Boréale Cuivrée - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Du Nord Inc. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-29-2002

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Deep amber brew with a medium size head with more or less retention time. Alcohol is not subtle on the nose or on the tongue. The body is medium and this brew would have been better if the body had been stronger to support the higher alcohol taste. Another one in the so-so colum for Boréale.

Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle shared courtesy of Josh. BB Apr '07.

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of soem fruitiness, driied citrus rinds, and caramel. Tastes of caramel and lighter fruitiness.

Notes from 7/11/08.

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

Very clear amber topped by a thin lace of off-white head. Sweet, grainy malt aroma with some fruitiness, honey, and a bit of alcohol. Low bitterness with malt sweetness and a syrupy kind of sugary sweetness. A bit spicy, but this is quite subdued. Seems a little out of balance with too much sweetness. Very dry, slight grain astringency at the finish with just a hint of alcohol flavour and warmth. As it warms, a sugary stickiness appears in the finish as well. Carbonation is on the high side, but is well integrated as tiny bubbles.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A:
Pours a really nice, clear copper color without much of a head. You can watch what head there is disappear at break-neck speed. There is a slight film with a tiny bit of lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S:
Has a really clean malty, boozy smell. It smells like rich, warm, slightly burnt caramel; not overpowering, but definitely there.

T:
Tastes like an ESB. Crisp and kind of watery but with a tinge of malty sweetness with a barely perceptible hoppy bitterness to balance it out.

M:
Nice and smooth. A little crisp, carbonated sweetness up front, some hoppy notes in the middle and a really caramely finish.

O:
Smooth and quite drinkable. I like most of these guys' beers but I don't think that this is their best. It ain't the worst either, though. Enjoyable and (if not for the alcohol content) a good session beer. Definitely a crowd pleaser (with all the good and bad things that that implies).

Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the Boreale brand, this is the best offered. It is labeled as a strong Belgian, although that label is a bit of a stretch in my view.

This pours a clear amber with a white soapy head that dissipates quickly. There is little carbonation to this beer, it is a bit syrupy in consistency, and tastes a bit like a sweet bock.

There are sweet malts and warming alcohol in the nose. The taste is rum soaked sweet pineapple, there is some amberish tastes, slightly peaty as well. The beer takes on more Belgian characteristics as it settles where you will find more of a throaty sweet Belgian ale with a peppery finish. There is also some caramel in the taste.

Not a bad beer. I had this recently in Canada, and compared to most other brews up North, excluding of course Unibroue, this was one of the better brews off the shelf.

Photo of mikeg67
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and herbal hops. Body is medium and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt and fruity esters combine on the palate. Long finish becomes dry through alcohol. Somewhat sweet, but nice brew.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper, with a decent head. Recedes quickly barely leaving any lace. A touch too dark for a pale Belgian, IMO. Lively bubbles though, and not bottle refermented. Overall, looks inviting.

S - Strong sweet malt smell. A touch of grain and raisins.

T - Grainy, with a solid hop presence. Some toastiness too, but the bitterness is more hoppy than roasted. Not too sweet and some noticeable alcoholic flavours.

M - A little bit chewy. Kinda heavy actually.

D - Not a session brew. Tasty, probably good with a meal, but certainly a little on the heavy side.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had this one in a while. Best before date was 3 days ago. I don't think it'll make a big difference.

A- Cuivrée is right. This is a very nice clear copper. Groups of bubbles come up regularly but the head let up very fast on both bottles I sampled.

S- Sweet malt and brewer's yeast. A little alcohol. Red licorice.

T- Like the smell. Very malty. Really reminds me of yeast food supplements. I remember the first time I had this (maybe 3 years ago) I thought the alcohol was so strong. Feels a lot smoother to me now. A little metallic in the end.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Far from dry.

D- Pretty good. 6.9% is well hidden.

The first time I had this I already liked it even though it was a little bit of a challenge for me to finish. Tasting it again, I'm pretty sure this is my favorite Boréale beer. It's not as flavorful as I remeber it being though...maybe because of the bit of age on it.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent but not revolutionary ESB. Pours a beautiful copper colour with reasonable head, and an unexpected oiliness that does not translate unpleasantly in the mouthfeel.

Malt-forward aroma appropriate for the style, with nice rounded caramel notes. The finish has a hint of bitterness that does not linger.

