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Boréale Noire - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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Boréale NoireBoréale Noire

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Du Nord Inc. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-22-2002)
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Reviews by RunDWP:
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Interesting brew, some amazing stregnths, starting with the highly persistant head, creamy mouthfeel, and drinkability, but the flavor is a little unusual. This brew has a malty anise, or licorice taste, with some sweetness, and very little hops. Didn't get much in the aroma department. I suspect this is one beer you either love or hate. Put me in the "love" category.

05-15-2009 02:43:56 | More by RunDWP
More User Reviews:
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance – This poured a beautiful black with a tight, very tan foamy head.

Smell – This guy is very balanced. The roasted malts were there but reserved. The chocolate was shaved into the aroma. The fruits though were big and strong. I don’t think that I’ve ever smelled a juicier date and fig aroma.

Taste – The flavors came straight from the nose. The malts were creamy and dark, the chocolate subtle and classy, and some fine coffee showed up at the tongue as well. The dark fruits led the show, though. They were big and juicy. Everything opened up nicely as the Stout warmed.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and smooth on the pallet with an appropriate level of bitterness. I particularly enjoyed the excellent balance of this offering. I’d call it on the bigger side of medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Truly a class act. This is a standard-bearer of the style, IMO. Terrific!

Comments – A tremendous thanks to Rastacouere for sending me this one. I agree wholeheartedly with Phyl21ca; this is very underrated.

05-12-2004 01:24:27 | More by RoyalT
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-02-2013 05:54:00 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Serviceable stout, though too carbonated and a bit thin. Black with thin head, and certain stout taste. Malts right there making it Drinkable. Not too dry after all the malt. Some chocalte malt, coffee, and burnt attempt at roastiness. Fine with food.

08-25-2005 23:37:04 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

The beer is very opaque with a finger white head and good lacing. The smell and taste is surprisingly on the absinthe side, but slight malts and little hops could also be detected. The mouthfeel is smooth, yet true to the style, also very dry. This is a very sessionable beer and a good example of a stout. Try it if you are ever in Quebec

01-11-2010 23:25:31 | More by tjd112
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Real black brew with sweet coffee taste. Pourred a very large black head (very nice look). Not too mucy body and not too com-plex but still very enjoyable.The bitterness level is appropriate. I think this beer is very underrated. The draught version is more enjoyable then the bottle version but still very good

08-05-2003 17:30:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

From the bottle into an official Boreale glass in Montreal at Governer's Restaurant.

Real pitch walnut black body, making easily about two/three fingers of nice creamy tan head, good tiny bubbles in the head but not much retention and lacing.

Nose is light roasting char, mild carbon and faint burnt grain. Hints at porter.

Taste is porter and light bodied, with a good roast character. Mild coffee and grain. Wet bodied slightly, not caring much of the flavor though in the finish.

Overall not bad, seems more like a porter, could easily have again.

08-27-2012 01:33:01 | More by smakawhat
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-13-2013 00:32:56 | More by CurtisD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Boreale is probably, after the Macros, the most prevalent brand of beer in Quebec (as much as this might shock everyone, if you walk into a depanneur, you'll find this before you find any Unibroue or McAuslan). The labels are quite attractive, a bright navy blue with silver markings and a prowling Polar bear. A bar of colour behind the brandname is what differentiates the beers from each other. A blurb on the back label talks about purity and how they only use barley malts in their beer (no adjunct).
It pours out suitably black, with only a little tan head. The smell is mostly chocolate malts with some coffee bitterness as well. Taste leans more towards a coffee flavour, with subtle caramel sweetness and again, touches of chocolate before the slightly bitter finish. Carbonation is fairly energetic, giving Boreale a lighter feel than most stouts, but also adding some peppery feel on the tongue. It's certainly a good beer, not outstanding but nice to drink. The extra alcohol and carbonation cause it to trend towards a dark ale, but the taste is dead-on stout.

10-22-2002 17:12:51 | More by the42ndtourist
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Enjoyed on nitro at Le Fripon, Montreal.

