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.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of burnstar
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear effervescent gold. Descent sized white fizzy head. Aroma is yeasty. A bit phenolic. Bananas. A touch of alcohol. Huge malty taste. Somewhat sweet but sweetness is overshadowed by the other flavors. Significant bitterness in the middle and through the finish- perhaps more so than in most belgian pales. Lots of yeast notes. Light fruit. Grassy. Herbal. Virtually no booze is noticeable. Full bodied and heavily carbonated. Fairly drinkable for its strength. A solid and very tasty belgian pale.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -pours a hazy ale colour with a white head. About 2 finger head, fairly foamy. Some good lacing. Not a lot of carbonation but some.

Smell - found the smell to be sweet based. there are nodes of banana and wheat, I can also pick up hints of a grape in there.

taste - found the taste to be a lot like the smell, banana and grapes. ther wheat is fairly well hidden. Alcohol was not a factor either, little bitterness near the end.

mouthfeel - this was ok, i found the alcohol REALLY came through. Made the beer have an extreme bitter taste, lasting as well.

drinkability - meh, not a bad beer, not something i would go after again in the future.

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Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color. After a careful pour to avoid yeast, the head was rather small yet dense, left a solid ring after it settled.

The aroma has a strong scent of golden raisins, which is a bit odd in a golden belgian ale. Perhaps a touch of oxidation occurred. Has some vinous characteristics.

The vinous notes continue onto the flavor, almost has a grapejuice flavor. Some pepper spice but nothing strong. Actually not much flavor from the yeast. I expect these flavors from a dubbel or BSDA not a pale.

The feel is light to moderate to very fizzy carbonation. Carbonation almost burns. Sweet on the palate and finishes dry, which is spot on for the style.

Not what I expect from a BSPA, almost opposite. Very fruity with strong raisin presence and almost no yeasty flavors. Tastes like its old but it feels fresh.

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Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden colour, 3 fingers of thick white head, sticky, decent lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus, notes of candy, leafy hop and wafts of alcohol. Taste is yeasty, sugary sweetness, mildly hoppy, a dry hop presence is detected there is also a nice alcohol warmness that is mild considering that the ABV is quite high here. Medium weight, coats the palate well, fairly high carbonation that helps the drinkability of the beer. Very drinkable, ABV is quite high and that takes away from overall drinkability, one of these every few months or so would be a pleasure.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured on a duvel tulip glass

A- Golden, with some amber hints. A very effervescent and perflectly white medium head that does not stand long but leaves a nice lacing

S- Fruity: citrus and pear are backed up by alcohol. Simple but very nice

T- Mostly what the smell suggests. A big but pleasant and warming alcoholic feel is nicely matched by the fruity notes. There is also a spicy feel from the esters, yeast is in fact there and is easily detectable in the finish

M- The beer is surely bitter for the style, but that's a nice crispy bitterness that leaves room for flavours to fill up the mouth. It also has a really big body

D- The bitterness is good with the mouthfeel but is an issue with drinkability. Match it with the alcoholic feel and you'll get an excessive roughness on the palate and an unpleasant tart aftertaste

That's a very good beer and i love it for its strong character, but it is not among the finest ones

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Photo of faroutadventure
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice hazy golden color. Looks like champagne, with nice snowy white head.

S - Expressive tones of honey, citruses, banana, prunes and cloves.

T - Very nice spicy and fresh taste of honey with banana and citruses. Everything is well arranged and combined. Little dry end. Alcohol is very well hidden in the body and warms the throat nicely. Totally classic beer.

M - Medium to high carbonation with medium body. Very nice.

D - Very drinkable, however very very strong, so it is really dangerous, watch out on the high alcohol content:)

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

A - nice hazy yellow with nice head
S - expressive tones of honey, citruses, banana and clove
T - very nice spicy and fresh taste of honey with banana and citruses. Everything is well arranged and combined. Little dry end. Alcohol is very well hidden in the body and warms the throat nicely.
M - medium to high carbonation with medium body
D - very drinkable, however very very strong, so it is really dangerous :)

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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 realbeerbaron
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type 33cl bottle with expiry date on back poured into Chimay chalice

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. The head retention is low giving way to a traditional belgian lace that sticks around.

S: First hints of banana and cloves which are then dominated by the yeasts and malts.

T: slight fruity overtones, giving way to a very distinct malt/yeast combination accompanied by the taste of the alcohol.

M: High level of carbonation creamy at first but then dry.

D: I didnt mind this beer. Of the 3 that I tried of this brand this was my least favorite, the alcohol content was too prevelant and overpowered the flavours in this beer.

