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Boréale Blonde - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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74
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 27
Photo of kevofficiel
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

My coworker gave me 1 bottle to give it a try because he didn t like it.
The smell is OK, nothing to special about it.
Lots of carbonation inside the glass with 1 finger of head.
Nice looking light beer inside the glas that u can see through.
the taste.... Nothing to special, when u drink it, it's alright. It's only at the end of the glass, that the beer taste actually better.
If you have the choice take a Boreale Red Ale or the IPA boreale is much much better
Or for a lower price you can get a Budweiser or Labbat 50 for almost the same style.
So would I recommend it ? Probably not. It's not that bad but, could be much better.

Photo of stella77artois
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Foufounes Electriques in Montreal.

A - Golden yellow in color, suprising amount of head, bartender had to repour a couple times.

S - Not much, smelled like a low-end Blonde Ale. A general fermenty smell, and perhaps some lemon peel. Not offensive, but not neccesarily pleasant.

T - Same as the aroma, not offensive, just not that good. A general fermenty taste up front with a bit of hops. The aftertaste was slightly bitter, what I'd imagine a flower might taste like. A bit of the cheap sweetness of an AAL in the aftertaste, too.

F - Suprisingly not really refreshing. Kind of sticky and left my mouth feeling kinda dry. Did feel easy on the throat and stomach, though.

O - I'm not a huge fan of Blonde Ales, so perhaps I'm prejudice, but this really isn't that good of a beer. There are many better Blonde Ales. I'd rather drink this brew than most AAL's, but I don't see myself ever drinking it again.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap @ Le Saint-Sulpice in Montreal, Quebec on 5/31/2013.

Clear golden color that you could see right through with a small white head. Minimal head retention. Biscuit malt aroma, very grainy, with a touch of hops.  Slightly sweet flavor but very light. Strong carbonation made this a thirst quenching, easy drinking beer on a hot day. Wouldn't go out of my way to have it again but a decent option if your only other choices are macros.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A:
Pours a nice clearish straw color with medium head that dissipates fairly rapidly.
S:
Nice sweet bread/hay smell.
T:
Smooth clear taste. Not very obtrusive in any way. Nice balance of sweetness and crispness.
M:
Refreshing and crisp the carbonation is there but not too much.
O:
Overall, a good beer. Not anything to write home about but it straddles sweetness and bitterness without becoming either suffocating or a chore to drink and all while remaining refreshing. Super drinkable.

Photo of Kremlock
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw colour, clearn, pours a frothy 1/4 inch head that settles to a nice white film with some lacing.

S: Some grain, honey, bread.

T: Light flavours, some grain and malt. The bitterness does lean towards a bit more on the bitterness then the malt.

M. Light bodies, well carbonated, has a nice bitter end to it.

O: A session beer for sure. I love that for a beer that is a bit low on flavour it at least finishes bitter vs sweet. IMO the higher end of the American blond as the bitterness is prominent.

Photo of Flounder57
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am going from notes and have finally had time to go on the computer and type them in. Tried this beer out when I gave my coworker a ride home and offered me a beer he had picked up in Montreal a few weeks back.

The beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: the beer poued a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. The color of the beer was pale yellow and has good carboantion.

Smell: I got some slight hints of grain, light hop profile, honey, and bread.

Taste: honey, sweet malts, and some toasty characters.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, slightly dry, good on the palate, smooth, and very drinkable.

Overall: great light session beer from the Queber province. Good to drink on warm weather days.

Photo of Matt1516
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle recklessly into pint glass.

I first had this 8 years ago at my wedding reception where they had it on tap.

Golden colour with fluffy 1.5 finger head (dissipates to nothing in 90 seconds).

I smell a bit of hop and cereal notes.

Lots of fizzy carbonation. Light but it has a nice hop profile. A little bit of honey in the taste with a slightly bitter finish.

Respectable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - golden yellow, clear, average carbonation, nice big foamy/fizzy white head, some lacing.

