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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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84 Ratings

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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

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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2.5/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 500mL can.

Pours a bright, clear, golden color with some fairly active carbonation that creates a thin wispy white ringed lace.

Slight esters in the nose with a base of cooked cereal grains and hints of buttery notes in the back; hello, you're not supposed to be here.

Mouthfeel is near medium, with a slight chewy water consistency. Lively and crisp carbonation on the palate. Mildly sweet with more cooked cereal grains, hint of berry-like esters, and dab of caramel. Powdery malts. Light herbal hop note; very light, and that's it for hops. Light metallic notes. Fairly clean finish, but there's something lingering that's kind of lackluster.

Nothing offensive here, but it's a bit bland and one-dimensional overall.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 22:05:34 | More by Todd
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Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a listing for "Boris" and one for "Boris- Le Flacon D'Alsace", I figure it's the same thing so I'll just review it under the more popular name. Picked up a tallboy can at the LCBO, I thought the packaging was cool, didn't know it had such a bad rep on here. Alright, let's give it a shot.

Yellowy-amber appearance, with a small, fizzy white head that recedes to nothing quickly. Skunky smell with a rough, yeasty edge, nothing overwhelming.

The taste is watery, nothing spectacular, just yeasty and a bit bitter. Sort of that dull, skunky Heineken-y aftertaste. Bitter, earthy finish, weak hops. Thin mouthfeel, but still quaffable and inoffensive. Overall, tastes stale and uninspired.

It's still not bad, and I still drank it down without any complaints, but I definitely won't be paying for this again.

Serving type: can

01-27-2009 05:17:59 | More by atomicbolt
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Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow, big foamy head that sticks around, some lacing quite carbonated... a good looking lager.

Aroma of continental malt and a faint delicate aroma of fresh grassy hops. Flavor is a malt backbone being haunted with a bit to much dyacetyl and oxidation. Bitter finish is adequate but overall the beer seems a little sweet. After closer examination I realise the can is past its best before date by a few months.

Actally quite a respectable european example of a common lager, I'll bet it's quite good of a fresh tap in Alsace.

Serving type: can

09-04-2008 00:27:41 | More by bloberglawp
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear straw colour, 4 cm of head dissipates quite quickly. Little carbonation visible. Smells yeasty and grassy. Little jumps out in the taste; some generic grains/bread taste, with a bitterness that sits heavily on the back of the tongue. Slightly drying. Light body with slight carbonation.
The can is fairly striking, with the logo of a man running with a flag. An individualist slogan is printed overtop of the logo. Somewhat ironic given the bland nature of this beer. While never offensive, this beer is simply too middle of the road and boring for me to recommend, or try again.

Serving type: can

06-11-2008 22:24:08 | More by nighthawk
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased bottle at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax.

Appearance: Pours a pale amber colour with a small bone white head, resides very quickly to almost nothing.

Aroma: Sweet, musty grains, a little bread and a little grassy.

Taste: Sweet, light struck, low bitterness. Not very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, higher carbonation.

Final Statement: Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:53:36 | More by MMansfield
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2.38/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tiny bottle, poured into a fluted glass.

A couple centimeters of foam soon rise and fall. Clear amber yellow coloration. Stubborn yeast ring at the bottom. Spotty patterned lacing.

Very skunky smell, husky grain.

Taste is fairly bitter, with a watery mouthfeel. Toasted cracker. An apple aftertaste, the only redeeming quality...suggesting yeast was actually used in the process.

Picked this up for $1 on a whim at Dobbys in the burbs, based solely on the label design & price. Won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 05:03:30 | More by emerge077
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Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can..no date code

Hard pour puts a crystal clear gold lager in the glass with a instantly disappearing cap and no lacing ( uh-oh is see adjucts)

Aroma...like wet paste board soaked in weak corn syrup ( uh-oh is smell dextrin syrups)

Taste: fizzy, bland, watery, wealk malt presence, over filtered with the prominenece of stale over-boiled cheap hop pellets..finish is dry, fast and there is a malt/corn extract cardboard after taste (uh-oh I taste malt extracts and dextrin syrup suppliments)

Now I know why I waited years to buy just one to sample because buying six would leave 5 to go bad waiting for me to revist this bland over-processed concoction....in the vein of domestic extract-brewed buck a beer swill, but priced like a premium import...pass it up.