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

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden colour with a pillowy white head. Appears highly effervescent, consistent vigorous stream of bubbles rising from the base of the glass.
Smells of grape, apple, slightly tart/sour.
Fruity and sweet, light citrus notes, Belgian yeast, and very faint hoppy bitterness near the finish which is pleasant. Finishes on the sweet/boozy side, but I found it smoother than expected given the ABV.
Medium to light bodied with a high level of carbonation, which while somewhat appropriate for the style, seems a bit distracting in this instance. Perhaps a more aggressive pour would've changed my opinion.
I enjoyed this one, my first out of a mixed sixer from the brewery. It reminded me quite a bit of Duvel (which can't be a bad thing), just a touch sweeter and boozier.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into the brewery tulip and let sit for a few minutes to open up. A burnt orange and a little red with; hazy, unable to see through at all. Half a finger of off white head that thins a bit and leaves a little lacing.

S: orange is prevalent and a very sweet smell. A light malty character and even a little peppery towards the end.

T: fruity and cloying sweetness hit hard in the beginning and don't lend to too many other flavors. There is orange zest and perhaps a ginger flavor. The alcohol is there and is only masked a little by the sweetness. I detect no hop profile at all in this sweet beer.

MF: medium body and very warm, creamy and slightly effervescent.

D: I wouldn't buy again but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me at a tasting. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW...poured into a pint mug to breathe. By previous reviews I was worried about the alcohol. Poured into mug, head is bubbly and disappears fast good peach color very tasty for being slightly thick yet silky smooth with an alcohol finish. Very good sipper definitely worth saving. Fruity but NOT over sweet. WILL GET AGAIN, $5 for a single bottle but this beer and this style is too great to not spread the word...YAR!!!

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Photo of kwjd
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased From the Control Board in Ontario as part of a 6 bottle pack that contains 3 beers from the brewery. Pours a golden yellow colour that starts out with nice white head that dissipates without much lacing. Smells quite fruity with lots of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Flavour has a burst of alcohol at first, with some mild sweetness. Carbonation is way too big, hard to take sips with the aggressive carbonation. I think my review sounds more negative than I really feel about the beer, it still tastes good, just not as good as the other beers I've had from the brewery so far.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass.

Close to a Duvel. Nevertheless, stronger in alcohol, sweeter and less bitter which makes it less drinkable.

A: Golden yellow color with a medium white and big bubbled head. Reasonable retention. A bit cloudy
S: Sweet. Malts, fruits and the traditional Belgian yeasts. Alcoholic
T: Sweet. Very malty and fruity. Yeasts. Alcohol is quite present. Lack hops and bitterness
M: Heavy and molasses body as expected. Medium carbonation
D: Good beer. Perhaps a bit too strong. Lack some bitterness

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

I had this after enjoying Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Red Ale (7%) and Old Buccaneer Reserve (9%). Like those two, the alcohol is tough to detect in this beer, especially at 11%. You do get a hint of it, but not the kick one might expect.

I poured this one in a small glass and it had a bit of head, but very little of one. Like the other two beers, it dissipated rather quickly. This beer pours a dark, golden color.

The taste is a little bitter - "smoky" my wife said. Good, drinkable and masking that 11% very well. Belgian Strong Pale Ale is a style of beer I need to become more familiar with.

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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 Daniell
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: yellowy pee-y bronzey colour. Lacing reasonable. 3.5

S: alcohol. Then when I smell deeper it reminds me of Chimay. Not necessarily Chimay white either. It actually reminds me of the blue. You get some creamy maltiness here also. 4

T: also reminds me of Chimay. I'm thinking blue bruised fruits here? Overripe plums in particular. Then you get a smooth golden maltiness. A lot of candi sugar. Very good, intensely flavoured beer. After reading other reviews I would also say peach juice. But not the peach in la fin du monde, this is juicy peach but not as cloyingly sweet. 4

M: The beer feels like silk in my mouth, this along with the smooth sweetness is heavenly. 4.5

D: although I'm drinking it slowly and appreciating it, you could really put this down effectively. The only things that would stop you are its sweetness and price. 4

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Photo of crossovert
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle form a mix 6 pack with 2 other varieties of Bière Du Boucanier .

Pours into my Duvel tulip with a big white head that leaves good lacing and a deep amber/gold hue that is pretty clear.

It definitely has some fruit esters and some spice form the yeast in the scent. There is also a nice bit of malt and a pinch of hops.

The taste is a bit sweet and cloying and a bit unrefined. It has some fruitiness and spice and a lot of malt. The malt is all over the place, caramel, butterscotch, pecan pie, molasses ect... It isn't as light and pleasant as most that come from this style are, mainly due to the abv.

This one also is docked in drinkability points as the alcohol is just not masked well enough.

Overall it is decent, but there are better alternatives out there at this abv.

