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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) - Brasserie de Saverne

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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)

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BA SCORE
63
poor

84 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Saverne
France

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the standard 5.5% Boris that comes in bottle and can; white label.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-29-2004)
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rab53

Washington

1/5  rDev -60.9%

12-05-2011 04:56:37 | More by rab53
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.2/5  rDev -53.1%

Bottle: Poured a very pale yellow color beer with a standard white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma is totally skunked which is not a surprise considering they still insist on importing green bottle over the pond. Taste is also dominated by the skunked aroma. Body is totally watery and incredibly thin. More bad then boring.

05-01-2006 14:16:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.27/5  rDev -50.4%

This beer sucks. I can't believe I still have five more bottles of this, which will probably be given away. Comes in a stubbie, green, 250mL bottle. Even in my small mug, it only comes up to a little over half, including head. Which was next to none. Maybe the width of a fingernail of foam. Pale yellow colour. No lace. Light skunk smell. Not much else. Am I detecting a malt profile, or is that my subconscious playing tricks on me? It's my subconscious playing tricks on me. Tastes bland. Not much of anything. Bit of a skunky flavour. No hop, no malt, not even any adjuncts. Bland, boring, nothing. Watery mouthfeel. Pretty much undrinkable swill. The best thing about this beer is the bullshit propaganda that is printed on the packaging and bottle.

06-27-2004 23:31:27 | More by slitherySOB
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putnam

Michigan

1.3/5  rDev -49.2%

There are at least two insulting things about this beer. The phony appeal to "values" on the label and the quality of the beer itself. First, the beer:
Sourish pale grains on the nose are instantly recognizable as junk ingredients on a par with Busch, Red Dog or Stella Artois. Fizzy with neutral, slightly toasted sugars, there is plenty of room for the intrusion of searing husk tannins, cloying sugar and naked alcohol flavors. Sour, bitter and - somehow - appallingly bland. Masochist's beer.

Here's the text:
"My values are..."
Great - can't wait to hear about the values of this 'me' speaking from a beer label. Values are what defines us. This must be 'personal' beer.
"... those of a generation..."
What?! 'Me' is 'we'? My values = generation's values? Get out! This is purposely vague, pandering bullshit that sounds like it might mean something, but of course does not.
"... that has taken control of its existence..."
So 'you' control your existence by gobbling up grandiose prose wrapped around depression-era styled, industrial, corporate beer.
"... and future."
Beware of anyone waving a flag and offering you a beer.

08-21-2004 22:14:37 | More by putnam
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

1.68/5  rDev -34.4%

Yuck! Skunk piss in a bottle. A friend (or an enemy in disguise) gave me a bottle of this to try. I was a little worried since it's a green bottle that had to travel from France all the way over here to the USA. Smell is skunkier then a Heinie and the taste is just as bad. It pours a very light straw color with a thin head that vanishes in a matter of seconds. Smells so bad that I almost had to hold my nose to take sips of it. Tastes horrible. Drain pour.

06-13-2006 16:52:31 | More by Imstillthegman
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Ammon

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

02-07-2013 02:51:51 | More by Ammon
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Brought over by a friend a few weeks back. Really not good at all. Unpleasant aroma, and even worse flavour. Adjuncty. Light mouthfeel. Something off (rotten vegetables?). Way high on the carbonation, and a dull, icky aftertaste. Drain poured the remaining three.

05-22-2007 20:49:50 | More by crwills
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

05-06-2012 09:39:58 | More by Wordslinger
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granger10

Wisconsin

1.83/5  rDev -28.5%

Strongly pungent aroma, bitter corn, and sweaty socks. Not too good. Taste has less pungency but its still there. Lots of adjunct taste here, maybe even stronger than in most of the BMC beers. Grainy huskiness and sour notes, but not in a good way. Decently carbonated but not much to this beer. Good for novelty's sake with the 8.5 oz bottle and talks of the French Rev (maybe?) but that doesn't make the beer any good.

