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

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274 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:
274
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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Photo of ellisdee97
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange but clears to a light yellow at the bottom of the glass. Thick foamy head and sticky lacing abound. Practically no light gets through, some sediment is seen.

S: Heavy fruity yeast with a lemony scent followed by spicy hops. Apple, pear and other tropical fruits come to mind. Thick yeasty bread base, almost moldy. Some wheat and a light cardboard note, yet not offensive.

T: Breaded yeast and wheat base at first. Very fruity and refreshing, many tropical fruit tastes which cleverly hide the alcohol. You can't taste the 11%. Spicy hop finish with a light pepper bite.

M+D: Thick and creamy, almost like an alcoholic fruit smoothie. Nice carbonation gives it effervescence. Chewy body. Very drinkable high alcohol brew. Almost calls for an umbrella.

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Photo of Braudog
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From a short bottle that cost me about 4 bucks ... it was worth it. It poured with a poofy white head (although quickly subsiding) over a hazy yellow-orange body. Yeasty and warming with an alcohol-laced orange and corriander base, this is a solid Belgian ale, even for rookies like me. (#2661, 1/21/07)

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Photo of theformula
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle art, makes me want to drink it.

Pours light honey, orange body w/ minimal head that dissipates fairly quickly. Cloudy and effervescent brew.

Complex smell, and deliciously sweet aroma. Bubble-gum, fruit esters such as pear, orange, light honey and spicy aroma of clove and alcohol fusels. Some light hopping and yeast rounds it out.

Tastes just as complex, but very rich and sweet that dominates every other aspect. Strong brew. Honey, spices (clove), orange and citrus, and a little bitterness that finishes it out. Semi-dry finish.

Big, rich, fruity and spicy. Drinkability is not too high only b/c of the high ABV and the richness. Yet a great representation of the style.

I want cheese...

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Photo of nortmand
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange yellow, with a disappointing white head. Just not frothy enough.

Very complex aroma. Clove, coriander, a bit of astringency.

Slightly sweet up front, fair amount of clove flavor. A bit of a hop bite at the end. Good, but the complexity in the nose isn't represented in the flavor.

Low-medium bodied, nice high Belgian carbonation. A bit strong, but fairly drinkable anyway.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

(This bottle is probably anywhere from 1-2 years old.)

Appearance - Pours with a thick and creamy eggshell head that slowly dissipates. It settles at a finger-thick cap of pretty creamy head. Full, sticky lacing is left as you drink this beer. It is slightly foggy and a pale and somewhat drab orange/straw color. There is a cloud of tiny "floaties" suspended in the brew. Moderate carbonation is visible within.

Smell - Sweet fruits up front, such as cherry, white grape, apricot, and pear. There is a very mild background tangy smell form ths hops as well as the fruitiness. A sweet malty background aroma that is quite hearty in smell. Also some flowery and herbal notes at the end. Surprisingly little alcohol evidence on the nose considering the 11% ABV.

Taste - Maybe some mild oxidation in this bottle, but not a lot. The fruity character comes through first again, but is quite different from the aroma. Has a strong flavor of fermented plum and even some trace flavors of green olives! Again it has a sweet malt backbone that is quite bready/doughy. A stingy and quite warm alcohol makes itself known in the middle at stays well after the swallow. Some earthiness and strong (for aftertaste flavors) flowery/herbal flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation for this style, has just the right amount of bite and is overall quite smooth and pleasurable on the mouth. The alcohol is definitely strong, but it doesn't ruin the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Strong flavors and a very noticeable alcohol, but not nearly as noticeable as some other beers with this ABV. Overall, for this style and ABV I'd say it's fairly drinkable--average.

A quite tasty strong pale ale. Has a nice warming alcohol, if you're into that...and I am! The flowery/herbal flavors in the finish and aftertaste were the highlight for me. It also has a very pleasing aroma. Belgian yeast is a gift from God! Definitely a recommended brew if you see it on tap at a bar or a bottle in the store.

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Photo of Madmax99
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A real strong beer. A real smooth light beer with all the alcohol you'll need. I had this in a bottle from a beer store in Virginia. I'm really impressed with the strong alcohol flavor when it enters the mouth. This definitely isn't your're grandads beer. This is more like moonshine than a beer haha.

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

I had a bottle at Waterhuis in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a white head that fades to a film leaving a small amount of patchy lace.

Smell: Sour apple fruitiness with alcohol and peppery spice.

Taste: Very spicy, though sweet fruit is evident. The finish is grainy with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability: The alcohol is very evident, though not overpowering.

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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 Bierguy5
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle (330 mL), 11%ABV, the code on the back label reads 26G0. Pours a hazy golden color, with a huge fluffy white head. What a sight, as the head rose easily above the rim of the glass, and held there like an ice cream cone for a lengthy period of time. Aroma of apples, pears, babanas, and some spices. Sweet and a bit tart up front, followed by some fruity flavors, namely apples and pears. Finishes with some earthy spices, and just enough bitterness. Somewhat spritzy and light to medium body. A entire sheet of lace was what remained on the glass when finished. Warming alcohol certainly reminds you this is no session beer. Very well made.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml botte, pours a honey color sunburst with a golden glow. The head is thick and creamy with good retention, leaving behind sticky, amazing lace clinging to a La Chouffe tulip. Plenty of bubbles racing to the surface throughout the duration.