Well crafted and a beer that would appeal to a wider populace than many micros.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper beer with medium carbonisation, that shown a promising white foamy head that unfortunately dissapeared after saying "hello".

Smell of honey, coriandre and some spices. A core smell is present in this beer, like copper making me wondering why the beer is name Boréale Cuivré (copperized).

Taste sweet, malt, the feeling of water is quite present a bit too much for my own taste. A copper taste is there, very drinkable, not a bad brew

Photo of thierrynantes
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (341 ml.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : amber color, with beige foamy head.
Smell : floral & spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt and caramel flavors, with dry bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Extra Strong Bitter.

Photo of Kremlock
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cuivre for sure. Looks just like copper and very clear. Pours a 1/4 inch head and then settles to a white film. Lacing is not present.

S: Caramel, hints of diacetyl, little alcohol present, red licorice,

T: Caramel/toffee, raisins, citrus, sweet malt, bitterness present

M: Medium body, low carbonation, starts with a nice sweet flavour, goes dry and then finishes sweet with a balance biterness to it.

O: This is a good ESB. Sweetness to bitterness is well balance. Not a session beer which is a shame because it's a good beer. Then again, for the price, you get some free alcohol

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

The bottle says its malty, the name is Belgian. A decent little beer here. Pours whitish like a wheat beer and big white head. Aroma is a tad fruity and spicey. Easy mouthfeel, comes to a bit of funky yeast in the finish. Well quaffable.Not too sweet.

Photo of JOaikido
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best before 21 December 2006 (notched).

A- Coppery-amber colour. Acceptable bubbliness. Smallish off-white head that settles rapidly to a thick ring and thin foam middle.

S- Malt, fruity notes, faint smokiness. Alcohol more and more noticeable as the beer warms.

T- Caramel malt. Yeasty taste (strong considering it is not bottle conditioned). Alcohol quite noticeable, but not bad. Mice maltiness, but the bitter aftertaste is a little off and doesn't mesh well with the rest.

MF- Soft, full mouthfeel. Possibly the beer's best quality. Makes it pleasant to sip.

D- Lack of balance, strong flavour and alcohol character combine to limit drinkability.

I enjoyed this beer, but less than I expected from past experience.

Photo of 01121987
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pale-golden copper color
smells of caramel and faintly of fruit esters
tastes of sweet caramel and light esters in backround, a bit sweet. nice alcohol warmth.
smooth and sweet mouthfeel with little perceived bitterness
very drinkable but not my favorite beer.
i would not classify it as belgian in my book. some sort of strong ale.
probably wont buy it again.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: an inch and a half of slightly off white head that dissipates quickly. This brewery seems to struggle with good head retention. No lacing on the glass. The beer is a nice very dark copper, amber color.

Smell: There is a definite fruityness to the smell. It is quickly backed by some sweet malt aroma. There is some piney hop aroma but it was at the backed end of the full smell. There is a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malt with a fruity flavor and with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: This is a very nicely carbonated beer with a medium to full body. Really enjoyable mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a pretty decent beer, but its definitely enjoyable once in a while. The mouthfeel makes a deliciously drinkable.

Photo of NightINgale
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper colour to the body. The head is nice and fluffy, then dissipating into a foamy ring. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S - This is where this beer loses a few points. The smell is rather faint, with some maltiness, caramel and grains.

T - Malts, malts, malts. That's what this one is all about. Not much hops to speak of. Hints of caramel, toffee, orange, and a little tartness. Some slight bitterness.

M - Quite smooth and a bit dry. Medium body to it. Very moderate carbonation.

D - For a 6.9% beer this drinks easily. Pretty nice and smooth. The problem I've got with this beer is it's strangeness in terms of style. It doesn't taste unique either, though...

Photo of Matt1516
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was part of a promotional sample pack that included a taster's guide with malted grains to smell and chew while your beer warms in the glass. A nice touch.

The appearance is copper as expected, the head disappears quickly. The smell has hints of caramel and the mouthfeel hints at its carbonation. I enjoyed how despite the higher ABV, there was no alcohol punch. It tasted like a classic ESB: nice hoppiness and yeasty as well. Very drinkable

Photo of kevofficiel
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boreale Cuivree

The look of it: Amber color. Light carbonation

The smell of it: Some spicies and some caramel Aroma but it is really light.

