence, but not overbearing or detracting. Moderately low bitterness.

M- Carbonation is fairly high. Fairly crisp up front, with a bit of alcohol warming on the finish.

D- Given its 11% ABV, this is a very drinkable brew, though the slight warming effect would probably slow me from wanting to imbibe wantonly.

Future outlook: Much like their Red, this didn't blow me away, but is undeniably a very solid offering. I'd be happy to have this again, and look forward to sampling even more of this breweries other offerings.

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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 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 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 EatsTacos
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light straw yellow with a small rocky head

The aroma is citrusy hops and floral. Alcohol notes.

The taste is sweet at first and sugary. Probably too sugary for my liking. This blends into a sour lemon hop character that clings to the back of your throat. The finish is bitter too.

The carbonation is medium and the beer is medium to heavy bodied. Drinkability is average.

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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 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 cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Biere du Boucanier poured a hazy golden color with an aggressive foam head that left some 1920's garter lacing.

The smell was that of belgian yeast with some good fruitiness. The taste was smooth yet a little jagged with sour apples like a granny smith throughout most of the drink.

In the mouth it was strongly carbonated which confused the palate while it snuck in the 11 percent abv. It left some tingling on the tongue but it was soft. Overall a pretty enjoyable BSPA.

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

A- Nice clear golden color, with a quick fading head. The head however, was quite aggressive at first, but like I said it faded quickly.

S- The smell of honey and apple are shining through the most. The smell reminds me of a good honey mead.

T- The apple taste is that of a granny smith, very crisp. There is a light bread taste as well that comes from the yeast. This beer is also quite sweet and tastes great.

M- Feels good in the mouth, there is a slight drying taste that comes in the finish.

D- Easy to drink, goes down smooth and is great. Although I prefer the Red.

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Photo of stumac
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

aged this fool for 6 months then popped it open.

pours a golden color with a decent white head. the nose is yeasty with dull lemons. the taste has a cardboard texture, total honey in the mix, slight apparent alcohol, some fruits, bananas even. medium body, low carbo, smoothe. probably due to the aging

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Photo of Onslow
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

well well, a beer with a fancy smelly pirate on the label ... intresting and surprising smell, alcohol and honey and paint thinner and yeast and dull lemon ... has some nice flavours mixed with odd ones , cardboard with honey some grape ... biscuit ... a pretty tasty pirate like beer ...

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Photo of sstackho
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from gift pack at LCBO in late 2007. Pours a perfect cloudy light gold with decent head and lacing. Sweet and spicy aroma. First taste is full and strong, with some sweetness. As the beer goes on, some sweetness remains, presumably from the alcohol - but it's not too sweet. However, it's also not all that complex. There is some nice spiciness as it goes down the throat. Good, not great.

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Photo of ATPete
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle
date of 5/12/08 on the bottle,

This has been in my fridge for at least 8 months now, with an 11%ABV i don't think this thing can really 'go bad'. I've had this beer numerous times and know what a fresh bottle tastes like and this did not loose any charm it just mellowed and gained some more character. It poured a hazy gold color with some hints of rust and a monster of a white head, rapid fire carbonation rises to the top of my 25cl Chimay goblet. The nose was of Belgian yeast and sugars, bright lemon and citrus, semi sweet malts, dry hops and subtle spices. The taste has a bright malty character and a strong dry hop profile, blasts of citrus, melon, pear, and yeasty bread as well, and leaves you with a warming semi-sweet finish. It sports a medium body and a more mellowed carbonation feel than the eye leads on. For an 11'er this is really nice, but its starting to give me a pilsner-like head ache...damn!

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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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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 26/03/09, enjoyed in a St. Bernardous goblet. Two finger tall dense white head was impressive to begin with, soon flattened out leaving a wispy, cloudy surface with not as much lacing as I expected. Murky peach colour on pouring, distinctive golden haze under a brighter light. The smell was changeable as it settled in the glass; I detected mint at the outset, then strong honey, grassy/floral exchanges, orange zest. I have to say I enjoyed the bouquet as it seemed to change so much with air.

Unfortunatley, the first taste sensation had to do with the high alcohol content, hot in the mouth and a bitter sour taste with a malty sharpness. I tried hard to find spice by it just didn't seem to be in the glass this time. Texture was reminsiscent of a mild liquer or a mead, honey persisted throughout with a bit of a lime and pepper flash here and there.

This beer will warm your mid-section quite well but the high ABV detracts from what could be a far better beer experience. Just the same, it's an interesting Belgian Strong Ale experience and well worth a try.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprized to see this on tap at a local Moondog Pizza. Arrives pale golden yellow with a slight haze. The bone white head only lasts a few minutes, leaving no lace.

Apple and pear doninate the aroma, with light yeast, pepper, and faint floral sweetness.

Flavor is pear and kiwi, a strange blend of earthy sweetness and light tartness. Faint ginger and pepper. Candi sugar sweetness to the max. No real complexity here. Meh.

Body is thick and heavy with sugars, not dellicate enough to support the fruit and subtle spice.

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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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