The aroma is delightful and warm, consisiting of light citrus, honey, caramelized sugar, cinnamon, clove, and a sublte floral characteristic.

The flavor provides citrus, strong spices, some apple and pear, honey, sugar coated malt and hops, and plenty of alcohol--burn baby burn (ABV 11 %).

The mouthfeel is tremendous: warm, bright, playful, and very complex. A riot in your mouth.

Drinkabitlity? I wouldn't drink too many at a sitting, but no one should.
My progression through one bottle was delightful. I would compare it to drinking a single malt scotch--there's an explosion of complexity and flavor, but you've got to expect a bit of a burn at the end. Enjoy the
flavor, enjoy the burn. A very solid Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, somewhat chalky gold. Buttercream pale yellow head with great retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Wow, this is NICE. Pineapple, peach, slightly fusel, floral, great rainwater funk. Candied orange slice lying on the floor. Better than I'm making it sound.

Taste: I can't believe how good this is. Spicy yeast and ripe pineapple base, slightly boozy, mouthful of bright fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and dense, but remains a bit lively.

Drinkability: It's 11 percent -- it's not drinkable. Still, it's so damn tasty you'll try. "Superior class" indeed.

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

Pours cloudy orange-apricot with generous carbobation and a monstrous creamy white head. Intricate sheets of lacing. Wonderful.

Smell is strongly of light fruit and alcohol. Nice belgian yeasty spices. Surprisingly solid malt character.

Taste is rich and thick sweet bready maltiness up front. Then a massive attack of spices and stinging alcohol take over. Corriander and pepper, with a medicinal quality. Finish is bitter with lingering orange peel.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

A very intriguing brew. A worthy belgian that is recommended. Very tasty and aggressive; as a belgian BSP should be.

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Photo of bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy bright golden orange with a long lasting creamy white head and tons of carbonation bubbles.

Smells citrusy sweet with a ton of yeast and nice strong pear odor.

Taste has a good blend of sweet and sharp flavors, with a strong yeasty profile. Making appearances are orange, pear, clove, nutmeg, and some nice bready flavors. Very complex and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and with a lot of carbonation and warmth.

Overall very good, will be enjoying this again soon.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Stumbling Monk into a smallish glass goblet.

Poured almost perfectly clear amber, thin head with big bubbles leaving similar lace. A good deal of swishing in the glass and mouth can bring forward what carbonation there is.

Smells faintly of hops and not a whole lot else. Tastes sweet like a cola, fruity - maybe like an apple cider.

By mid-glass the alcohol becomes more apparant, and the sweetness becomes less noticable.

Aftertastes are surprisingly clean despite it's syrupy feel in the mouth - citrus and bread. After the last sip you get a parting bite of bitter cocoa.

Overall very mild and very sweet/strong as expected. I imagine proper serving temperature is key - neither cold nor warm, but very medium cool. Too cold and you can't appriciate the subtle tastes; too warm and the sweet can be a little too much (unless you like a lambic!).

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Squat 330ml. brown bottle pours a murkish golden ale with a phenominal two-finger white head. Typical awesome Belgian beauty. Eventually, the head recedes a bit and leaves some heavy duty, thick bubble-web lacing all over.

Sweet fruity malt nose with notes of yeast, grassy hops and a boat load of alcohol, waivering off the back. Smells damn potent!

Sweet and spicy comes the malt, very complex and tasty. When the sweetness calms down, the hops and alcohol do their thing, balancing with some bitterness and warming the finish. Extremely quaffable for a beer with such a high ABV...seriously!

Big, almost chewy, medium plus body gives a good mouthfeel to this wonderful elixer. Easy as hell to drink, so really respect this Belgian wonder to the utmost...Cheers!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice thick head that falls into a foamy little head that's thick and it has a little bit of a good lacing on it, sticks well.

Smell is fragrant and wonderful like fragrant burnt sugar with hints of orange. Smell also has a little pepper and clove in it.

Taste is orange, clove, and a little sour.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, very nice.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one gushed out an extremely creamy, frothy off-white head with a suprisingly long and stable retention. The bottom was also very appealing, golden orange-yellow hue that was opaque and reflective.

Initial smell reminded me of sourdough, quite bready with a tart fruit smell. Sweet, sticky candied smell with faint traces of alcohol.

Over-the-top tart fruit flavor was heavy, with a crisp sourness. Noticeable phenols, light, lingering trace of alcohol. Champagne-like grapes and a really, really dry finish that leaves a stickiness in the back of the throat. Some diacetyl presence, and I also detected a roasted malt presence towards the end.

11% ABV? I would've never guessed. This Belgian strong is pretty bold, interesting and contains a whole lot of flavor. Recommended!

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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 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 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 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 descartes
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Dark yellow with half finger of head.
Smell: Straw smell, malty, slight earthy smell.
Taste: Sweet front with hops, not much else there or at least for me.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight carbonation.
Drinkability: Not my thing, hops oriented but a decent brew.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a very large head. Aroma seems to be dominated with by the alcohol with hints of honey and wheat. Now this is a tastey brew. Bannana flavors along with along with other misc. fruits dominate the flavor along with a strong alcohol punch. A damn fine brew that I don't get to enjoy often enough.

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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 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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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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