Serving type: can

05-23-2007 00:26:15 | More by pootz
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Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 20:49:50 | More by crwills
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Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cute as hell bottle..250ml..certainly a wordier slogan on the label than ' I Am Canadian'. There goes 1/2 of the canuck market right there.

lager amber yellow, bit cloudy as there was some sediment in the botton of the bottle. Poor head retention aand equally poor lacing.

smell is unobtrusive..faint sweetness..some malt

taste: sweet initally with subtle malt, a taf metallic in the middle and then a kick of hop bitterness.

has a dry finish..ok mouthfeel

appearance and smell bring down this score..but certainly comparable to Grolsch or Heiniken.

note..although it come in a green bottle..the packaging is sealed..hence no light struck hops..ie..no skunk

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 01:20:36 | More by Shadman
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Quebec (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can. Best before 05/08.

A- A clear pale gold beer with white head. Minor effervescence. Head settles far too quickly.

S- Faint hops. A little "funny" smelling (mushroomy). Faint grassy notes and very faint fruity notes. It barely has a smell.

T- Very watery with slight bitter hops up top and in finish. Basic unispired macro lager. Not skunky, probably because its in a light-blocking aluminum can. There is a mildewy note in the middle that does not fit and just tastes off.

MF- Light and watery, but not bad for the style.

D- Easy drinker to wash food down with. But there are much more pleasant ways to achieve that end.

Serving type: can

02-23-2007 01:37:31 | More by JOaikido
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3.35/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.5 ounce stubby bottle, neat but does not count towards this review. Light yellow hue, a well maintained off-white head, bubbly lacing. Metallic, sweet green apple smell; some grainy malts slightly detectable. Mild euro-hops, vinegar and candy apple tastings. The mouthfeel is tender and a fast cleanser. Decent carbonation and a husky-earthy-hoppy finish. Nothing fancy here, an easy drinking Euro lager. Better than the several marketed counterparts, yet more difficult to locate.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 03:40:07 | More by GeoffRizzo
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New York

2.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 03:01:15 | More by Billolick
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2.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Undated 8.5oz "purchased" at Pizza Papalis in Dearborn and poured into a pokal.

Clear brass with a small fizzy head of white that shows no retention or lace.

Skunky Heinekenesque aromas with grains in the back.

Crisp upfront with a grainy flavor into the grassy/skunky hops. Green bottles suck. Decently clean finish.

The mouth is thin but has lots of lively carbonation. If you want to go for macro flavor without all the guilt that may come from going mainstream, have at it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 00:19:51 | More by ypsifly
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Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a fizzy white head. Some clinging power and retention.

S - Bandaids, green apples and metallic.

T - Dunno what to say about this. Nothing off about it - just a grainy pale lager taste.

M - Fizzy, light bodied.

D - Sure. Nothing special but nothing off either. Pretty much an average pale euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 01:38:47 | More by allergictomacros
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1.68/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 16:52:31 | More by Imstillthegman
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Quebec (Canada)