Poured a black hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was god retention and lacing.

The smell featured a chocolate. caramel and musty hops.

The taste consisted of chocolate milk and burnt grain elements.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and easy to drink stout.

08-17-2009 15:09:26 | More by plaid75
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-30-2013 15:53:03 | More by DaveR514
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Black, big tan head with decent lacing. Sweet coffee smell, feels almost like a sweet stout. Very sweet and round in mouth, commercial description has it about right with "hints of liquorice". It's just a little too sweet for my taste, but the looks (especially on tap) are beyond criticism. Hints of vanilla, decent roasty character. Above average stout.

09-28-2004 15:37:34 | More by Rastacouere
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Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, best before May 21, 2013.

Appearance: Thick black body, a dense brown head that pops a lot before fading completely away with no lacing. The real nice color gives it a half-point nudge.

Smell: Quite shy, can coax roasted notes, mild cocoa and light smoke.

Taste: This is all malt for sure, tail end has a bit of hickory and smoke but otherwise pretty plain.

Mouthfeel: Quite average, a bit dry, slightly watery.

Overall: Very average. Could be used as a gateway for the Guinness drinker.

01-06-2013 13:00:22 | More by papat444
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

10-14-2012 00:44:13 | More by Melomanemusher
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Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

04-17-2013 13:51:06 | More by Whatup14
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -22%

Ordered simply as "la noire" somewhere on St Laurent, this brew poured a dull black with a crisp narrow head, in an inviting pint glass. First sip has the strong body you'd expect from an English stout, but the positive impressions begin to dissolve when the taste coalesces into a bland, mild muddiness that lasts throughout the pint. Unrewardingly thick, with occasional crops of dusky cooking chocolate. Unless you look for a beer on the basis of mouthfeel and consistency alone, there is little to be found in this Blandsville brew. Caveat.

10-12-2004 20:03:30 | More by zbs
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

07-17-2013 00:54:37 | More by mwbrady12
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

341ml bottle acquired in trade (another one I didn't write who sent it).

Poured a dark black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, some dark fruits and light coffee. Tastes of roast, chocolate, with a very light coffee finish.

Notes from 09/22/06.

12-17-2008 16:58:27 | More by hopdog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-16-2013 15:33:41 | More by TheBeeraholic
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

I would call this a faux stout. It is missing some of the aroma and mouthfeel that I'd expect from a dry stout.

It does look beautiful with a nice beige head that leaves some spotty lace. Dark brown color.

The flavor makes up for the lack of aroma. Some coffee flavors with a touch of cocoa. The body is way too thin for the style. This is a flavorful stout but is not world class.

08-21-2008 01:31:31 | More by smcolw
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Poured into a Boréale pint glass I got while in Québec City on one of my many visits. Pours velvet black with a thick two and a half finger tan head.
Smells wonderful, roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate, some smoke... a bit of molasses on the nose as well.... smells delicious
The taste is amazing... bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, some smokiness, burnt caramel, and a bit of licorice with a bitter dry finish. I thought this was a very flavorful stout.
Rich and velvety, full flavored... yet easy to drink.
Always one of my favorite beers from Boréale... i only wish I could buy it here at home :(

10-28-2012 01:36:05 | More by Tuey13
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

09-01-2014 02:19:52 | More by edugasmtl
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-11-2013 04:46:19 | More by rale
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

Black in color with thin dark tan head. The aroma is rich and dominated by a deep, roasty malt. The body is surprisingly full, with a slight hint of dark fruit turning gently roasty in the aftertaste. A bit fizzy at points, however, and overall not quite what I expected from the style. But not horrible.

01-20-2006 18:37:17 | More by mzwolinski
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Dark roasted coffee, licorice, brown sugar.

T: Nice coffee flavour, a little licorice, molasses, pumpernickel rye bread, modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body has a light, roasted acidity.

D: A good drinker.

04-14-2010 01:07:10 | More by Derek
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Boréale Noire from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.