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Photo of jsh420
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky golden brownish orange with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smell is faint - light fruit belgian yeast

taste - tart apples some figs some banana - belgian yeast - bready malts

mouthfeel is very smooth - has some life but overall very boring

drinkability - for an 11%abv this is strong but the flavors are not there - i doubt i buy this again

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Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with a medium head that slowly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Fruit tartness with some hay scents.

T - Alcohol comes through right away with slight tartness and hoppiness afterwards.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Alcohol is too strong and not masked at all. Very difficult to have any more and taste is faint as well which is not too promising for future consumption.

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Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bière Du Boucanier Golden Ale is an amber color with a one inch, off-white head that settles to a splotchy skin covering.

The aroma is unripe peaches, still a little on the tart side.

The taste comes across as both sweet and tart, no bitterness at all. Peaches again, and apples.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the tongue interested.

Drinkability is good, despite the well hidden 11.00 ABV.

Definitely not a beer to be judged by it's cover. Beer da Buc is a serious Belgian and well worth a try.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fun with the live review...
Poured into a 2oz snifter. If it weren't for the full, slightly-orange and medium-bodied head it would've all fit into the glass from the 11.2 oz (330ml) bottle. The head leaves nice lacing as it deflates.

The nose is remarkable: it smells a bit like the sea. A few wines I have tried have this smell and I cannot rightly place it, sorry. Notes of citrus and alcohol are present also.

It tastes fruity and tangy with the smells from the nose creeping along the edges, not too much bread or yeast.The citrus is more pronounced than in the nose and there is a vanilla twinge to the aftertaste.

Carbonation is pleasantly high and the body is light-medium so the taste doesn't linger too long, though there seems to be a revisiting of the citrus at the tail end of the experience.

All in all, a good strong Belgian pale. Did I say strong (11%)?

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

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip glass.

Golden body body with radiant yellow-gold highlights. A glowing slightly cloudy mixture with a finger of light and airy merengue-like froth on top. I take pleasure in marring the perfect white page of foam by shaking out the last several drops of brown yeast sediment. Pebbly lacing brought back down rapidly by the viscous legs. Very good retention for such a high ABV.

Heady aroma of clove, oranges, red banana, sourdough, and hints of orange rhum, honey, and funk - very nicely put together. Somewhat floral, but the alcohol seems to disguise the hops to some degree.

Bitter and bready on the palate, while making no apologies about its alcohol content. Esters come next in the form of orange peel with hints of cherry, while the finish brings out some pepper and a little heat. Fairly dry overall - sort of like a hot-rodded tripel with more attenuation.

Very filling mouth-feel, the carbonation is plush and expansive lending a creaminess to offset the spice and heat. A little hot for the style yet still refreshing - though it wouldn't be wise, I could see drinking more than one of these in a session.

While not on par with the best examples of the style (lacking both relative complexity or delicacy), I think this is somewhat underrated, and might be my personal favorite of the many beers brewed by Van Steenberge...

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Even after settling in the fridge for 24 hours this produced copious amounts of head. The easily visible bubbling in the glass can best be described as "like a jacuzzi" The beer itself has a dusty wheat color. Lacing on the glass was pretty strong, and I don't even have to mention that the bottle has a pirate on it. Good enough for me, arrgh.

S - The initial smell starts out a little dull odd for the jet streams of carbonation. But with a little patience I noticed that it moves on to a few different smells. mild yeast, some sugar, orange, plastic, expired maple syrup, and Polish grain alcohol

T - The taste like a lot of these high malt Belgians changes over time. Initially I got a powerful sugary taste, with big spoonfuls of corn and orange. At first there is a bit of an unpleasant malt liquor tang and the burn of vodka. But once that goes away you find some nice malty tones and mild hops that get better and better with each sip.

M - There's too much of an alcohol sting for this to get a 5 rating, but the strong body and thick viscosity go down gulp after gulp without a care. If you could some how carbonate warm pancake syrup this is what it would feel like.

D - This is a hard one to rate. The 11% alcohol keeps this from being an anytime beer. But at the same time the nice color and gradually improving taste and smell keep this in good standing. It's hard to compare this to others in the same style like Duval. But it's not bad.

Note* The label read the ingredients as: barley malt, sucrose, orange peel

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tulip at Cafe Bruges.

A: The ale is an orange golden color, light enough to be firmly in the BSPA camp. A small head, less than 1/2 a finger, laced at the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet, pale candis sugars mix with heavy alcohol and a mild grassy hop presence.

T: The fusel alcohols are heavy in the first few sips, overloading the palate with heat. As the ale warms, the alcohol fades. Replacing the heat is a sweet candi sugar body and mild spices that include honey and a touch of pepper. The caramel malts are more evident the warmer the ale gets.

M: A full-bodied Belgian ale that doesn't skimp on flavor (once it warms). Let it warm though, otherwise the fusel flavors are too much.

D: A strong ale indeed, it almost knocked me out. As it was, I didn't drive home.

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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.
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