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Boréale Cuivrée - Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 2
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:
Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 10-29-2002

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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 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 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 bloberglawp
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a belgian style ale, get your facts right. This beer yells ESB.

Aroma of british malt, orange blossom honey and hints of pear. Flavor of pure malted barley with a firm
(but not overwhelmingly aromatic) bitter finish.

Think Fullers ESB when you try this one, its a awesome english styler strong ale.

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 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 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 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 toddsschneider
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = coppery, small head, interesting and appealing
S = spicy, malty, but not hoppy, slightly alcoholic, seductive
T = sweet, not bitter, complex, not too strongly alcoholic, pleasant and fairly clean aftertaste
M = medium but pleasing, good carbonation
D = recommended, easily available in corner stores and supermarkets (Quebec). One is enough but tastes like more.

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 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 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 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 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 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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An above average, Belgian-inspired blonde ale out of Canada. This was served to me @ McLeans, a nice pub in Downtown Montreal. It was a very nice dark blonde-gold colour with a small head that dissipated quickly. It smelled of spices and malts but there was no pronounced hop aroma in this beer. This tasted very good, as an all-malt brew should. This was very spicy and quite complex. The alcoholic strength of this brew was concealed very well and that was also nice. The mouthfeel on this beer was a bit thin and the drinkability was pretty nice.
A good beer indeed!
cheers!,
F.

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, I know I've mentioned before things like how Fin du Monde and Trois Pistoles do excellent things in disguising their alcoholic strength. Well, maybe I was exaggerating a bit, but this really does do that. A coppery coloured ale with the proper two fingers head, the Cuvee tastes like a pleasantly malty ale of standard strength. (and at this, I don't think I'm putting up much of a front) The taste is smooth, and as I mentioned, malty - there's probably some caramel malt in there. It's not very complex, which is surely another factor in its seeming like a normal type ale. No hops in this one (according to the brand mantra of pure barley malt).
Excellent!

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Boréale Cuivrée from Brasseurs Du Nord Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.