1.2/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 14:16:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of 13 beers from this month's meeting of the Michiana Coalition of the drinking (now 4 members!). I like the little bottle so it gets presentation points. bubbly, orange brown drink that pours with a 1/4in. head. malt, corn odor. kind of skunky smelling. taste is of bitten, bavarian? hops, malt, and with a butterscotch finish. smooth, fairly drinkable, although a little strange. i think i'm probably done with Boris.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 14:42:13 | More by aforbes10
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3.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boris seemed like a good idea for an afternoon whistle wetter. The tiny 8.5 ounce bottle spewed forth a golden straw coloured liquid. A white head sprouted but fell to a thin cap in seconds. Some lacing skirts the edges of the glass. The nose smells much like the tin of the bottle cap. Lager scents of hay and pale barley fume off of the liquid. It has a little air of green glass skunk funk as well. The taste is somewhat sugary and mildly bitter. It has a nearly sour fruitiness that reminds me of sparkling wine or something of that nature. Aftertaste holds some dryness. The mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is fine as this is not a very hefty creation by any means. I probably would not buy this again, because I would rather swill a mac beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 18:17:02 | More by SupaCelt
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North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I bought this beer as a single simply because I had never heard of it. It poured out a very light straw color. It had a very thin head that was gone by the time I sat the glass down. It has a lot of carbonation in it because the bubbles are furious. Just no head to show for it's efforts. The taste is of a bitter light beer. It actually taste similar to a macro. I don't think I could drink many of these. I guess this is why they put it in 8.5 oz bottles. Not many people could stomach a full 12 ozs.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 00:33:31 | More by Enola
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3.65/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long and the short of it: it's in acute bottle, but it's green glass which allows it to become skunked (I haven't found an undamaged one yet); nice label; nice, sweetish malt; pleasant smear of hop flavor; good balance; fuller body than expected; very drinkable and quite enjoyable... a little bit heavier, less bitter and crisp, and somewhat sweetish in comparison to a pilsner. Refreshing and satiating. Charming, and worth a try. Without losing points for the aroma, this would score pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 10:59:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.53/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small dark green 8.5oz bottle. No Freshness date.
For starters, this is an Alsatian Ale, not a "Euro Pale Lager".
It pours a copper-hued gold color with a thin, but lasting white head.
There's a mild fruity smell and a background smell of a just opened grain sack. A faint smell of a musty cellar comes to mind.
The malt possesses a pleasant lightly sweet herbal taste and a dry, raw harshness in the back of the throat. A taste reminiscent of over-cooked mixed vegetables peeks through at times.
The hops provide a sharp and edgy bitterness, yet not in an overwhelming way. A little taste of vodka is noticed.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 00:33:54 | More by BeerResearcher
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2.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future. I pledge allegiance to only one flag: my own".

--Boris beer label

What a bunch of self-absorbed, pretentious, navel-gazing, existentialism-lite twaddle from a wannabe Jean Paul Sartre. Just brew the damn beer.

Minutely flecked orange-amber; a roughly equal contribution from each color. The jaundiced ivory colored head is reasonably firm and is a good match for the beer beneath. Some lace is beginning to stick and some of the bile that I was feeling after reading the label is beginning to abate. Not a bad look, Monsieur.

Not a great nose. Not a good nose. Not even an average nose. It is, however, an average EPL nose, and despite what some may think, an average nose on a below-average style doesn't equate to an average score. In other words, I'm all for taking style into consideration, but it's far from my overriding consideration. Subpar beer is subpar beer, non? Nothing new here (less than fresh grain and drab, floralish hops), move along.

Boris is so indistinguishable from hundreds of other Euro pale lagers that I'm dreading trying to come up with anything novel or interesting to say. It tastes less vibrant and less hoppy than the better examples of the style. The flavors are also muddled (as opposed to being distinct entities), but not in an 'all for one, one for all' cohesive kind of way. Moderately strong metallic notes seal the deal on worse than mediocre.

The mouthfeel isn't too bad, though it isn't a positive either. Unfailingly light, it lacks even the slightest sense of volume in the mouth. A fine, low-level carbonation isn't enough to pull it up to average.

The first rule when proclaiming one's personal philosophy on a beer label, especially one as self-important as this, is to back it up. Boris doesn't. Sure, this mini bottle went down easily enough, but it's a lackluster example of a lackluster style. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 20:40:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not only did I get the cool little bottles but I got a cool little glass that fits on e Boris. Ok , the packaging is above average but what about the beer? Well it is simply slightly above average in taste and finish. Better than Becks and Heineken but not at the level of Konig or Topvar. I liked the glass enough to reccomend buying a 6 pack to get it as it really is an ok euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 01:54:04 | More by canucklehead
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North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Time to insert another review

The little green bottle caught my eye

You know come to think about it. This comes close to the Panamain beer I have been searching for but this isn't cheap like they were.
Like williamt states that it's a lager but the bottle has imported ale written on the label. It taste like a lager to me but I'm no expert. Still learning.
Be advise that tis is only a 8.5 oz bottle, to small but it packs a punch.

It's alright not the greatest but not a throw away either.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 01:32:53 | More by mortarit
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3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I keep reading lager in some reviews, my bottle's say French Ale on them. Are we reviewing the same thing? Boris is an average ale with not much nose but a fairly balanced malt to hop flavor. I have not found a skunked bottle yet. All have come in covered 6 or 12 packs. I keep them around because they are affordable and imo better than the macros.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 22:18:25 | More by williamt
Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
63 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.