11-13-2004 13:41:25 | More by granger10
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev -26.6%

My girlfriend bought this beer thinking it was the Heavyweight B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Orignal Russian Imperial Stout), but it wasn't. Pours a nice looking amber with a decent sized off-white head. Smells like complete ass. Grainy and wheaty, and absoolutly hop presence anywhere. Tastes grainy, with no complexity anywhere. I have to give it to this beer though, it's quite crisp and clean. That's about all that it's got going for it. Avoid it.

11-20-2004 03:36:33 | More by santoslhalper
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Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -24.6%

Presentation: I found this lonely single 250 ml bottle today. It was damn cheap. So, it was a good opportunity to give it a try.

Appearance: Another yellow fizzy lager. Usual suspect. Not much else to say.

Smell: The classic skunk smell of the euro pale lagers, but this one is really awful when you uncap it. After that, it is tolerable.

Taste: A very boring hoppy water with malt. Dull.

Mouthfeel: I never reviewed a so watery beer. Some carbonation will create the so-called mouthfeel. Otherwise, it is really b

Drinkability: It is ok, if you're a unexperienced underage drinker who want a really cheap euro pale lager. Otherwise, you desserve better products (almost everything else). I am glad to have only bought one of their stupid 250 ml format bottle. Why they don't bottle by 11.5 / 12 oz standard format? At least, their label is nice. Boris has a malternative sister: Boris Cool. In this type, Boris is doing much better than its beer, but Boris Cool is not beer...

05-09-2005 00:38:30 | More by Barraclou
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -21.9%

01-17-2012 16:07:03 | More by irishkyle21
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

2/5  rDev -21.9%

11-05-2013 20:48:00 | More by CurtisD
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -21.9%

The hi-lite of this brew was its skunky aroma and it just went downhill after that.
The colour was a very thin light yellow. Short head leaving a nice glass ring. Carbonation is nice.
The body is very thin and lacking.
The taste is papery.
Mouthfeel mirrors the body.
Off to the sink I go....say goodbye to Boris.

07-07-2004 04:10:58 | More by Shiloh
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mrskunk

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -21.9%

05-10-2012 15:31:45 | More by mrskunk
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Brent

Kentucky

2.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Label sports a little red guy running with a flag - lots of writing on the label about following only one's own flag - leaves one to puzzle about the marketing strategy going on here, is drinking this beer supposed to be some anti-establishment gesture?

Small green bottle. On pouring an instantaneous and powerful skunky aroma assaults the nose. Same for the initial flavor. I am able, with some effort, to pick out sweet malt and a surprising degree of hops drowned in the skunkyness. I expect some degree of this in a green bottle Euro-lager, but perhaps my sample was light-abused as the aroma is beyond an acceptable level. I think somewhere in there was a fairly good, clean lager.

06-09-2004 13:39:16 | More by Brent
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Well folks, what we have here is a beer with an agenda. The focus is Generation X'ers. So this beer is supposed to be edgy and different, revolutionary and value based. It's got "now" graphics, is sold in a unique six-pack and comes in distinctive, small 250ml green bottles. It's just jumps up and down screams "I'm different".

This is one of those projects where all the effort has gone into the marketing with precious little thought for what's actually in the bottle – which, for the record, is just some Euro pap.

So kiddies, run away, you really don't want to play with this.

And for the brewers, get in the game. Beer's been around forever. Learn the art and show some respect for your elders.

Feh.

02-17-2004 18:58:21 | More by TerryW
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.08/5  rDev -18.8%

Pours to a miserable small level from an 8.5 oz. bottle, wtf? Small white head, leaves a solid layer on top of the beer. Wow. Taste and smell is about as average of a euro lager as you could hope to find anywhere. Lots of grassy malt, but has more skunk than it should. Not very good, a trendy waste-your-time beer, if anything.

