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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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks like liquid gold- like a macro with substance save the beautiful carbonation and thick, clumpy yet smooth head. looks great when held up to the light.

smells very yeasty with hints of banana and lemon. a smell that most of us know, and one of the appealing belgian scents. like a previous reviewer noted, i am hoping this beer steers away from "duvel clone" and more towards karmeliet.

after tasting, it sticks more to the steenberge mold. is this piraat in a new bottle? it tastes very similar. good refreshment factor with a mild alcohol bite and little to no bitterness. warms you as it goes down and leaves malt flavors on your tongue.

average for the style, exceptional as a beer. bought it in a variety pack.. if its affordable in a 750 some day i'd pick it up again.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Milky brass with a rolling white dome.
Fragrant of warm dough, hay, pine nuts, and pineapple.
Start with its raw sugar. Sweet and plain. Notions of fruit, or just something mimicking pineapple, follow. Toasted grains and peanuts materialized towards the middles. The raw sugary notion stays put all the while. Dries on the homestretch with notions of white pepper, thyme, and clove. The sugar finally caramelized late, as it closes, sweet again, with nougat and vanilla.
The mouth belies it's strength, but is also a bit abrasive with its uppity CO2. That in itself makes this drink more reasonably slow.
Solid, but not remarkable. If the potency doesn't make you forget it, you will sooner or later anyway.
It's stuck in some sort of limbo amongst the Duvel clones, the tripels, and the beers that simply strive for fat ABV numbers.

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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 paterlodie
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Biere du Boucanier pours out without to much head but is very clear and has a nice golden taint. Smell is a combination of alcohol and fruit. Litle sour and malty. Taste is heavy alcoholic but covered with a massive taste of malts. Further sweet but not like many other 10+ percent beers. Sweetness goes over in spice and hops at the end. Drinkable beer but be aware its stronger then you think at first.

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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 Rastacouere
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden hue, shining despite a light haze. A decent (for the strenght) white film covers it and sticks to the glass. Aroma is fruity and floral, mostly lemon and banana. Rather sweet, sugary almost which makes the alcohol moderately apparent. Ginger and herbs contribute to adding a shade of complexity. In mouth, the alcohol comes out a bit more, in a lemony way, but so do the fruits. Apples, mint, flowery mango, minty banana, herbal honey are all evolving together. It’s very warming and present an honest saazy bitter finish. Carbonation is rather high, body is medium. Flavors seem to come out bigger and bigger after every sip. Pretty good overall, but I’d prefer it a bit smaller I must say. Thanks Matta!

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a thick head that sticks around. Lots of spices and caramel malts in the aroma. Very Belgian. Alcohol is also present. The flavor was somewhat sweet and very yeasty with some fruit flavors. Alcohol is very strong in the taste as well as the aroma. This was a very enjoyable Belgian beer, but the drinkability suffers a little from the high alcohol.

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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 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 CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with an orange tint. Massive plume of crabonation of the stem and a big pillowy white head that deposits rings of lace.
Aroma is cracked wheat, a little bit of musk, pale malt, coriander and some spicy yeast.
Flavor of pale malt, hint of citrus and banana with a touch of biscuit and butter.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied up front that finishes with a slippery, buttery, even finish. Very thirst quenching.
Drinkability is very solid. Nice Tripel, little darker color than many but very nice offering.

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

33 cl bottle; no date stamp. Pours a hazed golden orange into the Biere du Boucanier glass with a generous off-white head that lasts and leaves good lacing. Bready, estery, yeasty alcohol nose. Taste is predominantly sweet, with a dry, estery, somewhat hoppy (for a Belgian) finish. Very nice. Like Piraat, from the same brewer, yet a bit more like Kasteel Triple in the sense of it's alcohol content, but overall more incomplete than Piraat. Very smooth for it's high alcohol. Definately a slow sipper. Maybe a cigar is in order. Notes of caution; for serious high-octane Belgian afficionados only.

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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 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 BeerResearcher
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle. Lot 0699
It pours a cloudy gold color with a fast dissipating off-white head and minimal lacing.
A smell of canned fruit cup with pears comes right out. Slowly the smell of over-ripe bananas, white rum and hay emerge.
The medium to full malt body has flavors of toffee, banana and pasty bread dough.
A lemony citrus taste blends with a light metallic tang. Spicy tastes of cloves, basil and black pepper add seasoning to a strong flavor of white rum.

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Photo of proc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am all over the map on this one. Pours out to a pastel to dark yellow in the glass with a very, large head. The aroma is that of yeast and spice. The taste is excellent with fruit, candy and yeast and baseball bats and fire trucks and scuba gear present (well, of course not all those things, but man, tastes just kept coming out). However, it finishes quite strong and the alcohol can't quite be held back. At 11% the ABV is up there and it creeps up stronger and stronger on the swallow and finish.

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Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy gold with a thick and dense head that appears very creamy. Citrusy aroma, some grapefruit, sugar and yeast present. Also has a very spicy kick in the aroma, clove comes to mind. Body is crisply carbonated and smooth. Flavor is sweet with notes of citrus some yeast and noticible alcohol. Overall a fairly good Belgian Strong.

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

Could not find the brewery on the bottle, but I suspected that it was a relative of Piraat. Sure enough it is. Pours a nice golden color with a nice head and lots of lace thereafter. Nose is hard to pinpoint but smells good. Hops and a hint of butterscotch maybe. Taste is very smooth nice mellow hoppy taste, a tad sweet and some malt blended in. Not real complex but so drinkable I can't knock the rating down. Especially since it is such a strong beer and the alchohol is so well hidden. Aftertaste is a little hoppy and smooth on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this beer.

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

I must confess to having opened this bottle with a skeptical mind. Having a Piraat and Boucanier Strong Pale Ale from the same brewery seems a bit odd. They both pour a nice yellow-gold with a fat white head that leaves lace. However, differences emerge that clearly distinguishes this one from Piraat. First, the alcohol aroma and candi sugar smell are not overwhelming as they tend to be in Piraat. Boucanier has a pleasantly sweet fruity flavor that makes it thoroughly enjoyable. However, it's certainly not cloying or sticky-sweet. Unlike its sea-faring cousin, the alcohol fuses nicely with everything else to keep things in check.

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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 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 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 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 Wildman
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium yellow color and formed a hug foamy white head that left sticky laticed lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, apple and citrus with a touch of grain. The flavor was of malt, hops, apple and other citrus. The finish was light and tangy yet bitter. It would not win a contest against Duvel, but it's a servicable beer.

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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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer as it rest in the glass a cloudless gold color with a head the size of Mount Everest, brilliant white in color, spumescent in texture and as it ever so slowly diminishes in size the lace a sticky sheet to obscure the glass. Ripe pineapple, sweet malt, crisp and clean, a treat for the old proboscis, start is sweet and nicely malted, top is middling in feel to the palate. Finish is spirited in its acidity, hops persistent in their spicy bite, droughty long lasting aftertaste, decent blonde ale, not the best but certainly not the worst I’ve tasted, and the big 11% ABV will sneak up on your I’m sure.

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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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