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Boréale Cuivrée - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-29-2002)
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Noelito76, May 26, 2014
Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of fostachild
3/5  rDev -16.7%

fostachild, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

DrJay, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of TheDoctor
3.24/5  rDev -10%
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).

TheDoctor, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

slowfade, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of albern
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

albern, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of mikeg67
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

mikeg67, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

rale, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Socialiste, May 18, 2014
Photo of hopsolutely
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

hopsolutely, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of allergictomacros
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

allergictomacros, May 05, 2006
Photo of thierrynantes
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

thierrynantes, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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

3Vandoo, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of JOaikido
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

JOaikido, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Kremlock
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Kremlock, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Sammy, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Yoonisaykul, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of 01121987
3.68/5  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.

01121987, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

OnThenIn, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

wizo, Nov 16, 2013
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Boréale Cuivrée from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
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