Boréale Rousse - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Du Nord Inc. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-28-2002

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought it on special a pack of 6 for 8,99$
First time that I try a Red Ale and I got to say that it was not that bad.
Nice smell of light caramel. The taste is roasted coffee.
Nice carbonation, and very smooth to drink.
So would I recommend it ? For sure no doubt about it ! (274 characters)

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

A: Pours a nice white head and has medium lacing through out. Colour is auburn and clear.

S: Biscuit, bread, light toffee, crystal malts.

T: Light toffee, hints of light roasted coffee, spiciness from the hops.

M: Well carbonated, light-medium body, crisp and dry with a nice bitter finish

O: This Red Ale competes well and blows the macros out of the water. It has great toffee flavours balanced with roasted notes. Its finish is nice and bitter but not too much. (468 characters)

Photo of jaslesp
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, this beer isn't following the macro red ale and I like that. The appearance is more auburn that macro red ales. The smell is malty, very malty. The taste is ok but there is nothing to off about it and it is very good. The mouthfeel is crisp but when it touches your throat it becomes very smooth.. (304 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with half a finger of off white head that rests on a clear, amber brown body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves minor lace.

S - light toffee, some malt and a hint of spicy hops.

T - dark malt and toffee up front with some brown sugar coming out in the middle. Dry malt in the finish with a lingering toasty note.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - a serviceable brown ale with some good malt character in the flavor profile. It lacks the richness of a really top notch brown, but out drinks well enough. (546 characters)

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

From a mixed pack brought back to me from Montreal.

Poured into a conical Mill Street glass. Nice amber-red colour, clear, leaves an inch of creamy head that survives as a thick ring. Nice lacing.

Nose is caramel, malt, bread, tart hops.

A decent-tasting red ale, sweet and with a strong caramel malty character. Certainly nothing innovative or exciting here, but what's there is tasty and easy to drink. maltiness, finishes with a slight hop bite.

Carbonation is a bit strong, but generally it's okay.

Not a bad red ale, certainly drinkable, and a cut above some of their other stuff. My favorite of the bunch! (618 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nothing too complex or trail-blazing here.

The amber appearance is pretty with a two finger head that slowly dissipates.

Pleasant caramel malt smell. Medium carbonnation and mostly caramel in the taste. Could use a little more by way of hops. Slightly crisp on the finish.

Like most Boreales, it good value for when you are entertaining--but not something you would go out of your way to pick up for yourself.

Pair with spiced gouda or Doritos (447 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a light browning/redish colour with a fair size fizzy and foamy off white head. Not a whole lot of carbonation, and the head was gone fairly quickly

Smell - I can smell some toasted malts and some hops. Also a brown sugar like sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low to medium amount of carbonation. I can taste the toasted malts and hops, which lead to a slightly watery sweet finish.

Drink - An average beer that was probably one of the better parts of the Boreale sampler pack that I purchased. But there are far better beers in this category. (623 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich orange-red beer with a small head that left no lacing atop it. Aromas of sweet caramel malt (and little else) with the very same being in the taste of the beer. Little else there, and little to differentiate itself from the other beers...

Felt good and well carbonated and it was a nice and easy beer to drink under the circumstances. (349 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colour with a moderate head that settles to a film, good lacing.

Malts and caramel in the nose, not overwhelming. Taste is equally subdued. Malt and caramel again, hoppy finish. Better than most macros, but nothing too, too impressive. A bit of a bite from the carbonation.

Overall a very average brew. Drinkable, but not memorable. (346 characters)

Photo of ReFill31
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A : Nice red color, there is almost no carbonation when poured. There is a foamy head that leaves a good ring on the glass.

S : Some hops and toasted malts.

T : Toasted malt, some caramel

M : Enjoyable. The carbonation is almost absent so it looks kind of "flat"

D : Easy to drink, would make another session beer from Boréale. (374 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Served in a pint.

A- sexy amber color. Thin patchy head.

S- dark burnt honey and malt. Tint bit of hops.

T- roasted malt. Caramel. Strong honey. A bit of cheap seltzer carb taste. Noticeable hops. Maybe a little lime zest in the end.

M- my kind of mouthfeel, full without being too viscous.

D- you can drink a six-pack of this, but the honey taste is kind of sickening. (388 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Boreale glass..

the color is amber, very clear filtred,lots of light through. big white-off head that fades away to a small head but lacing some circles around the glass

Smell: roasted malty nutty

Taste: good balance between nutty,malt,roasted and a caramel taste, some bitterness

mouthfeel is alrigh, medium carbonation,

Drinkability: yes good enought, everyday
good price/quality (395 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a amber colour with a big white head. The then dropped to a 1/4" cap and a good amount of lacing.

S - Light aroma of malts with a hint of toasts and caramel.

T - Malt sweetness hits first. Then there's some caramel and toasts with a mild bitter hop finish. A good balance but a bit mild overall.

M - Good carbonation with a smooth finish.

D - Easy to drink. I've easily drank a few of these in a session.

I find it a little light on flavour and aroma but still a well balanced brew. (538 characters)

Photo of bloberglawp
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cooper, good head but dissipates quickly, a little lacing.

Aroma of malted barley, some nice sweet notes, a little caramel. Flavor is quite a lot of metaloidin caracter, but still light on the malt. Bitterness is restrained, well balanced. Not a extreme ale, but still its the one I keep drinking all of when I buy a taster pack. (343 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Le Fripon, Montreal.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet cereal malts and some caramel.

The taste consisted of light malts, an earthy hop and some honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable red ale. (377 characters)

Photo of eat
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I drank a lot of for a few years and then stopped drinking for that reason. One of the first beers to get my taste away from the big macros, although Boreal isn't exactly a microbrew anymore.