The taste of it: You find again the caramel and some spicies. Very sweet but very pleasant. The 6,9 % ABV you won t feel it. A bit watery on the after taste. The feeling of it is not bad at all.
So overall would I recommend it ? For sure. This is one of the best Boreale you can drink. Much better than the doree or the blonde from Boreale. This is tasty, very well made beer. Enjoy it !

Photo of jneiswender
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a hotel water cup.

A-off-white head-very thick, gem brown amber body

S-toffee and fruit, raisin like

T-sweet malt front for most part with a bitter orange aftertaste

M-medium

D-very drinkable. Nice flavor overall but not a session beer.

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

I've always thought this to be my favorite Boreal. When I was first getting away from macro beers I used to drink their rousse all the time but ended up getting really sick of it. Their blonde is nothing special while their white and stout are terrible. So I'm going to start with cuivree, the Boreal with the best chance of getting a good review.

Not a bad looking beer at all. Cuivree translates to "coppered" in English and they've got the colour right on; a bright, clear copper. It started off with a decent, creamy looking head and now has a respectable layer of foam with some lacing.

Strong wild-flower honey smell along with some yeast and light roasted malt. Not a bad smelling beer at all, though it's a little sweet.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. A bit too much on the sweet side for my taste, but there's a nice honey flavour there along with some roasted malt. Not particularly well balanced; all malty-sweetness with almost no bitterness and absolutely no hops present. At 6.9% ABV, it's just as smooth as any of their standard 5% beers and sold at the same price. Not amazing in any way but if you have to drink Boreal, I think this still gets my vote as their best. Tastier and more potent than their other offerings; at the same price this is the one to buy.

Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Maybe a bit too carbonated but not a bad feel.

Yeah, this is drinkable. I hold a prejudice against Boreal since they're kind of like Quebec's Sleemans but this beer is pretty alright. For the price it's not a bad deal, especially with the 2% extra ABV for free.

Photo of simskl
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tall beer glass it gave a smallish head that receeded quite quickly. The color was very nice, copper/amber and clear.

S: The smell was clean, with only a hint of the hoppiness that I was hoping to get a sense of.

T: Taste was kind of malty (IMO), maybe it's the brewing style but I expected more of a hoppy bitterness than I got with it. Overall though it was very pleasant.

M: It wasn't as heavy as I expected, and dissapeared almost as soon as I swallowed. There was a hint of alcohol bite but not too much.

D: Very drinkable, for a 6.9% ABV, it went down a little too easily. I had to be careful not to overdo it.

Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This copper beer, at 6.9% alcohol, from Boreale, is definitely better than most of their line. Picked up in Montreal, this is a solid cut above the macro junk, if not up to Unibroue standards.

Appearance is a gorgeously hazy amber/copper beer, with about an inch and a half of head that fell pretty quickly. The smell is complex, with plenty of malt (no hops) and a woody/spicy aroma, and it's easy to tell why this is called Boreale "Copper".

The taste is sweet, pleasant, and the malt is very strong. The aftertaste is not bitter, and the flavour really hides the strong alcohol content. It would be quite easy to throw back a few too many of these in a short period of time. It's only 6.9%, but compared to US beer, it packs a punch. The carbonation is pleasant, without being overpowering, giving this one a good mouthfeel.

The drinkability is excellent, and I'd pay to have another one (one of the higher praises I can give a beer). Strong without being overpowering, with a more complex flavour than one would expect from a Boreale. Easily the pick of their litter, and a darned good beer.

Photo of Tuey13
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful copper color in my pint glass, since Cuivrée means copper in French this is spot on :-)
Little head but very carbonated... Looks refreshing for the cool Québec day.
I can smell a little yeast but mostly sweetness like caramel and toffee. I think this more of an ESB/Bock hybrid than a Belgian style in my opinion.
Taste is definitely sweet, a little alcohol, but very smooth. Definitely has some strong malt flavors and a bit of bitter hopiness... But very smooth as I find with all Boréale beers. They are one of my favorites when I'm here with my fiancé who is Québecoíse.
I enjoyed this beer.. A bit thin as evidenced by the lack of lacing, but I thought it was quite well balanced and smooth for 6.9abv.
A bit too sweet for many, but I thought it complimented the cool Canadian air, sweet and fresh. ;)

Photo of papat444
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Le Fripon.

Huge showing of hanging lacing all the way to the bottom. Color of the body is a troubled orange Dry hops, lingering tea-like bitterness, bit piney, lots of dry orange. Pleasantly surprised by this one. I`d session this for sure.

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