Boréale Rousse - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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 JohnnyBarman
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of eat
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Goldorak
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of bloberglawp
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of jaslesp
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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..

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
4.8/5  rDev +39.1%
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.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just got this from a friend who recently went up north. Pretty excited for a brew I cant get here in CT. Sample is in a 12 oz bottle with both french and english labeling. Cool part is that the french is actually first.
Onto the beer.

I pour a chilled sample into my pint glass. Bright whit head foams up easily but actually dissipates fairly quickly to leave only a partial cover on the surface of the brew.
Color is orangish amber with some tints of red mixed in. Very clear brew.
Aroma is all malt no hop presence or other scents anywhere.

First sip, very mild carbonation and smooth overall mouthfeel. Fairly thin but not really watery. Flavor is all malt, some toffee flavor but mostly bready. Nice though.

Overall, a fairly mild brew very drinkable and enjoyable, just dont expect strong flavors or aromas. This is definitely a brew I would drink out a bar with some friends.

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of kevofficiel
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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 !

Photo of Derek
3.07/5  rDev -11%
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!

Photo of ecoboy
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Julie K. for the sample bottle. The label makes sure the buyer knows this is a barley-is-the-only-malt brew.

Delicate mixed-bubble head sits on top of an intensely reddish brown hued brew. Aroma is of roasted malt, but with no caramel notes. First tastes have no fruity or nutty or hoppy notes, and my first swallows were disappointingly all about bready malt dominance. But! The hops caught up mid-bottle and provided the much needed balance that put this one over the top of just OK for me.

A malt lover's brew and a definite step up from Canadian rice/corn based lighter beers.

Photo of JOaikido
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Barraclou
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 341ml bottle, 5,0% ABV, reviewed 03-08-2005 and 04-26-2005.

Appearance: Red with some orange reflects and a short-living white head.

Smell: Roasted malts with some fruity hops. My second sample is really more hoppy rather the first one.

Taste: Roasted malt with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Foamy, good carbonation and no visible alchool presence. Also, my second sample was quite acid and sour for a beer.

Drinkability: Decent, but not that exceptionnal. Compared to the others Boreale brands (not that worst), it is an average product, not that so-called leader claimed to be.

Photo of Matt1516
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
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

Photo of MMansfield
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap...pour saw a amber-chestnut colored ale with a smallish cap that laced moderately. Good fruity nose with some hint of musty herb. Good caramel malt body, stiff shot of grassy hop near the clean finish....a nice draft ale for a meal...I had one with an Angus filet...excellent.

Photo of vitesse
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap. boreale rousse is easy to find in greater MTL. i highly recommend this one.
"rousse" is generally compared to a red ale up in quebec, at least according to what i was told. the color was a nice rich brownish, red color. nice fluffy head on this one. very appealing visually. tastes of biscuity malts. very complex malt on this one. nice body that really brings out the nutty, biscuity goodness. mild hops bitterness, but it's primarily a very drinkable, malty brown beer. i love this stuff. complex, but drinkable and thirst quenching. seek this one out.

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Boréale Rousse from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.