Pours a dark brown-red, cloudy with a respectable off-white head.

Bready yeast and roasted malt, some sweet corn. Pretty weak smell.

An unspecific sweetness up front followed by some cheap tasting roasted malt. No hops. No complexity and not all that well balanced. Tastes flat and boring. Bitter aftertaste of whole-wheat bread. No alcohol presence.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

While this may be better than Molson and Labatt products, that's not saying much. It goes down easy enough. Maybe I'm biased from drinking this beer to death when I was younger but I really just don't like it anymore. (819 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance - gorgeous dark-brown copper hue with 1-inch sustaining head. The beer glows beautiful ambience when held to the light. Decent ring of lace around the edge.

Smell - right from the get-go you notice the roasted barley malt smell, deep and complex. Very fresh undertones of cut hay, nicely rolled together in a very light caramel bouquet.

Taste - the good malt flavour hits right up front and then gives way to the subtleties of coffee cake and roasted nuts. Ends wet with a long finish of over-roasted cereals.

Mouthfeel - this stuff is not boring. Sufficiently active but distinguished, you can have this out of a nice glass or right out of the bottle, same enjoyment.

Drinkability - possesses a good flavour profile to make multiples enjoyable, yet worthy of some moderation to keep it special. (859 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber and clear; good head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

Grainy aroma with some smell of adjuncts. Missing the traditional malts and the hop is appears to be faint at best.

Fits the amber category best. Some crystal malt flavors. Good hop finish with some lasting power. High carbonation level but it's balanced somewhat from the fuller body (which was surprising given the adjunct smell).

This would be a good beer on a hot day, but I wouldn't describe it as a lawn mower beer. (499 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.8/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a bar on Prince Arthur Street in Montreal. Served on tap in a pint glass.

A-Nice white head, pretty ruby color.

S-spicy, christmas bread

T-full malt flavor. Some hops but the malt combination is so good that I don't miss it.

M-thick full, slick

D-This is my session beer north of the border. No doubt. (318 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Le Vieux Dublin immediately after The Police concert in Montreal.

Appearance: Poured an orange/amber colour with a nice tight white head, leaving lots of lace and retaining well.

Aroma: Herbal/floral hops with a bit of spicy. Some sweetness and fruit in there as well.

Taste: Subtle sweet caramel flavour with some fruity notes, herbal hops in the finish with a very drinkable hop bitterness, finish is somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel: Light/Medium bodied, highly drinkable.

Final Statement: A nice amber ale from Quebec, I'd get it regularly if I lived there, but its probably not something to trade for. Overall, a good solid ale. (653 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

# 2 in a taster 12 pack brought back by my wifes family in Quebec.

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

A- Deep amber in color, nice head settles down to a small layer of foam with decent lace.

S- Roasted malts with some hop notes and a little grain as well.

T- Roasty caramel malts up front countered with some nice bitter hop balancing with some grassy notes and a slightly dry finish.

M- light in body, but prickly in the mouth. Somewhat over-carbonated.

D- No complaints here. Easily drinkable.

Overall this is a decent all-malt brew that would pair nicely with red meats or salmon. (633 characters)

Photo of JOaikido
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 21 December 2006, notched.

A- Red / darr amber colour. Bood streams of bubbles. Decent head that settles to a thick ring around the glass, but never completely dissappears.

S- Malt, caramel, some roasted aromas. Touch of fruitiness.

T- Malt and caramel well balanced with hops bitterness. Some roasted tastes. A good "Rousse". As is the case with the other Boréale beers, it is solid and well crafted basic all-malt ale. Quality beer with mass appeal, rather than for those seeking extremes.

MF- Refreshing, light bodied but not not watery.

D- Nice all-occasion beer. Simple but well done. (617 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Brownish-orange/amber, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Grainy, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Caramel, grain, balanced bitterness, with a slight hint of spicy hops.

M: Moderate body, over-carbonated.

D: Easily approachable, but too sweet to session.

Thanks Len! (282 characters)

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

Reddish colour with initial precious small head. Caramel malty drinkable and some hop bitterness.A tad of berry mid-sip.Malty aroma. Not bad but bit of harshness and boring after a few sips. Significant aggressive and probably appropriate carbonation to keep it popular. Drying aftertaste. An amber not a pale. (310 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Les Brasseurs du Nord has been a mainstay of the Québec brewing landscape since the early 1990's. Despite issuing no seasonals, and only one new brew since the release of its honey ale in 1998 the makers of the Boréale line of beers is still as popular with a solid foundation of followers throughout the province. The Rousse is one of its flagship brews.

Pours a stunning and warm sparkling caramel colour with scarlett tones as the light refracts through the crystal clear liquid. A thick head of beige foam forms from a normal pour and hangs around lazily for awhile, leaving spots of lace as it diminishes. Simple but attractive.

The aromas are clean but firm and well defined from the assertive malt backbone with a touch of mineral through nutty caramel hints and a soft hoppiness which fades as you breathe it in. Well balanced aromas that foreshadow what is to come in the taste.

As I take a hearty sip I think ''this beer tastes right''. Well balanced, on the dry side but with a firm maltiness yielding to notes of treacle that, in turn, give way to a short and stable hop bite near the end. This, to me, is as close as it comes to your daily service quaffer.

This is by no means a complex, or powerful beer and would probably not cause a ''doubletake'' as you drink it, but that is where its popularity lies. It's a solid, well crafted, all malt beer that pairs well with many easy dishes but can be just as easily enjoyed on its own while sitting on a hot, babe laden terrace, mid-july on St-Denis street. Hmmmm...

Santé (1,552 characters)

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Boréale Rousse from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.