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Boréale Rousse - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-28-2002)
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
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Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +26.8%

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.

05-04-2009 00:27:40 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

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!

02-26-2011 20:16:15 | More by JohnnyBarman
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-31-2011 23:04:15 | More by citycrab
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

07-02-2006 05:12:30 | More by Sammy
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-20-2013 04:53:32 | More by juliendesrochers
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

02-08-2010 21:03:13 | More by Yoonisaykul
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Quebec (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

07-06-2009 02:37:23 | More by eat
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Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

It feels pretty weird to review this Beer, considering it was the first craft Beer I've ever had, and the one that turned me from a Molson Ex chugger into the obsessed Beer Nerd I am today.

Appearance: Translucent and bronze red, with a light, off white head that turned into a shy ring of lace, which is sort of dissapointing, because I know it usually has more than that. Maybe the keg was getting a little old.

Smell: Slightly grassy, but mostly a flowery, honey hop smell.

Taste: Decent maltyness with a roasted touch and a lightly bitter finish. Carbonation feels soft coming down but also coated my tongue with tiny bubbles which I really liked. No wonder I spent the latter part of my University years drinking this.

02-11-2005 22:47:49 | More by Goldorak
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Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

Reddish brown beer with a sweet refreshing taste. Small head when pourred that disapear quickly. Better then your average industrial "rousse" but no life-chaging experience... Seems to me that Boreale are brewing more and more mass-marketed beer...

07-14-2003 07:34:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

09-09-2009 02:35:23 | More by bloberglawp
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4.13/5  rDev +19%

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..

09-21-2012 03:55:03 | More by jaslesp
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-24-2013 11:26:55 | More by CurtisD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Rousse is the french term for red, when considering beer (ever had a rouge beer?).

Poured out with a good reddish copper colour and 1 finger of head. More or less a textbook example of an american red. The taste is quite dry and malty - this actually leans towards the Irish Red somewhat. Boreale's "pure malt" claim (all barley malt) has credence here. Feels nice and smooth with a proper amount of carbonation.

This is a prime example of a style which is too often populated by dumbed down macro brews. Definitely worth a try, and good for long session drinking.

10-28-2002 19:53:54 | More by the42ndtourist
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-08-2013 16:03:31 | More by Noelito76
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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

This beer review will be brought to you in haiku, since the beer was given to me by a Japanese friend
Pretty orange-red
With white head--most dies quickly
Some head remains, though

Robust and malty
Pale ale, but no hops in smell?
Still better than most...

Doesn't taste like ale
Clean lager character here
with good maltiness

Mild carbonation
It has medium body
No alcohol taste

I could have many
It's very easy to drink
I'll have another

...I kind of suck at poetry

04-06-2004 21:18:17 | More by PartyHatjo
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

08-17-2009 15:12:55 | More by plaid75
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-30-2013 15:53:22 | More by DaveR514
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

02-03-2014 17:35:41 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

06-24-2014 00:20:29 | More by papat444
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

09-03-2010 23:47:05 | More by spinrsx
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4.83/5  rDev +39.2%

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.

06-03-2008 15:42:08 | More by jneiswender
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-16-2013 02:28:41 | More by philmen
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-07-2013 20:29:26 | More by Yoozeo
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -42.4%

04-17-2013 13:51:42 | More by Whatup14
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -42.4%

02-17-2013 18:26:49 | More by Exaltedeyes
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Boréale Rousse from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.