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

This is a very nice, tasty Belgian ale that is surprisingly easy to drink for the strength.

Gold, bubbly, it has a huge off-white head, almost out of control, that slowly shirnks to a thick, rocky, puffy, frothy head and leaves some frothy lace.

The aroma is raisiny, yeasty, with grain, and a hint of banana. It is sweetish and grainy-fruity, in a manner somewhat reminiscent of a good, more full-bodied malt liquor.

The taste is similar, strong, alcoholic bread and grain, raisin, spicey and grainy, a bit sweet with light fruitiness (apricot and hints of banana and apple skin). It tastes like it's alcoholic but not overly so and is very smooth. It's not the most complex beer out there, but it has plenty of flavour and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light to medium straw, decent off white head, leaves to disk.

S - Tropicana, baby. Tropical fruits, banana, juicyfruit.

T - Boozy Full mouthed taste for the smell. Wowo.

M - Great carb, good coat, balance a little heavy on the booze, but nice.

D - For the style, very!

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Photo of bryanbrick
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz stubby, one of the best vessels for beer in my opinion. Hear me out. The stubby allows for compactness leading to hide-ability, which makes it easy to get something like this 11%ABV wonder into places it is not supposed to go (Baseball games, movie theatres, etc..) with ease.

With its billowing, pillow-y, unbleached white head and a maize colored body this not only a great beer to smell and taste but one to admire in your favorite beer glass. This leaves plenty of complex lacing patterns all over the glass and stays heady through out.

The nose is complex, yet inviting, with its freshly risen dough qualities, the snappy cracked wheat notes from the hops and the slight vanilla sweetness from the Belgian candy sugar. But it teeters on being a bit too sweet for my liking knocking it down a half point or two.

Although far from heavy this is a beer that instantly warms the cockles and puts a serious layer of flavors down on the palate. Creamy custard, husky wheat berries, fresh bakers yeast and dried apricots are all apparent in abundance here. As this warms the high ABV becomes more present so keep this sucker cool. If not you start to taste the solvent and butter popcorn flavors, that I don't care for much personally, much more.

The carbonation is a bit prickly but is a nice foil to the rich, coating mouth feel. But the dyactyl (Spelling?) which leaves that buttered popcorn feel is all over this bad boy. That slick creamy quality layered with the building sweetness makes this a bit to cloying for my acid loving palate.

For the non-sweet tooth types, like me, this would be a great substitute for dessert. But take it easy and don't go back for seconds, at 11% and full of sugary richness this would put one hell of a hurt on you the next day.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tough brew, but enjoyable all the same.

Nose is a bit fruity, but in the sense of overripened tropical fruits with vodka notes. its clean and doesn't hide the dried fruitiness, but its boozy and doesnt hide it. Flavor is clean and rather unyeasty. No burn on the tongue. Taste is a bit more aggressive than other Belgian Tripels...almost reminds me of a fresh Golden Monkey. I like this beer a lot and consider it an undervalued black sheep of the style, but I have trouble convincing myself to drink more than one. Its a nice Appertif or Digestiv...but without food it can be too much.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a gigantic, foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A fruity nose, along with lots of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of malt, a variety of fruits, some spices and, of course, Belgian yeast. A nicely complex flavor.

M: Well-carbonated with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is definitely a drinkable beer. Lively with a good amount of character and complexity.

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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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Bière Du Boucanier Golden from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.84 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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