Smell - breadiness, honey comb, grains, hops, honey comb cereal comes to mind...

Taste & Mouth - sweet notes, yeast and malts, nice dry refreshing finish

Drink - This is a great summer day session beer, definitely above average

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle.
A- Tons of bubbles, all different sizes. So many bubbles you could almost say it's bubble hazed. Giant white head is melting in clumps and leaves nice strands of lacing. Already different from on-tap.
S- Citric honey countered by some soft cream and butterscotch. Still pretty different from on tap.
T- Like the smell. This bottled version is a lot less aggressive than on tap. Can't really say it's a more watery version of the tap but it really is a less potent one. Not sure why. Like the tap version the bitterness is kind of rough but it is not a problem.
M- Pretty full body. Close to high carbonation. Reasonably dry.
D- Very good. If this is the best I could get, I would drink a bunch.

It was ok on tap but this mellower version is a better drink. It's good beer but the dirty tastes are just too present. I love bitter but dirty chemical bitter is not my thing.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer one from a huge Montreal beer haul!

Poured into a rounded lager glass. Medium golden, rapid carbonation leads to a 1/2 inch head that quickly dissolves to an almost inperceptible ring.

Nose is light malts and honey, nothing too powerful here.

Malts and honey, but with a hollow, over-carbonated finish. Slight lemon and hops here. Drinkable, certainly refreshing, but lacks character.

Spritzy carbonation, medium body, almost like a below-average Belgian Pale.

Nothing special, but certainly drinkable.

Photo of ReFill31
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A : Pale golden color, a lot of carbonation. There is a big head but it goes down rapidly without leaving any trace.

S : Malty, really light smell. Nothing special.

T : Cereals, malt

M : Really refreshing, but a bit watery.

D : This would make a great session beer.

Photo of Otterburn
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Blond color, ultra clear, small white head dissapear after a few sips, but lace a little bit.

Smell: not much, some malt,cereal

Taste: crisp, clear, light, not totlly dry.

Mouthfeel: watery, light, but alright

Drinkability: easy to drink, regular blond,its good but nothing special.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy wheat/blonde color with a big fluffy head and it looks like a decent amount of carbonation. Nose is a bit yeasty with light malt and an almost Belgian nose on it.

Taste is somewhat bland, it finishes really quick and only the carbonation lingers. Theres a light toasty maltiness on the finish that's pretty decent but it still has a distinct quebec taste that almost all their beers have.

Photo of decimator
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with a 1" white head. The head didn't last but there's lots of lacing.

S - Mostly sweet malts. There's a bit a floral hops in there too but the malts are certainly more prominent.

T - Sweet malts up front. A very very light apple sourness is present. The finish has some hop bitterness but it's a bit mild. This beer certainly tastes more like a Lager or Pilsner then a Pale Ale.

M - Good carbonation and a bit creamy with a crisp finish.

D - Easy to drink for sure. I've sessioned on these at the pub a few times.

Pretty good brew that's better then most macros and it usually retails for about the same.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden yellow, huge head and nice sticky and wet lacing.

Aroma reminds more of a german pils, very clean, light and malt oriented. Nothing off in the aroma, just that fresh grass and malt aroma. Hints of fruity esters and honey, but very low. Flavor is again, very german lager oriented, alot of soft delicate malt flavors, nothing cristal malt sweet like your tipical Amerian Pale neither anything astringent or coffee-like found in a darker beer. I'm guessing this is a very simple recipe : 2 row, a bit of 20 cristal, perhalps a little honey malt. Hop presence is mostly noticable in the bitter balance rather than any actual hop flavor, again like a european beer. Finished a little accrid to me.

Not a "all over the place flavor" beer, but still very good beer.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - firm yellow colour with thin lacey head. Bright carbonation, looks very active.

Smell - faint vanilla malty scent with some underlying corn. Not a lot going on.

Taste - the decent balance is what I notice first, a consistent, subtle flavour throughout tasting. Limited bitterness toward the end. Kind of watery overall.

