Boréale Noire - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 3
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

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Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-22-2002

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tjd112
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of papat444
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RunDWP
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zbs
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kevofficiel
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Boreale Black Velvety Dry Stout

The look of it: a black colour. With half of finger of head.

The smell of it: Some coffee and chocolate with a touch caramel.

The taste of it: some expresso with a touch of chocolate. A little bit watery. Not as good as the Saint Ambroise. A bit disappointed on the taste. The smell is definitely much better

So overall would I recommend it? As a black beer and a stout beer. No
As a regular beer. Yes.

Photo of Tuey13
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 :(

Photo of mzwolinski
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of icormier
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

This is available in grocery stores and dépanneurs in Quebec - i.e., pretty easy to get, even when coming over the river from Ottawa. I know this is a stout, but it really reminded me of a porter, i.e., a little bit thinner body. Totally drinkable, good taste, could become a winter standby.

Photo of JOaikido
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle. Best before 28 February 2007.

A- Moka coloured head. Decent looking but not overly great in size or durability. Very dark, with just a hint of amber at the edges against a light.

S- Coffee with aq hint of chocolate. A hint of fruitiness.

T- Slightly sweet. Roasted coffee and chocolate. Molasses. Fruity sour middle behind the roasted flavours. Mildly bitter hops finish.

MF- Carbonation fizz. Not watery, but lacking a bit in body.

D- Quite easy to drink. A good basic stout. This one went down very quickly without me noticing. A good local alternative to Guinness (not really that many widely distributed stouts in Quebec) but not up to a comparison with St-Ambroise.

Photo of Viggo
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Mondial de la Biere 2007.

Pours a clear brown/red, thick tan head, huge lace sheets on the glass, nitro style, great retention. Smell is sweet and malty, chocolate, bit of vanilla, roast, bready, pretty light but pleasant. Taste is nice, light chocolate milk, roast, sweet caramel, vanilla, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Not too bad.

Photo of Barraclou
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured the contents and I got this pitch black fluid with some brown laces.

Smell: The aroma is fun. I would say it smells like malt or roasted coffee.

Taste: The first flavour I got was caramel, then I got burnt coffee grains and chocolate. This is not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Maybe it lacks body.

Drinkability: Some others reviewers didn't like too much, but I enjoyed to drink it. I emptied my glass much faster than lots of others stouts. Conclusion: This is my favorite Boreale product I reviewed.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice opaque ale with light brown head. Head is weak though and doesn't last for long.

S: Interesting here. Roasted malts dominate the overall smell but I still could find some vanilla, dark chocolate and smoke aromas. Although very interesting, I found the smell a bit weak.

T: Roasted malts come upfront. It's definitively more a roasted taste than something like coffee or dark chocolate. Vanilla is still there, well hidden. Smoke is stronger than in the smell. Taste is weak too, but again, interesting.

M: Carbonation is a bit higher than what I'd expected (medium). General mouthfeel is mid to low (a bit watered). Nothing exceptional here.

D: Very high, I wouldn't have any problem to drink a six pack of those and asking for more.

Photo of philmath
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roast bread and chocolate flavours are felt after the opening of the bottle. After having spent a short moment in the mouth, we can appreciate a nice cocoa taste. Beautiful black color. Carbonation pretty high. A good stout, sweet and accessible. Easily the best beer made by « Brasseurs du Nord ».

Photo of Matt1516
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came as free sample with a tasting guide that included roasted grains--a nice touch. The point is that you are supposed to sample the malted grains while the beer is warming in your glass.

The appearance is jet black and the little head you get has no retention or lace. The smell is of chocolate and spoiled milk. It has a sweet taste for a stout-very little bitter notes. Like others in the style it pairs well with chocolate and spiced nuts. I could have two but no more than that, not a session stout.

Photo of pootz
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pour left a deep black ale with a marvelous 3 finger sticky mocha cap and phenominal galss lace. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: typical stout smells chocolate, roasted sweet ness, figs, nuts...but very subtle and reduced.

Solid malt spine, full bodied, molky-creamy mouth feel.

Up front you get some burnt treacle tastes, like burnt raisin bread...then a whack of tones like cocoa, tobaccco, nuts as the yeast and hops kick in...finish is wet and thick with a sour-lactic taste and metallic/salted sour cream aftertastes.

A very nice commercial of the best in Canada in a bottle.

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