10-23-2004 14:57:28 | More by TastyTaste
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.08/5  rDev -18.8%

Tiny 8.5oz bottle. My half glass poured a clear golden color with a medium thick white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sometimes sweet, sometimes skunky. Light-bodied with very little flavor. Mild hops and sweet corn are about all. Actually the flavor was better than expected, in that it actually had a little. The finish is clean and relatively flavorless aside from a mild bitterness.

01-27-2005 21:04:38 | More by Dogbrick
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -18%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with little head and no lacing

Smell: Skunks, corn and a bit of petroleum

Taste: Not much on the front end, a little bit of hops in the middle and somewhat sweet on the finish

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied for a lager

Drinkability: You could argue that this is a refreshing beer to serve on a warm summer's day; on the other hand, why bother?

01-31-2005 23:39:05 | More by brentk56
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Billolick

New York

2.13/5  rDev -16.8%

Teensy weensy bottle, I spotted it in a bodega in the Bronx that has a pretty respectable selection. Pours murky/cloudy dull medium amber, with a fairly long lasting white head and leaving some fine lacing. Artificial smelling, pencil shavings? Nasty tasting liquid, plastic, rotten vegatables, yum. I took a chance and paid the price, I couldn't get through 8 ounces of this stuff and it ended up as a drain pour.

10-18-2006 03:01:15 | More by Billolick
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -16.8%

500ml can looks great but beer in glass does not look good.

A- Darkish gold. Head dies down in a matter of seconds. Unappetizing patching and ring remain. Good number of bubbles rising.

S- Corn syrup. Lightest malt. Strong brewer's yeast.

T- Brewer's yeast all the way. Vitamin D pills. The brewer's yeast taste is definitely interesting yet borderline disgusting. I guess you could learn to appreciate it but I think the flavor should be finer or show more complexity to become interesting and ideally appreciated.

M- Ordinary macro mouthfeel tending toward watery. Seems viscous and dry at the same time which is strange and not particularly enjoyable.

D- Not high for me since I don't like the taste.Goes down kind of easy though.

Bad beer. Interesting because it's different though. I'd like to try a good beer with this ''brewer's yeast profile'' flavor if it exists.

02-09-2010 02:53:09 | More by Yoonisaykul
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -16%

A coworker gave a bottle of this for me to try, I'd never heard of it before. Came in a small 250 ml green bottle. The blurb on the front label says in scripted silver: "My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future." Oblique marketing, could just as easily fit into a Pepsi or IKEA ad.

A decent clear golden colour in appearance, small fizzle of carbonated head on the pour. The aroma is that of metallic grains and sweet corn, and some other adjunct that I can't place, possibly preservatives. In the flavour department it starts out with a raw grain husk character, melding into a sweet corn finish, the faintest hint herbal hops appearing on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and a bit caustic from the carbonation, and possible additives. Am glad this was a free one and I didn't have to pay for it, and won't be buying any myself. My values are those of a generation that won't go near sub par beer like this, no matter how psuedo-inspiring the marketing campaign tries to come across. I'd take a PBR over this stuff.

11-16-2004 23:45:23 | More by IronDjinn
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JISurfer

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -14.1%

Wow, now I know why I don't usually buy French beer. This is not a very good beer at all. I figured I would try it though, cause it was cheap. The bottle was kinda cool, but reminded me of communisim or something. Basically, this beer was just like Heinekin or most other netherlands green bottled skunky beers, but a little lighter on the skunk.

04-26-2004 01:33:11 | More by JISurfer
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -12.9%

A good golden yellow, with tiny buttles. A small head that dissapear very quickly just shy to say hell and "hop" its gone! Leaving an oil firm on my glass.

Smell: Malty, tiny bit fruity and watery

In mouth it felt a bit oily, the malt was taking over, and an after-taste I cannot identify.

Not impressed at all....

10 min after I finished my beer, I purped and a nice taste of wet cartonboard was there, god bless the small green bottle!

12-11-2004 00:08:02 | More by 3Vandoo
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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
63 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.