Mouthfeel - this is a smooth beer, surprisingly so for the amount of carbonation noted. Not bad at all.

Drinkability - not horrible, but a lack of overall character holds this beer back. Not memorable enough to stand out.

Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber and clear with a thin layer of bubbles in the head; leaves no lace.

Lacking any definitive smell. I'd describe it as more malt than hop, but still extremely mild.

Refreshing flavor of mostly lighter colored malts. Very low hop until the swallow--still pretty mild. The body is the best element of the beer--full with carbonation that is appropriate.

This would be decent in a pinch--closer to a micro than a macro.

Photo of albern
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Boreale was not nearly as good as their Cuivree. I had this in Montreal. It is pale as straw and has a white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is diacetyl, sweet, and pretty unassuming. The taste is cooked veggie, glucose/malt syrup adjunct, and a bit dry and nutty underneath. The was a fairly well carbonated beer pretty cheaply made, and one that I won't return to.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.77/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer # 3 in a taster pack from Quebec.

Served from a 341 ml twist off brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- Light golden color, decent head with some lace. Not as lively looking as some of the other offereings from this brewery.

S- Malty bread notes with some hops and lemony citrus aromas.

T- Sweet and malty with the slightest bitter hop finish (just barely). Generally very light in flavor.

M- very light in body, nicely carbonated. Somewhat thin.

D- not enough flavor in my opinion but still a very easy drinking beer.

Overall this is not this brewery's best offering but still a decent all-malt lager. Better than you're typical macro. Good on a hot day I'd suppose.

Photo of JOaikido
3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 21 December 2006 (notched)

A- Golden beer with decent initial white head. Bubblinees lacking and unispiring.

S- Standard beer. Light malt and mild fruity notes.

T- Light, sweet all-malt beer. Balanced by hops but lacking a bit in character. Too much like Molson Ex. A slight notch above the better ales fron Canadian macrobreweries.

MF- Average beer. Too watery for me. Carbonation OK.

D- Decent beer to wash down food. Goes down easy but lacks interest.

Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing special. More or less my definition of average beer.

Photo of Suds
3.22/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was a gift from a friend who lives in New York’s North country. The beer pours a light golden-straw color with an average sized white head. Moderately carbonated. The aroma is clean and slightly grassy, with a solid malt smell. The beer is essentially on the sweet side, with a very light continental hop flavor. The finish is slightly sweet and clean. It’s not an exceptional beer, but it is slightly better than middle of the road, and much better than the usual macros.

Photo of Shiloh
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a very impressive beer by my standards but it does have some minor character to keep it on the market.
This brew arrived a cloudy straw colour with a very short head, glass ring and some island lace.
The carbonation is less than medium and the body is a little short of being full.
The nose has a citruslike quality to it and roasted barley as well.
The taste is sweet to start, wondering where the citrus aroma came from? A little evidence of cascade hops to end.
Not a very well balanced blonde.

Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap. pale gold ale with a small white cap that dissipated too soon. weak lacing. Light aromas of sweet apple and citrus. Light mouth feels slightly tart with some malt character and moderate citus hops but it was just too thin to deliver anything distinctive. Forgetable

Photo of Barraclou
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 341ml bottle, 4,5% ABV

Appearance: Dark golden color. That's really blonde.

Smell: Awesome smell of floral hops and malt.

Taste: A good blend of fresh and rich malt tastes and some hops. Very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and fun to drink.

Drinkability: A good choice for blonde drinkers. A brew with attitude.

Photo of vitesse
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

you can find this on tap throughout greater MTL. it's a very popular local beer in quebec, apparently. a lot of bars seem to carry them.
anyway, it's a decent golden ale that's pretty drinkable but unlikely to blow you away.
pours a clear straw yellow. small head on this one. smells of esters and some mild hops aroma. not a whole lot of flavor in this one, though. there's some faint estery flavor and a bit of hops, but not much else. not malty at all. medium to light body. a very simple beer. i prefer the other boreale products much much more.

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Boréale Blonde from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.